Golden Grads President’s Report for Spring 2023

Spring 2023 President’s Report

by Doug Whalley ‘63

The Luncheon Returns

The Golden Grads Annual Luncheon is scheduled for Wednesday, June 21, 2023, at the Nile Golf and Country Club. It will be fun to meet with your classmates in person again, hear the latest news about the school, and enjoy some entertainment by the students. Please send in the registration form in this issue of the Grapevine.

Roosevelt’s 100th Anniversary and The Wall of Honor

The Roosevelt Foundation (a separate group from the Golden Grads) has announced the schedule for Roosevelt’s Centennial Celebration. The details are in this edition of the Grapevine. A highlight will be the unveiling of a Roosevelt “Wall of Honor” identifying outstanding Roosevelt graduates, teachers, or staff. I was on the selection committee, and it was a difficult process choosing among so many worthy candidates.

Kids Today

I spent a school day at Roosevelt recently as part of a career information program focusing on public service jobs. I met with seven different groups of about 15 students each and discussed working as a lawyer for the government. Although only a few seemed interested in a law career, they were all polite and attentive during our meeting and asked good questions. I also ate lunch with the students in the lunchroom. There is only one lunch period, so it was packed and noisy, but the students were obviously having a good time. I was impressed that there was no yelling, shoving, or bullying. There were several students with handicaps in the crowd, some in wheelchairs or walkers, and those who needed assistance were accompanied by a student volunteer aide to help them carry their lunch and find a seat.

College Scholarship Grant for Visual Arts Students

Roosevelt Golden Grads thank Don Strom ’64 and his wife, artist Jane LaFazio, for a generous donation of $5,000 to fund scholarships for graduating RHS seniors gifted in visual arts. The grant will fund one $1,000 scholarship annually for five years. An arts teacher or their designee will select one senior each year based upon their achievements in a visual arts field such as watercolor, mixed media, art quilts and similar fields. Winners will be going on to university, college, or art school, and ideally, they would be pursuing a visual arts field. Thank you, Don and Jane.

Thank you to Katie Greve and Ben Stuart of the Roosevelt Theatre and Dance Department

Golden Grads are invited to a May 30th preview of the 100th Anniversary Spring Musical Celebration. Details are in this Grapevine. It is a free event, with no reservations needed. Prior to the pandemic, the Golden Grads and their guests were invited every year to the Spring Musical preview. It is a great opportunity to see the school, especially its beautiful theatre, and enjoy one the finest high school musical programs in the country.

Be True to Your School

Our current group of officers and committee members has been largely unchanged for several years. I am pleased they have served so long, but we always need younger grads from the late 60s and early 70s on our committees as members retire. There are very few in-person committee meetings each year. Beginning next fall, we will resume two Board meetings a year at the school for committee chairs and class representatives, but attendance is not mandatory. Please contact me to volunteer.

Some Things to Look Forward to … from Your Golden Grads Secretary

Check Your Spring Grapevine for All the Exciting News

by Cathie Hogue Huffman, ’63

Welcome to all of you who are new members of Golden Grads and thanks to all of you who have renewed your membership in 2023.

The Golden Grads website,, (you’re looking at it) has LOTS of information you can look up.  Are you wondering who are members and where your classmates might be?  It’s here.  How about the RHS calendar … check what’s there.

The class of 1953’s 70th reunion is coming up.  Please see the Spring Grapevine for details and follow the information on the website

The youngsters in the class of 1963 will have their reunion Thursday, September 28th at the Nile Country Club from 11-3.  Please watch for RSVP info.

The Golden Grad Luncheon is June 21st.  Further registration information will be in the Grapevine.


The Jazz Band is again going to the Essentially Ellington Festival where they will compete in the finals May 11-13th.  This website ( will take you to the festivals page and links where you can see the students perform.  Bothell and Garfield are also in the finals.

There is a  great article in the Seattle Times about  Hannah Mowry who took over as band director after Scott Brown’s retirement last spring. See it at

Cinderella is the Spring Musical and is presenting a Golden Grads Night performance (it’s FREE) at 7 pm May 30th.  This event is always special!

I hope you’re enjoying your Spring season, regardless of the weather!

Cathie Huffman

Music, Music, Music!

Roosevelt Jazz Band 1 Is Going to Essentially Ellington!


We’re proud to announce that Roosevelt Jazz Band 1 has been selected as a finalist to the Essentially Ellington Festival in New York City.

The Pacific Northwest is rich with such quality jazz musicians, educators, and programs that deliver excellence at the highest level. We are honored and deeply grateful to get to represent our region alongside our friends from Garfield High School and Bothell High School.

Read more in the Seattle Times: 3 Seattle-area high schools make finals of 2023 Essentially Ellington jazz band competition

Reminder! We Want to ADD YOU to the Grapevine!

