Oliver Ames High School 1958-1959


   Philip M. Hallowell remained as Superintendent of schools until 1972 when he retired to enjoy Cape Cod and Florida.  He passed away in the late 1980s.  The first auditorium in the current OAHS was named in his honor.


   Peter C. McConarty became an administrator in the Framingham School System in 1960 and completed almost thirty years of service there.  Dave and I attended both his retirement cocktail party and in 1996 his memorial service.  The priest at that mass had been one of Peter's students when Peter was in the Whitman School System prior to coming to Easton; the service was extremely poignant.  Peter was one of the speakers at Muzzy's retirement parties and Bill Nixon's.


   Julian S. Preuss became principal when Peter McConarty resigned in 1960 and served in that capacity until 1978.  He was able to enjoy his vacation home in Vermont until he suffered a fatal heart attack on a golf course in Florida in early 1983.


   J. Donald Amirault remained as band director until 1968 when he became Assistant Principal of Hamilton-Wenham High School.  Subsequently he became Principal of Lewiston High School in Maine.  After retirement he worked part time for L. L. Bean and died in October 2000.


   Ruth Ashley, who became Director of Music for Easton, resigned in 1969 to become a professor at Lowell State College (now the University of Massachusetts at Lowell and remained there for more than twenty years.  She directed a church bell ringing choir, and she brought the choir to Easton each spring to perform with the Unity Church bell ringers until her death in 2005.


   Catherine Atkins stayed in Easton until 1960 when she returned home to North Carolina in a counseling role In a local college.  A widow and a proud grandmother, Cathy still sends us a Christmas card each year.


   Ann Berardi left the high school in 1959 but subsequently became a member of the junior high staff from 1960 to 1966.  Then she and her husband Charles Lomartere decided to teach in American schools in Europe.  We saw them when they returned one summer in the late 1960s.  They were teaching in Italy and skiing in the Alps every winter weekend.  We have not heard about or from her in several decades.


   Anne Bromly retired in 1970 when Veronica Carter did. She enjoyed family life until her death in 2001 at the age of 97.


   Kenneth Burke stayed at OAHS until 1963 and actually returned for several weeks in 1968.  Subsequently he taught an elementary class in Mansfield for many years.  Dave and I saw him at a coffee shop in the late 1980s.  He had never married but had traveled extensively throughout the world.  Hong Kong was his favorite place.  We also saw him at Betty Barrows's memorial service in early May of 2009.


   Helene Cornell left in 1963 and I think she went to work for a publishing company.  We did attend her wedding in the late 1960s and saw her at Val Muscato's funeral.


   Clyde A. Craig became the Assistant Principal of OAHS in 1964 after leaving for one year at Sharon High School.  He retired in 1969 to continue operating his successful floral business on Lincoln Street.  Always involved in town and American Legion activities, he enjoyed an active life until his death in 1999.  One of his proudest memories was his nephew Jim Craig's winning performance in the 1980 Olympics.


   Helen Doherty, the Foreign Language Department Chair, retired in 1984 and continued to live on North Main Street until her death in 1996.


   Martha Egan left in 1959 and now lives in Connecticut.


   John Farrington became Assistant Superintendent of schools in 1966 and Superintendent from 1976 to 1981.  He is an educational consultant and in charge of SPOKE, a collaborate serving Easton, Foxboro, Mansfield, and Norton schools.


   Eero Helin, Director of Physical Education, was famous in the 1960s for his gym-jams including the bamboo dancing.  He and his wife owned a summer camp on a lake in Pembroke where several faculty parties were held.  He retired in 1978.  His wife and he had very tragic deaths.  They both had become wheelchair-bound and were brutally murdered during a robbery in their home.


   Val Muscato, Director of Athletics after Jack Mason's death in 1961, continued as basketball coach until 1970 and football coach until 1975.  He retired in 1989 and the newly constructed lighted stadium in back of the current OAHS was renamed the Valentine P. Muscato Stadium.  It had been called Tiger Stadium since its construction in 1983.  An extremely large testimonial for him was held in 1990, and he died in 1991.  The J. Frances O'NeiI trophy, which had become the John C. Mason trophy in 1965, was renamed in 2001 for Muzzy and is presented to the outstanding male athlete.  The girls have had a similar trophy since the mid-1960s and it is named for Suzanne Rivard.


   Bill Nixon became head basketball coach after Val gave up coaching basketball in 1970.  He taught until 1991.  He is now President of Willworks, Inc., a company initiated by his older son Bill which sets up trade shows all over the globe.


   Dorothy Olson left in 1959.


   Harold Simpson left in 1962 to be the chair of the science department of Hamilton-Wenham High School where he remained until his retirement.


   Annarae Tong Cohen was art teacher from 1958 to 1960 and returned from 1964 to 1966.  Ruth Ashley told me that Annarae and she had had a wonderful visit with Peter McConarty in the early 1990s.


   Sylvia Vellante moved to Millis with her husband in 1959.  After their three sons were elementary age, she taught foreign languages in a neighboring community for many years.


   I hope you have enjoyed reading this update.






   Three new teachers jointed the OAHS staff your senior year.  Two did not stay long: Delores Smith (1959-1962) and George Willis (1959-1962).  However, the third person is someone you all know: Robert "Buddy" Wooster.  He taught until 1990 and was the baseball coach until he became Director of Frothingham Memorial Park almost forty years ago.  Since 1979 OAHS graduations have been held at the Park with one exception due to inclement weather.  The setting is always spectacular.