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WHO WE ARE...

IN MEMORY OF

BRUCE BEATON, MR. FRANKFORD

 

L.Class of 1964 Reunion (Jean Beaton's Graduating Class)

Bruce Beaton,

He Was An

Angel Among Us

A Tribute from a

Friend and Former Teammate

"Well Done, Good and Faithful Servant..." Matthew 25:23 

 

Former President of the Frankford High Alumni Association, W. Bruce Beaton, III (Bruce) passed away on February 10, 2021.  Bruce was a member of the Frankford High Class of June 1963 and played on the 1962 Varsity Football Team.  He served in the Army and Army Reserves after graduation.  In June 1967, Bruce married the love of his life, Jean Wild (Fkd June 64).  They moved to the Northwood section and had three children who also were Frankford Graduates.

 

On his father’s passing, Bruce took over the helm of the family insurance company and continued the tradition his father started of being a servant and volunteer in his community.  He saw the need to reach out and help people wherever and whenever he could as his way of giving back.  His involvement in the community started in his youth, and; was evident in his participation in such organizations as the Bridesburg Ambulance Corp, The American Red Cross, Simpson AA, The Rotary, Southampton Days, and The Centennial Education Foundation, just to name a few.

 

His love for Frankford was legendary.  When his children began to participate in sports at Frankford, he never missed a game.  He went to every Frankford-North Football game until they ended when North Catholic closed its doors. (Thanksgiving 2009) He ran the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Frankford-North Game at the Vet.  He raised money for the Organ Fund to restore Frankford’s beautiful pipe organ.  He served as President of the Alumni Association and was involved in the Frankford High 100 Year Anniversary Banquet.  His dedication to the school and community was recognized by the Alumni with awarding Bruce the Pioneer Achievement Award given to outstanding graduates of Frankford High.

 

Bruce was a man who thrived on helping people…his community, his school and his family.  He was that rare person who put others ahead of himself.  He will be missed by all.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Bruce’s honor to UNICEF or The Ivyland Presbyterian Church, 51 Gough Avenue, Warminster, PA 18974

 

Tom Gonsiewski

Frankford Class of  1964

 

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164 Railroad Drive

Ivyland, PA 18974

BLACK 

HISTORY

MONTH

2021

1. The first African-American to work in the Philadelphia Fire Department was Isaac Jacobs. He was hired in 1886 as a hoseman at Engine 11, but in reality, he was relegated to caring for the company’s horses.

 

2. In 1891, Stephen Presco became the second African-American hired by the department. Unlike Jacobs, Presco actually fought fires; he was well-respected and considered fearless. In 1907, he became the city’s first black firefighter to die in the line of duty when a fire escape collapsed during a building fire at 823 Filbert St. He was 41.

3. Peter C. Graham served as the department’s first black officer when he was promoted to lieutenant in 1931. James G. Davis made history by becoming the city’s first black battalion chief in 1953.

4. For decades, African-American firefighters could only work at the all-black companies: Engine 11 and Fire Boat #1. That changed in 1949 when 11 black firefighters were assigned to stations throughout the city. Engine 11 and Fire Boat #1 remained all-black companies (except for white officers) until 1952.

5. In 1962, PFD Lt. Samuel Singleton started the fraternal organization Club Valiants for minority firefighters. Valiants was one of several such groups that came together to create the International Association of Black Professional Fire Fighters in 1970.

6. Mayor Ed Rendell tapped Harold Hairston as the city’s first African-American fire commissioner in 1992. Hairston retired in 2004 after serving 40 years with the PFD.

7. The city’s first female firefighter to die in the line of duty was Joyce Craig, an African-American woman who had served in the department for 11 years. She died while responding to a house fire in 2014, and was posthumously promoted to lieutenant. She was 37.

8. Three black women are among the trailblazers who continue to work in the department:

  • Fire Code Unit Lt. Diane Mercer was one of the first three women hired by the PFD in 1985.

  • Engine 44 Capt. Lisa Forrest is the first black female firefighter promoted to that rank and the first woman to lead Club Valiants.

  • Paramedic Crystal Yates is the first black woman promoted to the rank of chief. She now serves as assistant deputy commissioner for EMS and is the highest-ranking African-American woman in the department.

CLASS OF 2020

GO RED 2021!

"ASK YOURSELF HOW CAN I BE BETTER TODAY, THAN I WAS

YESTERDAY?..."

 

FKD CLASS 2020

Jahri Evans, Roman Harper & Marco Garcia & the Class of 2020 was inducted into the 

Saints Hall of Fame

The media selection committee of the Saints Hall of Fame has selected guard Jahri Evans...6 feet 4, 318 pounds, he's one of the most decorated offensive linemen in franchise history. He played 11 seasons with the Saints from 2006-16 after being drafted in the fourth round in 2006 out of Bloomsburg.  

Among his accolades were five consecutive selections to the Associated Press All-Pro teams, including four consecutive first-team honors from 2009-2012.