The deadline for sending your story to the Spring 2023 Grapevine was Friday, March 10!

from Golden Grads Grapevine Editor Janet Whalley

Hi Golden Grads!

The Spring Grapevine is coming out in mid-May.  If you couldn’t send news about yourself by the Spring deadline on March 10, please start making some notes for the fall Grapevine. It’s easy to do.  Just a few sentences will be fine!

The Grapevine is much more interesting when you are in it!!!!!  Send your email to me,  or your Class Representative.

Thanks so much!

President’s Report for Fall 2022

By GG President Doug Whalley (’63)

We Are Planning a Luncheon for June 2023

Absent a major change in public health concerns, we will be able to hold a luncheon next June. Most of us are once again comfortable being around other people in public, especially since our members are an especially health-conscious crowd. We will let you know the details when we have more information.

Scott Brown Is Retiring

Roosevelt’s talented band director Scott Brown is stepping down after 38 years. See the details in this issue.

Yet Another New Principal

In its April 2022 edition, The Roosevelt News commented on the continued absence of first year Principal HkwauaQueJol Hollins since February. Seattle Public Schools initially reported Hollins was on leave, but later listed him as having left the district, and the school was without a principal the remainder of the school year.

On May 9, 2022, the school district announced the appointment of Ingraham Vice Principal Tami Brewer as Roosevelt’s new principal. Brewer, pictured here, began working as a teacher at Ingraham in 1994, so she is familiar with the district and with urban high schools. I spoke with her briefly in August and she struck me as a polite but firm administrator. Her comments are in this edition of the Grapevine.

Roosevelt Alumni for Racial Equity

RARE has a report in this issue about their successful event at Roosevelt in August for about 100 alumni. The RARE founders are graduates from 1971 and 1972 and Janet and I joined many alums from that era who were attending as part of their 50-year reunions. (1971’s reunion was delayed a year.) When RARE was organized two years ago, Golden Grads Treasurer Michael Bush helped them start their non-profit charitable organization, and Golden Grads continues to maintain RARE funds (separate from GG funds) and to distribute tuition payments for them.

Roosevelt Wall of Honor

The Roosevelt Foundation is sponsoring a “Roosevelt Wall of Honor” for 100 graduates, teachers, or staff. They are reviewing the candidates in preparation for announcing them at the school’s 100th anniversary celebration/open house next Spring.

Remembering Pastor Pat Wright

A highlight of our 2018 Spring Golden Grads Luncheon was the presence of Pastor Patrinell “Pat” Wright, Seattle’s “first lady of gospel”. She passed away August 30, 2022. At the GG luncheon, she spoke to us about the work she was doing with young people and agreed to sing one of her songs. Her voice was amazing.

Please Volunteer

We need volunteers for the committees that keep Golden Grads functioning. As volunteer jobs go, these are very convenient — our committees hold very few meetings (often online), the other committee members may be your classmates, and you are giving back to your alma mater in the best way possible. If you are interested, call me today — (206) 523-5636. Operators are standing by.

It’s Time to Renew Your Membership in Golden Grads

Your 2023 membership was due in January

Students and staff are having a great school year, and we are planning some exciting events during our Centennial celebrating 100 years of service by Roosevelt High School.  We don’t want you to miss out on anything! Up-to-date members of Golden Grads will have special opportunities to participate during the Centennial. Your Grapevine Newsletter will continue to arrive in the in-box of paid-up members. You don’t want to miss a single edition! 

Rates for membership are: $20 for an individual annual member or $30 for a couple living in the same household. To become a lifetime member the cost is $300 for an individual lifetime member or $400 for a couple living in the same household.

Start or renew your membership today!

Print and complete the membership form (click on “membership form”) and mail to RHS Golden Grads, PO Box 281, Edmonds, WA 98020-0281. You can add Credit Card instructions to the form or attach your personal check to pay your dues.

Reminder: It’s Time to Add YOU to the Grapevine!

The deadline for sending your story to the Fall 2022 Grapevine is Wednesday!

from Golden Grads Secretary  Cathie Hogue Huffman, ’63

Hi Golden Grads!

Hoping you can send some news about yourself to the Grapevine editor Janet Whalley by the deadline Wednesday August 31.  Just a few sentences will be fine!

The Grapevine is much more interesting when you are in it!!!!!  Send your email to  or your Class Representative.

Thanks so much!

President’s Report for Spring 2022

By GG President Doug Whalley (’63)

No GG Luncheon this Year

Despite our desire to have a Golden Grads Luncheon in June 2022, the Board concluded that most members would still be very reluctant to attend. We are the vulnerable generation and must be more cautious than our children or grandchildren. In addition, we did not want to follow up a gathering by having to alert all the attendees that a server or guest tested positive for Covid.

