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The Official Web Site for the
Landon High School - Jacksonville, Florida

Class of 1956


Our Alma Mater

Landon High School - 1956

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Welcome to My New Format


 Jim Webb, Editor


     Welcome to the Landon High School Class of 1956 web site.  This web site is owned and maintained by Jim Webb for the enjoyment of all classmates from Landon High School.  If you have any information or message that you would like to see on this web site, e-mail me your request or phone me at (904) 743-2511.

     After having the same format on my Web site for approximately twelve years, I've decided to do a little journalism for a change.  After retiring from business in 2000 with an AA Degree from then Florida Jr. College in Jacksonville, I applied to, and was accepted into the University of Florida's School of Journalism in Gainesville.  I bought myself a new red Corvette and got ready for life's newest adventure.  My goal was to be a writer.  For four years, I commuted 140 miles round trip for two or three days a week to attend classes on the UF Campus.  My UF education helped me do a professional job of organizing and editing this Web site.

     If you have any information that you want to share with our classmates, I will print it for you in this section of our Web site.

     I decided to change things for the better, so I have removed a lot of unnecessary information that you probably didn't read anyway.

     It is sad to report that our reunion committee, which was formed over 50 years ago made the decision to dissolve itself in June.  

     I would like to personally thank two members from the reunion committee, Joe and Sandie DeSalvo for volunteering to continue the upkeep of our class directory.  This is a quite a task as class information is constantly changing.  Their contact information is (813) 278-8634. 

     I don't make the news, I just report it.  I would like to report more than death notices, so please send me any news of interest for our classmates such as marriages, retirements and old or new pictures.  I can easily scan pictures and return them to you

   Jim Webb, Editor


"Life Is A Journey - Enjoy Your Trip"

     For some unknown reason, anyone who uses AOL as their Internet Service Provider may not receive the sound that I have attached to this site.   Try this, Go to "Internet Explorer" on your desktop, type in WWW.Landon56.com then enter, and you will get our Web site with SOUND.

If you learn of a Classmate's Passing

     Call me at (904) 743-2511 or send me an e-mail at Jwebbj@aol.com.  Our Reunion Committee has voted to dissolve and I have assumed the full responsibility for reporting all class news, good and bad.

     If you see something that needs to be removed or changed, please contact Jim Webb at Jim@Landon56.com


   Home Page: A Few Changes

   Classmates:  James Harrell, Sharon Philips, Vicki Acuff , Tom Muhlbauer and Eleanor Leitheiser have been moved to "In Memoriam"

   Memory Lane:  No Changes

    Landonia:  No Changes

   Photo Album:  No Changes

   Music Changes:  "Daddy Yankee" by Camila Cabello (Cuban Street Music honoring Eddie's Book)  




Clarence E. "Eddie" Porch, Jr.

1956 Landonian Photo


     Congratulations are in order to Classmate Eddie Porch on the publication of his recent book, "From the Halls of Cuba."  It appears to be well-received by publishers and readers alike.  This book is a novel combining Eddie's personal life and experiences as an US Army Special Forces/Airborne Soldier together with his knowledge of Cuban Dictator Fidel Castro's destruction of an island that he once loved as a young man.


Book Cover for "From the Halls of Cuba"



A Novel

By: C.E. Porch

     At the end of the 19th Century the United States had emerged as a nation finally united and taking full advantage of the industrial revolution. Theodore Roosevelt was stepping onto the world stage with America becoming a world power. Cuba was a lynch pin, a stage where the show begins.

     I have used historical events and characters, some I knew personally and others extrapolated from real events in order to put some things into context and give the reader a little insight to history in the background. A few events which I thought that I had created were later in my research proved to have actually occurred, much to my surprise and continuing mystery.

      This is a story of the Scott family which rode that wave into the 20th Century with all its wars, prosperities and depressions as reflected in the mirror of Cuba…until Fidel.

     Obvious characters, like Teddy Roosevelt, were only mentioned to give context to the invasion, his immediate election three months later as governor of New York, then President and later the Panama Canal. General “Fighting Joe” Wheeler, the Confederate hero and at that time Chairman of the US House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee, was indeed selected for political reasons in the Deep South, then proceeded to show the Yankees how to fight a war.

