Class Reunions

Class of 1959

The Class of 1959 gathered in the Conrad Grebel Library during Homecoming & Family Weekend 2019 for their 60th reunion

Seated (l to r): Rhoda (Bergey) Nissley, Ruth Ann (Rush) Moyer, Ruth (Shisler) Bunton, Geri (Derstine) Sell, Carol (Swartley) Longacre, Lorraine (Clemmer) Zook, Sara (Frederick) Gehman, Dave Landis. Standing (l to r): Abe Rittenhouse, Gerald Derstine, Dan Yoder, Don Hedrick, Henry Longacre, Abe Kratz, Harold Gahman, Gerald Benner, Rhoda (Alderfer) Benner, Willi Meyers.

Class of 1964

Class of 1969

 

The Class of 1964 didn’t have an official reunion this year, but quite a few members of the class attended the alumni reception and other Homecoming 2019 events

Left to right: Faculty member Lee Yoder, Ruth (Hersh) Delp, Lee Delp, Jane (Clemens) Landes, Dave Kindy, Dwight Stoltzfus, Mary Derstine, Jim Rosenberger, and Rich Leatherman.

The Class of 1959 gathered in the Conrad Grebel Library during Homecoming & Family Weekend 2019 for their 60th reunion

Seated (l to r): Rhoda (Bergey) Nissley, Ruth Ann (Rush) Moyer, Ruth (Shisler) Bunton, Geri (Derstine) Sell, Carol (Swartley) Longacre, Lorraine (Clemmer) Zook, Sara (Frederick) Gehman, Dave Landis. Standing (l to r): Abe Rittenhouse, Gerald Derstine, Dan Yoder, Don Hedrick, Henry Longacre, Abe Kratz, Harold Gahman, Gerald Benner, Rhoda (Alderfer) Benner, Willi Meyers.

Class of 1974

The Class of 1974's 45th reunion took two years to plan, and it was well worth it because the reunion, from start to finish, "exceeded our expectations," reports J. Eric Bishop. The class had 69 members; five "are already enjoying their great reunion in the other dimension," Bishop said. A total of 28 classmates attended the reunion, held at Cafe at the Mill in Sellersville.

An open letter to the Class of 1974

Eric Bishop wrote this letter to his classmates several weeks before their September 27, 2019 reunion.

On Thursday morning, September 6, 1973, after a one-hour school bus ride from Doylestown to Lansdale, I walked into Mr. Bauman's Family Living class, twenty minutes late on my first day as a new senior at Dock.  I was scared spitless but trying to look "public school cool" as a room full of heads turned to look at me.

On Thursday evening, June 6, 1974, 68 other seniors and I walked out the back door of the Chapel with a Dock diploma in our hands. 

That was also the last time that I saw some of you.

As you know by now, our class reunion (#45) is scheduled for Friday evening, September 27, 2019, where we have reserved the entire Cafe at the Mill, in Sellersville, PA, from 6:00-10:00 p.m. http://www.cafeatbucksmill.com/menu.html

As of this moment, 27 of you told us (Donna, Bruce, Arlin, Eric) that you plan to attend our reunion.  Some of you told us that you have no interest in the event. If you do choose to attend our class reunion, you will discover that......

We are not the person/people we were in high school.  We don't look, act, talk, or think (or dress!) as we did back then. In fact, many of us now look, act, talk, and possibly even think, like our parents, if they are even still living.

We have been through the loss of loved ones (including five of our classmates), jobs and/or careers, muscle tone, memorable hair styles and/or hair altogether. We have been divorced, remarried, remained single, married (with varying degrees of happiness). 

We have suffered physically, emotionally, mentally.  We have found Faith, kept the Faith, walked away from the Faith.

We have found fulfillment in the careers/jobs we've had, and we have endured jobs we hate because they pay the bills that never stop coming. Some of us have paid off mortgages and others still see no end in sight. Some of us have enough in our savings and retirement accounts to maintain the lifestyle we want for as long as we live. And some of us are living paycheck to paycheck. Some of us have already retired, and some of us wonder if retiring will even be possible.

We have received public recognition for our accomplishments and we have quietly gone about our daily duties with little or no fanfare.

We have produced children who never stop making us proud, and children who have broken our parental hearts.

Need I go on?

Through the years, I have heard every kind of reason as to why so many people choose to avoid their class reunions, and every single reason is valid.

The point I am trying to make is that ultimately, you are the only person who actually remembers the high school version of you.

We want to know who you are today, because that is the only thing that really interests those of us who will be attending our class reunion.

From our previous class reunions (and I have attended each one), I have learned some valuable lessons. As one of the planners, I will see to it that:

  • No one on the committee will ask you to say or do anything that could put you on the spot or make you feel uncomfortable* (i.e. no sharing prompts). 
  • We will not engage in any form of, Can you top this?
  • And, except for the pre-paid cost of the meal, no one, from Dock or anywhere else, will solicit you for funds or contact information. The alumni office told me so.

Forty-five years ago, the seniors embraced this new addition to their class (can you name the other three?) and, in less than a year, helped to give me what I called (during an open mic chapel) "the best year of my life."

For some of us, though, high school is still a painful memory, and all it takes is a song, a scent, a photograph, being with a classmate, or looking at ourself in the mirror, to dredge up those thoughts and feelings.

I get all of that.

But, as the character Sebastian says in The Tempest,

"The past is but prologue."

That was all then.

This is now.

And now is all that any of us ever has.

Because I continue to love rock and roll, I will close with a number that, I believe, summarizes what I have tried to say in this "open letter" to the Class of 1974.....

Trust me.

We really do want to know.

Eric Bishop

the bishop brothers band

Senior Night, June 1, 1974, on the Christopher Dock Mennonite Hight School stage. Jon Greaser*, Eric Bishop, Bruce HeavenerRandy Decker (Pennridge soph), Greg Bishop.

* I must confess that I will have a portable, electric piano in the trunk of my car that evening, and if "Elton" Jon Greaser shows up....

 

Class of 1989

The Class of 1989 gathered for their “totally rad” 30th Reunion at the Mainland Grille in Harleysville on October 19, 2019

Front, l to r: Jina (Leatherman) Reinford, Karen (Kratz) Gyimesi, Rory (Gahman) Kolb

Row 2, l to r:  Jen (Clemmer) Gahman, Wanda (Clemmer) Freed, Kristina (Godshall) Whetzel, Trina (Kratz) Stewart, Jody (Sensenig) Detweiler, Sue (Nice) Blum, Aimee (Scheetz) Anderson, Nicole (Vasey) Peck, Pam (Landis) Brunner

Standing: John Vasey, Joel Derstine, Steve Bauman, Charlton Wolfgang, Jeff Reinford, Randall Moyer, Steve Freed, John Frederick, Keith Reim, Scott Kratz

Class of 2009

Members of the Class of 2009 gathered for their 10th reunion during Homecoming & Family Weekend 2019

Left to right: Ian Benner/Adam Long/Scott Long, Bryan Myers, Curtis Denlinger, Heejung Kim, Jim Daughenbaugh/XXXXX, Collin Moyer, Maria Diodonet, Brittany (Moyer) Cutarelli, Breanna (Stillman) Hesser, Stephanie Smith, Amanda (Schneider) Gross, Jocelyn (Hickey) Stauffer, and Tannia (Nieto) Petit.