Knoxville East High School Alumni Association

Knoxville East High School Alumni Association

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P.O. Box 71171

Knoxville, TN 37938

KEHSAA Board of Directors Meeting:  Friday, October 28, 2022 at 10:00 at the O’Conner Senior Center

B&G Article, Post 2022 All-Class Reunion

     “Wow”, “Great”, “Wonderful”, and “Thanks” were some of the praises that were used by classmates leaving the KEHSAA All-Class Reunion held Saturday, July 30th, at the Lighthouse.  There were approximately 77 East High graduates and another 15 spouses and friends that were there to celebrate the 10th anniversary of KEHSAA annual gatherings.  One of the great things was that 17 of the 18 East High School classes were represented.  There was one person from the first class, 1952, and two people from the last class, 1968.  The 1962 class had the most attendees, but the 1953 and 1956 classes were also well represented.  With a show of hands many attendees indicated they had been to at least five of the reunions.  Surprisedly, in a good way, several indicated they had been to at least eight of the reunions.  Appetizers were enjoyed by everyone prior to the event’s beginning and continued in the early parts of the program.

     I introduced Mary Lou Smith Kanipe to start the afternoon by introducing the Bearden High School Color Guard.  She shared the profile of each to assure us that there are teachers and students who continue to seek excellence.  After presenting the flags, everyone participated in the Pledge of Allegiance.  One of the four in uniform happened to be a tall, good-looking Senior at Bearden and is Mary Lou’s grandson.  She also took the opportunity to recognize all those who had died in the military and those in the gathering who had served. Wilma Thomas Loy then sang the Lord’s Prayer.  What a voice!  Tommy Green then talked about his roll in trying to keep everyone informed of any deaths of our classmates.  He had printed copies of those who had passed in 2022.  Tommy does a very good job of this unfortunate task and encouraged everyone to make sure he had their email address to insure themselves of being notified when others die.  I then asked if others read the Knoxville News Sentinel obituaries every day.  I commented that there were 20 deaths listed that day in the paper and only five of them were older than me.  All of those there considered themselves Blessed. 

     The program after a delicious lunch was the highlight of the day.  I took the microphone around to each table and asked if anyone wanted to share a story about their days at good old East High School.  It could be sad, happy, funny, or anything in-between.  There were probably at least 25 classmates who shared.  Many were sentimental as they told of some of the best days of their lives.  One girl (never too old to be called a boy or girl) recalled how she had not dated a lot in school but kept photos and newspaper clippings of a lot of the athletes under her bed.  So, she said, she slept with a lot of the boys.  This brought the loudest laughter of the day.  Yes, she turned red!

     As usual, everyone was glad the see Frank Hall (1953) return from Georgia for the reunion.  To the best of our knowledge, he is the only living teacher/coach/administrator left from our days at old East.  He commented that it took him 19 years to get out of East – meaning that after his college graduation he returned to teach and coach.  He said it was a great privilege and he thoroughly enjoyed his time there.  He looks great, so we expect him to return for all future reunions.

     After all the remembrances, I asked everyone to imagine they were at the beach.  I then used the analogy of being knee deep in the water (high school age) to being waist deep (at 50 years of age) to being up to our neck (where we all are today).  My focus was on relationships. Before we get over our head (death), we need to make sure we have forgiven those who have hurt us and asked for forgiveness of those we have hurt. To close the bonding time, Wilma led the group in singing the East High Fight Song with the old school spirit.

     All the photos included in this edition of the Blue and Gray are courtesy of Mike Crowder, Loretta’s husband.  Mike is one of the best things to come out of Fulton.  Thanks Mike.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our staff and volunteers who worked so hard to insure we all had a good time.  Thanks Team!

Go Mountaineers, Bill

This update is being made on May 17, 2022:

KEHSAA – Spring-Summer 2022 Newsletter

1.  KEHSAA All-Class Reunion:  Saturday, July 30, 2022, 1:00pm at The Lighthouse, 6800 Baum Drive, Knoxville, TN 37919.  Cost is $40/person.  Please send reservations and checks to KEHSAA, P.O. Box 71171, Knoxville, TN 37938.

