Ernest Balarjan “Balan” Rajendra ~ Class of 1969

Ernest Rajendra ~ Class of 1969

Departed 2/2/2023

Lovingly submitted by: Angeline P. Rajendra Behrend

My brother Ernest Rajendra passed away from heart failure on February 2, 2023, in Los Angeles, CA. He was 73. He was the eldest son of Mr. P.E. Rajendra and Hilda Pushparatnam Rajendra. His daughter and wife were by his side. I know he would appreciate your prayers.
Here are two photos. The second one is from Ernest’s own previous FB posting: Picture courtesy of Larry Jacobs, Ernest Rajendra (a fierce bowler) 1968. Umpire in the back is Mr. P.E. Rajendra. Good old times to cherish.

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John Richard Beach ~ Class of 1969

John Beach ~ Class of 1969

Departed ~ 5/22/2020

Obituary for Mr. John Richard Beach

John Richard Beach, 68, of Columbus passed from this life on Friday, May 22, 2020 at 3:54 a.m. at Columbus Regional Hospital.
John was born on May 26, 1951 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania the son of Robert Kimber Beach, Sr. and Edna Grace Heiser Beach. In 1984 he married Phyllis A. Stahl.

John lived in Pennsylvania until 1967 when his family moved to Thailand; he enrolled at the International School of Bangkok. He was then able to spend a summer in Japan with missionary relatives. John graduated in 1969 from ISB and took a long return to the United States with family by way of Greece, Geneva, Frankfurt, Berlin, Zurich, Cologne, Amsterdam, and London. He attended one semester at Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina, before enrolling in journalism at Kellogg Community College in Battle Creek, Michigan. At Kellogg, he was named managing editor and later editor of the school’s newspaper. John then transferred to Michigan State University from where he graduated with a degree in broadcast journalism. While there, he was a DJ at a local radio station and hosted his own show. In 1974, John enlisted in the US Army and was sent to Fort Knox, Kentucky for basic training. His assignment was to Fort Benjamin Harrison in Indiana for Advanced Training in Radio/TV and Journalism. He became the editor of the Harrison Post newspaper and served on the Military Honor Guard; he was honorably discharged. John then worked for Representative Dave Evans on the Hill in Washington, D.C. In 1978, John moved to Columbus, Indiana to work for The Republic, first as a police reporter and then as a copy editor. In 1983, John went to work for the Army Times in Washington, D.C. as a news editor. In 1984 John married Phyllis A. Stahl. John and Phyllis moved back to Columbus in 1988 and purchased Carrico Furniture from Phyllis’s father, Ray Stahl. They owned and operated this business until 2007. John retired, but continued freelance editing.

John was a member of the American Legion and attended St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Columbus. His interests included, but were not limited to, history – especially government, war strategies, and the Civil War; collections of coins, albums and other memorabilia; reading, photography, music, the Outer Banks of NC, rum & coke, and dark beers. John brought levity to most any occasion, and enjoyed telling jokes and witticisms to keep friends and family laughing or groaning. John was deeply devoted to God, USA, and family – especially his sons.

Survivors include his wife, Phyllis Stahl of Columbus; sons, Benjamin Beach and Joe Beach, both at home; and siblings, Robert (Debra) Beach Jr., David (Kimberly) Beach, Mark (Naomi) Beach, Deborah (Frank) Angilletta, Charles “Chip” (Laura) Beach, and Grace (Kent) Kelly.

John was preceded in death by his parents.
In keeping with John’s wishes cremation will take place and a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Services were entrusted to Barkes, Weaver & Glick Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may given in memory of John to Samaritan’s Purse or charity of donor’s own choosing, in care of the funeral home.
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Ella Maria “Ria” Mercado ~ Class of 1969

Ria Mercado – Fisher ~ Class of 1969

Departed ~ 7/17/84 ~ Murdered by her husband



Detroit Free Press (MI)

Author: JOE SWICKARD Free Press Staff WriterEdition: METRO FINAL
Section: NWS
Page: 7D

College professor Charles Fisher was ordered Tuesday to stand trial on a first-degree murder charge. He is accused of killing his wife in a staged burglary of their Canton Township home in July. Plymouth District Judge James Garber, at the end of a five- day preliminary examination, ruled that Assistant Prosecutor Timothy Kenny had presented enough circumstantial evidence to warrant a trial. But, in an unusual move, Garber granted Fisher a $250,000 bond, requiring a $25,000 cash deposit.