     While I was at the University of Miami working on my Master’s Degree, one of my favorite professors was Dr. Eduardo Leriverend. He had been a professor in the Havana Law School and the young lawyer who drafted the amendment to the Cuban Constitution which eliminated the United States’ right to intervene in Cuban affairs via the Platt Amendment. He was, also, a former Supreme Court Justice, appointed by Fidel Castro. Castro had been a student of Dr. Leriverend, who he described to me as “…absolutely brilliant…but crazy.” When I asked him why he left such a sinecure as a Justice, who had been handpicked by Castro, his soft and simple reply still rings in my mind and absolutely summarizes this period of Cuban history, “When there was no more LAW, I left”. This distinguished man had lived through and participated in the most important times and events in modern Cuban history, and he was always glad to share with his students. He will be missed by those of us who took the time to know him.

      In the chapter on Indochina in WW II, I knew Frank Tan as a friend in the last years of his life, and his story is backed up by any book on Ho Chi Minh or OSS operations in Indochina in WW II., including a BBC documentary, Uncle Ho and Uncle Sam.  Only my Cuban book characters are fictional. Some facts about China towards the end of the war were related to me by my late uncle, Captain Thomas Hollin Scott, Jr., US Army Air Corps, China-Burma, who flew the last allied plane out of Peking while Mao Tse-tung’s forces were shelling the airfield. The story was that he carried Chiang Kai-shek’s furniture, for which he received a very big starburst medal from Chiang. At least when I was a kid, it seemed huge in my hand.  Later he flew some places for the CIA as a civilian that he couldn’t tell me about. All I knew was that big, shiny, brand new convertible sure was pretty.

      Fidel Castro and Che Guevara at this time in history need no further introduction. I have tried to give some background and feel for Cuba and its stratification at the time and still remain true to the events as a whole. The Cuba I remember as a young man was a magical place, which turned into an inhospitable situation to many in the wrenching destruction of a whole society. Needless to say, my “yankee” father’s business was one of the first to go. Many of my experiences and my Cuban friends are incorporated in this part.

      Things about early Miami were related to me by my grandfather, who moved to Miami with my great-grandfather in 1919. I have tried to incorporate some of that fascinating history into the book.  Many people have remarked to me about how many Cubans there are in Miami. My answer is simple and factual, “There have always been many Cubans in Miami. From the beginning they were a part of its fascinating fabric. History tells us that the “discoverer” of Florida  (the Land of Flowers) was Juan Ponce de Leon, who sailed here from Havana, Cuba.”  Enough said.

      Several years ago I had the honor and pleasure of having a personal conversation with Vernon Walters, Lieutenant General, US Army, Retired, who knew my late father-in-law, Colonel John Finn while the Colonel was serving on General Eisenhower’s staff in North Africa. General Walters had one of the most extraordinary careers in Army history, stretching from a young lieutenant negotiating with German commanders in North Africa in WW II, Deputy Director of Central Intelligence Agency, advising and translating for four presidents in four different languages, assisting Henry Kissinger in the secret negotiations to end the Viet Nam war, and culminating in an appointment as Ambassador to the United Nations. I told him that I wanted to write a historical novel in which the main character was a combination of Vernon Walters and Audie Murphy. His response was, “Wow, that one I have to read”.

      Unfortunately, he died before I could finish. However, I always had him in mind while I was writing, and I read his books. I added a few twists which probably would have made him sit back and say “What the…?!” , but I hope he would have enjoyed it. 

      I hope you enjoy what is coming FROM THE HALLS OF CUBA…

Memories from the Past


Thanks to Doris Fagan for this photo and Nancy Wainwright Posner for helping identify the students..

     The top row of six in an arc are L to R:  Peggy Leake, Carol Chepenik, Kendall Haines Sasnett, Reuben Mizrahi, Betty Lovan and Mary Monroe.  Second row down in an arc are L to R:  Catherine Stevens, Sue King, Jeanne Solomon, Sally Guthrie, Mark Entman, Mrs. Button, Eddie Porch, Albert Holt, Nancy Wainwright, Patricia McIlvaine and Norma Sarra.  Third row which dips down are L to R:  Johnny Carraway (in Boy Scout Uniform), Leni Bowen, Leigh Culley and Bill Coalson.  Fourth row straight across L to R:  Connie Boyd, Jeanne Heide, Hope Davidson, Barbara Rothstein, Malinda Dixon, Vicky Thomas, Emily Jopling, Becky Goss and Margaret McNatt.  Fifth row straight across L to R:  unidentified student (Possibly Patty Martin), Melinda Fine, Carl Sasnett, Joan Glickstein, Norman "Bit" Edwards, Ronald Gardner, Mary Woolsey, George Orner, Doris Fagan and Ginger Cogburn.