2.  Individual Class Reunions:  We are encouraging all classes to plan on sitting together as a group and consider this your individual class reunion also. Be sure to indicate your class year when sending in your reservation.

3.  New KEHSAA Officers:  The following slate of officers were nominated and elected at the April Board of Directors’ meeting:

     President – Bill Black

     Vice-President – Margie LeCoultre

     Recording Secretary – Helen Mills

     Corresponding Secretary – Katherine Mounger Lasater

     Treasurer – Carolyn Cottrell

     Emeritus Vice-President – Loretta Crowder

4.  Austin-East High School Scholarships:  On May 11, 2022, Mary Lou Kanipe and Bill Black attended the Awards Day at our old school and presented three $500 scholarships to three outstanding graduating seniors.  These awards are to help primarily with books/supplies as these three attend TCAP.  All three were recommended by the 12th Grade Counselor.

5.  Membership Dues:  They are still only $25/year and should be mailed to KEHSAA, P.O. Box 71171, Knoxville, TN 37938.  Membership is not required to attend the All-Class Reunion on July 30th, 2022.

6.  Web is our official web site.  Current announcements are put on the opening page.

7.  Interesting stories and/or old memories:  Bring these with you to the All-Class Reunion.  Bill will take the microphone to all tables and encourage fellow classmates to share with the group.  We all enjoy laughing and crying!

8.  KEHSAA Board of Directors’ meeting:  The next meeting for the Board will be Friday, July 8, 2022, at 10:00am at the O’Conner Senior Center.  Please come to represent your class.  All KEHSAA members are invited/encouraged to attend.  At the April board meeting, seven of our 17 classes were represented.


The following updates are being made on November 26, 2021:

NO JANUARY BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING! Because of the looming Covid challenge and the possibility of bad weather, the next KEHSAA BOD meeting will be held on April 8, 2022, at the John O’Conner Senior Center at 10:00am. The Nominating Committee will present their recommendations for the next set of officers. As many as four from each class (1952-1968) can vote, but they must be members of KEHSAA.

NEW POST OFFICE BOX: Our new address is: KEHSAA, P.O. Box 71171, Knoxville, TN 37938

MEMBERSHIP DUES: $25/year mailed to the above address.

Post card instead of the Blue & Gray: In order to cut back on expenses, a post card will be sent to everyone on the KEHSAA mailing list in December 2021 with the above announcements. Blue and Gray publications will certainly continue in the future, however. If you don’t get a post card in December, you need to send a note to the new above address letting us know. We will add you to the list.

As we all are getting a little older (thank heavens and count your blessings), I want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas. We will certainly have another all-class reunion in 2022 similar to the outstanding one we had in August of 2021. Once planned, an announcement will be put on this website and a Blue & Gray will be sent out. In the meantime stay healthy and alive! Wishing you a heart filled with JOY, Bill Black (1962)

End of November 26, 2021 updates.

Bill Black’s opening comments at the 2021 All-Class Reunion

2021 KEHSAA All-Class Reunion

Welcome, it is great to see so many of you young folks out this afternoon.  I would start singing “On, On, Mountaineers”, but I am afraid some of you would get up and hurt yourselves.  I need to be more positive.  I am truly glad you were able to join the rest of us today.

This is meant to be a fairly informal program, but I think it would be appropriate to mention that many of our classmates are not here today.  Some have died and some are too feeble to travel.  Let’s take a moment of silence to personally say a silent prayer for them.

Thank you!  Now some of our classmates are just too lazy to join us, so when you get the chance, give them a hard time and encourage them to be at our next gathering whenever it is.

I think it is also appropriate to recognize that several of our classmates died while serving in our military.  Let’s stand and give the Pledge of Allegiance to our flag in memory of them:

Now, I want to talk about the seasons:  Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter.  We are certainly not in the Spring or Summer of our lives.  Well, maybe our minds are, but unfortunately not our bodies.