Kenny objected to the bond, saying that Fisher could flee to the Caribbean island of St. Kitts. Fisher, a former head of microbiology at the Ann Arbor Veterans Administration Hospital, was teaching at a medical school on the island when he was arrested. Fisher, 44, is accused of murdering his wife, Ella Marie, and trying to disguise it as a slaying by burglars. Mrs. Fisher, 31, died five days after she was found — her face and mouth sealed with duct tape and her legs and hands bound with ropes — facedown and covered with a blanket in their living room. Kenny charged that Fisher killed his wife, fearing she was about to resume a romance with her cousin.

Defense attorney Daniel Burress said no evidence linked Fisher to the killing. If convicted, Fisher faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole. Fisher told police he was awakened by a noise shortly after midnight July 15. He said he was confronted in the dark kitchen by intruders, one of whom demanded money and keys to his pickup truck. Fisher told police he was struck down from behind before he could respond, and awoke about two hours later bound and gagged in his bedroom. He said he freed himself and found his wife unconscious in the living room. He said he tried mouth-to-mouth resuscitation before calling police.

But Kenny said Fisher’s account of burglars did not stand up. “The B&E men were thoughtful enough to go and put him back on his bed,” Kenny said. When the rescue squad arrived, Kenny said, the house was still dark and Mrs. Fisher was facedown. Kenny said the reported intruders went to the trouble of immobilizing two people and getting access to a pickup truck, then fled without taking valuables.

**** Copyright (c) 1985 Detroit Free Press
Record Number: 8501100699

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Katherine Kathy Mary Kline ~ Class of 1969

Kathy Kline ~ Class of 1969

Departed 1980 ~ Accidental Overdose

She was my Janis Joplin, my free spirit, my kindred soul and like so many things in life now gone, but renewed again elsewhere. I miss Kathy, but I don’t worry about her. She’ll be back!


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Glenn  R. Dutch Duarte ~ Class of 1969

Glenn  R. Dutch Duarte ~ Class of 1969

Departed ~ 2/10/2013 ~ Heart Failure

Glenn “Dutch” R. Duarte

It comes with great lament to announce an abrupt end to the venerable life of Glenn R. “Dutch” Duarte (July 20, 1951 – February 10, 2013), resident of Seattle and Redmond, Washington. Dutch is survived by many who loved him; amongst them are his wife, Carol, his two sons, Garrett and Brett, his parents, Richard and Agnes, and his siblings Debbie, Diane, Donna and Gayle. Dutch’s passing occurred while traveling and consulting in Bangkok, Thailand. It was a place that was close to his heart, having graduated high school in 1969 from the International School of Bangkok, and having held a directorship position at D I Designs Corporation there in recent years.

A successful architect with many local ties to the Pacific Northwest, Dutch was president of Duarte Bryant and Ambia Architecture, headquartered in Seattle’s Pioneer Square. He held a great appreciation for design, and was an advocate for historic preservation. Having earned his degree in architecture from Washington State University, Dutch and his wife remained avid WSU Cougar fans and supporters.

Born in Honolulu, Dutch held many great memories of his family and his upbringing in Hawaii. He was proud to carry the state identification card, for reasons more profound than his satisfaction in receiving the Kama’aina rate. He returned often, and he planned to maintain his connection with Hawaii throughout his retirement. Dutch was also an avid collector, and his childhood influences on the island contributed to his eclectic character.

A remembrance will be held at a later date. Dearest Dutch: You are greatly missed.

