The 1946 Yearbook "Seniors"


Published by the Graduating Class of 1946
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            We, the graduating class of '46, extend this book as an inspiration
to those who will follow in our footsteps at Greer, and to those who have
helped us in our aspirations for a higher education.

             We,  the graduating class of '46, leave  Greer with regret and with deep
gratitude to the members of the Board of Directors,  the Executive Staff,  and
the Teaching Staff, all of whom have given so generously of their time to aid us.


          To Mrs. Hibbs, who, over all the years of Greer School, has demonstrated to each successive group her friendly interest in boys and girls.

       We dedicate with sincere appreciation our Fortieth Anniversary Yearbook.


          Mrs. Stock, our friend and counsellor, always   ready   with   encouragement   and inspiration when we turn to you.

       We wish to express our grateful apprec-iation.


Arthur W. Butler, President

Edward Pulling, Vice President                                       Charles C. Gifford, Treasurer

Victor Elting, Secretary

Mr. Hulbert S. Aldrich

Mr. and Mrs. George Arents

Mrs. Henry G. Barbey

The Rev. Roelif H. Brooks, S.T.D.

Mrs. Arthur W. Butler

Mrs. Simmons Coleman

Mrs. William T. Crocker

Mrs. Charles C. Gifford

Mrs. Russell A. Hibbs

Mrs. Charles B. Kaufman

Mr. Henry R. Labouise, Jr.

Mrs. David Rockefeller

Dr. and Mrs. Theodore B. Russell

Mrs. Alfred Seton

Mrs. Frederick Sheffield

Dr. Alan De Forest Smith

       Honorary Member

The Rt. Rev. Ernest M. Stires, D.D.

Frederick G. Behrends, Director
Helen C. Fink, Assistant-to-the-Director
Mapledoram Fink, Administrative Principal, Scouts
M. Josephine Thomas, Supervisory Principal
Janet G. Clarke--Main House Hostess
Clifford G. Cronk--Sixth Grade,
Charlotte Day--Fifth Grade, Choir
    Advisor to Young People' Fellowship
Helen de Kay--Secretary to the Director
Sarah R. Doge--Crest Cottage
Edward Eidschun--Gate House
Emma Eidschun--Gate House
Arthur H. Frietag--History, Civics, Boys'
    Physical Education, Eighth Grade
Ruth Frietag--Science, Tenth Grade
Clara S. Gehrmann--Nurse
Helen G. Graffam--Secretary to Assistant-
Lorna Goudey--First and Second Grades
Ruth Higby--Greer Cottage
Irene Jensen--Rapallo Cottage
Peter Jensen--Supervisor of Children's
    Work, Rapallo Cottage
Grace L. Jones--Clothing Buyer
Harry Klein--Maintenance Superintend-
Ethyl Libbey--Home Economics, Elemen-
    tary Business
Eleanor Lyons--Cottage Supervisor
Virginia MacManus--Seventh Grade
Marie McKinley--Camp Director
William McKinley--Transportation
Hope Miller--Fourth Grade
Ida C. Moore--Commercial
Nellie Morton--Marcy Cottage, Cubs
Mary Nunn--Bookkeeper
Anne Pratt--Daisy Cottage
Richard Pratt--Daisy Cottage
Anne Rackmyre--Dietician
Werner Schaaf--Farm Superintendent
Sanna Sorenson--Nurse
Leonora J. Sousa--Second and Third
Pauline Stock--English, Junior and
    Senior Class Advisor
Gertrude Sutton--Plum Cottage
Herta Taussig--Mathematics, Ninth
Mabel Van Velsor--Ledge Cottage

    JOYCE LEBOEUF (Buffie)
    Nothing great was ever acheived without
---Ralph Waldo Emerson
    Born: New York City, April 4, 19**.
    Entered Greer School June 1937.
    Lived in Plum, Ledge, Crest, and Greer.
    Member of Choir, Student Council, Teen
        Age Club.
    Young People's Fellowship, Cheerleader.
    Vice-President of Senior Class.
    Applied for entrance to Cortland State
        Teacher's College for September 1946.
    Ambition: To be a physical education
        teacher and travel.

    Write me as one who loves his fellow men.
                                                      ---Leigh Hunt
    Born: Chicago, Illinois, August 15, 19**.
    Entered Greer School January 1943.
    Lived in Greer and Crest.
    Member of Student Council and Choir.
    President of Senior Class and Teen Age Club.
    Enrolled at Geneseo State Teacher's College.
        for September 1946.
    Ambition: Teaching, plus.

    FRANCIS BUNN (Fanny)
    Do not turn back when you are just at the
---Publius Syrus
    Born: New York City, August 6, 19**.
    Entered Greer School August 1939.
    Lived in Crest.
    Member of Young People's Fellowship and
        and Choir.
    Secretary of Teen Age Club and Senior
    Chairman of Crest Cottage Student Council,
    Applied for entrance to Hunter College for.
        September 1946.
    Ambition: To be a mechanical draftsman
        and travel.