About a week ago, I read something very interesting that I thought many of you may appreciate hearing.  It supposedly was written by the most wise man that has ever lived. Many of you may recognize this and I will tell where it is from after I finish. It goes like this:

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:

A time to be born and a time to die,

A time to plant and a time to uproot,

A time to kill and a time to heal,

A time to tear down and a time to build,

A time to weep and a time to laugh,

A time to mourn and a time to dance,

Can you imagine a grandfather’s clock, with the pendulum swinging back and forth, from one side to the other – a time to mourn and a time to dance.


A time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,

A time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,

A time to search and a time to give up,

A time to keep and a time to throw away,

A time to tear and a time to mend,

A time to be silent and a time to speak,

A time to love and a time to hate,

A time for war and a time for peace.

OK, this is Sunday and that’s the end of my Old Testament lesson given by Solomon in Ecclesiastes 3.  But with the years some of us have, we can resemble some of these pendulum swings.

Now in a few minutes I am going to walk around and ask a few of you to stand up and tell us something you remember about your high school days.  It can be funny, sad, or anywhere in between.  I think at least one person a table should talk!

But, it the meantime I have some questions:

Here are the questions asked. There were hands up for all of them:

Questions – All-Class Reunion – 2021

1.  Raise your hand or stand-up if you are from the 1952 class.  1053 … 1968.  That is great.  Now we need representatives from all these classes on our Board of Directors.  We meet once a quarter.  Tell Gail Mynatt Ingram if you are willing to serve.

2.  I am now going to ask some boy/girl questions.  So, all you men/women listen up.  Who remembers having their first date in high school?

3.  Who remembers having their first kiss in high school?  If you had it before high school, raise your hand also and good for you.

4.  Who remembers most of the people you dated in high school?

5.  Who dated someone in a class ahead of you?

6.  Who dated someone in a class behind you?

7.  Is there someone from your high school that you didn’t date, but wished you had?

8.  Here’s a question only for the girls here.  Did you ask a boy for a date in high school?

9.  That’s enough questions about dating in high school.  Some of us have spouses here after all.

10. Oh, one last question.  Did any of you marry someone that you went to high school with?  Wonderful!

Blue and Grey, Post 2021 KEHSAA Reunion

The KEHSAA 2021 Reunion was held at The Lighthouse on Sunday afternoon, August 8, 2021.  Here are some of the comments made afterwards: “Wow!”, “Wonderful”, “Best ever”, “Thank you all who worked on this”, “Do it again soon, we are all getting older”, “Very relaxed”, and “Fantastic”.

Over 110 people, representing 14 of our 17 classes, enjoyed visiting with old friends and making new ones.  The food was fantastic with appetizers early and a full buffet later.  All attendees went away with a smile on their face and a KEHSAA sun visor on their head.

One of the things I really enjoyed was asking a bunch of high school dating questions to the boys and girls in our group.  All the old men and women seemed to enjoy looking back a few (?) years.  The real entertainment of the day, however, was when I took the microphone around the room and got at least one person from each table to stand up and say something about their time at good old East High.  There was a lot of laughter and even some tears shed.  I ended the afternoon with a tape measure opened to 9 feet with some comments made, then took it down to 7 feet, 5 feet, 2 feet and one foot each with comments, and then zipped it all the way to death; oh, I meant to say all the way closed.  You will have to ask someone who was there what those comments were.

IMPORTANT:  The next KEHSAA Board of Directors meeting will be held on Friday, October 15, 2021, not on the 1st as previously announced.  We hope to have representatives from all classes attand.

Thank you to all the KEHSAA officers who worked hard planning and setting up for this reunion and a big THANK YOU to all the East High alumni who were there.  Yes, Let’s Do It Again!

Hello fellow East High Alumni, (added, June, 2021)

     It’s over!  Well, it is almost over.  This Corona Virus, or Covid, or whatever you want to call it has taken more than a year out of our lives.  Most of us have survived it, but a few of our members most likely did not.  As we all get older, we begin to cherish each day a little more.  Hopefully all of us (I truly don’t understand why some are not) have gotten our vaccine shots and are ready to disown wearing face masks ever again.

