We recently reached out to all our SCAHS Alumni to ask you to send in your alumni news. This month, we’re sharing alumni updates from alumni who graduated in the 1950s and 1960s. Thanks so much to those of you who sent in your updates. If you haven’t written in with your update yet, there’s still time! Just CLICK HERE to submit YOUR alumni news, or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to send in your photos and updates.

Here’s what our ’50s and ’60s Alums had to say!


J. David Truby ’56

I am a 1956 graduate. While a student at SCHS I wrote for the student newspaper, played some football and baseball, and also worked for the Centre Film Lab in State College. The rest of my bio is attached here.


Richard Sullivan ’56

I have spent most of my working career at Georgetown University, retiring in 2010. In 2020 Elaine and I moved to Hanover, NH to be near our son and his young family. I still have connections to State College where my sister and nephew live. Best wishes to all surviving classmates.


Robert Hoffman '59

Robert Hoffman ’59

Robert H. HOFFMAN AIA LEED AP, B/A Penn State Architecture 1964, M/A University Minnesota 1967. Started my Architectural practice in Boalsburg in 1972 and have been in business for 49 years, with our offices still in Boalsburg. Present firm name: Hoffman Leakey Architects LLC. Planned retirement at the end of 2021.


David Gackenbach ’61

I have bought a house in State College, Pa this year. It will be my summer home. I am still in Arizona but have moved to: Fountain Hills, AZ. I look forward to seeing you all this summer and am ready for some Pa golf. I joined the Skytop Golf course. All other info is the same. Warmest regards.


Mary Louise Lewis Welsch ’61

In January 2019, I was hired to work with the Johnson Space Center Apollo Mission Control Restoration team that restored the Mission Control room to its original condition for the 50th anniversary. The ribbon-cutting was held on June 27, 2019. I am a handweaver and was hired to design and weave fabric for 18 of the original chairs which were refurbished and re-upholstered with my fabric. I have an article published on my work, photos of the room and the event, a certificate from the Texas Historical Commission, a photo of the names of all the restoration team members, A NASA badge that includes one of “my” chairs, and other items.


Hal Fox ’62

Suffice it to say, old friends, although I am an old man like some of the rest of you, I have never grown up. When we were in High School, I reflect, everything you were supposed to do as a teenager, I did. I was a lifeguard in Cape May and a surfer, though never any good. I loved cars and still do. I even have a trophy from a NJ dragstrip! While going to Penn State I worked at The Tavern and sang lead in two different rock bands. In the midst of all this, I felt called to consider entering the ministry. That thought grew and off to Seminary I went, following my Bachelor's Degree.

I was ordained in 1970 and have served parishes from suburbs to the inner city. In addition, I served as a chaplain at the Harrisburg State Mental Hospital. A specialty of my whole ministry has been working with young people which I continue to do today. I have been blessed with 2 sons and 4 grandchildren and a lovely wife. Simply put, I feel like Johnny Appleseed; the Lord has been good to me and so I thank the Lord. Amen.


John (Jack) Frost ’63

I graduated from Penn State in 1966 and Jefferson Medical College in 1968. Internship at Harrisburg General Hospital followed by Orthopedic Surgery Residency at Geisinger and then was sent to Alaska in the United States Airforce in 1973. I practiced Orthopedic Surgery in Anchorage, Alaska from 1975 until January 2019 and have been retired since then. I still own a house in State College and land near Snow Shoe. I generally get back to State College twice a year (Fall to hunt deer and Spring to hunt turkeys and fish for trout). I continue to be an avid bow hunter and am still healthy enough to climb trees to hunt deer and climb mountains to hunt sheep. I am a private pilot with almost 10,000 hours of flying time in Alaska. I own a Piper Cub manufactured in Lock Haven, PA in 1954. I have been married to my last (also my first) wife, Ruby for 46 years. She currently lives in Nebraska caring for her elderly mother. We have four successful daughters and four grandchildren.


Mary (Chamberlain) Postellon ’66

Hi, everybody! I’ve been learning to live on my own since my husband’s death in April 2020 – due to cancer, not covid. Thanks to the pandemic, I don’t have anything else to report: haven’t been anywhere or done anything. I hope you’re all doing well and staying well.