Dreux American High School
Alumni Association Newsletter

June 2019    
Board of Directors
Paul Krausman '64
Vice President
Nonna Mann Carlson '64
Marilyn Hutto Turner '62
Shari Murphy Koziol '64
Alumni Affairs
Vicki Key '67
Board Member
Carol Hutto
Krausman '64
Board Member
Sally Downing
Thomas '64
Immediate Past President
Charles Brantley '68

2021 Reunion Coordinator
Helen Council Miles '61   


Featured in this Newsletter:

Message from DAHS Alumni Association President Paul Krausman 
Alumni Spotlight - Shari Murphy Koziol '64
Treasurer's Report
Website that sells Dreux shirts!
A few photos from the 2019 DAHS Reunion
List of those that attended the 2019 Reunion


Vicki Key '67
Lubbock, TX

Greeting Dreuxites!

Over 40 alumni and friends from Dreux gathered in San Antonio,Texas April 4-7, 2019 to renew friendships and make new ones. As with the past 10 reunions, this one was a dandy! I know you have heard in many ways that God, family, and friends are the things in life that count; these reunions are just one way to reconnect with life-long friends and sometimes family. The connection is electrifying! The connection of being an overseas brat is powerful and even if you have not been to a reunion before, you will be welcomed because we want to see you! Please plan on coming to the next reunion that is being planned for 2021. Information will be provided on the Dreux AHS Alumni website. Check it out if you have not already done so. You can just look us up on Google as well.

I want to acknowledge the hard work of everyone involved in making the reunion a success. The Reunion Committee Chair (Shari Murphy Koziol '64) and co-chair Marilyn Hutto Turner '62 did an outstanding job and the decorations by Patricia Beard Sicinski '62 and Lani Pew Tower '62 were a hit. All registrants were met and signed in by the gracious, friendly, and helpful Marcus Cox '64 with help from other Dreuxites from time to time. Two-stepping, line dancing, and rocking to old tunes was enjoyed by all.

Over the past several years the Association was led by President Charles Brantley '68 who was assisted by Vice-President Nonna Mann Carlson '64 and funds were administered by the Treasurer, Jim Adams '66. To these and Board members, Sally Downing Thomas '64, Rebecca Huddleston Pelletier '63, and Willy Brewer Taylor '65  along with the Director of Alumni Affairs, Vicki Key '67, we owe a debt of gratitude for keeping the Association rolling along. Many thanks to all of you and to those that attended the reunion for making it a success! We are already planning for the next one to be held in 2021. More later after the new Reunion Chair, Helen Council Miles '61, and her committee research potential spots and dates.

Even if you have not, or cannot, attend the reunion, Dreuxites are interested in what you have been doing since graduation. Thus, Vicki Key and I will be sending out a questionnaire to all that attended Dreux to gather information and a current photo of you to get a glimpse of your life. Our goal is to put together a life after Dreux yearbook type of publication that will provide information on all Dreuxites that are interested in being included. When it is sent out please provide as much information as you desire for inclusion into the publication. It will be another part of our shared history. Many thanks.

That is all for now but read the rest of the newsletter for additional information, new officers, and news about members among other interesting Dreux tidbits. I am honored to again serve the Association. If you have any questions, please contact me or any of the other Association Officers. We are here to help and keep the Association rolling by gathering new members and engaging those that already are.

Until later.
Paul R. Krausman
President, Dreux American High School Alumni Association

