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•   Tom Chambers  10/29
•   Kelene Neer (Blumstein)  10/27
•   Steve Davis  10/27
•   Edward Lukes  9/28
•   Ike Walker  9/5
•   Bob Hellweg  9/2
•   Carl Jaske  7/23
•   Steven Fry  7/21
•   Mik Hamilton  6/12
•   Patsy Whitecotton (Barggren)  5/29
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•   Carolyn Clark (Jones)  12/4
•   Bob Hellweg  12/7
•   James Lovell  12/8
•   Virginia Schneider (Nishigaya)  12/12
•   Loren Brewer  12/26
•   Harold Burgess  12/27
•   Malcolm Diller  12/28
•   Fred Prillaman  12/29
•   Marilyn Giese (Signor)  12/31


Who lives where - click links below to find out.

1 lives in Alabama
9 live in Arizona
3 live in Arkansas
10 live in California
9 live in Colorado
11 live in Florida
1 lives in Hawaii
87 live in Illinois
1 lives in Indiana
1 lives in Kansas
1 lives in Kentucky
3 live in Maryland
3 live in Massachusetts
1 lives in Michigan
1 lives in Minnesota
1 lives in Mississippi
4 live in Missouri
1 lives in Nevada
7 live in North Carolina
5 live in Ohio
2 live in Oregon
1 lives in Rhode Island
2 live in South Carolina
1 lives in South Dakota
4 live in Tennessee
7 live in Texas
2 live in Virginia
2 live in Wisconsin
3 location unknown
90 are deceased


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Percentage of Joined Classmates: 73.0%

A:   135   Joined
B:   50   Not Joined
(totals do not include deceased)

Bloomington High School
Class Of 1961

11/11/2021:  Veterans Day - Our country is filled with a promise for tomorrow because ours is a history shaped by heroes.  The observance of Veterans Day should give us pause to recognize those among us, and those who have passed on, who have placed themselves in harm's way to preserve the blessings of liberty for us all.  Take a minute to click on the "Military Honoree Slides" and "Military Honorees" in the gold column on the left of this screen, and honor our classmates who have served in our Armed Forces.

06/03/2021:  CONGRATULATIONS TO THE BHS CLASS OF 1961 ON THE 60TH ANNIVERSARY OF IT'S GRADUATION!   On June 4, 1961, the Class of 1961 attended Senior Vesper Service at Wesley Methodist Church, the sermon delivered by Rev. G. Elwood Wheeler, minister of First Baptist Church.  The topic of his message was "Exams Are Never Over".

On June 6, 1961, Commencement service was held in the school auditorium, the address delivered by Rev. Harold R. Martin, minister of Second Presbyterian Church.  The topic of his address was "Tomorrow is Today".  (For more on this topic, go to Message Forum.)

10/06/2016: Pictures of the 55th Class Reunion may be viewed by clicking on "55th Reunion 10/1/2016" in the gold column on the left of this Home Page screen. 

The 55th reunion could not have happened without the excellent hard working help of the following classmates:  Jack Secord and Lyn Dossett Secord, Jeff Carnahan, (who graciously took on extra duties, especially when another classmate had a family emergency), Sharon Brown Leach, Lynn Keeran Fox, and Roy Willan.  Of course, Gene Lorch, Melody Robbins Lorch, and Donna Marquardt Dearth are the bedrock of BHS '61 by keeping the website updated on an ongoing basis.


04/18/2013:  To ensure receipt of e-mail notifications from this class website, click on "Notify Me" in the gold column on the left of this screen under "Member Functions"  to make your selections from the list of options.

02/02/2013:  Remember that the Message Forum is available to all classmates for communicating.  You are invited to share your comments, i.e. memories of our senior year, current and past events, etc., with your classmates. 

LINK:  CLASS CLIPS - to access, click on "Class Clips" in the gold column on the left of this Home Page screen.

6/08/2012:  In the 5/31/2012 Pantagraph, Bloomington High School was reported as ranking in the top 10% of high schools surveyed nationwide this year by U.S. News and World Report magazine and the American Institutes for Research.  BHS ranked 68th in the state among 672 high schools and 1,880th out of 22,000 high schools evaluated in 49 states and the Dist. of Columbia (Nebraska did not report enough data to be included in the survey).  The schools were evaluated in terms of college readiness, success in advanced-placement classes and other factors. 

1/28/2012: The Message Forum is a good tool to start a dialog and communicate with your classmates.  It is simple to use and everyone has a chance for input.  Click on Message Forum in the gold column on the left of this screen to access the site.

10/27/2011:  The slide show to honor our classmates who have served in the U.S. Military has been added to the website.  To view, click on "Military Hon. Slides" in the gold column on the left of the Home Page screen. 

The videos "In Remembrance" and "The Reverend", which were part of the 50yr Reunion Program, are both available for viewing by clicking on each in the gold column on the left of this Home Page screen.

10/04/2011:  The 50yr reunion pictures are available for viewing.  Click on "Reunion Pictures" in the gold box on the left of this screen.


I finally finished my book about my wanderings in Europe and Asia. Here is what Patsy said about it:
A very entertaining book that gives a first hand trip thru the wild drug culture of the 1960's. Mik tells it like it was and doesn't hold back on giving his whole truth even when it is not always very pretty. Perhaps it also explains to some, how and All-American boy from a small midwestern state can get so far off the traditional path to find himself, live on the meager side of life while exploring countries most don't have the courage to visit yet he had great adventures, some dangerous ones and made friends, survived and took those lessons to become a better human and even help mankind with what he learned. Once i started the book I was swept up in the story and didn't put it down until I read it cover to cover in two days. It's the kind of book Oliver Stone could make into a great movie. Patsy Whitecotton Barggren

You can buy it on Amazon: