BHS Class of 1959

An online photo album for the Bend, Oregon High School Class of 1959

Hey guys, do you have contact information for any of the following people?  Please let me know. (See my email address below.)
The list is in alphabetical order by last name.

  • Catherine Austin
  • Katherine ‘Kate’ Barton
  • Judy Bettencourt
  • Foster Bidwell
  • Fostina Bidwell
  • Charles Carrington (On
  • Ray Chambers
  • Denise Conway (Nelson)
  • Leona Currin (Mills)
  • Steve Diehl
  • Sharon Eakman (Gorman)
  • Nita Fox
  • Jon Frese (Contacted him on Facebook)
  • Pat Gallagher
  • Kathleen Gassner
  • Gary Glander
  • Janet Hackett (Brown)
  • Mary Hale
  • Gordon Hansen
  • Dwayne Harris
  • Judy Harshman (Brunk)
  • Carol Hasbrook (McBride)
  • Kris Hemingway (Griffin) (address on NW 81st Ave., Portland, is invalid; no forwarding address)
  • Duane Hought (on Facebook)
  • Earline Isaac
  • Ann Jones (Anderson)
  • Patricia Krueger
  • Dorothy Laird (Gariti)
  • Rodney Lehto
  • Barbara Libel
  • Ron Mack
  • Darla McElroy
  • Kathy Miller (Putney)
  • Ron Murphy
  • Keith Palmer
  • Albert Pike
  • Bruce Prentice
  • C. Pyle
  • Ron Rainey
  • Keith Ramsey
  • Diane Reiten (Corporon)
  • David Renno
  • Diane Robinson (Dilibertos) She may be on Facebook
  • Carol Ross (Laite)
  • Connie Smith (Morgan) (On
  • Kathy Stanton
  • Sally Verley
  • Jeff Ward
  • Michela Watts (Alderman)
  • Rosalee Wellbourn
  • Gerald Wheeler
  • Sharon Wilson (Burden)
  • Albert Wolfe (On

This is a collection of our school photos though the years, deserving of a place in Bend Oregon’s history. Your contributions are very welcome. Be sure to check out the Seniors & Bios page for updated pictures and biographies of what people did after high school and of course, please send in yours.

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Hey, that looks like my blue and white Chevy in the picture.
NOTE: Who remembers which classes and teachers were in the windows shown in the picture above? 

Class Motto: “He who conquers himself, conquers all.”
Class Flower: Rose
Class Colors: Copper and white
Gift to the School: Auxiliary basketball scoreboard (who knew?)

Latest changes:  

  • Added bio and photos of Nik Fagen written by his wife, Cherri Fagen. See Senior Photos and Bios.
  • Added Suzi Mooers, Bonnie Broe and Joe Dobbels to Departed Class Members page.
  • Added latest class member address list to this page.  

Search for the story of Gary Joanis encountering Bigfoot… See how below.

Bigfoot Looking for Gary Joanis

NOTE: You can Search using the magnifying glass in the upper right corner of each page, NOT case-sensitive. A Search from any page returns results from the entire site. Just enter the text or phrase and press Enter and the PAGES where results are found will be shown. Search will not find text that is part of a photo, only text that has been typed in.

To search on a single page, press Control f, enter your text, and press Enter. This works anywhere in Windows.

I would like to dedicate this site to one of our very special and memorable teachers, Mrs. Harriet Langmas, for all she taught us about the English language and for choosing Bend for her career and home. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts, Mrs. Langmas! We wish you well throughout your life.


Take a look at this unforgettable video of Mrs. Langmas. It was made for the “I’ve Got a Secret” tv show back in the day. Thanks to Rita Glenn for sending it in and for remembering that as tenth graders, we were honored to be students in Mrs. Langmas’s class and that our Class of ’59 was the first class to attend all three years at the new high school. Mrs. Langmas says she remembers all of us, even where we sat in her class. I remember her for her beautiful wardrobe and no-nonsense sleek hair style. Mrs. Langmas is still beautiful, lives in Bend, and is on Facebook.

