Woodrow Wilson High School Alumni Update - July 2008


Dr. David Seres '76 has just been appointed Director of Clinical Nutrition at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City. David is a physician specializing in the field of Nutrition Support. "Nutrition Support specialists are responsible for finding ways to nourish those unable to eat by mouth or with intestinal dysfunction," states David. In addition, he is also beginning an MS in Healthcare Management at Harvard University's School of Public Health. David and his wife have been married for 28 years and have lived in NYC for 23 years. David adds, "Of all the teachers I had at WWHS, three travel with me every day. Al Gray and Clayton Ladd were both coaches, but it was in their classrooms that I benefited. Engaging with them made me feel valued and intelligent. I could really feel how proud they each were with my accomplishments. The other was Merl Meinecke. Merl had a way of teaching that was on the one hand so terribly corny (he'd start each and every lecture with "..And the boy sez to me, 'Mr. Meinecke, how in the hell....?'") and yet so clear and understandable. I thank him every day because I use his cancellation-of-units methodology every day in what I do and what I teach. If you would like to contact David, he can be reached at Congratulations, Dr. Seres!

Wilson graduate Scott Prendergast '88 is about to see his first feature film, Kabluey, open in select theaters around the country. Scott wrote the movie, directed it, and played the lead. In this comedy film, Scott's character comes to help his sister-in-law while his brother is off fighting in Iraq (the brother is based on Prendergast’s real life brother, Wilson graduate, war veteran and Oregon National Guardsman Major William “BJ” Prendergast IV Class of ‘86). Kabluey, starring: Lisa Kudrow (Friends), Teri Garr (Tootsie), Christine Taylor (Dodgeball), Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Grey’s Anatomy), Chris Parnell (Saturday Night Live), and Conchata Ferrell (Two 1/2 Men). The Hollywood Reporter said "This charming, pointed comedy is a genuine discovery.” Kabluey ( is opening in theaters soon around the country. You may not live in one of our release locations. But certainly you know someone in one of these cities. And if the movie does well – it will expand and make it to your doorstep (PORTLAND – this means you). Help us get the word out!

New York City * July 4 * Cinema Village Theater
Los Angeles * July 11 * Sunset Laemmle 5 Theater
Austin Texas * July 25 * Landmark Dobie Theater
San Francisco * August 1 * Landmark Lumiere Theater


Kelly Grant (Hedtke) '88 is returning to Portland this summer in the Broadway National Touring Company of The Phantom of the Opera. The dates are below for her Portland performances in the lead role of "Christine" at the Keller Auditorium, 222 SW Clay (on the corner of Clay and 3rd Ave in Portland). There are two casts for the show, so make sure to purchase tickets for the dates where Kelly is scheduled to perform. For info on Kelly's career, visit her online at

2005 Wilson graduate and artist, Adriana Torres, is entering her senior year at Western Washington University. Besides her studies, she keeps busy with her work as a designer for the Klipsun Magazine published twice quarterly by the students of Western Washington University. To check out the magazine, go to:

Robbie Lamb '04 capped his academic endeavors to date with a Fulbright Scholarship to Ecuador in Biology, which will enable him to spend a year in Ecuador promoting sustainable fisheries. Robbie is no stranger to special educational opportunities and awards. Thanks to his parents' early encouragement and prodding, Robbie has managed to compile an amazing list of educational adventures and credits. In his 6th grade year at Jackson Middle School, Robbie was selected for the Rotary Youth Incentive Program. By the end of middle school Robbie learned of a summer opportunity to study marine biology scuba diving in the Caribbean. Robbie earned much of the money for that venture by doing odd jobs. Robbie remembers this experience as being pivotal in his decision to study marine biology. As a high school junior, Robbie was a Rotary International Youth Exchange Student to Ecuador and fell in love with the country and its diverse ecosystems and fauna -- more endemic species than most any other country in the world. Robbie graduated from Wilson High in 2004 and entered Oregon State University (OSU) as a marine biology major. Robbie spent his sophomore year in Ecuador as a congressional Gilman Scholar. During his junior year he took advantage of two OSU undergraduate funding opportunities: the Undergraduate Research, Innovation, Scholarship & Creativity grant and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Program. He will spend this summer on the Oregon Coast studying tide pools which were his mother's introductory adventures to marine biology with her young son. Robbie hopes to bridge the strains between Ecuadorian conservationists and the local fishing industry in his Fulbright year. He also hopes that this year of study and implementation will result in a Master's Degree. He aspires to a Ph.D. and feels he will teach as part of his career in order to give back to the next generation. Congratulations and Good Luck, Robbie. Adapted from article written by Mary Ann Myers, for Spokes Newsletter, The Rotary Club of Portland.

