Initiated by the Class by 1973
In conjunction with our 30th reunion, the class of 1973 has started to raise funds for a tribute to the late Harold Graf. Our first goal was to install a memorial bench on the Van Slate Lawn in Mr. Graf's honor. We reached our fundraising goal on this project and dedicated the bench during a ceremony held at our reunion picnic July 19, 2003.
Mr. Graf's three sons, Jeff '65, Barry '71, and Steven '73 were in attendance at the ceremony at which The Reverend Gedge Gayle officiated.
The service opened with a trumpet fanfare composed by Roger Dannenberg ('73), and tributes were delivered by students and colleagues of Mr. Graf -- Melissa Perrett Cook, Dorothy Porter, Bob Livingston, Dolf and Lannie Fanning Dunn, and Jim Marsalis.
You can read the (approximate) text of several addresses:
Wendy Newlin and Linda Kimble Powell unveiled the temporary version of the bronze plaque that is on order (right)
The Graf family participated in the ribbon-cutting and installation of the temporary plaque, which will be given to our classmate, Steven, when the permanent plaque arrives. Music was performed by class of '73 members Chris Carpenter, Eric Wedemeyer, and David Hawkins, and the service concluded with "When The Saints Go Marching In."
The class of 1973 is also spearheading an effort to raise an additional $25,000 to renovate a high school science lab as a more ambitious memorial to Mr. Graf, and we are hoping that alumni from other years, our parents, and our teachers who were Mr. Graf's colleagues will join us in this effort..
Check this website periodically for updates on this project.