Welcome Fairview Bulldogs


This picture just came to our attention as it appeared in the 1966 FHS yearbook.  Many of us have not seen it before.  Please note our illustrious ‘65 FHS Class President Jim Swank far right.  Two guys didn’t get the memo: white shirts, white shorts





Our classmate Bruce Sucher, who passed away earlier this year, was noted in a Dayton Daily News article about 17 fascinating Daytonians who have passed away this year.

These 17 fascinating people we lost in 2017 made life vibrant in the Dayton area




 Another Fun, 3 Hour Luncheon

Oct. 10, 2017


Hi Susi,

My name is Scott Lee and my sister was Diana Lee who graduated from Fairview High School in 1965.  I am very sorry to tell you that Diana died two weeks ago. 

I am trying to learn more about Diana’s life at Fairview.  We moved into the school district at the end of Diana’s sophomore year.  So, she was there for only a little more than 2 years.  I found the yearbook at the web site and found Diana’s picture there.  I have some questions about the abbreviations listed by her picture.  Would you be able to help me understand what they mean?

Thank you for the wonderful web site about the 1965 class of FHS!

I hope you have a wonderful day.





Dan Wolfe takes us down memory lane with an enjoyable story about yet another wonderful teacher, Mr. Reynolds


Dan Wolfe has given us another of his wonderful pieces, a true love story…“Once a teacher” 





Dan Wolfe

Happy Star Wars Day!
(May the 4th be with us)

While 5/4/17 seemed more like a day in early March this year, a bunch of us
gathered at the Outback Steakhouse in Centerville to see how well we could
remember our names and what we were doing fifty-some years ago. Yes, Pat
Bertsche really did bring her Mom along … perhaps because she knew Alan
would be there. I’m just guessing.

Since the weather did not cooperate, the ladies present declined the opportunity
to perform Fairview’s coveted May Day ritual. Apparently our generation just has
no sense of tradition anymore. Maybe next year.

Things kicked off about 11AM with our favorite activity … standing around and
talking. We waited for some stragglers to trickle in and just before noon, Susi
reminded us that it was time for our second favorite activity … eating and talking.
We’re still waiting for the votes to be tallied but early returns indicate that we
must have had a good time, since things didn’t break up until a little after two

Rumor has it that we’ll get together in the fall and try to do it all over again. On
the agenda as “new business” will be World Peace. Once that’s done we can get
back to some serious talking and eating.
Stay tuned.




Our thoughts and prayers are with his family

Bruce Sucher, president of the Vandalia-Butler school board and a former Vandalia city manager and police chief, died suddenly while attending the University of Dayton men’s basketball game in Pittsburgh on Friday, according to school district officials. 

A statement from the district called Sucher’s passing “an unimaginable tragedy for this family, our district, and the entire Vandalia-Butler community.”


Sucher, 70, was elected to the school board in November 2013, so this was the last year of his four-year term. V-B Superintendent Brad Neavin said Sucher had the interests of the students, staff and community in the forefront of his mind.

“He is certainly among the best board members I have ever worked with,” Neavin said. “But beyond being a board member that I worked for, he was a personal friend and a mentor to me.”

Sucher and his family were well known in the area He was a star basketball player at Fairview High School in Dayton and then at Duquesne University. His wife Vicki was a longtime Vandalia-Butler teacher and his daughter-in-law Christina Sucher is a current teacher at Helke Elementary School in Vandalia. She’s also a cheerleading coach for UD basketball. His son Brandon is a Huber Heights police sergeant.

In addition to serving as Vandalia’s city manager and chief of police, Sucher was a past president of the Vandalia Lions Club and the V-B Foundation. He served on the Dayton Chamber of Commerce board, the Air Show board, and was past chair of Montgomery/Greene Emergency Management Association.




The below pictures have eluded us for many years until a perchance lunch with several FHS Alums took place.  Not knowing the other had gone to Fairview, one thing led to another and someone mentioned their high school and that their parents owned The Mascot.  This wonderful world of ours keeps getting smaller and smaller.  It’s that Sixth Degree of Separation we know about that proves itself to be true over and over. 



Dan Wolfe, a Fairview Elementary graduate, has opened our eyes to what our earlier years were like in elementary school.  So many forgotten memories from those years are brought alive in

“Growing Up Fairview.” 





On September 13th, 2016, a great group of 18 FHS Alum met for lunch at the
Outback in Centerville, Ohio.  This is the first time we’ve tried this type of
activity and it won’t be the last.  Our conversations ranged from all about Us to
all about Our children and grandchildren.  We tried to keep politics out of it, although when we needed a good laugh, someone brought it up.  Enjoy the
Seated on the right side: Carroll Murry Dalton, Ginny Dixon Hertvik, John Howdeshelt and Julia Thweatt Fasick
Seated on the left side: Marty Mapp Ginter, Carol Furrey Snyder, and Linda Little Lewis
Standing left to right:  Bruce Downing, Susi Sower Hansen, Bill Wheeler, Kathy Swank Hadjuk, Dave Boreen, Donna Bloom James, Lynne Hill Dodson, Susie Fisher Langley, Cheri Beck Brown, Alan Donaldson and Dan Wolfe

The Reunion Committee and the Website Group, www.fairview65.org, got together for lunch in the Grill Room at the Miami Valley Golf Club on April 19th, just to stay in touch and to thank them for such a well done job on our 50th Reunion. In the picture from L to R: Bill Wheeler, Susi Sower (Hansen), Julie Thweatt (Fasick), John Howdeshelt, Glory Cox (Meade) and Dan Wolfe. Bart Weprin and Al Donaldson left earlier so they missed the photo op.