NOTE:  The current officers and board members are listed in the side bar of the newsletter.
Shari Murphy Koziol '64
I attended Dreux as a sophomore during the 61/62 school year. 
I cannot tell my story without Dreux...going to Dreux, living in the dorms, making personal connections, hanging out or dancing in the Teen Club every day, bus rides to Paris on Saturday, the easy access and influence of culture and art, the prom at the Eiffel Tower.....was a benchmark time of my life. But I didn't really know that in 1962. I knew the great loss when I had to move back to the states. But it wasn't until I noticed that Dreux never really disappeared that I understood my incredible fortune. Dreux lists in the top 5 things for which I will be forever grateful!
After Dreux, I moved to Offutt Air Force Base, SAC Headquarters, outside of Omaha, Nebraska. I did finish my last two years of high school there. 85% of the school were military kids which made "resettlement" easy even if I was a bit resentful! I make no comparisons to Dreux...it is apples and oranges. I made dear friends who are still with me today. In fact, in a complete serendipitous happening, my son married the daughter of one of those friends after meeting her years later.
I went to college in Kearney, NE at what is now Nebraska State, and majored in journalism and psychology. I didn't really pick up on the fact that college was NOT a continuation of high school but I had a great time! I was dating a Senior...here is a fun story...he was the pledge trainer of his fraternity and he made the pledges sing "Pretty Woman" under my dorm window! I floated for days! He graduated and we married ....and I didn't go back. If I were the type that had regrets, that would be the biggest one. I would walk up to 1966 Shari, shove her off the bar stool, and yell "WAKE UP, GIRL!!!"
After a short stay in Tucson, we moved to Midland, Texas where I stayed for 22 years. I remember thinking after I had been there 4 years, "isn't it time to move again!?!?" But we didn't and life was great with two children, lots of volunteer work, a successful business, and wonderful friends. My first experience of being part of a long term community. Midland is where my children call home and we are still very connected there. Life took a radical turn for the worse in the early 90's. I found myself getting a divorce and needing to get a job for the first time at 44. Picture here the emoji that means "WHOA!!!"
Midland, with an oil based economy, was in a bust part of the boom/bust cycle and I moved to Houston. It was a real learning curve to be in a large city and working but I was able to transition volunteer experience into employment in the non profit world and I am still there. Recently, I left my position and started a consultancy with nonprofit and foundation expertise. I love my clients and love no longer counting vacation days to see if I can go on a trip!
My son, Kris, is an attorney with an oil company and has lived in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia for 14 years. With him are Melissa and their two girls, Willa and Annie. They live on a company compound that looks surprisingly like the military bases you and I grew up on. I meet them several times a year when they are in the states or in Europe. It is a 9 hour time difference but because of electronics, facetime, etc., we talk all the time. My daughter, Keira has 4 children and lives in Mill Valley, outside of San Francisco. Somehow she manages to run all the carpools and birthday parties while managing a large clientele for custom men's clothing.
After years in a house, last year I moved to a high rise apartment, and I love it!!! I feel like I am living a life somewhere between Eloise at the Plaza and Auntie Mame on Beekman Place! Less enthusiastic than I are Murphy and Brody, my beloved Kerry Blue Terriers. They like to wait until I am crashed on the sofa before glaring at me with wagging tails....the universal sign for "take us out!". Friends and family and movies and books and happy hours and dinner parties fill out my list of "Favorite Things".
Thanks for this moment of all about me....and as we know. Military brats never say goodbye!
Shari Murphy Koziol '64
NOTE:  Shari was elected to serve as Secretary of the DAHS Alumni Association  

Treasurer's Report for the DAHS Alumni Association as of June 2019

Beginning Balance January 1, 2019






Reunion Fees

Total Income





Alumni Locator Expenses
 (Covers 2 years)

Web Hosting/Domain
  (Covers 11 years)

PayPal Fees

Reunion 2019 Expenses

Total Expenses

Ending Balance
June 24, 2019


Note:  This bank balance is in line with the amount that the board decided years ago was necessary to have on hand so that future reunions can be planned.

Submitted by Marilyn Hutto Turner '62 , Treasurer                 

Jerry Tune '63 found a website called "Wander I Store" where you can buy shirts for most military schools.  They list the price as $19.95.  He posted this information on our Dreux Facebook Group Page, but for those that aren't on Facebook or didn't see his post, I thought I would include this information in the newsletter in case anyone is interested in ordering a shirt.  See photos below for what they shirts look like, but do have a few different shirt styles. Here is the link to the website: Wandering I Store

PLEASE NOTE:  The Dreux American HS Alumni Association is not associated with or affiliated with this company and gets no money from the sales.  We do not guarantee the quality of the shirt, etc. however several of our alums have purchased them and are very happy with the shirt.  They say they are true to size based on their experience. The company also has shirts for military bases too i.e. Dreux and Evreux. AS A SIDE NOTE:  The person that owns the company was actually born at Evreux!  I thought that was interesting.
           This is on the front of the shirt

Charles Brantley '68, Gary Givens '67, Bob Purcell '67
Betsy Patrick Edgar '67, Sue Miller Smuskiewicz '66, Jane Patrick Ogger '66, Janeen Christensen Bloyer '66

Back Row: Paul Krausman '64, Larry Miles, Helen Council Miles '61, Bill Grabowski '64, Randy Knapp '63, Front Row: Elizabeth Knapp, Carol Hutto Krausman '64, Marilyn Hutto Turner '62, Brency Grabowski and Louie Turner


From the class of 1966:  Michael Smith, Jane Patrick Ogger, Sue Miller Smuskiewicz, Marsha Riddling Kuykendall, Janeed Christensen Bloyer, and Jim Adams

Charles Brantley '68, Vicki Key '67 and Bob Purcell '67

Lani Pew Tower '62, John Roots '62, Patricia Beard Sicinski '62, Helen Council Miles '61 and Marilyn Hutto Turner '62

Charles Brantley '68, Renee Andrew Lidinsky '69, John Rutski '69, Jeri Norris Rhodes '69 and Deborah Hill Beauclair '68

Bob Slay '65 and Gayne Brenneman-Slay

Paul Krausman '64, Carol Hutto Krausman '64, Randy Knapp '63, Bud Kindle '64 and Peter McPhee '64

Charles Brantley '68, Renee Andrew Lidinsky '69, Bob Purcell '67 and Rise Andrew LaChance

Below is a list of those that attended the 2019 DAHS Reunion in San Antonio

Helen Council Miles
Larry Miles

Patricia Beard Sicinski
Marilyn Hutto Turner
Louie Turner
Lani Pew Tower
John Roots

