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Class of 1959

John Eldred
Allen Campbell

Barbara Kelley
Cliff Kennish
Jack M. Miller
Jack M. Talsky

Ray Wyatt
Richard Charlton
Richard W. "Rick" Gonser
Sandy Scott-Jones
Stephen G. Headley
Gene Wheatley
Bob Shelley
Gene Wheatley
Linda Barnhart
Russell Hendrickson
Russ Lazar
Terry Riley
Ron Walters
Jim Phillips
Elizabeth Young

John Eldred, e-mail address john1040det@yahoo.rr.com
HIGH SCHOOL SUMMARY: Graduated 1959. Pretended to run track in Senior year, Sophomore and Varsity Cheer. Member Alpha Theta Chi. Fun times...sometimes too much fun. AFTER HIGH SCHOOL AND BEYOND: Attended LBSC. Graduated 1963. Intended to teach but military wanted me. Joined Navy. Went to OCS. Assigned  to different duty stations. Left active duty in 1968 and joined Navy Reserves retiring in 1989. After leaving military active duty, went to work with Telephone company mostly in HR  positions. Retired from telephone company in 1996. During early days with company, went back to school and finally got a teaching credential. Taught over the years at various Community Colleges. After retiring from telephone company, taught at Sacramento Job Corps-10 years- a Charter School and Sacramento County Jail. Currently do Employment Oriented Seminars at various Schools-Middle/High Schools, Colleges and Jails. FAMILY: Found my one and only wife while out of the country with the Navy. Married 50 years plus. Two boys. Five Gkids-1 girl and 4 boys. Three are now in college. HOBBIES/FUN: Moved to Sacramento area in 1989. First 16 years played farmer...horses, goats, fruit trees, etc. Finally gave it up!!!!! Mostly drive the wife crazy and drive Gkids around and go to their various activities, but I am really a bum.  CLOSING :Really sorry to hear about Susie Applequist.....really a super lady. And my old YMCA/fishing buddy Gary Tidwell. See everybody in 5 years! Bye for now. John Eldred
Posted 12.31.2015


Need Help finding a '59 classmate

Hi my name is Debbie I'm looking for my husbands father  James Byron Fletcher. He graduated in 1959 he also was part of the serfs service club. I didn't know if you had any ideas or maybe someone that might know him.
                                                       Please email the webmaster at wpkona@yahoo.com if you can help.

Allen Campbell
Richard Charlton/59 Charlton3@home.com for address or more info
Life Update: Richard Charlton/1959 and Allen Campbell were best friends from kindergarten in Artesia, CA. He was at Millikan until 1958.

Barbara Kelley - now Landini

Cliff Kennish
Occupation: Retired
Message to Classmates:
Life Update:
After graduation I joined the Navy and be came a Corpsman. I was assigned to Camp Pendleton Navel Hospital for 2 years then was assigned to the Fourth Marine Brigade at MCAS Kaneohe Hawaii for the last few years of my service time. I got out in June 1963 and became in employed in emergency medical transportation for Adams Ambulance in South Gate Ca. where I met my wife Karen a graduated of Jordan Hi. We raised three boys over the next 30 years together until she died in 1993. I have had a rewarding life and still look forward for more rewards with my work with the Boy Scouts of America as a volunteer by sharing in the development of our young generation.

School Activities: I was on the original Corydon Staff in the school Print shop. Setting type for the first edition and working with the printing staff daily. In my days at Millikan I became the pressman that printed the paper until I left in June 59 along with Cliff Johnston and Ralph Owens. My Junior year was busy working on the Corydon staff and playing JV Football and was the Manager of the track team taking pictures and giving First aid to the track team when needed. In my senior year I was on the Varsity football team and did the same with the track team again along with working on the Corydon staff. My favorite activities was working on the paper and learning more about the Graphic Arts industry Which I did not pursue.
Hobbies/Fun: In my retirement I have plans to travel a bit and love to camp and have developed a knack of cooking as our pioneers did in a cast iron pot called a Dutch oven.
Posted 11/4/99

Jack M. Miller
E-mail address:

Your Occupation(s): I worked for the federal government from 1970-94, retiring as a member of the Senior Foreign Service with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), which is responsible for the administration of U.S. foreign assistance programs in developing countries.

Message to Classmates: I hope we have a great turnout for the reunion. I look forward to seeing you there.

School Activities: Varsity football and tennis. Varsity Club.

Life Update: After leaving Millikan, I attended Cal State Long Beach, where I met my future wife, Patricia (Ellis), a 1961 graduate of Long Beach Poly. We married in 1963 while still in school. After graduation, I worked for a couple of years, and then joined the Army in early 1966, heading off for nine months at Fort Knox, Kentucky. I left there as a first lieutenant and was sent to Fort Lewis, Washington, where I was lucky enough to spend the balance of my enlistment.

Following my three-year stint in the Army, I headed to graduate school back at Cal State Long Beach, obtaining an MBA in 1970. One of the jobs for which I applied was with USAID. A couple of months later, I received a call from USAID's Washington, D.C. headquarters offering me a job in Rio de Janeiro. So off we went on the beginning of a foreign service career, which ended with my retirement in 1994. My wife - an ESL specialist, son (beginning in 1974), and I spent 21 years abroad, living in Brazil, Korea, Sri Lanka, Honduras, Pakistan, and Mozambique. I had an extremely rewarding career, trying to help those in a number of developing countries, while having the opportunity to travel and live extensively overseas.

