Dykes Colts 1968

Welcome to the Dykes High School Class of 1968

Where Are You?

 Help us find these friends!

Here is a list of names for whom we have NO INFORMATION.  Please help us track them down for our upcoming reunion.  If you have any leads or ideas, email them to me (flynntyrrell@gmail.com), or post ideas for finding them on the discussion board.

Any information will help!

Hilda Anderson

Jane Addington Clay

Henry Coleman Dozier

Cecile Marion Forbes

Deborah Lee Ginn

Deborah Joann Hunter

Julie English Irwin

Robert Lee Jones

James Katz

Victoria "Vicki" Knight

Belinda Aileen Koester

George Paul Kustos

Mack Breedin Lewis, Jr.

Anne Lomason

William Burroughs Provo

Linda Louise Roberts

Sharron Lee Schwefel

Mary Kathleen "Katie" Seigle

Cheryl Frances Stanley

Frederic Earl "Steve" Stevens III


Honoring Mr. Rumble

I know that Mr. Rumble affected our lives and outlooks and education more than most principals could ever hope to influence the lives of their students.   As a principal myself (retired!), I don't want Mr. Rumble to be forgotten.  I'd like to float the idea of perhaps commissioning a portrait to hang in Sutton Middle School with a short identifying placque or something.  I'd like it to be from our class.  I think 1968 was such a defining year in history.  In 2013, we'll have a 45 year reunion, and I envision dedicating and unveiling it then.  Bob Musselman did a great job researching and writing a brief and touching bio of this fine, but forgotten educator. [See "Old Doug" forum] What are your thoughts?

Click here to respond.  We'll include this thought thread in the "Old Doug" forum! 

A Night To Remember
Saturday, August 17, 2013

at Bennett and Gayle Hutchison's
home in Vinings
The reunion weekend was awesome!  A low key, casual gathering in one of the most beautiful settings in the South.  And our gracious hosts, Bennett and Gayle Hutchison made it even better with food from the Varsity on Friday night and a barbeque buffet from Low Country on Saturday night! Cathy and Carroll outdid themselves working right up to the last minute to iron out all the details and provide nametags in LARGE print with our yearbook photos!   And  Johnny Thurman was working at Bennett's house for days before and during both nights of the reunion! He did the entire slide show and all the music.   We can't wait to see the  photos he took both nights!



Jim Gibson

Our dear friend, Jim Gibson passed away.   Please post your memories, photos, and thoughts on the the discussion.  Here is a message from Jim's daughter, Jennifer regarding services for Jim:

Hello. I'm Jim Gibson's daughter. My dad's wife, Ann, told me about the Dykes 1968 online network,  and that people were posting some very nice things in memory of my dad. It's comforting to see that people remember my dad fondly. Please let everyone know how much we appreciate the support. It's been a rough couple of days, but every little bit helps.

The service details are as follows:

This Sunday, July 15, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Ravinia across from Perimeter Mall in Atlanta. The address is Two Ravinia Dr. Suite 100 Atlanta, Ga. 30346. It will be held in the Grand Dining Room. There will be a short service where people can offer their memories about my dad as well as a gathering where guests can mingle and have some snacks and drinks (tea and soda only).

If you have any questions, contact me or my dad's wife Ann. My email is jlg8780@gmail.com or you can contact me through the Dykes '68 site. I assume people already know how to contact Ann.

Thanks so much for your support. I think my dad would be shocked to know how many people really do care about him.


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Skip Forsberg writes:

The memorial was something Jimmy would have been proud of. A great series of recollections by old friends who loved him, his music and corny pictures that were reminders of his corny jokes. Got a lot of reminders of our time together at Dykes to add to the memories of all the great times we had together. Treasured memories. Hope there's a Dunk 'n Dine in Heaven so Jimmy and Tommy can have Texas breakfast specials with Steve, Johnny and me every morning.

July 15, 2012


Patrick Whitlow, ‘Giant of Interventional Cardiology,’ Dies at 65

We were blessed to know Pat. The following remarks from his peers should inspire all of us:

By Yael L. Maxwell Tuesday, March 22, 2016 (UPDATED)

Patrick Whitlow, MD, the long-time director of interventional cardiology at the Cleveland Clinic, died early this morning following complications from diabetes. He was 65. As “a giant of interventional cardiology,” Whitlow “literally founded interventional cardiology at the Cleveland Clinic, decades ago,” his colleague of many years, Steven Nissen, MD (Cleveland Clinic, OH), told TCTMD. “He trained an entire generation of interventional cardiologists, and he cared for I can’t tell you how many tens of thousands of patients—it’s incalculable.”

Ted Feldman, MD (NorthShore University HealthSystem, Evanston, IL), told TCTMD that Whitlow “was one of the really most gifted interventional physicians in the US. He is someone I would have gone to without hesitation if I needed interventional therapy.” Whitlow will be remembered as a “virtuoso in the lab who also was a critical thinker and really contributed a great deal to the development of interventional cardiology,” he added.

