Rockland District High School Class of 1963, first graduating class from the "new" school, held its 50th class reunion recently.

This memorable event was held at the Rockport Masonic Hall. Social hour with appetizers from Liberty Farm preceded dinner catered by the Masons. Each classmate received a glass to commemorate the event as well as a printed pen and class directory. Classmate and Pastor Gary Smith offered a blessing for the meal.

A class picture was taken by Rachel Campbell of Rachel C Photography

Co-chairman Bernard Jackson welcomed classmates and guests with fellow Co-chairman Jon Dean recognizing all who served in the military after high school. Other committee members assisting were: Karen Duff Anderson who awarded prizes for several categories and Jan Blethen Cramer took the group on a quick trip down memory lane listing events that happened in 1963. Updates for classmates unable to be at the reunion were also reported.

Deceased classmates pictures and names were displayed on a memory board by Martha Sleeper Majunka and by a prayer offered by Pastor Smith. These classmates were: Russell Arey, Donna Barter Miller, James Ames, Bill Ames, Roger Moon, Roger Morang, Sharon Cochrane Millett, David Cousens, Sandra Graham Joki, Patricia Aube Crockett, Ivan Sprague, Lorna Curtis Perkins, Gerald Beal, Andrew Withee, Bill Wiggin, Leighton Ames, Don Barter, David Winchenbach, David Welch, Craig Beatty, Richard Orcutt, John Ingerson, Earle McAuliffe, Claudette Spitzer, Elaine Gamage Steeves, David Bird, Betty Ann Linscott Grierson and Scott Grant.

Special thanks to Mark Lawrence for contacting every classmate and compiling two volumes of "What I've Done Since High School" – remembrances of the Class of 1963 – RDHS.

Two class couples, Ivan and Janis Stone and Dan and Donna Rackliff, were recognized for recently celebrating their 50th wedding anniversaries. Special entertainment was provided by Ervin Robinson assisted by his wife Jean as he sang his now famous song "The Rockland Maine Song"

Classmates and guests present: Stanley Elliot, Patricia Onley Ames and Carol Ann Simpson Moody with husband, Richard from Cushing; Karen Duff Anderson from Tenants Harbor, Jean Barnard Benjamin with husband Paul, Dona Robinson Boynton, Ann Barter Herrick with husband Loren, Martha Sleeper Majunka, John Mathieson, Richard McKusic, Lewis Metcalf with wife Lillian, Louise Stilphen Rahmlow, William Rytky, Michael Seawell Dianne Freeman Wooster with husband Walter, all from Rockland; Jane Segal Bradley with husband Nat from Gouldsboro, Jerry Call, Dan Rackliff with wife, Donna, Mary Glover Lowell, Howard Lowell from South Thomaston; Jill Long Perry from Spruce Head Judith Carlson from Thomaston: Freeman Carter from Hope; Jan Blethen Cramer with husband Lyle, Dennis Simmons & Judy Hall Simmons, Wayne Young with wife Peggy from Union; Bernard Jackson with wife Patricia, Jon Dean with wife Cindy from Liberty; Rick Dodge with wife Sandra from Friendship; Joyce Groder Haley from Chelsea, Grace Richards Morgan from Boothbay; Rebecca Orne Hokkanen with husband Joel from Rockport, Philip Flagg with wife Kathy from Bangor; Marilyn Russell Grant from Jay; Robert Kneiper from Farmingdale; Jerry Pease with wife, Barbara from Bristol; Ervin Robinson with wife Jean from Brunswick; Joanna Robarts Yattaw, Roger Rowling with wife Linda, Penny Stevens Robson, Ivan Stone & Janis Fales Stone from Owls Head; Jane Ames Sylvester from Warren; Charlene Munsey Vaughan with husband Roger from Yarmouth; David Wilcox with wife Marcia from Gorham; Gary Smith from Farmington Falls; Steven Winchenbach from Winthrop; Elaine Learned Wood from Elliot; Shan Carlson Snell from Greenville; Dave Mazzeo from Norway.

Classmates traveling from outside Maine: David Cooper from Westerville, Ohio, Charlie Dorgan with wife Bernie from Willington, Conn., Shirley Mank Edwards with guest, Nancy Beal from Willimantic, Conn., James Dow from Merrimac, N.H., Maryann Welch Solletti from Dorchester, Mass., Steve Kalloch with wife Connie from West Boylston, Mass., Mark Lawrence with guest Lauress from Arlington, Mass., Dale Spencer from Wayzata, Minn. and Scottsdale, Ariz., Ed Small from Delray Beach, Fla. and Don Nelson from Montrose, Pa.,

Planning committee members for this year's 50th class reunion were: Bernie Jackson, Jon Dean, John Mathieson, Karen Duff Anderson, Jean Barnard Benjamin, Jan Blethen Cramer, Joyce Groder Haley, Martha Sleeper Majunka and Howard and Mary Glover Lowell..

The Class of 1963 has continued to meet at five-year intervals since graduation, but more recently has met each summer for a picnic gathering with this year's planned for July 20, 2014 and hosted by Jon and Cindy Dean.