    Prosperity makes friends, adversity tries
---Publius Syrus
    Born: New York City, December 24, 19**.
    Entered Greer School April 1936.
    Lived in Plum, Crest, Ledge, and Greer.
    Member of Student Council, Choir, Young
        People's Fellowship.
    Vice-President of Teen Age Club.
    Treasurer of Senior Class.
    Applied at Englewood Hospital for entrance
        September 1946.
    Ambition: To be a nurse and travel.

    JEAN ELMS (Jean)
    A loving heart is the beginning of all
---Thomas Carlyle
    Born: Braintree, Massachusetts, October 31,         19**.
    Entered Greer School March 1942.
    Lived in Ledge and Greer.
    Member of Student Council and Choir.
    Secretary of Young People's Fellowship.
    Enrolled at Albany Business College for.
        September 1946.
    Ambition: To be a competant secretary and

Athletic Activities
               Athletics in school are of paramount importance, not only in keeping up the morale of the students, but in maintaining a spirit of camaraderie among them. Because the need for competitive games is recognized by all educational authorities, we find athletics being stressed more and more each year.

               Unfortunately because of limitations beyond our control we have not been sucessful in attaining ideal scores in most games, but the spirit has been high with both athlete and onlooker. This, in the last analysis, is of the greatest importance. We lacked the weight necessary for a lucky football team, and the height essential for a basket-ball team, leaving us with only baseball in which to shine. For the past few years this, the greatest of American sports, has been the one in which Greer has shone, and we maintained this standing during the past year.

               Mr. Arthur Freitag, our hard-working, enthusiastic Athletic Director, has done excellent work with the available material, and we are deeply grateful.

               Greer's girls suceeded in developing a basket-ball club, with Miss Libbey's aid, but because of the lack of transportation, and because there are no other private schools in the vicinity with which the girls could play, we have had to content ourselves with staying at school and playing among ourselves.

               We want to take this opportunity to thank all who have in any way helped us in our striving for good teams.

Social Log
Sept. 15---Upper Social Group Get-together at 8:00 P.M.
Sept. 17---High School Opening Day at 8:30 A.M.
Sept. 22---Middle Group Get-together at 8:00 P.M.
Oct.     6---Football game with Hackley
                  V.J. Day Formal Dance at 9:00 P.M.
Oct.  11---Columbus Day Weekend
Oct.  13---Football game with Storm King
Oct.  20---Football game with Irving School
                  Party at Bennett for Middle Group
Oct.  21---Board Sunday
Oct.  27---Hallowe'en Party given by Juniors at 8:15 P.M.
Nov.   3---Football game with Millbrook
Nov.   7---End of First Quarter
Nov. 10---Play at Bennett for Upper Social Group Girls
Nov. 17---Football game with Hyde Park
                  Upper Middle Group Party at 8:00 P.M.
Nov. 18---Harvest Festival in Chapel at 5:00 P.M.
Nov. 28---Thanksgiving Play at 11:00 A.M.
                  Thanksgiving Vacation
Nov. 29---Thanksgiving Dinner at School at 1:00 P.M.
Dec.    7---Basketball game with Millerton High School
Dec.    8---Upper Social Group Party at 8:00 P.M.
Dec.  12---Basketball game with Oakwood
Dec.  15---Basketball game with Millerton High School
Dec.  17---Community Christmas Tree at 7:30 P.M.
Dec.  18---Martin Play at 8:00 P.M.
Dec.  19---Christmas Vacation
Jan.     1---New Year's Dinner at Daisy at 1:00 P.M.
Jan.     5---Basketball game with Brunswick
                  Upper Social Group Party
Jan.   12---Basketball game with Hackley
                  Upper Middle Group Party
Jan.   22---Basketball game with Amenia High School
Jan.   26---Rapallo Party at 8:00 P.M.
Jan.   27---End of Second Quarter
Feb.    1---Cub Play at 8:00 P.M.
Feb.    9---Lincoln Formal Dance given by Seniors at 8:00 P.M.
Feb.  16---St. Valentine's Party given by Tenth Grade at 8:00 P.M.
Feb.  20---Washington's and Licoln's Birthday Weekend
Feb.  23---Basketball game with Storm King
                  Gate House Party at 8:15 P.M.
Feb.  25---Miss Rooker's Dance Recital at 8:00 P.M.
Mar.   2---Upper Middle Group Party at 8:00 P.M.
Mar.   9---Basketball game with Millbrook
Mar. 13---Ash Wednesday Service at 8:15 A.M.
Mar. 16---Crest Party at 8:00 P.M.
Mar. 23---St. Patrick's Dance given by Ninth Grade at 8:00 P.M.
Apr.   5---End of Third Quarter
Apr.   6---Spring Vacation
Apr. 19---Good Friday Service at 2:00 P.M.
Apr. 21---Easter Service at 11:30 A.M.
Apr. 25---Preliminary Rhetoricals
May   1---Baseball game at Millbrook
May   2---Play at Millbrook Boys' School at 8:15 P.M.
May 11---Baseball game with Canterbury School
                  Ledge Party at 8:15 P.M.
May 15---Baseball game with St. Peter's
May 18---Baseball game with Irving
May 25---Rhetoricals at 8:00 P.M.
May 29---Senior and Junior Play at 8:00 P.M.
May 30---Memorial Day Service at 11:30 A.M.
                  Water Carnival at 3:00 P.M.
June   8---Eighth Grade Commencement at 8:00 P.M.
June 13---Senior Supper at 6:30 P.M.
June 14---Awards at 8:00 P.M.
June 15---Senior Commencement at 12:00 Noon
June 16---Baccalaureate Sunday

