Members of Camden High School’s class of 1950 met together to mark their 60th class reunion on Aug.15 at the Rockport Masonic Center.

The original class of 51 has 34 surviving members, 20 of whom attended the event, along with four guests. Luncheon was served by the Masons, finishing with a cake featuring the class colors of red and white and a picture of the original graduation exercises program.

A short meeting followed, conducted by class president Fred Hale.
Red and white balloons each bearing the name of a departed class member were released as he read their names. Several balloons seemed reluctant to leave, skittering around the parking lot before being lifted by a gust of wind to join the others.

Reunions are held every five years, but contact between class members is maintained by e-mail and monthly luncheon get-togethers, attended by mostly local residents who are joined by others as convenient.

Attending their 60th reunion were: Lucille Talbot Young, Donald Rossiter, Arline Quinn Heline, Pat Kelley Ayers, Karen Hein Laite, Gail Frye, Stanwood Bryant Sr., Dot Bryant Drinkwater, Kathleen Dority McConnell, all of Camden, Pat Barton of Bucksport, Arlene Butler Carroll, of Randolph, Lois Cookson Silloway of Warren, Fred Hale of Lisbon, Barbara Harding King of Appleton, Jeannette Leach Anderson of Cushing, Joan Salisbury Asbury of Hope and Sarasota, Fla., Elaine Spruce Miller of Gainesville, Fla., Nona Talbot Beatty of Amherts, N.H., Lindon Christie of Brooklin, and Jack Grinnell of Mountain Home, Idaho.

The gathering was held the same weekend as the Camden High School Alumni Association’s annual banquet, thus allowing class members to attend both events if they chose. The association’s membership now is composed of graduates from 1926 to 1965. The high school merged with Rockport’s high school in 1966 and that school became the present Camden Hills Regional High School.