Gordon College News Service
September 23, 2011
(This story appeared September 26, 2011, in the print and online editions of The Salem News.)
Danvers, MA – The Peabody High School class of 1946 did not have to learn about World War II in their history classes, they lived through it as teenagers. “The school let us leave three months early for training,” said Charles Lawrence, 83, whose yearbook ambition —“to be in the U.S. Navy” —was fulfilled as a senior in high school.
Lawrence is on the class of 1946 committee, which organized its 65th class reunion for Friday, September 23 at the Danversport Yacht Club. Of the original class, 91 alumni were listed in the class directory as deceased. But 53 people (including spouses) gathered at the Lighthouse Point room at noon on Friday for a special lunch, entertainment by Julie Zielski, and social time.
“We have traced all except two people,” said Irene Zielski, 84, another member of the class committee and an employee for 40 years in the city clerk’s office. “Some faces you recognize right away,” she said. “Some you don’t even know.”
Their class first met every five to ten years but at their 60th reunion decided to meet more often and had a 62nd year reunion in 2008. “The hard part is tracing those that are deceased,” said Lawrence.