Edward (Jack) Downing

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Edward (Jack) Downing
Class Year: 1953
Residing In: Springfield, VA USA
Spouse/Partner: Margaret
Occupation: Army, contractor for military, college teacher
Children: Diane, born 1960; Drew, born 1964; Megan, born 1970; Peggy born 1972
Military Service: Army  
Yes! Attending Reunion
Life After High School (tell us what you've been up to):

I year Purdue, West Point class of 1958 w/ Sam Collins; Joe Bishop and Hal Jordan one year ahead, Artillery, Ranger, Airborne, 82d Abn Div, Okinawa, Penn State MS Chem; taught Chem West Point, Viet Nam 9th Div; CINCPAC Hawaii; Viet Nam District Sr Advisor; Durham, NC, Army Research Office, Pentagon, Retired. MS Syst Mgt USC; MBA; DBA; taught management; project mgr, Nat Academy Sci (NRA); retired again; teach Eng as 2d Language (ESL), house exchanges many states, Turkey,; Civil War buff."CINC Obits" for West Point class. Love life! Good memories of CPHS. Great class of 1953.

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Edward (Jack) Downing posted a message on Ward Lawton's Profile. New comment added.
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Sep 17, 2023 at 5:38 PM

Posted on: Sep 17, 2023 at 10:52 AM

My birthday is 7 June 1935. You are 5 days older than me. Hang in Ward.
Jack Downing '53

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Jun 14, 2023 at 12:28 PM

Charlie was a fine fellow.  We all admired him.

Jack Downing

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Jun 07, 2023 at 8:04 PM

Posted on: Jun 07, 2023 at 12:07 PM

Happy Birthday Jack. You will have to call me Sir for 5 days I turned 88 on the second of June. We have lasted so long because of the surplus food they fad us at school. It's late in the fourth quarter for me not quite ready to punt first downs are getting harder and harder to make. How all is well with You and Family. Lawton CPHS '54`

Jun 07, 2023 at 4:33 AM
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May 19, 2023 at 7:16 PM

Posted on: May 19, 2023 at 9:40 AM

Raymond, good to know that you are going to the reunion. I live in 20 miles south of DC which is too far. Tell the class that I think of them.

Jack Downing

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Jan 27, 2021 at 6:53 PM

Posted on: Jan 26, 2021 at 5:54 PM

It is now 1/26/2021 I have just had a cochlear implant but it hasn't yet been "turned on". So far, it's only made me dizzy, but I have high hopes for the future.
I have just reread all of the comments below and am amazed at how wide they are. So many good and remembered friends. I'm 85, as most of you are also. My health is good and I'm still married to the same Pennsylvania girl I married in 1959. We are staying close to home in an effort to avoid the Corona-19 virus. I've had one vaccination with another due next month. Ii pray that you all have safely run this gauntlet as well. My son in Hawaii has been re-stationed to Stuttgart Germany but I doubt if I will visit him there. Until the schools closed, I was teaching English as a second language (ESL) and loving it. I am a born teacher--I find it very rewarding. That's it for now.. Jack

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Oct 18, 2020 at 11:48 AM

I well remember and admire Emmett.  He was an all-around good fellow as well as an outstanding football player.  I still have his card pasted by his picture in my 1953 Aries class book.  Well done, rest in peace.

Jack Downing

Jun 07, 2020 at 4:33 AM
Edward (Jack) Downing has left an In Memory comment for Chester Jones.
Apr 23, 2020 at 8:33 PM

I have good memories of Chester.  He certainly fulfiled his ambition to rais a large family.  Rest in Peace, Chester.    Jack Downing

 

 

 

 

Jun 08, 2019 at 10:50 AM

Hi Don, Thanks for your Birthday wishes. Yesterday I spent an hour with a friend who was in the 101st ABN during WWII all the way from Normandy to the end. He is one of the last of the WWII heroes. My wife Margaret and I just returned from Hawaii. We stayed in our son's house in Kailua while he was away.. I was stationed in Hawaii in 1973 after my 2d VN tour so we have seen all the tourist sights. but we still love the beaches. I teach ESL now and enjoy it. Not full time though. I still remember CPHS very fondly--the teachers and fellow students. It was good preparation for life. I have retired several times now. although the Army is the best retirement. We live near Ft. Belvoir and use the PX , commissary, and (as needed) medical facilities. I'm still going strong although with some help from science--eyes, hearing, hip, etc. I just finished mowing the lawn so I'm still useful. We still live in our house in Springfield, VA and will stay here as long as possible.
Stay in touch. Jack Downing

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Posted on: Sep 17, 2016 at 9:17 PM

Oh Oh! I somehow deleted the message I was writing to you. Yu may get two, but I'll start again,

Yes, I'm still around and doing pretty well. We live in Springfield, VA about 15 miles south of Washington, DC. I'm still married to the girl I married in 1959. We have a son living in Hawaii, a daughter in Portland, OR, another in Denver, and a third in Richmond, VA. Interestingly, we have a grandson in Kurdish Iraq with a German organization and helping with the refugees.

We travel to visit them all. Next month to Denver.

Where are you? I have a West Point classmate who graduated from GMA in 1954 named Bill Giallourkis, a gymnast. Ever run into him?

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Jun 07, 2016 at 10:46 PM

Posted on: Jun 07, 2016 at 4:33 AM

Jun 09, 2015 at 10:11 AM

Jimmy,

Thanks for the birthday wishes. It's hard to believe that I am 80!! I'm still going strong but old age is chipping away at me. I live in Springfield, VA just south of Washington, DC. Your stories are good. good old 'snake". One time he took me to the auditorium to prepare it for a program. I didn't realize that it belonged to the city, not the school. I began to direct the manager on how to set it up. Mr Hutchinson corrected me and said that I should ask, not direct.

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Jun 07, 2015 at 5:35 PM

Posted on: Jun 07, 2015 at 5:33 PM

Happy birthday Edward, think we are the same age (80) glad we made it. You were one year ahead of me at CPHS. Was back there in March, not much change. Stay sell.

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Jun 07, 2015 at 10:34 PM

Posted on: Jun 07, 2015 at 3:06 PM

Don,

Thanks for the birthday greeting. I haven't decided about the reunion this year. I wonder how many of our classmates are going. It's good to keep in touch this way. It's hard to believe that I have turned 80! That used to be old. I don't feel it but time marches on.

Jack