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Site Owner - Stephen Smith
Remember Lisa Zaidi?
Lisa in c. 1976
When did you attend at Priory?
I think it was 1975-1977
Who were your most unforgettable teachers?
Mrs. Gregory without a doubt. She was tough and expected a lot from us--hard work, respect ("Good morning Mrs. Gregory")--but she has a heart of gold and I count her as one of the most memorable teachers I ever had. We still keep in touch. She has visited us in Seattle and met my husband and kids. She even came to my wedding 23 years ago!
Who were your best friends at Priory?
Wow! There were so many people I loved at Priory. Our friendships were really special and I have never forgotten any of them.
They were: Sean Bourke, the Graham brothers (Terry and Rick-aka the other half of "The Graidies"), Tigger, David Boothroyd, Sandy Baird, Joe Clarkson, Betsy Burwell, Dwight Wellborn, the Walbank sisters (Jayne and Mandy), the Mahfood brothers (Bruce and Dale), Billy Wilmott, Julian Spence, tall Andrew (I'm blanking on his last name), Little John, Steve Hannah, Bruce and Robert Gaynair, Nicky...I know there's more but those are some who come to mind right now.
Sean Bourke and Lisa
Who are you in touch with now?
Last year there were a flurry of email exchanges, etc. and I was very excited to hear from Tigger, Terry and Rick Graham, Jayne Walbank, David Boothroyd, Sandy Baird (and, of course, you Stephen)...and I even got a nice phone call at work from Julian Spence! Then I got connected up with this great website and so I have been more in touch the past year than I had been in awhile.
All along I have kept in touch with Mrs. Gregory.
Sean and I stayed in touch for a long time and he even visited me in Seattle too but we have lost touch and I haven't heard from him in about 6 years.
Who would you like to trace if we could?
Oh, all of the people I named in the section above.
Many of them I now know something about (thanks to emailing and this website) but I've never heard anything about Betsy Burwell, Dwight Wellborn, Joe Clarkson or the Mahfoods so I guess I'd love to know how they are and what they're up to.
And, of course, Sean.
Dwight Wellborn Betsy Burwell
What's the wildest thing you ever did at Priory?
Oh boy! I don't know about disclosing these things.
Probably the wildest thing was sneaking off (during school) with Joe Clarkson who took me flying in a tiny Cessna...he had a pilot's license and it was an amazing experience. No one knew where we'd gone, though, so it probably wasn't the smartest thing. Especially since Joe demonstrated "stalls" and other air tricks that were pretty scary. We were about 16.
Joe Clarkson - scary pilot!
Who was the craziest person during your time at Priory?
Probably Steven Hannah with his hilarious antics.
Where do you live and what do you do now?
I have lived in Seattle for the past 12 years and I love it here.
I am a clinical psychologist--i.e.., a "shrink"--and have a private practice. I specialize in working with teens, which I always think stems from the fact that I loved my high school years and like "re-living" them vicariously by working with teenagers.
Tell us about any significant other(s)?
My husband Glenn (who I met while we were both still in college--we were about 20). We have been married for 23 years and have two wonderful children, Katie (now 15) and Ben (now 13). My sister, Selma, who also attended Priory lives in Chicago and we see her at least a couple of times a year.
Ben and Katie
What do you think of the Priory site?
Awesome! Thanks for doing this. It is such a treat for all of us.
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