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Dick Pizzo (former teacher)

Profile Updated: November 28, 2009
Dick Pizzo (former teacher)
Residing In:
Redmond, WA USA
Terry (1963), Mike (1965), Maria (1967)
Military Service:
US Army  
Yes! Attending Reunion
School Story:

Remember the "Special Dress Days" sponsored by the Girls' League? One year it was "South Seas Day". Some of the faculty were afraid girls might dress in mini-skirts, so the girls were to let it be known that such was not allowed. It was Shirley Bamburg's practice to leave the ditto master with the announcements for the next day for me to type in the results of the boys' swimming meet held that day, ditto them and distribute them to the faculty boxes to be read the next morning in first period class. In reading what had been written about the "South Seas" event, I gasped when I read "...and remember girls, nothing is to be worn above your knees..." As much as I would like to have left it for laughs, I changed it.


I left LOHS in 1961 to pursue a doctorate at UofO, went to work for the Oregon State System of Higher Education (Director of School-College Relations, then Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Services for 29 years total). Moved from Eugene in 1998 to Lake Sammamish; moved from the lake in 2008 to Emerald Heights (a retirement resort) in Redmond, Washington. Now, at 83, I remain active: Church activities, travel, mushrooming, e-mailing former students and otherwise using the web, reading for pleasure, watching old movies and even volunteer as a Barista in our coffee shop!

Your biggest surprise since graduation:

I graduated from high school in 1944. After the war in 1946 I was eligible to go to college by way of Oregon State Aid and then the US Education Bills---I would not have had the funds to attend college.

The best decision you ever made:

In 1962, selecting my wife; in 2007 moving to a retirement center.

Your family, hometown career:

Three children, two girls one boy, two married, four grandchildren, 3.5 to 10 years (all swimmers). All are close by, so gatherings are common.

Your favorite saying or quote:

"Read the directions."

Who or what made the greatest influence on your life:

Feedback from others, especially students.

What you miss most about the '50s:

My years at LOHS and the light, hopeful and promising mood of the country at that time.

Hobbies, passions, memorable events:

Mushrooming, specialty cooking, organizational activities. The first LOHS boys swimming meet when I told the swimmers they could throw me in if we won; we did, they did and it happened for the 94 wins we had without a loss.

What you liked most/least about LOHS:

Most: The quality, positive attitude, friendliness and willingness to learn of most of the students.

Least: Having to leave without becoming principal.

Your fondest memory since high school:

Basking in the sun in Bora Bora and traveling in general.

What have you accomplished since 1959?

Successful educational career in the secondary and higher Education fields. Membership and elected officer in a number of professional organizations (college admissions, financial aid, counseling for college, at local and national levels including the College Entrance Examination Board)

The dumbest, funniest or best thing you did in high school:

Dumbest: going to bat for a student in the belief he was telling me the truth only to find out he wasn't.

Best: Some might say leaving when I did.

Adventures in your future life:

Hope to stay active, travel more, follow the activities of my grand children, maybe even live to 100,

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Posted on: May 20, 2018 at 3:42 PM

Good to see many of this great class still together! I am now 92 but still getting around--even got my driving license renewed!

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Mar 22, 2017 at 3:33 AM
Feb 26, 2017 at 3:33 PM

As been said, Bill was an all around great guy in a wonderful family including Bob who is an equally fine person having raised  a policeman son who has had two national commendations!  It was their dad, Dr. Bill, who got the pop machines at LOHS replaced with apple machines and their mom, Amy, was ever present to seee that players (like my swimmers) had  transportation to practice, games and meets...such was the contributions of the Barnums.  Gee, that was a long time ago!

Nov 30, 2016 at 8:47 PM
Mar 22, 2015 at 3:33 AM
Apr 05, 2014 at 2:30 PM

Just had my 88th birthday...supposed to be a lucky number...hope it means I can get to your reunion!

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