60th Landon Class of 1956 Reunion

July 2, 2016, Jacksonville, Florida at Maggiano's Italian Restaurant

     Front Row Seated L to R: Bill Coalson;  Bob Harris, Longwood, FL;  Prissy Parkin DeChanie, Welaka, FL:  Jim Webb;  Kay Steeves Morin, Orlando, FL;  Shirley Brewer Yost;  Sandra Jones Manning, Houston, TX;  Judy NeSmith Reid;  Rochelle Robin Siegel, Chevy Chase, MD;  Toby Markowitz Ringel;  Phyllis Knox Smith;  Kathy Enge Barket and Bill Swain. 

     Middle Row Standing L to R: Sandie Birdseye DeSalvo, St. Petersburg, FL;   Mary Kay Daniel Hurd, Atlantic Beach, FL;  Peggy Blackburn Schultz, Blairsville, GA;  Mary Letha Fullerton Clark and Joe DeSalvo, St. Petersburg, FL. 

     Back Row Standing L to R: Morris Busbia, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL;  Bill Boss, Boynton Beach, FL;  James Harrell, Stuart, FL;  Ethel Wimberly Leverock; Jim Hernandez, The Villages, FL;  Vann Burney;  Jim Couch;  Mickey Dechman, Thomasville, GA;  Richard Craig, Tampa, FL;  Buddy Ray Turner;  Martha Wilder, Thomasville, GA;  Bill Thompson;  Tony Fekany;  Jim Daniel, Elkton, FL;  Gene Manning, Houston, TX;  Nancy Wainwright Posner, Social Circle, GA and Fred Fulkerson. 

     Our 19 out-of-town guests have their addresses listed by their name.

     Attending our reunion, but missing the class photo were Classmates Michael Lissner and Deanna Moss Lissner. 

   In Memoriam  o       

James Edward Harrell, M.D.


1956 Landonian Photo                                                          2018 Obituary Photo


     It is with a sad heart that I report the passing of our Friend and Classmate, James Edward Harrell, M.D., on May 11, 2018, in Stuart, Florida.  His obituary can be found on Page B-7 in the May 20, 2018 Edition of the Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville, Florida:  It read:


   James Edward Harrell, M.D., died peacefully at home, surrounded by his wife and four children, on May 11, 2018. 
   James was born in Jacksonville, FL, the son of Dr. O.E. Harrell and Margaret Hughes Harrell. He graduated from Landon High School (1956) and the University of Florida and its Medical School, earning his M. D. in 1964. After interning at New Orleans' Charity Hospital, he married his college sweetheart, Gayle Bauer. In 1965 he began Army Medical Corps service at Ft. Ritchie, MD and then in Vietnam (1967) with the 25th Infantry Division in Cu Chi and the 65th Combat Engineers.
   In 1971, James and family moved to Stuart, FL starting his Ob-Gyn practice where he delivered 4,000 babies before diabetes health related issues required his retirement from active medical practice.
   At 17 years old, as a proud member of the Jacksonville American Red Cross Life Saving Corps, he saved two children from drowning in the Atlantic Ocean. This set him on a lifelong path of service to others. 
   He served as President of the Martin County Medical Society and on numerous Florida Medical Association Councils. He was a member of the American Medical Association for 45 years, the Florida Ob-Gyn Society and the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. 
   Early in his career, James realized that indigent and immigrant obstetrical patients received no prenatal care in Stuart, so he and his partners worked with the local health department to provide this service. He started a clinic in Indiantown, where Gayle translated for patients who only spoke Spanish. Often his patients couldn't pay Dr. Harrell for their care; he would accept anything as payment. Ending domestic violence became his cause. He served on the Board of Directors of SafeSpace and authored several courses on Domestic Violence. In 1997 he served on the Governor's Task Force on Domestic and Sexual Violence. 
  Other community service included the local Vietnam Veterans of America, Elks Lodge #2658, The Library Foundation of Martin County, The Martin County Gator Club, The Republican Club of Martin County and the Civitan Club. He was also a 40-year member of the First Presbyterian Church in North River Shores. In 2012, he won the American Diabetes Association Father-of-the Year Award.
   Shortly after his service in Vietnam, where he was exposed to Agent Orange, James was diagnosed with Type 1 (Juvenile) Diabetes. He suffered kidney failure in 2000. In 2001 his dear friend and fellow medical professional, Mrs. Sue Morris, Gainesville, FL, donated her kidney to him which allowed him to live to see all of his children married, his grandchildren born, and his wife elected eight times into the Florida House of Representatives.
   He was convinced he had married the smartest, prettiest woman that ever lived and would tell that to everyone, along with stories of her accomplishments as a wife, mother, and professional. 
   He and Gayle raised four children and delighted in their eight grandchildren. He was a kind, supportive, and compassionate man, with a love of God, country, and family.
   James is survived by his wife, Florida House Representative Gayle Harrell, daughters, Stephanie Harrell (Adam Johnson), Jennifer Sobanet (Henry), Jamie Harrell (Ginny Sparrow), and Melinda Johnson (Gary), and grandchildren James, Jupiter and Justice Johnson, Nicole and Anna Harrell, and Aaron, Tyler and Nicholas Johnson, as well as siblings Martin Harrell (Norcross GA) John Harrell (Panama City FL), Mary Jane McKnight and William Harrell (Jacksonville FL) and numerous nieces and nephews.
   The family received friends on Sunday afternoon, May 13, at Aycock Funeral Home in Jensen Beach. Following a private burial Service on Monday morning, May 14, a Celebration of Life Service and reception was held at the First Presbyterian Church, Stuart, FL.
   In lieu of flowers the family asks that you consider donating to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (jdrf.org), SafeSpace (safespacefl.org, 612 SE Dixie Hwy, Stuart, FL 34994) or a charity of your choice.