     That was the bad news.  The good news is that we are going to have another all-class reunion on Sunday, August 8, 2021.  It will be at the Lighthouse, 6800 Baum Drive, here in Knoxville, starting at 2:00 and breaking up around 5:00.  A buffet lunch will be served immediately at 2:00 and a bar will be available.  I will probably have a few comments to make after we have all eaten, but there is no formal agenda.  I would love for many of you to stand up, take the microphone, and tell us a story you remember about your days at East High.  It can be funny, sad, or somewhere in-between.  We will have a hand raising call for each of our 18 class years.  Be sure and be there to represent your class.

     As all of us know, east Knoxville has gone through a transition.  Our old high school has changed a lot.  It is tragic that five Austin-East students have been killed recently.  We expect to read about things like this in Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles, but not in Knoxville.

     Later in 2021 and certainly in 2022 we hope to get back to regular meetings of the Executive Board and quarterly meetings of the Board of Directors (made up of representatives from every class).  Just remember, everyone is welcome at these meetings.

     See you in August, Bill

Late 2020 comments

Hello East High School Alumni,

Most folks say 2020 will be a year we will never forget.  I say it is a year to forget.  Let’s see – we were told not to travel, we were told to wear face masks, we cancelled our KEHSAA August gathering, my 1962 August class reunion was cancelled, all of our monthly luncheons were cancelled, several of my classmates died, churches were closed along with most businesses, etc., etc..  I am sure this happened to all of you also.

It is my hope that none of you lost loved ones to Covid, but some of you probably did.  Being a 46-year survivor of diabetes, I want a vaccine shot as soon as I can get it.  All of us are old (yes, I know many of us don’t admit it – especially in our own minds).  As a matter of fact, I am still a great basketball player – even better than I was along with my 55 extra pounds that I can use under the backboard.  Oh, how wonderful memories are. 

Speaking of memories, many of you need to send me one of your favorite memories of your days at old East High.  Send it to  I will post it on our web site so others can relive it with you.

KEHSAA will live another year or two or more.  Our memories of East High may die with us, but will probably be kept alive by someone else for at least a few more years.  Reach out to your classmates.  Tell them you love them. Tell them you hope to see them at a future class luncheon or even perhaps at an all-class KEHSAA reunion. And, of course, tell them you hope to spend eternity with them.  Wow, wouldn’t that be great!

With joy in my heart,

Bill Black

Have you sent in a special memory that you have from the good old days at East High?  What, you don’t remember being asked to do this?  Well, read Bill Black’s note below and you will see one of his memories and a request for you to send in yours. Mail it to the KEHSAA address shown above.
Blue & Gray
Not receiving the Blue & Gray?  It is probably because we don’t have an updated email address, postal mail address, or phone number for you.  Please send us this information so you won’t miss out on mailings or emails.  Include the year of your graduation with this.

The Virus

Bill Black’s note in the Spring of 2020

We are all a prime candidate to catch it – we are old!  Many of us have other reasons to catch it (I have been a Type-1 diabetic for 45 years now).  But, by the grace of God, we all hopefully will escape this dreadful disease.  On a more practical note, being retired like most of you also, let’s hope the economy recovers fairly quickly so all our savings don’t go down the drain.

Now, I’m going to ask you to do something.  No, it is not to ask you to send in a “memory” you have of your time at East, because you already have not done that even though I asked several times (Better late than never?).  What I want you to do is to shut your eyes in a few minutes to visualize what I will be describing.  Ready?  Who was your principal when you were there?  Shut your eyes and think back – is he standing in the lobby early before school started?  Do it – shut your eyes.  I saw Mr. Gardner.  Who was your favorite, or most memorial teacher?  Do it – shut your eyes.  I saw Miss Ruby Bird.  Who was your coach or music director or non-credit teacher?  Do it- shut your eyes.  I saw Coach Bible and Coach Hall.  Now, who was the person that perhaps changed your life or made a lasting impression on you?  Do it – Shut your eyes.  I saw Mrs. Bennett, the Librarian.  When Mrs. Bennett came to one (perhaps 20th or 25th) of our reunions, I sat down next to her and told her the story of how she changed my life.  We both were crying before I finished. But, that’s another memory for the future.  Now, wasn’t this exercise fun?

