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 1960s and 1970s. 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 ’60s and ’70s Alums had to say!

Diana Troutman Balsiger ’66

So much to tell. Married 49 years, missionary in Kenya since 2007, retired RN, 7 grandchildren, and 3 greats. Lived in Northern California since 1969. Husband, Marlin, is a retired police officer.

 

Suzanne "Suzy" Blazer Lutz ’66

We have postponed our 55th Class Reunion to August 2022. More details will follow.

 

Wayne R. Strasbaugh ’66

I added a grandson and a granddaughter to my family in 2020 - both firsts. Still doing some legal work as a special counsel to my firm. Otherwise, have been hunkered down during the epidemic. Hope all other alumni are well and thriving.

 

Kelly Richers ’70

PSU BS, Cal State Bakersfield MA. Currently superintendent of the Wasco (CA) Union Elementary School District. 3,500 students, annual budget of $60M, 450 employees. Married, wife Linda, daughter Katherine, just got her second master’s degree (Library Science). Completed construction of a new school last year at a cost of $36M. 

Involved in moth studies (entomology). 4 moths named after me that I have discovered (named by another person, you cannot name something after yourself!) Sympistis richersiu, Pelochrista richersi, Gluphisia rishcrsi, Sparganothis richersana. President of the Wedge Entomological Research Foundation, Treasurer of the Lepidopterists' Society, Treasurer of the Moth Photographer Group Foundation. Commissioner of Kern First Five Children's Network. 

 

David Scott Adams ’71

I graduated in 1971 and immediately enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard. Following my first tour of duty, I enlisted in the U.S. Army. After my enlistment with the Army, I returned to the U.S. Coast Guard eventually completing twenty-three years of active duty, retiring in 1994. Following my military career, I applied for and was hired as an Enforcement Officer with the National Marine Fisheries Service, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrations Office of Law Enforcement, successfully completing a twenty-three-year career with them as well. I finally retired in 2017 with more than forty-six years of government service. My wife and I recently celebrated our 40th anniversary and we have five children, eight grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren, with three children and one grandchild choosing to serve our country in the U.S. Military, with one Navy Veteran, one Army Veteran, and two Air Force Veterans.

 

Dr. Nancy Keller ’73

We got a “COVID-19” puppy. A wonderful addition to the family especially w/ the difficult year. Forces my daughter and to take her on walks even when the weather is inclement.

Robert L. Metzenberg and Kenneth B. Raper Professor of Mycology 

Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology

Department of Bacteriology

University of Wisconsin - Madison

 

Sherrie Borden ’73

I’m back in State College and working at PSU. I’m fortunate to be on the Organizational Change Management team supporting the campus-wide implementation of SIMBA which is the replacement of the 30+-year-old IBIS financial, accounting and management system with SAP. PSU is the first higher education system to implement SAP to the extent that we are. This 2 1/2 project has been quite an undertaking, to say the least!

 

Dave Simons ’74

Dave Simons, introducing his granddaughter Eloise Murphy Dodge, Born Jan 6th, 2021. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

 

Joseph Boris ’74

Mr. Boris here. I have a load of photos of I.M.B.A. teams from the past. I was the commissioner for over 30 years and had thousands of students play. The students loved it. At one time in the ’90s, we had over 500 players boys, girls, and mixed teams involved. We had 56 teams at one time. We went from the beginning of Nov. until the championship always played in front of the entire school in March. 

I had a great time! Time went by so fast. Because of the pandemic, there was no IMBA this season. Too bad. It was one of the best sports we had at State High. 

 

Vicki Brown ’77

After 36 years in the San Francisco Bay Area, we’ve moved north to Kitsap County, on the west side of the Puget Sound, across from Seattle. It’s very green here, with lakes and trees. I love it.

 

Jim Wilcox ’78

I graduated in 1978. However, after arriving in SC in 1972, my family returned to California in 1977… so I did not graduate from SCHS. Westerly Parkway classmates may recall that I played with Brian McNichol, Tom Goodman, and Ken Hull in a band called Mephisto. 

I retired in 2016 after a career in Information Security (I was honored as a Fellow by ISSA or Information Systems Security Association). I also wrote Video Communications: the Whole Picture, which went into four editions (it’s not of value now that videoconferencing and collaboration are mainstream, but it’s still available on Amazon and such). 

Notwithstanding the pandemic, I have for nine years volunteered teaching guitar to kids with mental health challenges for Trillium Family Health Services. I performed and recorded with the band The Working Stiffs (www.theworkingstiffs.com) from 1991 until 2015. Since then I have been working on other projects (www.jimwilcox.com). I’ve run about five miles every other day for forty years. 

My wife, Susie, and I married in 1987, and have lived in the same house in Portland, Oregon since 1988 (where we raised two daughters who are now off and married). Susie retired as a Chef Instructor from le Cordon Bleu the same day that I retired. She is a beekeeper and avid bicyclist. We planned to walk 500-600 miles on the Camino through France, Spain, and Portugal in April/May of 2020 but, of course, pandemic. 

I fly to Port Allegany every few years to make music with classmates Jim Young, Ed Seguin, and Jack Malone. Have fun; be safe.

YouTube Channel

 

Molly Bolan ’78

I’m still Molly Bolan on 2nd marriage. Both of us are retired military Navy veterans. We live in Va Beach Va still.

 

Matthew Harlow ’79

Principal / Owner of ELA Group, Inc. (ELA). ELA is a multi-discipline Engineering and Landscape Architecture firm with divisions for surveying (Land Grant Surveyors) and athletic facility design (ELA Sport). Three office locations in PA: Lititz, State College, and Butler, and one in FL.

True State High Alumni Family. Spouse: Bernie (Moyer) Harlow - 1984. Children: Kathryn - 2012, Colin - 2016 and Keri - 2020.

Notable Happenings: Returned to State College area in 2000 to open the Central PA office of ELA. Worked on numerous projects in the State College Area including ones that enhanced the overall State College community such as Renovations to the Welch and Park Forest Community Swimming Pools, Bernel Road Park (aka “Airport Park”), and State College Area School District facilities capital improvements including State High, Delta, Radio Park Elementary, Corl Street Elementary, Spring Creek (Houserville) Elementary.