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Class of 1945

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12 May 2024 Virginia Gant “Ginny” Hoadley Tyte, of Bloomington, died April 20, 2024. A Find-A-Grave page has been created, with photo & obituary, but much of the data will not be visible for 3 months.
08 Apr 2023 Kenneth Lee "Kenny" Stephens died in Bloomington on April 4, 2023. A Find-A-Grave page has been created.
16 Jan 2023 Searches for the Class members for whom we had contact information resulted in us finding that seven of them have died in the past seven years. They are:
Warren O Herminghausen, of Centerville, Ohio, February 13, 2016; 12th grade only, graduated in December of '44.
George English Hoke, of Bellevue, Washington, November 5, 2020; 12th grade only.
James Richard "Jim" Love, of Farmington Hills, Michigan, January 5, 2021; 1941 through 1945 Jordanni; in various years, Jim was in the Classes of '45, '46, & '47 and was a senior in 1945.
Emma Grace Marrs Shifflett, of Dundalk, Maryland, September 3, 2021; 9th through 12th grades.
Richard Hartman "Dick" Mills, of Indianapolis, March 28, 2020; 7th through 12th grades.
Gail Antoinette Voegelin Partee, of Vero Beach, Florida, May 29, 2016; 9th, 10th & 12 grades. (May have missed 11th grade picture day.).
John William Woodard, (incorrectly spelled Woodyard in 2 of 4 Jordanni), of Indianapolis, July 7, 2022; 8th through 11th grades.
10 Jan 2023 The 1950 US Census has recently been released, and we have been able to find information on many members of the Class. This does not help us find current contact information; mostly, it allows us to find parents & siblings, and death records. Five members of the Class have been moved from the first two tables into the Deceased table. They are:
Wylie Boyer, of Ellettsville, Indiana, on June 15, 2011; 7th grade only.
Ruth Ann Goodman Cowden, of Indianapolis, September 17, 2020; 9th through 12th grades.
Rebecca Hendrickson Hammer Napier, of Indianapolis, November 2, 2016; 9th grade only.
Robert Leon "Bobby" Landrum, of Cleveland, South Carolina, January 4, 2019; 9th grade only.
Patsy Ruth Wininger, of Bloomington, on July 23, 2016; 6th through 8th grades.
The grades listed are based on the individual photo pages of the Jordannus yearbooks.
22 Dec 2020 Cecil Eugene Deckard of Bloomington died in Nashville, Indiana, on December 11, 2020. He was in the 1942 Jordannus only. An obituary and photo are on his Find-A-Grave page.
21 Feb 2020 Paul Edward "P. D." Davis, who appeared in the 1941 Jordannus and graduated frrom Bloomington High School, died February 14, 2020, in Bloomington. A photo and obituary are on his Find-A-Grave page. His sister Ruth was the mother of Susie Pinkston Colee '61 and Candy Pinkston Gardner '65.
16 Sept 2019 Zetta Ann Anderson Weaver, of Bloomington, died on July 20, 2019.
11 Aug 2019 Max Stewart Ferree, who attended UHS and is in the 1940 Jordannus, then graduated from BHS, died on August 7, 2019. An obituary is on his Find-A-Grave page.
17 June 2019 From examination of Jordannuses from '39 through '45, 94 more people who attended UHS at one time or another as members of this class have been added to the database. Most of these are listed below as "misssing." However, Ray Baxter, Jack Warren Branam, Bertha Anne Carter, Emogene Genevieve Glasgow Davison Tate Hardin, Viola Esther McClary Wampler Sturgeon, Bertha Ellen "Sugar" Hendrickson Moat, Margaret Mae Hunter Fleener Orman, Walter Clinton "Junior" Pardue Jr, Emma Ruth Hall Smith, John Robert Stephens, Edward Monroe Strain, and Lois Beryl Myers Sturgeon are known deceased. Find-A-Grave pages have been created.
09 Feb 2019 Scans of the Senior Class and underclass photo pages are now available, from the Jordannus in the Monroe County Library.
25 Apr 2018 From an extensive search of data, we find that the following members of the Class of '45 have died. If anyone knows otherwise, or has any more information, please let Dave Gray '65 know.
Waneta F Corbin Goodwin, of Farmland, Indiana, on January 30, 2000. She has a Find-A-Grave page, but no obituary.
Edith Pauline "Polly" Ridge Bean, of Pataskala, Oklahoma, on May 11, 2012.
Robert George Rogers, of Bloomington, on September 29, 1996. An obituary is on his Find-A-Grave page.
Everett Smith, Jr, of Rochester, Indiana, on September 11, 2008. He has a Find-A-Grave page, but no obituary.
Madalyn Joyce Warren Boruff, of Nashville, Indiana, on September 8, 2005. An obituary is on her Find-A-Grave page.
Isabel Virginia Young Scott Staley Fowler, of Petaluma, California, on April 25, 2003. She has a Find-A-Grave page, but no obituary.
13 Mar 2018 From an extensive search of the Social Security Death Index and Find-A-Grave, we find that Clyde W Hare, Jr, of Allison Park, Pennsylvania, died on October 14, 2009.
2 Feb 2018 Esther Ruth Marlin Newton died on January 30, 2018. A photo & obituary are on her Find-A-Grave page.
3 Dec 2017 Richard Myers Bartley died in Cleburne, Texas, on October 30, 2017. He had moved there from Houston after Hurricane Harvey. An obituary is on his Find-A-Grave page
4 May 2017 Martha Lucille "Lucy" Willoughby Sexton died May 1. An obituary is on her Find-A-Grave page.
12/12/09 Nancy Dobson Grossman Anderson passed awayon December 10, 2009. Nancy summed up her life simply: the good daughter of Gladys and Frank Dobson; the loyal sister of Evelyn Reed (UHS '43, deceased) and Ellen Schmidt (UHS '49); the devoted wife of two fine men, Rex Grossman and Bob Anderson; the loving mother of three children and a step-son; the proud grandmother of ten and the amazed great-grandmother of nine.