I have gotten in the bad habit of reading the list of people in the Knoxville News Sentinel Obituaries every day.  I am 75 so I look to see who is around my age to see if I recognize a name. Since I grew up in Mascot, I also look for folks from there.  My wife thinks I’m crazy.  She’s probably right!  Do you do this and are you crazy also?  By the way, 50% of the obits are usually older than me and 50% are younger.

WE will get through this virus crisis. I can’t wait to start giving everyone a hug again – well, at least the girls. In the meantime, keep your distance.

Oh yes, we hope to have an all-class reunion on Sunday, August 2nd, at the Crown Plaza in downtown Knoxville. Watch for the Blue and Gray in late May or early June to confirm this.  You can also check back on this web site.  We just need to be sure life is back to normal before finalizing anything.  This will not be a Hall of Fame event, simply a gathering of “old” friends and classmates.  I hope to see many of you then if not before (please, not in the obits).  (This paragraph is now out of date.  The August 2020 reunion has been canceled!!!!!!!!!!!!)

Blessings, Bill

Springtime – First Blue and Gray of 2020 (not yet published, written before “The Virus”


Hello fellow classmates,

The year is _______ (fill in the year you graduated from East High). You will be graduating in just two to three months.  What are you going to do then?  Get a job?  Go to college?  Go to a technical/vocational school?  Join the Army/Marines/Air Force/ Coast Guard/Reserves? Get married? Travel? Become homeless? Join a family business? Start drinking and smoking (maybe more)? Whatever?

Wow, that was a long time ago!  What did you actually do – perhaps several of the above suggestions?  Would you do it the same way if you could go back in time?  Most of us would probably make a few modifications if it were possible.  But, here we are today, reading a high school alumni publication and we’re still above ground.  We all probably have a few aches and pains that remind us of getting old, but hopefully we have a few other things to keep our mind off them most of the time.

For those of us who live in or near Knoxville, we have the opportunity to stay somewhat connected to fellow East High classmates.  There are various class luncheons/dinners on a monthly basis and several annual gatherings.  If you haven’t participated in these in the past, I encourage you to do so in the future.  I am 100% sure you are not getting any younger.

Several of my 1962 classmates died this past year and surely several of your classmates did also. And, unfortunately, even more may do so this year.  Hopefully you have some family members who live close to you and help to keep you active.  If not (and maybe in addition), you can still seek out some old classmates with whom to have fellowship.  They will have memory problems and aches and pains too.  I know at our class of 1962 luncheons we do more laughing than crying. This helps exercise those smile muscles in your face.

The Knoxville East High School Alumni Association (KEHSAA) is still alive and active.  We have what we call an Executive Committee Meeting every first Friday of the month at 10:00 at the O’Conner Senior Center just off of Magnolia.  The first Friday of each quarter we have what is called a Board Meeting at the same time and place.  We need more people from all classes to attend these board meetings to have better representation of the various classes.  Everyone is welcome at any of these meetings and your input will be appreciated.  We usually have a group which goes to lunch following the meeting, so that is another good reason to attend.  Oh yes, KEHSAA will have another annual gathering this coming August.  See details in this newsletter.

We have a new “memory” to publish this time.  It was submitted by Anita McGuire Melia, class of 1966.  It is printed here and on our web site. Thanks Anita. There are now three of us brave enough to have written something up.  What about the rest of you ______ s?

With a smile on my face and love in my heart, Bill

Hello East High School alumni,

     I am happy to report that the 2019 All-Class Reunion was another great success for all those who attended.  Fourteen of the 17 classes were represented.  We missed many of you who have joined us in the past, but we hope to give you another opportunity next year.  The secret – stay healthy for one more year!