Please Sign the Guestbook @ Jacksonville.com

--- James Harrell's Military Service to his Country ---

Capt. James Harrell, Medical Doctor, 25th Infantry Division, Cu Chi Province, Vietnam, 1967


1967 Photo of Harrell holding a bottle as he emerged from a Viet Cong Tunnel in Cu Chi Province, Vietnam


Sharon Philips


  1956 Landonian Photo                                          2018 Obituary Photo


     It is with a sad heart that I report the passing of our Friend and Classmate, Sharon Elise Philips Cooke, on August 4, 2018, in Mooresville, North Carolina.  Her Death Notice can be found in the Metro Section of the August 8, 2018 Edition of the Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville, Florida  It read:

Sharon Elise Cooke

   Sharon Elise Philips Cooke passed away at home on Saturday, August 4, 2018 surrounded by family. She was born in Jacksonville, Florida on February 14, 1938 to the late Homer Philips and Caroline Elise Grivot Philips. After graduating from Landon High School, she went on to receive her Bachelor of Education from Florida Southern College. She was a member of Phi Mu Sorority and remained close with her sisters. 

   Sharon was a teacher by trade but wife, mother, and grandmother by calling. As a Christian, her joy in the knowledge of her Savior Jesus Christ was contagious. To know her was to know Him. Overcoming devastating trials, her faith did not waver. She was an example to us all. She had a passion for praise and worship, singing in the choir all of her life and was involved in various charities in her community. 

   Sharon grew up in Jacksonville, Florida and spent summers camping with her sister at Mt. Mitchell, NC where she came to love the mountains. She was a member of All Saints Episcopal Church in Jacksonville, FL and later a member of Higgins Memorial Church in her beloved Burnsville, NC. 

   In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by son, Eddie, daughter, Mary Elizabeth, brother, Shelton Philips and his wife, Carol. Sharon is survived by her loving husband, John Franklin Cooke; children, Philip Cooke (Natalie), Aileen Elise Cooke Query (Paul) and Patricia Cooke Harmon (James); brother, Maurice Phillips (Carol); sister, Elaine Dunlap; grandchildren, Samantha and Danielle Cooke, Baylee Pearson Gibbs and Daniel Pearson, Ashley and Jenna Harmon. Visitation for family and friends will be at 2pm at Cavin-Cook Funeral Home followed by a Memorial Service at 3pm in the Chapel of Cavin-Cook. 

   Memorials may be made to Alzhiemers Research, 4600 Park Rd., Suite 250, Charlotte, NC 28209. 


Vicki Acuff 

1956 Landonian Photo

     It is with a sad heart that I report the passing of our Friend and Classmate, Vicki Acuff Kalter, on August 10, 2018, in Charlotte, North Carolina where she was living with her oldest daughter.  It was Vicki's request that she not have a Memorial or Obituary.  