Randy Knapp
Elizabeth Knapp
Suzanne Shields Lavergne
Bill Balliet
Marcus Cox
Bill Grabowski
Brency Grabowski
Bud Kindle 
Paul Krausman
Carol Hutto Krausman
Nonna Mann Carlson
Peter McPhee
Shari Murphy Koziol
Michael Viets
Martha Viets
Robert Slay
Gayne Brenneman-Slay
Jim Adams
Michele Adams
Thomas Carlucci
Janeen Christensen Bloyer
Sue Miller Smuskiewicz
Jane Patrick Ogger
Marsha Riddling Kuykendall
Michael Smith
Linda Smith
Gary Givens
Vicki Key
Betsy Patrick Edgar
Bob Purcell
Charles Brantley
Deborah Hill Beauclair
Renee Andrew Lidinsky and Rise Andrew LaChance
Jeri Norris Rhodes
John Rutski


Sadly, we discovered the loss of several alumni as well as faculty/staff over the last six months.  Some passed fairly recently, but there were others who passed over the last several years and we just became aware of their passing. I was able to locate obituaries on several of those listed below and they can be accessed in the "In Memoriam" section of our Dreux website.

Mary "Maisie" Billings (Jan 2019)
Dianne Krisch (Jan 2017)


Ralph Harlon Fisher   (April 2017) Attended in 60/61, not sure what class
Signe Christensen '62 (Nov 2018)
Delmar Dean Hutton '63 (Jan 2018)
Godfrey David Flash '65 (Jan 2019)
Willetta Heising '65 (April 2019)
Susan Nesbitt '65 (June 2018)
Janice Puz '65 (March 2012)
Sandy Watts '65 (June 2019)
Michael Skomswold '67 (Sept 2018)
Eric Rasmussen '68 (Nov 2017) 
Our sincere condolences to all their families and friends! 

Thank you to those who have sent in bios for the Alumni Spotlight and Faculty/Staff Spotlight feature of the Newsletter.  But I need MORE!  If you would  like to send in a bio on yourself, that would be great!  DON'T BE SHY!!  It can be as short or as long as you would like, but basically I am looking for the following information: 

What you did after you left Dreux, i.e. schools attended, military 
What you do/did for a living
Where all have you lived after Dreux
Tell us about your family, hobbies and any community involvement 
Talk about any special memories you have from your time at Dreux
I would also need a "Now" head shot photo (jpg) of you as well.  
I hope to hear from everybody!  Send your bios and "Now" photo to Vicki Key at VickiK3275@aol.com.    


Remember that you can pay dues by using your credit card if you prefer not to pay  by check!  Dues are $40/yr and you can pay for one year or multiple years.  
Just visit our Dreux AHS website at www.dreuxalumni.org and click on the Dues/Donations button and you will see the Dues menu for PayPal.

If you prefer to pay by check, you can send your Dues payment to our Treasurer:

Marilyn Hutto Turner '62
9831 Marine View Dr.
Mukilteo, WA 98275

Dues paying members will receive a copy of our current Dreux AHS Alumni Directory via email.   
As always, we GREATLY appreciate any and all support! Your support is what keeps our  association going and helps fund the costs to find former classmates, maintain the database, website, newsletters, reunion costs, etc.  We can't do it without you!    

If your contact information has changed (i.e. email address, postal address, area code or telephone number) and you haven't notified me, please email that information to Vicki Key.  I want to be sure that your contact information is correct in the Dreux AHS Alumni Directory! 

The Dreux American High School Group page on Facebook has been a lot of fun!  Former friends are reconnecting, uploading photos from Dreux, and having general discussions about the time spent at Dreux.  We also do New Find Alerts when we locate former classmates that have not yet been found as well as Sad News Alerts when we discover that a former classmate has passed.   
I have the group as a closed group so that only those people associated with Dreux are involved.  If you are interested in joining us, just use the "request to join" feature on the Group Page or send me a friend request and I would be happy to add you!

If you are on Facebook and have not already joined the group, here is the link to our page so you can request to join:  Dreux American High School Group Page 


Missed a prior Dreux AHS Newsletter?
  You can view them on the Dreux website 

In case you missed receiving any of the past Dreux AHS Newsletters for whatever reason, they are archived and available to view on our Dreux AHS website.  Just click on the link on the front page of the website (www.dreuxalumni.org) to access them. 

PLEASE remember that you can always opt out of receiving the newsletter if you would like, but PLEASE do not tag or report it as SPAM.  That really hurts our ability to continue to do these newsletters using Constant Contact and there are many people who enjoy getting them. We certainly hope you don't opt out, but it is certainly your choice.  I try not to overwhelm everybody with them, but keep in mind that just prior to Reunions, we may do them more than we normally do.  THANKS!
Dreux American High School was open from 1960-1967.  The first graduating class was 1961.  The school closed in January of 1967. We have a very active Alumni Association.  There have been 10 major reunions over the past 24 years, the last being held in April of 2019 in San Antonio, TX  

Vicki Key
Dreux American High School Alumni Association