     I would also like to congratulate the six new members of the East High School Hall of Fame.  You will be able to read about them later in the Blue and Gray, but it is an impressive group.  Military service, foster care and adoption, and entrepreneurship were some of the main characteristics of these inductees.  Unfortunately, three of the six were given posthumously. 

     We had a special recognition at the reunion for one of our own – Frank Hall.  Frank was one of the first students at East High when it opened in 1952, is a 1953 alumni with both football and basketball awards.  He returned as an assistant football and basketball coach after college, became Head Basketball Coach in 1961, and led two teams to the state tournaments in Nashville.  Several of his players were present at the reunion to honor Frank as student, player, coach, teacher, legend and friend.

     We have a new “memory” to tell everyone.  Thanks to Lucile Heap Martin (’53) for submitting this.  Now, send us your “memory”, so we will have others to tell in the future.

     I would like to take this opportunity to thank those who worked so hard to make our all-class reunion such a success: Gail, Carolyn, Helen, Wanda, Wilma, Cheryl, Lucile, and Larry.  A special thanks goes to Loretta and her tireless husband Mike.

     In addition to sending us one of your “memories”, I would like to encourage you to tell us what you would like to see in future Blue & Gray’s, on the web site, or at the 2020 reunion.  This is an alumni organization for all 17 classes and we are all getting older. Don’t wait to do something!

Best regards, Bill

  A new Memory to post from Lucille Heap Martin, Class of 1953.

One day after gym class, I was changing back into my clothes when I slipped, fell and knocked my hip out of place.

While the other girls tried to help me dress I lay on the floor, Miss Capps went to the boys’ gym and brought some of the basketball team members to help me up.  (There was no 911 in those days.)

Eddie Wolfenbarger picked me up and told Miss Capps that he would carry me home.  So …, There we went, marching down the street to my house.  I was being carried by the boy voted “Most Handsome” in our class, with the rest of the boys following behind carrying my things.  It was like a parade.

I thought that was the most exciting thing that could ever happen in my life. (Well, what did I know.  After all, I was only seventeen.)

Thank you Lucille for sharing this wonderful memory with us!

A New MEMORY to Post:  Submitted by Anita McGuire Melia, Class of 1966

There were always rumors and legends about most of our teachers.  One that I remember was Mr. Van Metre (Art & Civics).  It was rumored that once he met a student, he would always remember their name.

While queued to receive our text book in Civics Class a friend shared this rumor and suggested it would be fun to swap identities.  So, when I introduced myself and received my book, I gave my friend’s name and she gave Mr. Van Metre the name Anita while receiving her book.

When report cards came out, I had a better grade than my friend.  She complained that I had gotten her grade and she mine.  (Probably true, as she was the better student).

Turns our Mr. Van Metre was a legend.  Years after graduating, I ran into him in Maryville and true to the rumor, he called me by name … NOT my name, but that of my friend.

“Thanks, Anita, for sharing this memory of life at old East High School”


Please join with your fellow Alumni.  Send a check for $25 to KEHSAA, P.O. Box 51763, Knoxville, TN 37950

Current members as of May 3, 2019

1952: Bill Craig, Omer Dyer, Charlie Martin, Kyle Wilson

1953: Betty York Colston, Carolyn Cottrell, Frank Hall, Elizabeth Ailshire Jack, Lucile Heap Martin, Tom Pannell, Betty Reid, Eleanor Brumette Thurman

1954: Dick Bales, Carolyn Ellis, Shirley Dyke Hodge, Harold Mills, Van Snider, Walter Wise

1955: Louise C. Armin, Rose Marie DeRobertis Faulkner, Carlos Harris, Marge LeCoultre, Helen Heap Mills, Doyle Nicley, Robert Pickle, Sylvia Sproul, JoahnWaller, Beverly Wilson

1956: Sue Campbell, Wanda Majors

1957: Jamie Haworth, Elvin Henry, Phyllis Severance

1958: Glen Frye, Jane Ray, Richard Ray

1959: Marsha Alegre, Tommy Greene, Lee Kribbs, Richard Veale, Judy Wright

1960: Bob Daniel, Larry Everette, Roger Henry, David Lawson, Bo Minnis, Patricia Cullop Smith

