Miss Linda Allen/
Mrs. Linda P

Currently residing in Northern VA

Fairfax High School
Hampton High School, Class of 1955
Longwood College, Class of 1959, B.S.

Science Club Sponsor; General Science, Biology

  1955 Krabba, p. 23 1959 The Virginian 1962 Anchor, p. 24  
  Courtesy of Tom Norris (HHS - '73) of VA - 01/12/05
Thanks, Tom!
Courtesy of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 04/16/07
Thanks, Dave!

You may or may not remember me from Miss Allen's Biology class. We also had Ken Henderson, Ricky Miller and Joel Frank. Ricky and I spent most of our class time trying to make each other laugh.

I also have fond memories of being sent to the principal's office for hitting Joel in the back of the head (actually a light tap) as he was peering through a microscope.  Of course his great acting job was more than adequate to convince Miss Allen I should be expelled for blinding a classmate.

Amazingly enough, I passed the course.

- Fred Eubank ('64) of Northern VA - 09/14/00

Thank you for refreshing my memory with that story of Miss Allen's class. Kenny Henderson sat at the same table with Bill Ward and me... Bill was my lab partner, and it seems to me I worked out the same deal with Kenny as I did with Bill: y'all cut up my earthworm and frog for me, and I'll draw your diagrams for you!

I had forgotten Joel Frank was in our class, and I don't remember Ricky Miller OR that microscope story AT ALL! 

Of course, my attendance record being what it was, it's entirely possible I wasn't even there that day!  But the thing is, I marked all my Anchors in code. I have a tiny pencil checkmark next to a person's class picture if I knew them, and a tiny hyphen if I knew OF them. Ricky Miller's pictures have NO markings! I can't figure out how we could have been in the same class, and I not even known him!!

- Carol Buckley Harty of IL - 09/14/00

I still can't figure that out.  Maybe I was too shy.  Hey, it's possible! This was Miss Allen's D Period Biology 1-2 Class from the '61-'62 school year, comprised of ninth and tenth graders. From a combination of memory and yearbook autograph evidence, I have pieced together the following members of the class (if any of y'all can add to this list, please feel free to do so!):
Class of '64

Fred (Craig) Eubank
Joel Frank
Kenny Henderson
Ricky Miller
Sheila Oakes
Sandy Pennington
Terry Shelton
David Spriggs
Bill Ward

Class of '65

Carol Buckley
Steve Burns
Jeanie Scruggs
Frances Goodson

Jeanie Scruggs wrote in my '62 Anchor, "You sure can think up some good answers for Miss Allen."
Hmmm.  I don't quite remember what that was all about either...  I do recall a fun major assignment Miss Allen gave us in January which combined creative writing with scientific research. The fact that I still remember it after almost 42 years speaks volumes.  All the evidence suggests that "our rocking Biology class", as Sandy Pennington styled it, was a great experience.  It must have truly been, as something possessed me to join both the Junior and Senior Science Clubs. 
Considering the near total lack of scientific aptitude which I possess, that was really something, in and of itself.

- Carol Buckley Harty ('65) of NC - 12/03/03


I was checking out the Teacher site that Albert Dorner ('66 of VA) had a hand in putting together when I came across the name of Linda Allen.  I was reminded of what a small world we live in.  Linda's son, Gary Phillips, became my son's best friend when we moved to Poquoson 24 years ago.  To this day, Gary and Brian are best buddies.  We only realized about 5 years ago that Gary's Mom was Linda - a former teacher of mine!  Linda resides in Northern Virginia and has for many years now.

- Dee Hodges Bartram ('66) of VA - 11/15/04
WOW!  What a cool story!  Thanks, Dee!

....... Seriously though, thanks for indulging math and technical freaks like myself.  Sadly, I was so busy in HS playing football and playing dumb, that I did not take full advantage of the great math teachers we had at NNHS. Most of my life I've played catch-up, kind of like Joe Montana and the 2-minute clock.  Now, while I have the chance, I'm trying to make sure my two sons don't make the same mistake.  Although they will never have the same great math teachers I did, they do have me pushing them along.

- Fred Eubank ('64) of TX - 02/22/06

   Certainly, Fred!  I'll admit when we were in Miss Allen's biology class together all those forty-eleven years ago, I had no idea I was in the presence of such fine engineering minds as yours and David's (Spriggs - '64 - of VA)!  I am totally awed when I see your erudite explanations for things I consider to be numbered among the Mysteries of Life..

While reading your newsletter I came across your comment about Miss Allen's biology class.  My son and hers became fast friends when we moved to Poquoson in 1980.  Both were in the 6th grade and were inseparable.  She and her husband went different ways, with Gary moving to Northern Virginia with her after graduation from Poquoson High School in 1986. 

During a weekend visit to Gary's home, Brian mentioned that I was working on a Newport News High School class reunion.  Gary remembered his mother had taught there so they pulled out old yearbooks to try to find my picture to see if I was a student of hers.  Of course, my son couldn't remember when I graduated so he called to tell me about Linda, and ask what year I graduated.  I told him that I was there when Linda taught, but that I was never a student of hers. 

She shared with Brian her fond memories of teaching there as well as a few funny stories that I am not at liberty to discuss (wonder if the girl she mentioned was you?!).

- Dee Hodges Bartram ('66) of VA - 03/01/06

   Oh, why do I have this uncomfortable feeling that it was??????

   Perhaps it was this inscription in my '62 Anchor, "You sure can think up some good answers for Miss Allen."
YIKES!!!  Thanks, Dee!


"Talk to the Animals" midi courtesy of http://www.hamienet.com/cat266.html,
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 12/10/03
Thanks, Dave!

Biology clip art courtesy of http://www.fg-a.com/clipart_science.shtml - 12/04/03

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