Play Time

               It is just as true today here at Greer as it was 400 years ago when Shakespeare said, "The play's the thing".

               In a joint class meeting the Seniors and Juniors decided to give their play together. "Campus Quarantine" by Robert Ray was chosen for the delight-ful rollicking comedy it is..

               Here are the ingredients for our comedy: a girls' sorority house of a Southern California University; a Saturday night; and a sorority sister break-ing out with chicken-pox.

               There are even more mixups when it is learned that the two boys who wait on tables are unable to leave the house because of the quarantine set down by the doctor. Even with all of these screamingly fuinny complications the author pulls all of his characters through with flying colors.

               Much work was put into the production of this play. We never tired of the amusing instances in our rehearsals and were finally conscious of definite gains in our poise, diction and voice.

               The cast is as follows:
Gloria Smith, a sorority girl ............................ Joyce LeBoeuf
Mrs. Smith, her aunt ................................................ Jean Elms
Beryl Shepherd, the trouble maker .......... Ruby McCormack
Edythe Rhodes, a sorority girl ........................... Fanny Bunn
Deborah Mercer, romantic ........................... Adele Copeland
Lela Dunn, a nurse ........................................... Helen Gregory
Dr. Leon Atwell, meek and mild ........................ Hugh Newell
Gordon Dunn, egotistical ...................................... Jim Greene
Ronald Steele, his pal ................................. Richard Hilsinger
Elliot Maxim, dramatic inclinations ................... Ross Barrett
Finlay Carruthers, his roommate ...................... Gerald Harris
Howard Ross, from a rival school ...................... Larry Bates

Committee Chairman

Electric, sound and property man .............................................. Charles Tompkins
Stage Manager ............................................................................... Richard Hilsinger

               We wish to express our gratitude to Mrs. Stock for doing such a remarkable job in the production of our play.

The Funny Side of Us

We were the gang so full of tricks,
We had our sorrows and our joys,
And all the things which time employs.

Fanny's the one with the walloping blow,
Joyce's outbursts sent you below,
Jean's the one whose puns did tell,
Adele's the one who did so well,
And although we don't like to boast,
Ruby's the one who ate the most.
Now we are gathered together at last,
All to catch up on each other's past,
So my friends read on, read on,
And see what our life has dealt upon:

               Fanny Bunn has just constructed Greer's thirteenth cottage.

               Ruby McCormack's patients are recovering so quickly that they are now non-existent.

               Joyce LeBoeuf's all-girl football team has beaten every other team, including Army and Navy, for the past three years.

               Adele Copeland has started schools all over the world. No Math, only English---ENGLISH all day long.

               Jean Elms is now secretary to Mrs. Stock, the first woman president
of our country.

Our Last Will and Testament
               Fanny's walloping slap on the back technique goes to Gerald Harris.

               Ruby bestows her gargantuan appetite on Helen Zack.

               Buffie leaves those noisy outbursts in class to well-mannered Helen Gregory.

               Jean leaves her corny puns to Hugh "Misery" Newell.

               And last but not least, Adele, Editor of the great Greer paper, leaves it, with her blessings, to Ross Barrett, his heirs, and assignees forever.

Farewell to Greer

               We are leaving you. What a strange feeling comes over us as we realize that we will not be a tangible part of you.

               You have given us security, companionship and a large measure of contentment. These are the big things made up of little things---parties, games, laughter, music, movies.

               We can never forget your changing beauty---the cool green and yellow of spring---the rich crimson and purple of summer---the multicolored brilliance of autumn---the almost monotonous dull brown and white of winter.

               As we grow older, and recall memories of you, we shall forget many of the things which annoy and hurt us now---the sharp words---the aching homesickness---the innumerable rules.

               We are leaving you. We cannot forget you. We look upon you as home and friend. There lies the meaning! Although we leave you our spirit ever returns to you. Our places will be occupied by others; yet there is room for us because our thoughts can never leave you.


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