After retirement, we returned to our home in Takoma Park, Maryland, a suburb of Washington, D.C. I am now tending to the home front while Patricia seeks her Ph.D. in Linguistics. We are the proud grandparents of a two-year old girl and a two-month old boy. And, lastly, I am just about completely mended from open heart, by-pass surgery that I underwent in early 2000.

Hobbies/Fun: Travel, walking and exercise.

Car - Millikan Days: A 1956 Chevy, two-tone Bel Air, hard-top convertible. I loved that thing.
Posted 8/8/00

Ray Wyatt
Life Update: After retiring from the Navy 1980. I decided to live the life of Riley or at least for awhile. My wife and I went fishing almost every day. If we weren't fishing we were traveling in our motorhome. In 1981 I went to work for the Navy Exchange as an Refrigeration mechanic. Nineteen years later I'm the facilities Manager looking forward to my second retirement. My wife and I will celebrate our 30th anniversary next month. We are looking forward to full timing in our RV.
Update 10/21-02
I have postponed my second retirement at least for now. I'm the Facilities Manager for the
District of Japan. In Yokosuka Japan. We maintain all of Navy Exchanges in Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong. It has enhanced my career as well given my wife and I the opportunity to travel and to see other parts of the world.
See MillikanVets page
Posted 12/16/99

Richard Charlton
Your Occupations:
(Truck Broker) Owner for 20 Years
School Activities:
Message to Classmates: If we only knew then, what we know now!
Life Update: Living on North Lake in Irvine, California across the water from "Waters Restaurant" with my wife of 14 years," Sharlene" two children, Trent, age 31, and Tricia, age 26,- one granddaughter, age 7. We travel twice a month. Work 3-4 days a week shipping freight all over the U.S.
Hobbies/Fun: Fishing, Boating and Vacationing
Car - Millikan Days: 1955 Chevy. Photos and more info at "Cars of the 50s"
Posted 11/28/99


Richard W. "Rick" Gonser
Gonserr@aol.com or rick_gonser@iecorp.com
Your Occupation(s): Software Engineering Section Manager - Global Positioning Systems (GPS)
Web Site: http://www.iechome.org [L-3 Communications/Interstate Electronics]
Message to Classmates: "You're never to old to learn"
School Activities:
Gymnastics, 40th Millikan Reunion2000 Committee
Life Update:
The 60s - AA Degree, Most Valuable Gymnast LBCC, US Naval Reserve/Naval Aviator-Served in Viet Nam. Photos and more info at Updates on Class 1957-60, Vets, divorced, no children.

The 70s - BS Degree CSULB, Apollo Associate Engineer Space Systems Division of Rockwell International (Downey), Engineer Quality/Reliability Marine Systems Division of Rockwell International (Anaheim).

The 80s - Programmer/Analyst GPS User Equipment Magnavox Advanced Systems (Torrance), Senior Engineer Specialist Space Surveillance Programs Aerojet ElectroSystems (Azusa), Who's Who in the West, remarried, no children.

The 90s - MBA Degree University of LaVerne, CBEST, K-12, Multiple Subjects, ESL, Software Quality Assurance Manager Unisys Corporation (Camarillo), currently employed at L-3 Communications/Interstate Electronics Corporation (Anaheim).

Hobbies/For Fun:
Restore Old Pontiac Musclecars, Raise Siberian Huskies, Sr Technical Advisor Pontiac-Oakland Club International (POCI), Chief Judge Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA).
Car - Millikan Days: 1955 Pontiac Chieftain Sedan (Big Chief), 1959 Pontiac Bonneville Convertible (Bonnie) Photos and more info at "Cars of the 50s"
Posted 11/23/99

Sandy Scott-Jones
Occupation: Semi retired
Message to Classmates: Would love to see everyone again.
Life Update: Based in Walnut Creek, CA about 24 mi. east of San Francisco. 3 grown sons, real estate broker, hospital volunteer, fundraiser for health, animal and environmental issues.
Hobbies/Fun: Love travel and meeting people.
Posted 11/20/99

Bob Shelley
email: BobShelley@aol.com

Millikan Days:US NAVY Click to see Vets page







Posted 2/22/05

Gene Wheatley
E-mail (gmwheatley33@aol.com).
Currently retired from CBS News in Oklahoma where I wrote, produced, and was talent on air in Oklahoma City for years.
Posted 6/5/05

Russell Hendrickson
Class of '59 - the first class to attend Millikan for three full years.
I still have my 1st edition of the Ram Pages.
I wish the Class of '59 were having a reunion.  Probably not too many of us left.
Nancy (Gilmore, Class of '61) and I have been married for 45 years and have 5 children, all grown and out of the house for many years.  After a year at the Free University of Berlin in '65-'66, we moved to Gilroy, CA, where we lived for 36 years rearing our kids.  I was a high school English teacher for 20 years, and Nancy owned a private school.  We also had our own theatre (Center Stage) we I directed and Nancy produced plays for about 18 years.  We retired to Oregon to a home on a lake three miles from the ocean in 2003, but after a year of doing little, we got into real estate eventually buying the office (Lakeside Real Estate) in '07.
I sure would like to hear from anyone who might remember me (positively).  I have no claims to fame from my three years at Millikan.  I sang bass in the glee club, and I was president of the Key Club.  Otherwise, I was pretty invisible.  But Millikan was (and is, I presume) a great school, and I have many happy memories.
Russ Hendrickson
P.S.  Paul, I don't believe I ever met you.  I thank you for your efforts with this webpage.
Posted 4.4.09

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