This came from Lakeland, (FL) Ledger: WILLIAM A. SAWYERS, 92
LAKELAND – William A. ‘Bill’ Sawyers, beloved husband, father, and educator passed away on March 27, 2020 at the age of 92. Bill was born in 1927 in the Panama Canal Zone, the son of William and Grace Sawyers, where his father served as principal of the American high school. Bill and his family later settled in at Patchogue, NY. He joined the US Army toward the end of WWII, and was assigned to the 2d Division, a newly formed unit of mountain warfare ski troops. Bill attended Bates College where he met the love of his life, Shirley Pease. They graduated together in 1949, and married in 1950. With a BS in biology and a minor in chemistry, Bill began his career as a teacher in Baldwin, NY where he remained committed to his students until retiring in 1986. Bill was a life-time learner, completing a MS in Bio Science from Columbia in 1950, and a Doctorate in Animal Behavior from Penn State in 1966. All of his studies were focused on one purpose – to foster unique educational opportunities for his students. Bill created an award-winning Science Research Skills course that fostered a generation of doctors, scientists, veterinarians, researchers, and professionals across all walks of life. In recognition for his many contributions to his students, Bill was selected as ‘Teacher of the Year’ in New York State in 1982, and awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Adelphi University. Retiring to Lakeland in 1986, Bill remained active in the community playing drums in the Lakeland Concert Band and a member of the Grace Lutheran Church. He also enjoyed many years living across the backyard from his brother Jim Sawyers and his lovely wife Carol. Bill is survived by his son Jim Sawyers, son Alan Sawyers, and daughter Wendy Romano along with seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren. He now joins Shirley, his beautiful bride of nearly 65 years, who passed away in 2015. Rest in Peace. Memorial service will be held for Bill at the Grace Lutheran Church at a time to be determined when it is safe to gather once again. Condolences may be sent to the family at: www.heathfuneralchapel.com Published in Ledger from Mar. 31 to Apr. 1, 2020
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It is with great sadness to share that Lorraine Poppe ‘69 passed away on April 16, 2019. Lorraine taught English at Baldwin Senior High School starting in 1973. She served as a master teacher, dean of students and an assistant principal before moving on to become principal at John F. Kennedy High School in Bellmore, NY in 1995. She was the longest-serving principal in the school’s history. Lorraine retired from John F. Kennedy High School in 2018. To say she touched tens of thousands of lives may be an understatement. “Lorraine’s commitment to improving instruction and ensuring that all students are given various opportunities to succeed have been the hallmark of her success,” Ronnie Steiger, the public relations director for the Bellmore JFK Alumni Association, wrote. “An ardent supporter of all student activities, Lorraine could be seen cheering on students at virtually every co-curricular event. She took tremendous pride in the success of the students and staff and was proud to be the leader of her beloved Cougar Nation”.
Many of us Baldwin alumni will
remember Lorraine with the same fondness.
We wouldn’t be surprised that she was an advocate for every student as
many of us were her friend, her colleague, her classmate, her student. Many of
us will also remember her as a beloved coach who instilled the lessons of sportsmanship
and working together as a team. We were so
sad to hear the news but so grateful to have known Lorraine Poppe. She will be sorely missed, and our thoughts
are with her family.
After looking over the attendance list at the last alumni beach party, the board thought it would be interesting to see where all the alumni in attendance came from. Only those folks that signed in and we were able to find an address for them in the database are reflected on the map. For this first map, we have not included the alumni names, just the graduation year, town and distance traveled. We hope to enhance it next year with names as well.