KANAUGA — Nineteen members of the 1952 graduating class of Gallia Academy High School held their 60th class reunion Saturday night, July 7, at The Quality Inn, Kanauga.
Guest speaker was current GAHS Principal Tim Massie, a Gallia County native and 1974 GAHS graduate. Massie, who graduated from the Ohio State University in 1978, joined the GAHS teaching staff as vocational agriculture instructor in the fall of 1978, a position he held for 13 years. He then served as guidance councilor for three years.
In 1994, Massie was appointed assistant principal at Gallia Academy, a position he held for 16 years. He was named principal on March 19, 2010, and assumed those duties on July 1 of that year.
He and his wife Pam, who also attended the reunion, have been active in Gallia County Junior Fair activities the past 35 years.
Hobart Wilson, Jr., welcomed the speaker. Massie reviewed the school’s history since moving to Centenary in 2009. He pointed out that the Class of 2013 would be the first to complete four years of study at the new high school.
Massie also touched on the future of academic, athletic and music programs at the new high school, and passed out brochures on the 1st Team Project about Gallia Academy’s new football stadium at Centenary. He finished with a question and answer period.
Wilson, on behalf of the 1952 class, presented Massie an Ohio State University wall plaque.
G. Richard Brown served as master of ceremonies. Wendell B. Thomas gave the invocation. The Class of 1952 had 93 members. Twenty-one had reservations for Saturday night’s reunion with 19 showing up.
After a moment of silent prayer, Luella Hughes Sanders read a list of 29 deceased members. They are as follows: Merle Strait, Bill Wood, Bob Gooch, C. H. (Johnny) Ecker, Gary Bane, Larry Canaday, George Preston, Robert Coulson, Carl Roush, Diana Fife Houck, Maxine Thompson, Regina Grubb, Ken Curry, Owen Lewis, Joy McCalla, Ann Robinson, Arthur Allison, Bette Mitchell France, Barbara Conley Thomas, June Jenkins Shahan, Grace Green Lloyd, Joy Randolph Bayes, Corbetta Roberts, Coleman Smeltzer, Charlotte Hammond, Helen Butterfield, Rochelle Hill Cooper, Juanita Carter Clark and Marcella Null Houck.
Stephen McKean of Anchorage, Alaska, received a door prize for travelling the farthest for this year’s reunion
After the program, class members held a discussion on future class reunions, including the possibility of holding joint reunions with members of the classes of 1951 and 1953. Class members voted to have the reunion committee decide when and how future reunions would be held.
Reunion committee members were: Lois and Wendell Thomas, G. Richard Brown, Kathryn Elliott Massie, Nina Sanders Jeffers, Luella Hughes Sanders, Jimmy Allen, Victor Niday, Marilene Thivener Young and Hobart Wilson, Jr.