New Orlean Saints

As We Travel Along the Rocky Shore of Life, this talented group of musicians, including Class of 75 alum, Leslie Aita (top left), reminds us, there's still beauty to embrace.  Enjoy!

FRANKFORD'S  

CULINARY AWARD-WINNING PROGRAM

Frankford High School is known for many things, especially its Culinary Arts Program. It is an award winning program that has been featured in a documentary and on Rachel Ray.

 

Students in this three year program will have hands-on training in cooking techniques, baking skills, and restaurant service.  Each part is supported by theoretical knowledge.

The program exposes students to different cuisines from around the world and uses equipment found in both large and small-scale restaurants.

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HAPPY 2021

 Class of 1970,

50th Reunion

Friday, May 21, 2021

FOP Lodge #5, 

11630 Caroline Rd,

Philadelphia, PA 19154.

DJ, Buffet, Wine and Beer

7-11 p.m

$50 per person 

Make Check or Money Order Payable to:  FOX REAL ESTATE, C/O DENISE EMERY JESSEL, PO BOX 425, OCEAN CITY, NJ 08226. PLEASE INCLUDE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS  SO WE CAN SEND YOU A RECEIPT.

2020-2021

Revised

Reunions & Events

 Classes of 1965

January & June

55th Reunion

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday, October 2, 2021

12 - 

Brookside Manor,

50 Bustleton Pike,

Feasterville-Trevose  19053

Contact:  Maryann Portone

215 624-7853

or

frankfordreunion@verizon.net

One Night Only

      Class of 1975 45th   Reunion

Saturday, May 1, 2021

7 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Brookside Manor

50 Bustleton Pike Feasterville,

PA 19053

Open Bar/ Buffet

Tickets:  $60.00  - By Sept. 17, 2020

Live & Recorded Music by

Vic Monaco 75' &  "The Mix"

Cocktail Hr:  7-8 p.m. - hot & cold 

hor d'oeuvres

Open Bar:  7-11 p.m.

Cash Bar:  11 to Midnight

Hot Buffet - Dessert Table

Mail Check & M.O. - "Frankford Class

of 1975"  to:

Mike Hagan, 25 Woodlane Drive,

Moorestown, NJ  08057

No Tickets Will Be Issued at the Door.

March  27, 2021 

Save the Date!

Save the Date!

The Class of 71 will hold their 50th Reunion on Saturday,

September 18, 2021

More Info. to Come...

...Through this program, students will be able to fly solo by age 16, earn their Private Pilot License by 17, achieve Certified Flight Instructor by 18, and become an Airline Pilot by 21.

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Christine Duffy, 2019

Pioneer Award Winner spent summers in France.

 
 
 

111th Pioneer Award Recipients - 

                  2019 Pioneer Assembly at Frankford High School

Welcome Carnival Horizon!

"I was a below average student," Christine Duffy,

2019 Pioneer Award Winner,

announced at the 111th Pioneer Achievement

Award Ceremony in October.

 

" I didn't have a passion or a plan of what I wanted to do

after I graduated."

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Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author, five-time Bram Stoker Award winner,

suspense author, anthology editor, Marvel comic book writer, magazine feature writer, playwright, content creator and writing teacher/lecturer.  He was named one of the Today’s Top Ten Horror Writers.  Pen Name, Shane MacDougal.  Inducted into the Martial Arts of Fame... wikipedia, 

And Class of 1976...

Joe Ledger Series

"I was scouted by Marvel. Which is funny because my agent and I had been strategizing on how to get on Marvel’s radar when Axel Alonso (then the editor-in-chief) called me out of the blue."

 

"He’d picked up a copy of my novel, PATIENT ZERO, enjoyed it and thought that my brand of action, character development, and humor would be a good fit. So he invited me to write for him. I started with an eight-page Wolverine story as a back-up to that year’s anniversary issue; then got a gig to write a very adult, very edgy Punisher comic."

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STEVEN HUNT, CLASS OF 75

FROM TECH STARTUPS TO

GLOBE-TROTTING

"I was very fortunate to graduate first in my class of EE’s (Electrical Engineering) at Drexel.  This gave me the opportunity to go to work for Bell Laboratories."  

 

"At that time, this was one of the preeminent research and development firms in the world.  But to work as an engineer there you needed a masters degree.  So, they sent me all expense paid to Stanford to get that degree."  

 

"When I returned to the Labs my main focus was on learning as many different areas of technology as I could.  The best way to manage technology is to understand it."  

 

"...Every time an opportunity came up to do more than just design – including cross project coordination, project leadership, etc – I took it and learned as much as I could about how to optimize the results."  

 

"...At that point it was just a matter of expanding on what I learned and always growing.  As my mother used to say “you should stop learning when they close the lid”.

"I was the weird Goth Girl, who befriended the popular boy."

