October 12, 2013
4 years and 9 days since
our Reunion.
 Welcome to the 50th reunion website. Check out the 50th Reunion Videos provided by Clarese Jones by scrolling down the left hand side of the website.
  
 
BMHS “Hall of Fame” Honors Steve Raymer
 
Standing L-R: Fran Fruzen, Sandra Pederson Ovist, Rita Miller Berkshire, Nora Gard (School Board Member), Nancy Hanewall
Standing L-R: Fran Fruzen, Sandra Pederson Ovist, Rita Miller Berkshire, Nora Gard (School Board Member), Nancy Hanewall Stacy; Seated L-R: Clyde Bachand, Tom Nightingale , Will Parker, Steve Raymer, Tom Holmes
 
In his student years as at Beloit Memorial, Steve Raymer was often to be seen poised, camera at the ready, at the end of the basketball court. While his Purple Knights were shooting hoops, Steve was shooting photos for the next issue of the Increscent.  Steve Raymer – meanwhile a distinguished photojournalist, author and educator -- was back on the hard court at Barkin Arena on the morning of April 11, 2014, to be recognized as the 21st member of the Beloit Memorial “Hall of Fame.” Following his 1963 BMHS graduation, Raymer received bachelors and masters degrees from UW Madison and a Fellowship from Stanford, served as an Army lieutenant in Vietnam, been a National Geographic staff photographer for over 20 years, a job which took him to more than 90 countries. He has authored five books, lectured in a dozen nations and appeared on numerous US television broadcasts and the BBC. He now is a tenured professor of journalism at Indiana University. Steve’s ceremony was attended by the BMHS student body, school principal Tom Johnson, several members of the Beloit Board of Education, Superintendent Steve McNeal and Fran Fruzen, Director of Alumni Services and initiator of the annual “Hall of Fame” honors ceremony to help inspire Beloit’s high school students. Of course, the Beloit Memorial Class of 1963 was conspicuous in attendance. A block of fellow ’63 classmates, including Mary Lynn Gowman Cunningham, Nancy Hanewall Stacy, Rita Miller Berkshire, Sandra Pederson Ovist, Clyde Bachand, Tom Holmes, K. C. Jones, Tom Nightingale and Will Parker sat together during the formal awards ceremony and joined Steve to reminisce at a reception afterwards.  Raymer became  the second “Hall of Fame” award recipient from  the Class of 1963. Thomas Reneau received similar honors in 1996. 

 
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Class of 1963 Contribution to Scholarship Fund "Largest Ever"
 
Pictured above, longstanding BMHS administrator and former principal Fran Fruzen receives a check for $3000 donated by the Class of 1963 to the Purple Knight Scholarship Fund. Present at the ceremony were Tom Nightingale, reunion committee treasurer, as well as Mary Lynn Gowman Cunningham and Tom Holmes, members of the coordinating committee. The Beloit Memorial Class of 1963 traditionally has made scholarship fund contributions following each reunion. This year's fund donation is specifically dedicated to the memory of Purple Knights of 1963 who are no longer living. The size of this year's donation is unique as well. It far exceeds any amount previously provided by the class. According to Fran Fruzen, who directs the Purple Knight Fund, our latest contribution also is the largest ever received by the Fund which annually awards a scholarship to a graduating BMHS senior.
 
The brief dedication statement can be found in the Commemoration section of the Class of 1963 website.
 
 
City Council Proclaims BMHS Class of 1963 50th Reunion Week
 
As so often experienced during our reunion preparations, the Beloit community once more is showing extraordinary support for the upcoming 50th reunion. The week of October 7 – 13, 2013, has been declared “Beloit Memorial High School Class of 1963 50th Reunion Week” by the Beloit City Council. In its resolution passed at a meeting of July 15th (see below), the Council recognized the many achievements and distinctions of the Class of 1963 during our days at Memorial and in the intervening years since graduation. It also cites the “deep affection for and abiding loyalty to the school and the city (of Beloit)” among the Class of 1963 graduates.
 
 
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