Roosevelt’s 100th Anniversary and The Wall of Honor

As noted in last Fall’s Grapevine, plans are underway to celebrate Roosevelt’s centennial, led by the Roosevelt Foundation. The Golden Grads are working with them on planning an event at the school for the Spring of 2023. A highlight will be the unveiling of a Roosevelt “Wall of Honor”, identifying 100 outstanding Roosevelt graduates, teachers, or staff who deserve special recognition.

We want your recommendations for candidates.

The criteria for being chosen will be based on their professional achievements, service to society, support and service to Roosevelt High School, and advancement of racial, gender, or religious equality. The best candidates will meet at least two of those categories. Outstanding Roosevelt athletes already have recognition on the Sports Hall of Fame, but those that also served society outside of their sport are eligible for the Wall of Honor.  Look for a nomination form on the Roosevelt Foundation or Golden Grads Facebook pages, or on their websites;  Form is also on the emailed versions of the Grapevine.)  Particularly important is identifying eligible candidates who we did not know graduated from Roosevelt, or well-known graduates whose humanitarian activities were not previously recognized. Two such people are listed below:

Mildred “Milly” Logg Woodward, Class of 1937

With her husband Walt, Milly Woodward published the small Bainbridge Review newspaper.
During World War II they were among the few editors who were outspoken in opposing the
mass incarceration of Japanese Americans and in supporting Japanese Americans from
Bainbridge Island who were forcibly removed to Manzanar and Minidoka. Throughout the
war, the Woodwards engaged Nisei from Bainbridge to write regular dispatches to the Review
from the concentration camps, despite local opposition, threats, and subscription
cancelations. A school on Bainbridge is named for the Woodwards. The newspaper editor in
David Guterson’s book Snow Falling on Cedars is based in part on Milly and Walt Woodward.

Anthony Ray, Class of 1981

Grammy winner Anthony L. Ray, better known as Sir Mix-a-Lot, is a rapper, songwriter, and
record producer, best known for his 1992 hit “Baby Got Back”. Although he lived in south
Seattle, he was bussed to Roosevelt as part of Seattle’s effort to integrate the school system.
For him, it was a good experience. “I didn’t have the luxury of living in a neighborhood where
a good school was. We didn’t make that kind of money. So, from my perspective, it was the
best thing that could have happened to me.” In 2020, he promoted and participated in a virtual
concert for coronavirus relief and racial justice that raised over $55 million. He also led other
local artists to raise a COVID-19 relief fund for small, independently owned music venues
across the state.

Find Out More

. To see what else is happening this spring, go to one of the websites below:

For More on RHS Jazz Bands click here or visit the Jazz Boosters Calendar Page. For RHS Orchestra click here. For RHS Roughriders Band information click the Riders Band site. And for Roosevelt Drama events click here.

Spring Happenings at Roosevelt

Roosevelt High School Coming Back to Life!

by Cathie Hogue Huffman, ’63

Hello Golden Grads! 
Lots of things are happening at RHS…so Just-So-You-Know …

Theater News:

A strange thing happened when casting for Mama Mia (Sold out: sorry I wasn’t aware of the play earlier!)  Being short of male actors for this musical they auditioned members of the football team(!) and find the Drama students and Football athletes are melding well (anyone remember the Rhythm and Riot Review in the 60s?)  There’s a good article in the Seattle Times.  Here’s the link:

Roosevelt High School Theatre Department…/at-seattles-roosevelt…/

The Spring Musical will be Spongebob the Musical  May 12, 13, 14, 20 & 21 at 7 pm and May 21 & 22 at 2:30 pm.

Jazz Band:

The Jazz Band is one of the top 15 groups competing in the Essentially Ellington Competition and Festival this year…in New York again! The dates are May 5-7, 2022.  Previous RHS performances are available on uTube. They are truly amazing and when I find where the finals can be heard/seen I’ll let you know.  


 March 21, 7 p.m.: April Foolz Concert, Roosevelt Theater

 Concert, Chamber, & Symphony Orchestra, Roosevelt Theater

June 7, 6 p.m.: Final Concert, at the Roosevelt Theater Concert, Chamber, & Symphony Orchestras


1. I’s time to send in dues for 2022,  if you have not already. The “Grapevine” newsletter is only sent to those with current dues.

2.  Class news is due March 18th – send to:  (because this coming school year is Roosevelt’s 100th – you might want to write a memory from your time at Roosevelt.

3.   There will be no luncheon this coming June!  But activities are being planned for September ’22 through June of ’23 to celebrate the Centennial!

I hope this finds everyone returning to some type of normal!  It’s so good to see the students are able to participate and compete again!