1961: Mrs. Ray Acuff

1962: Joe Atkins, Sarah Baskin, Mickey Beesley, Cheryl Berry, Bill Black, Loretta Crowder, Gail Ingram, Mary Lou Kanipe, Wilma Loy, Lavern Marcum, Don Pinkston, Margaret Pinkston, Lorry Ruth

1963: Larry Leibowitz, Patsy Nelson Mincey

1964: Don Hensley, Lona Terry

1965: Arthur Ellis

1966: Anita McGuire Melia, Sandra Mitchell-Woods, R. L. Padgett, Brenda Merritt Stokes


1968: Buford McKinney

Scoreboard: Class or 1962 has the most members – 13, with the Class of 1955 next at 10;  The fewest members in a class belong to the Class of 1967 – 0; The member the longest way from home resides in Hawaii (site of next reunion – ?); The state with the most members other than Tennessee is Georgia.

 Gail Mynatt shared this message from Anna Heneise, KEHSAA’s 2018 scholarship recipient:
  Hello East High alumni! This is Anna Heneise, your scholarship recipient for 2018. I just received my grades for the fall 2018 semester. I am proud to report all A’s (with one A-) and a GPA of 3.92! I was able to engage in several extra curricular activates this semester, including working backstage at the Clarence Brown Theatre on campus. I have been offered a position stage-managing next semester that I am very excited for. I would like to thank you again for your support. This was made possible through your contributions, and I hope to be a credit to your organization. Have a wonderful New Year!
Sincerely, Anna Heneise

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The slate of officers nominated for 2019-2020 were elected by acclamation at the January, 2019, board meeting.

President: Bill Black, Class of 1962

Vice President: Loretta Smith Crowder, Class of ’62

Recording Secretary: Helen Heap Mills, Class of ’55

Assistant Recording Secretary: Wilma Loy, Class of ’62

Corresponding Secretary: Wanda Majors, Class of ’56

Treasurer: Carolyn Ellis Cottrell, Class of ’53

Assistant Treasurer: Lorry Ruth, Class of ’62


Appointed to the 2019-2020 Board

Benevolence: Tommy Green, Class of ’60

Legal Counsel: Larry Leibowitz, Class of ’63

Education: Margie Humphrey LeCoultre, Class of ’55

Membership:  Gail Ingram, Class of ’62




Kay and Larry Leibowitz

The class of 1963’s Larry Leibowitz opened the Day of Remembrance  of the Tennessee State Holocaust Commission, Tuesday, March 7 in the State Capitol’s House Chamber. This year’s theme is Generations of Memory: Heading the Call to Action. Addressed were the work that Tennessee’s students are doing to combat human rights violations and build awareness of current genocide in the world.

During the ceremony, the winners and finalists for the Betz-Lipman Holocaust Educator of the Year Award were recognized for their outstanding work in the field of Holocaust education. Gov. Bill Haslem, Speaker Beth Harwell, Sen. Becky Massey and Rep. Roger Kane, along with several other members of the legislature, provided personal reflections on the day. Gov. Haslem praised Leibowitz for his work in assuring the ongoing viability of the commission. Under  Leibowitz’s leadership, the organization’s reach has expanded throughout the state.

This school year the commission hosted more than 300 speaking engagements and professional development workshops reaching more than 4,000 educators, 80,000 students, and 11,000 community members in 15 colleges and universities, 60 public-school districts, and 60 private schools. “Remembrance obligates us not only to memorialize those that were killed but also to reflect on what could have been done to save them,” Leibowitz said. “The antidote for anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry is education and by working together, we can fulfill the promise of ‘Never Again’.”


