10 graduates of Ellicott City High recall closeness of their Class of '42

NEIGHBORS

August 26, 2002|By Karen Nitkin | Karen Nitkin,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

IN 1942, the graduating class at Ellicott City High School had 36 students.

Yesterday, 10 were at the Ellicott City home of Ann Walters to celebrate their 60th-year reunion.

"It was just absolutely lovely. We just had a super time," said Jane Lee Sealing, Walters' mother and the driving force behind the reunion.

Sealing, who lives in Garrett County with her husband, sent 21 invitations to former classmates who live as far as Oregon, Colorado and Florida. She contacted three teachers from the school, who probably are in their early 90s. They were unable to attend.

About 20 people, including the principal, John Yingling, attended the class's 50th-year reunion, which was held in an Ellicott City church, Sealing said. Yingling has passed away.

Walters volunteered to be host of the 60th reunion so the group could relax and talk without worrying about being rushed out of a restaurant. She prepared a hot meal of turkey, ham, mashed potatoes and more.

"It's their reunion," she said. "We're just helping out. They're all excited because they won't have to talk over restaurant noise."

Guests arrived about 1 p.m., and stayed until about 6 p.m. "We were very, very close, each and every one of us. The boys and the girls," remembered Sealing.

The class graduated in the midst of war. When Pearl Harbor was attacked Dec. 7, 1941, most of the students realized they would join the armed forces when they graduated, Sealing said. After graduation, two boys and one girl from that class lost their lives in the war, she said. Since then, nine classmates have died and others could not be found.

After graduation, Sealing went to work for the War Department and was stationed at Fort Meade.

She met her future husband while in high school. "We met when I was a junior in high school," said Sealing, whose maiden name was Collins. Her future husband, Donald Sealing, was out of school and had a job collecting milk from area farms and delivering it to Baltimore.

"One day I was standing at the end of the lane and out of the milk truck came a bouquet of roses and they landed at my feet," she said. After getting permission from her parents, he visited her one Saturday night. "I was baking a chocolate cake and he took one look and said, `You're for me,'" she recalled. They were married after he returned from a 2 1/2 -year stint in Europe, serving with the Signal Corps.

The class of 1952 was the last class to graduate from Ellicott City High School. After that, it was turned into a middle school. The building was torn down in 2000 and replaced with the new Ellicott Mills Middle School.

The class of 1952 held a reunion June 9 and then had an overnight trip to Atlantic City, N.J. Nineteen class members attended that reunion.

Local artist exhibit

Ellicott City artist Thomasine Spore will have her prints featured at Columbia Art Center Galleries from Sept. 5 through Oct. 8.

The exhibition, which launches the fall season for Columbia Art Center, also will include sculptures by Marcia Wolfson Ray. An opening reception will be held from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 14. It is free and open to the public.

Information: 410-730-0075.

Call for artists

Ellicott City Business Association is looking for local artists, musicians, dancers and merchants to take part in the Historic Ellicott City Fall Arts Festival on Sept. 28.

Artists will be able to display their works at downtown shops and will be eligible for a $200 prize. Live performances will be presented during the autumn-themed event, which will run from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Interested artists may submit photographs or slides and a self-addressed stamped envelope to Caitlin Ryland, Starry Night Antiques, 8006 Main St., Ellicott City 21043. The deadline is Sept. 10. Information: fallartsfest@- hotmail.com.

Another honor

Kavita Shukla, who recently graduated from Centennial High School, has done it again. The 17-year-old, who has won two patents and several awards and honors, will receive a $10,000 scholarship from the Davidson Institute for Talent Development.

Kavita is one of 17 winners of the Davidson Fellows Award, which recognizes and encourages outstanding achievements in science, math, music and other disciplines.

She was recognized in part for her groundbreaking work using the spice fenugreek to retard food spoilage.

Her patents are for products that use the spice to keep food fresh longer.

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