Last year Joey Mahalic '07, winning pitcher for the WWHS 2006 State Baseball Champions and 2007 Oregon 6A Player of the Year, was drafted by the Cleveland Indians baseball team. Eager to get started on his professional baseball career, Joey passed on a scholarship to pitch for the National Championship Oregon State University Baseball Team. According to Kerry Eggers, The Portland Tribune, "Joey Mahalic, from Wilson High, won his first game Tuesday after being called up to the Lake County Captains, the Class A affiliate in Ohio of the Cleveland Indians." To read more go to: Congratulations, Joey!



Times have taken me far away from the halls of Wilson, but they have all created precious memories. I have only attended 1 reunion (10th) due to location difficulties but am hoping to make our 40th in 2010. I remember my high school memories very fondly and have rekindled a wonderful friendship with an old friend through Classmates. I am now relocated to Middle Tennessee, about 30 miles northwest of Nashville and 30 miles southeast of Clarksville, TN. We live in a small community called Pleasant View. Our older children have relocated back to Oregon, but the two younger girls (24 and 21) are living at home and going to Austin Peay State University in Clarksville. Anyone who would like to contact me can do so either through or I enjoy the emails about where people are and what they are doing. Linda McReary Perry – Class of 1970

My wife Laura (Hooker 1983) and two girls are still living in CA, and I have been in Law Enforcement now for 19 years. I currently work for the CA-Governor's Office of Homeland Security as a program manager for the Large Stadium Initiative which intails all pro sports, NASCAR and awards and conventions. I am assigned here from the Sacramento County Sheriff's Dept where I am a sergeant. Laura and I are going on 19 yrears of marriage, but as some know we started dating when I was a Jr and she a Sr at Wilson. Our girls are great and the spliting image of Laura, beautiful with big eyes. Courtney is 15 and Alexandra is 13, both are cheerleaders and are doing very well in school. We enjoy our acre in a quite spot outside Sacramento. I came to this job after 14 years as a Police Motor, which I still ride from time to time in competitions. I still keep in touch with Barry Alley and a few others. Hope you all are doing well. Be safe! Sergeant Scott McCartney #58 - Class of 1984, Program Manager/Exercise Planner, Large Stadium Initiative, Governor's Office of Homeland Security, Sacramento County Sheriff's Department, Critical Incident Negotiations Team (CINT), Office: (916) 322-2819, Cell: (916) 275-4332, Cell: (916) 606-0826, Pager: (916) 901-2972, "Service with Concern"

Patti Waitman-Ingebretsen '61, President of the Multnomah Historical Association would like you to know that Multnomah is celebrating its 100th birthday. There will be "A Grand Celebration for our Community" where we will come together to celebrate Multnomah's 100th Birthday Party, August 8-17, 2008. There will be an "All class reunion for Multnomah School" on Friday evening August 15, 2008 at Multnomah School. The "Grand Celebration Parade" will take place in Multnomah Saturday August 16. Check the Multnomah Historical website for details: or contact Jan Boone-MC G. at: or Carolyn Boone Grenfell at: You can reach Patti Waitman-Ingebretsen '61 at


CLASS OF 1958 ... 50-YEAR REUNION ... SEPTEMBER 26-27, 2008
Class of 1958: 50th reunion - September 26-27, 2008; info available by contacting or call Jack Bertell at 503 244 1533.

