James Michael Maxwell, born February 16,1942 in
Houston, Texas died August 10, 2011 at 9:40 pm at the
Debakey VA Hospital
here in Houston after a valiant battle against recurring
lung cancer. Having beaten lung cancer in the right lung
3 years ago, he battled strong to win again against the
recurrence in his left lung, to no avail. He was a strong,
moral man who was loved by many. He was proud to be
a native Houstonian. He graduated from Bellaire High
School in 1960 and went on to Sam Houston State and
the University of Houston. He served in the United States
Army from 1966 to 1969 in the 2/47 Ninth Infantry
Division. He was a combat medic in Viet Nam from 1966
to 1967, having served with honor and bravery. He was
awarded : The Combat Medical Badge, Bronze Star,
National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal,
Vietnam Campaign Medal, Good Conduct Medal (1st
Award), and Sharpshooter Badge. To read more about
his life,
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Mike Maxwell
1942 - 2011
Mike with grandson, 2010
Mr. and Mrs. Weldon
February 26, 2011
Photo by Brian (Shepherd) Johnson
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click here.
Jimmy Borland
and Carol Artz.
From Carol's
photo collection.
Back: Gary Schessler, Bob Boyd, Alan Coffey, Dwight Berry, Weldon Morgan, Tom Hillary, Billy Grivas, Walter
Front: Larry Scalise, Johnny Castor, John Brennan, Ronnie Pennick, Chuck Sears, Bill Champion, Don
Warren.                       Gail
Back left, Allen Israel, dancing with Susan
 Johnny Gilbert, on right, waving. Both
photos courtesty of David Gerber.
Matzo Ball
Westwood Country Club, 1958
Back: Bill Fisherman, David Axelrod, Irl
Bernstein, Jack Jacobs.  
Front: Mickey
Stern dancing with Carolyn Freedman
Meta Strauss said to thank   
everyone for all their cards,
emails and sweet notes.
She has
been through hell and back.  A few
weeks ago a non-malignant tumor
was surgically removed from the
base of her brain.  She's home now
and doing really well. Here's her blog
where you can read her story:
Her email is: metafstrauss@gmail.com
We love you Meta and we're all going
to visualize your recovery speeding
up so much you can bop the day and
night away.
Another Hook-up!  Steve Mitchell ('60), Michael Holmes
('60) and Reva Aronson Holmes ('62).
 If you check The Map
before a trip, you might find an old friend like Steve and Michael
did!  Michael says they are snowbirds -- living summers in
Wisconsin and winters on a hobby rance in Florence, TX.
Emails: Michael:
michael1942@hughes.net   Steve:
Alfred and Albert Lowey-Ball.  Alfred lives in Belgium and Albert lives in
Sacramento, CA. Emails:
Alfred: alfred.lowey-ball@skynet.be  
Albert: hncalb@aol.com
You can find them on Facebook and keep up with their exciting lives!  
Facebook link for (click on name)
Facebook link for (click on name) Alfred:
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January 18, 1957, the Louisiana Hayride came to Houston, to
the City Auditorium, downtown.  
Martha "Marty" Hooper, Lou
Jean Campbell
and Judy Ryals and I all went down there to
see it.  We went backstage and I took this picture of everyone
with one of the C&W singers, Bob Lumens.
Photo by Gail Reaben
Albert's company:
Carol Artz - Senior Prom
George Wolf, above and George's car
below. Photos from Carol's photo collection.
We have two sons, Bryan and Bret, both married,
and only one grandchild, 11 year old Sofia.  
Suzanne retired some time ago; I am still
practicing law, less hours at my practice and
more hours at the Outadodge Ranch with family
and friends.  It's at the end of a lonesome road in
Goliad County.  Not much of a ranch but it's for
sure "Outa Dodge."  Life has been good and I
hope what's left stays that way.  I still see a lot of
Bellaire friends and look forward to seeing more.
Bobby Jarrard, '60 and              
Suzanne Vale Jarrard, '61
Pershing's own version of
Blackboard Jungle
From Sydney Smith's scrapbook:
L/R: Bill Stevens, Jackie Goldstein,
Frank Myers and Unknown

                      Bradley McWilliams
Below is the story that was in the Houston Chronicle about him, May 23, 2012.


Since 1972, the Cypress Creek Family YMCA has been an integral part of our
Northwest Houston community.  We are excited to announce a change to our YMCA.

On May 23, the Cypress Creek Family YMCA will officially be renamed the
D. Bradley McWilliams YMCA at Cypress Creek.

Brad McWilliams is a life board member of the YMCA of Greater Houston
Association Board. He first joined the YMCA of Greater Houston in 1955 as a
teenager at the Southwest YMCA, moving into part time staff positions in Houston
and Austin. In 1985, he joined the YMCA of Greater Houston Board of Directors and
since then has served in every leadership capacity possible. In recognition of his
contributions of time and money to the YMCA of Greater Houston, it was decided
that the Cypress Creek Family YMCA would be named in his honor.

We are very excited that Mr. McWilliams has become a part of our YMCA family and
are honored that we will carry on his legacy of dedication to the YMCA.
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