Samir Kapadia, MD (Cleveland Clinic), who trained under Whitlow in the 1990s, lauded his mentor for his breadth of knowledge across multiple specialties within interventional cardiology, from directional atherectomy to rotational atherectomy and pioneering the first chronic total occlusion devices. “He has been instrumental in all of them,” Kapadia said to TCTMD, noting that Whitlow performed the very first MitraClip (Abbott Vascular) procedure in the early 2000s. The legacy he leaves behind will be to “have faith in what you do and do it well,” Kapadia commented. Practicing in an era when there was less confidence in interventional procedures compared with surgery, Whitlow “believed in it, he wanted to improve them, and he practiced with passion,” Kapadia explained. “Anyone who knew him would think that if you wanted to do anything difficult, anything that sounds impossible, that would be something he would have done with confidence and success.”

Another of Whitlow’s former trainees, Deepak L. Bhatt, MD (Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA), said that he often thinks of Whitlow when completing complex cases late at night. “There are a lot of times when I’m in the cath lab, when I’m in a tough situation when I think about him and I literally ask myself, ‘What would Dr. Whitlow do?’” Bhatt noted to TCTMD. “The impact that he’s had on a generation or more of interventional cardiologists is enormous. He was really the consummate teacher. I don’t know that I’ve encountered anyone with as much skill and patience in working with fellows.” Additionally, Bhatt praised Whitlow’s dedication to his patients, adding that his talent was precise and his attitude persistent. “I remember doing some incredibly complex CTOs with him, for example, back when the equipment for doing CTOs wasn’t so great. But just through pure skill and stamina, he would forge through. I remember doing CTOs with him that were known to be over a decade old, just really tough lesions when doing CTOs wasn’t as in vogue and fashionable and feasible as it is now.”

E. Murat Tuzcu, MD (Cleveland Clinic), told TCTMD that there are not “too many people in this world, in any profession, who work as hard as Pat did all his life. Some days fellows in the cath lab had to work shifts to keep up with him. Nothing stopped him from doing his absolute best for patients, no matter how long it took.” Whitlow also “cared about his patients deeply, almost in a religious way,” Tuzcu added, “and they reciprocated by an unwavering love and loyalty. He was a brilliant and innovative man who was very generous in sharing his vast knowledge and insights.”

Gregg W. Stone, MD (Columbia University Medical Center), remembered Whitlow today as “a tremendous physician, an early pioneer of angioplasty strategies, and a great operator. More importantly, he was a warm, compassionate and caring person who always placed his patients first. The greatest testimony I can provide is that when my father developed coronary artery disease, I sent him to Pat Whitlow who stented a sub-total LAD lesion, which was successful for the rest of his life. Pat always called me to ask about my father. I will miss him greatly.’”

Likewise, Martin B. Leon, MD (Columbia University Medical Center), said Whitlow “was among the early legendary group of creative physicians who was instrumental in crafting the subspecialty of interventional cardiology. His humility, genuine kindness, patient-first attitude, and mentoring spirit were among his most admirable qualities. He will be sorely missed.” Even in the face of a significant chronic illness, Whitlow “was incredibly courageous,” said Nissen. “No matter what the obstacles, he made every effort to come to work every day to take care of his patients. He was passionate about his patients, passionate about education, and tremendously loyal to the Cleveland Clinic. He will be greatly missed by all of us.” A lifelong innovator, Whitlow continued to invent and collaborate on new devices, “right up until the point he was too ill to work,” Nissen said. Some of his innovations are in the pipeline now, he added.

“Pat was one of the most talented, humble, and dedicated physicians with whom I’ve had the pleasure to work,” observed Stephen G. Ellis, MD (Cleveland Clinic). “What he accomplished despite his long illness is awe-inspiring.” Whitlow completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Virginia and his MD at Duke University. Prior to joining the Cleveland Clinic in 1989, Whitlow was the director of the cardiac catheterization laboratory at University of Alabama at Birmingham. *

Shelley Wood contributed reporting to this story. Click here for a listing of companies that provide support to the Cardiovascular Research Foundation, owner and operator of TCTMD.

Related Content: COMMENTS: lsdean@u.washington.edu said: What sad news. I have known Pat for over 30 years....I was his first interventional fellow when he was at UAB.There is no doubt he is in large part responsible for my academic career in Interventional Cardiology. He was an incredible teacher and investigator and pushed the science of our field in so many ways over so many years. We have indeed lost a Giant of Interventional Cardiology and he will be missed by all who knew him. 3/23/2016 2:44:43 PM




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Learned this week that Pat Whitlow passed away and wanted to share--his obituary is online at legacy.com.  Such a shame that we lose another classmate too young. 

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