Glenn Bannowsky

May 11, 1962 - October 20, 2010

Glenn Bannowsky

PHS Class of 1980 Mourns the Loss

of Glenn Bannowsky

Issue No. 1 November 2010
In This Issue
PHS Class of 1980 Mourns the Loss of Glenn Bannowsky
Reunion Recap
Contact Us
Tracy Elliott Pisenti

In Memory . . .

Chuck Anderson

Glenn Bannowsky

Alistair Carmichael

John Casabianca

Carol Church

Doug Ousterman

Kurt Reinhold

Andrew Taylor


Welcome to the first PHS Class of 1980 Newsletter!

The reunion was a huge success, and one thing that everyone agreed on was that we should all try to do a better job of keeping in touch - and getting together - more often. We'll do our best to keep everyone informed through periodic newsletters, and hope that you'll all take time to contribute updates, information and photos to share as well.

It is with great sadness that we share with you the loss of our classmate, Glenn Bannowsky. Gordon Brislawn has composed a beautifully written obituary, which is featured in this newsletter. We hope you'll take a moment to remember Glenn, and the other wonderful classmates that we have lost along the way.

Thanks to Mary Alice Sullivan McNeil for putting together a great recap of the reunion. To those who were unable to attend, we hope to see you before another 10 years passes! And on that note, see the invitation to join classmates for a holiday happy hour at Trader Vic's on December 10th. We'll try to plan several informal get-togethers throughout the year, to help all of our classmates keep in touch!

As always, we welcome your input, ideas, photos and updates. Please forward to Tracy Elliott Pisenti at

Have a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving!


PHS Class of 1980 Mourns the Loss

of Glenn Bannowsky

Glenn L. Bannowsky

May 11, 1962 - October 20, 2010

Glenn was born in Japan, to his father Alfred Bannowsky and his loving mother Pauline.

Having missed his own father from a young age, Glenn was determined to be as big a part of each of his sons' lives as possible. No one took greater pleasure in being a father than Glenn. The birth of each of his three sons was a new and precious miracle in Glenn's life.

The boys were raised in their father's likeness and share his grace both in and out of the water. They have been filled with all the love their parents and grandparents could provide and now head off to their own bright futures.

Glenn was quite literally larger than life. However, he was someone who took his own tremendous charisma in stride and will always be remembered as a good natured "friend to all"; one who inspired many on their own paths to success.

Glenn Bannowsky's commitment to his community was deep and life long. As an active member in Alcoholics Anonymous, he will be missed by his many friends. Glenn was also deeply involved for many years with the Walnut Creek Swim Club and the Contra Costa Swim League, where he could always be found on the pool deck serving as the Stroke and Turn Judge.

From searching for the perfect wave at Pacifica and Ocean Beach, to supervising the construction of buildings that have changed the skyline of Oakland and beyond, Glenn knew how to compete without ever losing his sense of humor.

Watching Glenn skate or surf, it became obvious that this was just as effortless and vital for him, as breathing is for the rest of us. Glenn was driven to surf. It was only out there, where the western world finally plunges into the deep blue Pacific, that such a great presence as Glenn Bannowsky could truly be forged.

After nearly three years of fighting heart failure, Glenn left this earth surrounded by family and friends on 10/20/10 at 10:00 am. He departed from the Bruns House Hospice in Alamo, after receiving the best of care at Kaiser Walnut Creek.

In the lives of his three sons and the many who called him friend and all who admire the efforts of his strong hands, sharp wit and magnificent heart, the works of Glenn's exceptional life lives on in each of us.

Glenn is survived by his loving mother Pauline, his three sons, Shayn, Justin and Brandon, and their mother, Gena.

Glenn's Memorial Service will be Saturday, November 13th at 11:00 am, at Mt. Diablo Unitarian Church, 55 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek, CA 94598. The church's telephone number is: 925-934-3135.

If you would like to make a small donation toward flowers and other expenses, please send donations payable to "John Glann", and put "Bannowsky Memorial" in the memo field. Mail to: John Glann, 2527 Rampart Street, Oakland, CA 94602.

If you would like to bring finger food or hors d'oeuvres to the reception, please contact Susan Howard at

Gordon Brislawn


Reunion Recap . . . Let's Do It Again!

Mary Alice (Sullivan) McNeil

PHS Class of '80 showed up in great form for our 30 year reunion at Claremont Country Club over Labor Day weekend. More than 120 classmates and guests mingled, laughed and reminisced about "the good old days".
Speaking of old . . . Randy Trimble proudly shared that he will soon be a grandfather, and many classmates have college aged children (we're not old . . . the kids are!). Bob Coey first found himself at a 40 year reunion at the Claremont Resort, only to realize that he looked far younger than most of the people, and needed to come to Claremont Country Club! On the other end of the spectrum, Jim Bagan came from Texas where he lives with his wife and 2-year old twins! Many classmates flew in from the East Coast - Susan Reynolds, Mike Zanolli, Peggy Tegelberg Anderson and Janice Gould Tannin, just to name a few.
Most of our class still lives in California, predominantly in the Bay Area. Great interest was expressed to "get together more frequently". In response, we are planning a Trader Vic's Happy Hour on December 10, 2010 from 5 - 8 pm. This old standby in Emeryville has been remodeled in a bit more casual style - and is calling our name . . . Mai Tai anyone? Come after work for no-host drinks and Pu Pu's, and share in the holiday spirit.
Even though we don't see one another much, PHS graduates are fun, funny and successful in life. We are proud of our classmates, and look forward to our next gathering.
Here's to one great group of people - PHS Class of 1980! We hope you'll join us on Friday, December 10th between 5:00 and 8:00 pm at Trader Vic's in Emeryville for some fun, casual holiday cheer!


PHS 30-Year Reunion Committee:
Anne Berg Herzog
Basil Christopoulos
Tracy Elliott Pisenti
Erin Nelson
Carolyn Peterson Baxter
Virginia Schwab Davis
Juliet Settlemier
Mary Alice Sullivan McNeil
Phyllis Voisenat

Join us on Dec. 10th!
We hope you'll stop by Trader Vics in Emeryville on Friday, December 10th between 5:00 and 8:00 pm for a Mai Tai or Scorpion and some tasty Trader Vic's Pu Pu's! No host bar and food - this is just a fun, casual way for you and your classmates to stay connected and celebrate the holiday season! Cheers!

PHS Class of 1980 Holiday Happy Hour - Trader Vic's in Emeryville - 5:00 to 8:00 pm