"If we have 15, we'll be doing good," McClanahan said. She said she was happy that some class members still will be healthy enough to travel home for the event.
Through the years, most of the reunion attendees have come from out-of-state. Each time they saw a Charleston that had undergone huge changes. Charleston High School no longer exists, and the downtown landscape has been altered significantly.
McClanahan notes that she and the others graduated at a time when much was changing in the world. The Depression was just ending. Women were moving into jobs beyond teaching, nursery and sales.
Rustling up the 588 members of the class of 1938, who graduated in both January and May, has never been an easy project. Many of the men headed off to World War II just a few short years later, and the fates of all aren't known.
The war began in 1941, and McClanahan said it's probably part of the reason she has never been able to locate all of the class members, part of the "Greatest Generation."
"We only know for sure that 87 are living," she said.
McClanahan said she has read 11 obituaries of class members since the last reunion.
Among the noteworthy members of her class are Dr. Warren Point, a well-known Charleston physician who helped establish the West Virginia University Medical School branch at Charleston Memorial Hospital; Ronald Sleeth, a former president of West Virginia Wesleyan College; Douglas Venable, a New Mexico physicist who worked on weapons research and the Manhattan Project; Dr. Clyde Litton, a well-known plastic surgeon in Washington, D.C., Raymond Gunnoe of Gunnoe Sausage; and class president Larry Andrews, who later became a Charleston attorney and state legislator.
Those interested in attending the luncheon, or wanting more information, can contact McClanahan at 304-346-8016.
Contact writer Cheryl Caswell at cher...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4832.
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