The Reunion Committee and the Website Group, www.fairview65.org, got together for lunch in the Grill Room at the Miami Valley Golf Club on April 19th, just to stay in touch and to thank them for such a well done job on our 50th Reunion. In the picture from L to R: Bill Wheeler, Susi Sower (Hansen), Julie Thweatt (Fasick), John Howdeshelt, Glory Cox (Meade) and Dan Wolfe. Bart Weprin and Al Donaldson left earlier so they missed the photo op.


Keeping the Friendship Alive!

Gang of

Gang of 6, taken at the Pine Club, following the Friday night event of the reunion. We all had such a good time together at the 50th Reunion we decided to meet up again in Savannah where Jim lives.


Taken when Jim Battin, Sally Tullis Elliott and I met up last week in Savannah, Georgia along with our respective partners– taken at the Old Pink House Restaurant in historic downtown Savannah (Tom Elliott, Bert Wallace (Jim’s lady friend), Jim, Charlene, Me and Sally)


We are up and running right now, with plans to add items, articles and pictures that you’d like to see.  A lot of us are grandparents…let’s see some of those grandkids (with you in the picture of course).  We love our pets…We would love to see you with them.

If you are holding any memorabilia and would like to share with the rest of us, please send any and all pictures to me, Susi Sower Hansen at tssbjh@aol.com


Check out Fairview/Meadowdale Rivalry…a great memory of a Freshman football player, aka Bill Wheeler, dressing for Fairview’s FIRST game against Meadowdale…a proud and humbling experience,


“Uphold its priceless honor

And hail old dear Fairview!”


The Fairview Class of 1965 held its 50th Reunion in August 2015, a weekend filled with reminiscing, renewal of friendships, sharing stories and remembering dear old Fairview.

During the Saturday evening program, classmate, Dan Wolfe, delivered a riveting review of our years there in his unique and eloquent style.  For those of us who have visited and combed over the website of our friends in the class of 1966, we are introduced to Dan’s writing style and his dedication to the legacy of Fairview.  We may even have read the book Dan authored, Understanding, Fairview High School, 1960’s Dayton, Ohio, featured on the Fairview Bulldogs 66 website and on our 65 website as well.  Through photographs and his sentimental perspective, Understanding introduces us to the Fairview we may never have known before.  With Dan’s ability to reflect upon dear old Fairview as much more than merely bricks and mortar… we embrace and understand OUR Fairview, with its spirit and soul.

Now, with encouragement from Susi Sower Hansen, the creator of our class’ very own website Fairview65.org, Dan has authored a blog in the same vein as Understanding.   With a number of fascinating entries, featuring historical facts, photographs and his wonderful writing style, Dan not only helps us understand, he breathes life into that wonderful building we all remember so fondly.


Bill Wheeler                                                                                                             

Please read and enjoy.

Bruiser’s Revenge blog

Authored by Dan Wolfe, FHS 65’ 



We are fortunate to have a new blog post and a short story by Kristine Jacobs Simelda on the site, CARIB BEING and Brother .Well done!
Also, Dan Wolfe gives us a look back in time with Once Upon A Time Capsule“. …A great read!


Is your memory of Fairview still vivid?  At times do you feel like you could reach out and the grand old lady would be as she was in the 1960s?
Rediscover her and learn more about Fairview than you may have known during your four years there.  A new book is now available about Fairview High School that has been in the making for a number of years.  Understanding (Fairview High School, 1960s, Dayton, Ohio) is hardback, full color, 102 pages with 200 images.  Take a giant step back and have an in-depth conversation with Fairview.  Enjoy images that may be fading from your mind.  Understand her.
Written by Dan Wolfe, Class of 1965, this book is a definite keepsake!  Layout and design by Jeri Jones Bland, ‘66.  Photos were taken by Charles Schommer, ’44; Tom McLefresh, ’62; Jim Lied, ’62; Robert Hauff, ’63; Dan Wolfe, ‘65 and Jeri Jones Bland, ’66.  Many others also donated photos and memorabilia or responded to the Legacy Project questionnaire.
The book is available to you at cost directly from our online printer.  (NO compensation of any kind goes to any alumni involved with creating this book.)  The printer’s current cost is $48.39 plus shipping.  To order and to view a preview of the book, please click on the printer’s direct link  http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/3214610 .  Or view their website at www.blurb.com/bookstore and enter Understanding in the search bar.   IMPORTANT NOTE:  $48.39 is blurb.com‘s pricing at the date of this posting and is subject to change without notice.

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