Thomas J. "Tom" Muhlbauer"



                                                                                          1956 Landonian Photo                                                       2018 Obituary Photo              


     It is with a sad heart that I report the passing of our Friend and Classmate, Tom Muhlbauer, 80, on December 31, 2017, in Beaumont, Texas.  His obituary was found in the January 5, 2018 Edition of the Beaumont Enterprise, Beaumont, Texas:  It read:

Tom Muhlbauer - Obituary

1937 - 2017 Tom Muhlbauer, 80, of Beaumont, died Sunday, December 31, 2017, at Harbor Hospice, Beaumont. He was born on September 20, 1937, in Niagara Falls, New York, to Irene Morgan and Milton Paul Muhlbauer. Tom was a United States Marine Corps veteran, and retired as a sales representative from Procter & Gamble after thirty years of employment. He is survived by his sons, Kemp Muhlbauer, of Houston and Thomas Joseph Muhlbauer, Jr. and his wife, Shanna, of Sugar Land; grandchildren, Matthew Muhlbauer, Will Muhlbauer, and Emily Muhlbauer; siblings, Paul Muhlbauer, Joy Campbell, Michael Muhlbauer, Larry Muhlbauer, and Lynn Lokken. Tom is preceded in death by his parents; and brothers, Joel and Jerry Muhlbauer. Tom was an avid sportsman, always committing 110% to hunting, fishing, and playing golf. But where his time and talents really benefited others was his commitment to the Boy Scouts of America. When Kemp joined Boy Scout Troop 85 in 1980, Tom began what would turn out to be a long history of leadership and support of Troop 85 and Scouting on a local level. Tom served Troop 85 as a Scoutmaster, Assistant Scoutmaster, and Committee Chairman. He served the local Boy Scout council as a District Commissioner. Tom was a Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow, whose Indian name translates to "cheerful, wise man". He was the recipient of the Order of the Arrow Founders Award, the District Award of Merit, and the Silver Beaver Award, the highest award a volunteer can receive on the local level. Tom was Wood Badge trained and he accompanied his sons Kemp and Thomas on two treks at Philmont Scout Ranch, not to mention providing leadership at many summer and winter camps. Tom gave his heart and soul to Scouting and to the many boys who learned so much from his wisdom and leadership, including his sons, both of whom earned the Eagle Scout rank. Tom was fun to be around and the boys and adults with whom he worked in Scouting have many great stories that will be told and retold for generations to come. The Scout Vesper Softly falls the light of day, as our campfire fades away. Silently each Scout should ask, "Have I done my daily task"? Have I kept my honor bright, can I guiltless sleep tonight? Have I done and have I dared, everything to be prepared? A gathering of Mr. Muhlbauer's family and friends will be from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Friday, January 5, 2018, at Broussard's, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont. His funeral service will be 11:30 a.m., Saturday, January 6, 2018, at Broussard's, Beaumont. A family committal will be held at Broussard's Crematorium, Beaumont. Memorial and in-lieu-of-flowers donations may be made to the Hazel and Floyd Mack Scout Foundation, Inc., 1355 Stacewood Drive, Beaumont, Texas 77706, to provide camping scholarships to Scouts. Complete and updated information may be found at: broussards1889.com.

Eleanor Leitheiser

1956 Landonian Photo

     It is with a sad heart that I report the passing of our Friend and Classmate, Eleanor Leitheiser Vinson, 77, on December 18, 2015, in Jacksonville, Florida.  Her Death Notice was found in the December 20, 2015 Edition of the Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville, Florida:  It read:

VINSON - Eleanor L. Vinson 77 of Jacksonville DOB 7/15/1938 DOD 12/18/2015. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Arlington Park Funeral Home and Cemetery.  904-724-6384.



Landon High School Alumni Association



     If you would like to join the Landon High School Alumni Association, annual dues are $25.  Be sure to show your Landon Class date, and ladies show your maiden name on your check.  The Association publishes a monthly newsletter about Landonians from all classes, sponsors a monthly breakfast and Christmas Luncheon.

     Their address is:

         The Landon High School Alumni Association

          9951 Atlantic Blvd. #209

          Jacksonville, FL  32225

     If you have a question about the Landon Alumni Association or the monthly breakfast, you may call Reed Tillis ('53) at (904) 704-2252.

Landon Alumni Association Breakfast has a "New" Location!

     This event is held on the second Wednesday of every month.  The new location is the Cracker Barrel Restaurant off J. Turner Butler Blvd. between I-95 and Phillips Highway.  The suggested arrival time is between 8:00 and 8:30 a.m.  All Landon Alumni and guests are invited.

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