CLASS OF 1963 ... 45-YEAR REUNION ... SEPTEMBER 5-6, 2008
Here are additional details on the upcoming reunion: Friday September 5, 2008 7:00 PM at Billy Bangs' Restaurant, 5331 SW Macadam (John's Landing). You can order something to eat or drink if you like or just sit and chat.We did this one night for the 40th and everyone had a good time.

Saturday September 6, 2008 Cocktail hour at 6:30 PM, buffet beginning at 7:30 PM at the Stockpot Broiler, 8200 SW Scholls Ferry Rd, Beaverton (Red Tail Golf Course formerly known as Progress Downs). Cost $45/person for the buffet - no host bar. Entrees: Roast Baron of Beef with creamed horseradish and Mediterranean Breast of Chicken served over creamed orzo Served with Fresh Cut Seasonal Fruits and Berries, Fresh Baked Crusty Rolls, Baby Red Potatoes with fresh rosemary and roasted garlic infused, and fresh vegetables (Chef's market fresh selection). Salads: Wild Field Greens with tart apple, honeyed walnuts and gorgonzola, and Penne Pasta with Roma Tomato, feta cheese, oregano and kalamata olive. Dessert: Assorted Finger Desserts, Pecan Bars, Lemon Bars, Petite Foirs and French Pastries.

Other notes and requests: If you haven't let us know whether you plan to attend please do so. We need to give some numbers to the venues serving us. Thank you and we hope to see many people at the reunion! If you are in touch with anyone from our class who have not received these notices please forward this to them or have them email us. We had nearly 500 in our class and we have only 92 good email addresses. Your Reunion Committee If you would like more information, please contact Diane Saari Wiesner '63 at

CLASS OF 1968 ... 40-YEAR REUNION ... SEPTEMBER 19, 2008
40-Year Reunion - Wilson High School , Class of 1968 is scheduled for Friday, September 19, 2008 at the Embassy Suites - Downtown, 319 SW Pine St, Portland at 7:00 PM - 12:00 AM. Attire: Dressy Casual. Contact: 503-626-3669 or 1-800-474-3669 or email them at

CLASS OF 1978 ... 30-YEAR REUNION ... AUGUST 16, 2008
The Class of ’78 will be holding a 30th reunion on Saturday, August 16, 2008 from 6:30 PM - 12:00 AM at the Stockpot Broiler -Patio, 8200 SW Scholls Ferry Road, Beaverton, OR 97008. *Please note there will be a family picnic on Sunday, August 17, 2008. Place and time TBA. Classic Reunions is the company we chose to help us. They may be reached @ 503-626-3669, toll free (800)474-3669. Information about the reunion may also be viewed at:

CLASS OF 1988 ... 20-YEAR REUNION ... AUGUST 23, 2008
Members of the WWHS Class of 1988 have been busy planning their upcoming reunion. The graduating Class of 1988 will have a 20-year reunion on Saturday night August 23, 2008. To find out more, please contact Scott Prendergast at or you can go to their facebook page at More details to come, and they will have another website soon. Please help us get the word out! And find all our graduates! Spread the word.

CLASS OF 1998 ... 10-YEAR REUNION ... SEPTEMBER 5, 2008
The Wilson High School Class of 1998 10-year reunion will be held on Friday, September 5, 2008 at On Deck Sports Bar & Grill from 7:00pm – Midnight. For more information and to RSVP, please visit, They are also hosting a picnic on Sunday, September 7, 2008 from 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM at Gabriel Park, SW 45th & Vermont, Portland, OR 97219. Bring Your Own Picnic.

Wilson classmates of the Class of 1959 are planning for the 50th reunion. Our reunion will be the weekend of the 12th of September, 2009, the weekend includes the 11-13, but the major gathering will be the evening of the 12th. We are finalizing other plans in the next couple of weeks. Any questions or input regarding the reunion can be forwarded to the committee at


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Interested in purchasing 50th Anniversary t-shirts, sweatshirts, caps? To place an order, contact Jack Bertell '58 at