Published in The Seattle Times on February 24, 2013

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Flodene “Dene” Dewey Hill ~ Class of 1969

Dene Dewey ~ Class of 1969

Departed ~ 9/19/2013

Dene Dewey Hill, 62, of Round Hill, VA passed away peacefully on September 19, 2013.

She is survived by her loving husband of 33 years, Chris King; daughter Melissa (Robert) Simpson of Woodbridge, VA; son Kenny (Joanna) Hill Jr of Hamilton, VA; three cherished granddaughters, Caroline, Lilian, and Willa; and one very large and spoiled black lab, Mac. She is also survived by two siblings, Shelley Sutton of Virginia Beach, VA and Tom Dewey of San Antonio, TX and six nephews, and seven nieces.

Dene worked at Friends of Children Charity in Darien, CT, Wage Radio in Leesburg, VA, and Martin’s Herand in Sterling, VA. She attended the International School of Bangkok and enjoyed being a member of the ISB Network, which let her keep in touch with others who grew up in military families in Thailand. She was an active member of the Unitarian Uni- versalist Church of Loudoun and a volunteer at the Loudoun Abused Woman’s Shelter. Her passions were her family, gardening, reading, camping, trips to the beach, local music, and dogs.

A Memorial Service will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Loudoun (UUCL), 20460 Gleedsville Rd, Leesburg, VA 20175 on Sunday September 29, 2013 at 2:00pm.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Loudoun Abused Woman’s Shelter, 105 East Market St Leesburg, VA 20176, in memory of Dene Hill.

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John Stephen “The Chiebe” Dammon ~ Class of 1969

John Dammon ~ Class of 1969

Departed ~ 2/3/2012 ~ Heart Failure

Former board member John Dammon ’69 passes away suddenly

John was visiting his brother, James ’68 in Mississippi on his way home from his Dad’s funeral in Louisiana. John’s wife is Babette Trout Dammon, ’72.

John and Babette both served on the ISBN board for a number of years. John was the ISB Network’s first treasurer after incorporation. He not only took us to a good place financially, but also started our official database. John brought to the board common sense financial knowledge, and leadership.  Having John on the board was one of the best things to happen to the ISBN.

Ironically, John and Babette both worked for Blue Cross and Blue Shield in the DC area, and worked in the same building. They never met in Thailand, nor the states, until the 1988 ISB Network reunion in Boston. John had recently divorced, and his brother James encouraged him go to the reunion. He and Babette met and the rest is history. They were married a year later on August, 12 1989.

After leaving the board, John remained a strong supporter of the ISB Network and maintained his membership from the 1980s until his death. Lasting friendships that John started at ISB were strengthened during the reunions and endured until the day he died.

A service was held February 6th in Mississippi where he was cremated. There will be another service held on Friday February 17, in Annapolis, MD.

He will be missed by all who knew him.

We extend our condolences to Babette, Jamo, Lee and Samm with love and appreciation. 


“The Breath You Take”

He looks up from second base, dad’s up in the stands
He saw the hit, the run, the slide, there ain’t no bigger fan
In the parking lot after the game
He said, “Dad, I thought you had a plane to catch?”
He smiled and said, “Yeah, son, I did”

But life’s not the breath you take, the breathing in and out
That gets you through the day, ain’t what it’s all about
You just might miss the point trying to win the race
Life’s not the breaths you take but the moments that take your breath away

Fast forward fifteen years and a thousand miles away
Boy’s built a life, he’s got a wife and a baby due today
He hears a voice saying, “I made it son”
Says, “I told you dad, you didn’t have to come”
He smiles and says, “Yeah, I know you did”

But life’s not the breath you take, the breathing in and out
That gets you through the day, ain’t what it’s all about

You just might miss the point trying to win the race
Life’s not the breaths you take but the moments that take your breath away

Just like it took my breath when she was born
Just like it took my breath away when dad took his last that morn

Life’s not the breath you take, the breathing in and out
That gets you through the day, ain’t what it’s all about
Just might miss the point if you don’t slow down the pace
Life’s not the breaths you take but the moments that take your breath away