Deceased East High School Alumni
       There are too many to list, plus we do not have very good records.  We hope to have at least one person from each class that can gather all the information for their class.  Tommy Greene has done an outstanding job of sending out emails when he hears about an alumni death.  Are you on his email list?  Do you sent death notices to KEHSAA?  Tommy wants to retire from this job.  Who wants to take over?  Send us a note to KEHSAA, P.O. Box 51763, Knoxville, TN 37950

Though the website of the Knoxville East High School Alumni Association is still a work in progress, we are happy to be here. In addition to sparking the wonderful memories that we cherish and want to preserve, we are dedicated to communicating, enjoying each other’s friendship, and supporting efforts to keep the spirit of our school alive.

We are hopeful that you will relish revisiting those memories and will be willing to share events that have woven the fabric of our lives since those unique and special years that were “East High School”.

One of our goals is to honor distinguished EHS alumni with a Hall of Fame. The initial class was inducted in 2012, and we have added additional alumni each year since.



  Sara B. O’Mera  1952

Kyle “Buddy” Cruze  1952

Dr. Lucy Scroggle (posthumous)  1953

Phyllis B. Severance  1957

Jerry “Ace” Miller  1957

Charles “Bud” Lobetti  1957

Bobby Denton  1959

Bill Denton  1959

Sam Furrow  1959

Carolyn W. Shorter  1959

Richard “Andy” Rader (posthumous)  1960

Dr. Herman Saatkamp  1960

Arnold Schwartzbart  1960

“Edd” Poore  1962

Dr. Grazia “Pucci” DiDonato  1965

Sandra Mitchell Woods  1966



Bill Craig  1952

Frank Hall  1953

Dr. Margie H. LeCoultre  1955

Col. Robert Pickle  1955

Dr. William “Bill” Williford  1955

Frank Flynn Jr. (posthumous)  1956

Elvin Henry  1957

Rich Ray  1958

Dr. Ted Shelton  1959

Joe P. Atkins  1962

Lt. Col. Lorry Ruth  1962

Dr. Mary Lou S. Kanipe  1962

Col. (R) Henry C. Ruth III  1966

Thomas Moultry  1967


Charles Leon Dodson (posthumous)   1953

Dr. Lawrence “Larry” Whicker   1953

Dr. Robert R. “Bob” Small   1954

John W. “J.W.” Bailey   1956

Gay Walter Valentine   1956

Colonel Donald “Don” Martin   1957

Billie Ray Cannon Demont (posthumous)  1959

William Kinser Ellenburg   1960

Roger Henry   1960

David Lawson   1960

William “Bill” Black   1962

Dr. Michael R. Carpenter  1966

Sgt. Maj. David R. Hatfield  1966



Clyde Richard “Dick” Bales  1954

Carlo Harris  1955

Rosa Maria DeRobertis Faulkner  1955

Shirley Ford Monte (posthumous)  1956

Dr. Robert Simerly  1957

James “Jim” Burton Ford  1960

James “Jim” Martin Atkins  1962

  Randolph “Rand” Phillip Bradford  1963

Randall “Randy” Harvey Schwartz  1963

Christopher “Chris” Wohlwend  1963

Teddy “Ted” Weaver Land  1964

Anthony “Tony” Conrad Evans (posthumous) 1966



Yvonne Coleman Lowrie  1954

Ben Dillard  1955

Steve Lockett (posthumous)  1956

Phyllis Clem Baer  1956

Dr. Harold C. Warner Jr.  1957

William Larry Ventis  1960

Frederick J. Mynatt Jr.  1960

Darris K. Doyal  1961

Larry Leibowitz  1963

Dwight Smith  1966

The Honorees of 2017 were:

Carolyn Ellis Cottrell  1953

Frank M. (Bob) Bostick  1954

Al Billips  1955

Cary F. McWilliams  1955

Sue Meador Campbell  1956

Zafer Roback  1959

Richard Hillard  1963

Sherry Wright Nelson  1963

James M. (Jay) Nelson  1963

John B. Foster  1967 (posthumous)

The Honorees of 2019 were:

Thomas L “Thom” Minnis, 1954

George Bible, 1957

Tom Coffman Morelock, 1957

Ray L. Merritt, 1961

Zack Bayless Bolt, 1962

Walter Dwight Church, 1962

See the September 2019 Blue and Gray for the 2019 Hall of Fame Class write-ups.


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