Nancy was a graduate of University High School and Indiana University. She was a founding member of the Bloomington Boys Club Auxiliary, a member of Psi Iota XI philanthropic sorority, and a Golden Arrow of Pi Beta Phi sorority. Over many decades, she was a member of First United Methodist Church, where she was married, her children were christened and confirmed and where her family celebrated weddings and gathered over memorial services. Nancy was a Republican precinct committeewoman and Indiana State Convention delegate, a member of Navajo Club and the Bloomington Women’s Club, and a community volunteer for Meals on Wheels and many other good causes. One of her greatest joys was following sports. Nancy was a spectator extraordinaire from T-ball games at Bryan Park, to swim meets at the Bloomington Country Club and the IU Natatorium. She enjoyed soccer and hockey games, state high school football championships, Arabian horse shows, baseball at Wrigley Field, professional golf tournaments and Super Bowls.
12/19/08 David L. Rowland, of Bloomington, passed away Tuesday, December 16, 2008, in Bloomington. He spent the first part of his professional career as a school teacher and principal in the Martinsville School system before moving on to teach school in Okinawa, Japan. David returned to Bloomington, Indiana, where he was a principal at University Elementary School and finally at Rogers Elementary School, from which he retired. Prior to his professional career, he proudly served his country in the United States Navy during World War II in the Pacific Theatre. David leaves behind his wife of 56 years, Janet Adams Rowland of Bloomington; one daughter; one son; and four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Dick Rowland; and a sister, Mary Alice Brannan (UHS '49).
9/19/05 George Hoke writes: "After graduation from UHS I spent almost a year in the Navy and then attended Purdue graduating in Mechanical Engineering in 1950. I beat around for a few years before coming to Seattle and Boeing in 1955. I retired in 1989. I have two daughters and a son and five grandchildren. My wife Betsey passed away early in 2003. Although I only attended UHS for my senior year, I have fond memories of it. Good friends made it so."
2/23/05 Warren Herminghausen writes: "Three of us, me, my brother Dick, and Charles Partee 'graduated' in December '44. I think our photos are in the '45 yearbook. We had come to Bloomington to play with a dance band, Max Greer, and had received certificates of eligibilty to IU. However, when we got to town and tried to register, we were found to be a credit or two short. As a result, we enrolled at UHS. I took journalism and was features editor of the newspaper. Teacher was Ingrid Strom. A must course was Health and Safety taught by the basketball coach, Virgil something-or-other. And finally, PE. I'll always remember that because in one class I had to wrestle Dave Rogers' older brother. He killed me. My brother and I lived in a house on the street just south of 5th street -- behind to Phi Psi house, I think. (Zounds, I just thought of it. Atwater!!!) Our neighbor, classmate and friend was Virginia Hoadley. She married a chap named Tyke or something like that. I think he was a dentist or attorney. I corresponded with her a few years back (got her address from IU Alumni Assn.) and learned that most of the kids I remembered from the three short months we were enrolled at UHS had died or moved away.

My brother Dick died in Hilton Head last year. Partee, last I heard, had retired after being a grand poohbah with the Internal Revenue. I had headed up an advertising agency here in Dayton for some 30-odd years. I've been retired for about 15 years. Prior to suddenly getting old (about two years ago) I played tennis four or five times a week, rode my bike 300/400 miles a month and played flugle horn and trumpet in a more-or-less modern jazz combo."
From Steve Herminghausen, son of Warren Herminghausen and nephew of Richard Herminghausen:
"The info on your page on the class of 1945 (http://UHSBloomington.html/1945.htm) for my Dad is fine. I'm sorry to report that my uncle Richard Herminghausen, most recently of the Hilton Head, SC area, died last Thursday, March 4, 2004." Steve sends the following from the 3/7/2004 Columbus Dispatch:

Richard Herminghausen, 76, of Sun City, Hilton Head died March 4, 2004. He was preceded in death by first wife Colleen. Survived by wife, Ruthann Irvine; daughters, Candi Fettrow, Sara Connor and Kitti Slusarz; brother, Warren Herminghausen; sons-in-law, Roger and Chris; six grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
2/10/02 According to the Herald Times on 2/10/02, Joseph Robert Hamros, 75, of Bloomington, died Thursday, Feb. 7, 2002. He was born June 14, 1926, the son of Joseph and Hazel (Abright) Hamros in Bloomington, IN. He was in the UHS Class of 1945. Thanks to Becky Gregory for the information.

Reunion Information

October 29, 2005
All School Reunion
Reservations Received as of 11/01/2005 for:
'45 - Virginia Hoadley Tyte & Donald, Paul Kerr & B.J., Esther Marlin Newton, David Rowland & Janet, Robert Watt & Phyllis

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Updated 12 May 2024