If you want to see what the world was like in 1959, take a look here.

Here is the Class of 1958 site: (set up by Bob Lanzarotta; no longer being updated.) If anyone has the web addresses of other Bend High class websites, please send them to me.

For Class of 1959 name, address, telephone, email and website updates, or to send photos, comments, suggestions, name identifications, memories or corrections, please contact me, Sandra Larson Jaenicke at (Vicki is no longer maintaining the list.) I am still sending out postcards to last known addresses for people with no email address.

Here are some comments on the site: (I decided not to post the complaints.) I absolutely LOVE your enthusiastic comments. To those who think this is a pain in the neck to maintain, it is not…. It was on my list of things to do for a long time and I loved doing it. It was also very easy to do using today’s web authoring tools. Back in the day, we had to type this all in code and THAT was a pain in the fisterus. Doing web sites was something I did at work too and since I am retired, I miss my job, so bottom line is … maintaining this site is a pleasure and I am very happy you guys like it. The hardest part is finding content, so SEND ME STUFF!!! (How about pictures of the houses you lived in????)

I never thought I would see my senior picture again.” (THIS IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE COMMENTS.)

“The site is very well done. I can tell you did it with love.

“Thanks to you, I have reconnected with one of my childhood friends.”

Why build a website now?” “Answer: “Better late than never.”

“Thanks for your website work. You have done a wonderful job.”

“Great job on remembering all the names.”

“Some of the pictures are real treasures.”

“Where did you find all these pictures?”

“Thank you for doing this!!!  You are wonderful!!!” 

“Thanks for all the work you have done on behalf of the class of 1959.”

“Thanks for keeping in touch with the class of 59 and for putting it all together. “

You’re doing such a great thing!!!!!!!!” 

“Thank you for your efforts!”

“I’ve looked at the site a lot. It’s great.” 

“What a nice surprise. And I love the site.”

“Your card was a pleasant surprise and a ticket to go back in time through the website. We really have lived at a very special time; perhaps the best ever. I sure wouldn’t trade the high school experience we shared with today’s school environment. Thanks for getting in touch and keeping the connection. Much appreciated.”

“The site is really great. You did a fantastic job. Brought back some great memories of some good times!”

“Fun times remembered! I see myself next to my best friend in the picture.

“You’ve taken on quite a challenge, tracking down all our classmates.”

“You should add old, cool hotrod car pictures and stories to our bios. At the 50th, there were a lot of people interested in them. For some people, cars are an important part of their life, and therefore, a part of their bio.”

“Your web page is wonderful. For one thing, we wouldn’t be talking without it. For me, that’s worth it right there.”

“I got your card and checked out the website. You have done a fantastic job! Being I have missed the reunions, it was great to catch up with so many of my classmates – was sorry we have lost so many. Thank you for putting this all together.”

“Your efforts have opened the doors for me to talk to my old high school girlfriend and another friend I haven’t talked to since high school.”

“Keep up the good work.”

“I really believe the remaining 1959 classmates owe you Sandra, Vicki and Brenda a big thank you for all you’ve done and have continued to do to keep everyone in the loop.”

“How very nice to hear from you!!  Yes, I have been looking at your new Bend High website – I enjoy reading the latest from all the gals and guys.  You have been doing a great job of keeping all of us informed. “

“I scanned the wonderful Class of 59 website that you have set up.  Wow!  Class act (smile).  Thanks again for doing this for our class.”  

I know last year you were burning out, but honestly, I don’t know what we all would do without you. Now you’ve taken on what Vicki (and
Brenda) were doing also. You’re a real trooper and I love you for it.”

I did take a pretty good tour of your website and it’s a dandy!  You really did a lot of very good work.  I do hope you will keep it going, although I know not what I ask!  I’m sure it requires a lot of effort even just keeping it up.


(from Marylou)

Thank you, this is fun to look through, your hard work is appreciated (Tom Riley)