2019 PIONEER ACHIEVEMENT

 

AWARD CEREMONY

111th Pioneer Achievement Award Winner

Christine Devonne Duffy - Class of 1979

President of Carnival Cruise Line

JULIA ROONEY CLASS OF 2001

 

2019 REUNIONS

 
 
 

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Welcome Back!
We've been waiting
for you.

So glad you stopped by our new alumni  destination. 

Welcome to your

new second home!

 

We've got some

great house-warming gifts. 

Sorry, it’s not a  Keurig or microwave.

But our gifts will come

in handy when you need

them the most.

Oh sure, you can sneak a peek?

TRAILBLAZING PIONEERS

An example of trailblazing

is  finding a new way

to get across the top of the mountain.

CLASS OF 1971
SENIOR TRIP TO D.C.
WHO ARE WE?
WE'RE FRANKFORD ALUMNI...

We help each other

1.  Navigate College

2.  Start Careers

3.  Guide Career Changes

4.  Embark into a New Chapter

5.  Mentor and Share Knowledge with

those Traveling in our Footsteps.  

Even if you just moved the tassel over

a short while ago, or 60 years ago—

there's a place for you with the

Frankford Alumni Association.  

 

"Yesterday is history,

Tomorrow is a mystery,

Today is a gift a God, which is why we call it the present."

Bill Keane

 
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WINTER 2021

This is a Puzzle!

FRANKFORD MEMORIES

A BRIEF MOMENT IN TIME THAT

LASTS A LIFETIME...

 
 

2020 & 2019

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Help plant the seeds in Frankford's education garden. A strong foundation produces a bountiful harvest that will feed a hungry world. 

Today's students must survive new storms now present in their generation. 

Our alumni contributions provide a safe harbor and a sturdy anchor as they navigate these challenges. 

Won't you be that anchor?  Or a beacon that lights their path.

Thank You for your Continued Support

to your Frankford Alumni Association.

Your Name Can Be Here Too.  You can contribute individually or as a class, and in memory of a

cherished family member, classmate or teacher. 

 

Reunions are a great way to end a wonderful evening with a class contribution to your dedicated Frankford Alumni Association.

 

We're dedicated to keeping you connected to your alma mater

and acting as resource for abundant living.

How?  You can make a donation on the reunion membership form. 

Or, Make Checks Payable and Send to: 

Frankford High School Alumni Association

Oxford Avenue & Wakeling Street, Philadelphia, PA 19124

 

 

Red - Up to $ 99.00
Blue - Up to $ 249.00
Gold - Over $ 250.00

           Frankford H.S. Alumni Association 

2020 Deposits 

                        

 

1. January 27, 2020      $  49.00     [Mdse $ 49.00]

                                                             

2. January 30, 2020      $  10.00     [Mdse  $10.00] 

 

3. February 10, 2020    $ 295.00     [General/Mdse $ 295.00] 

 

4. February 19, 2020    $  30.00     [Mdse/Year Books]

 

5. March 10, 2020        $ 985.00    [L.M. $ 105.00 Gen $ 405.00 Organ $ 250.00]

                                                   [Sch  $ 150.00 Ath $ 50.00 Mdse $ 25.00]                       

                Total         $ 1,369.00

FALL 2019 

Red - Up to $ 99.00
Blue - Up to $ 249.00
Gold - Over $ 250.00

 

Thank you for your support of the Frankford Alumni Association. 

Any donation is greatly appreciated.

Organ Fund:

Grace (Merklein) Kurki (June 1949)  RED  Fall

 

General Fund: 

Geoffrey Dobren (June 1965}  BLUE Fall

Edward & Mildred O'Neal  (Jan 1949)  BLUE Fall

William Hoyt  (June 1949)  [Multiple Gifts]  RED Fall

Grace (Merklein) Kurki (June 1949)  RED  Fall

Elizabeth Ulmer (Jan 1962) RED  Fal

 

ROTC Academic Fund:

None

 

Athletic/Academic Fund:

None

 

Scholarship Fund:

None

 

New Life Members:

Mary (Embery) Brooks  (June 1946/1947)

  

Mr Hackenyos Memorial Scholarship:

None

Spring 2019

Organ Fund:

Nancy (Staufenberg) Lyons  (Jan 1957)  RED

Daniel Orlock  (June 1965)  RED

William Lederer  (June 1977)  RED

Charles Beck  (June 1956)  [Multiple Gifts]  BLUE

 

General Fund: 

Dr. Stanley Mayers  (June 1944)  BLUE

William Hoyt  (June 1949)  [Multiple Gifts]  RED

Charles Lowery   (June 1964)  RED

Robert Kessler  (Jan 1965)  RED

 

ROTC Academic Fund:

None

 

Athletic/Academic Fund:

None

 

Scholarship Fund:

None

 

New Life Members:

Edward Meissner  (June 1949)

William Lederer  (June 1977)

 

Mr Hackenyos Memorial Scholarship:

None