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Southwest High School - Atlanta Ga.
Class Of 1962

Welcome to the Southwest High Class of 1962 website


60th Class Reunion - 2022

Hilton Atlanta Marietta Conference Center

Sept 24th

       Stay Tuned for more details...



55th Class Reunion

October 27 and 28, 2017

Hyatt Regency Atlanta Perimeter Villa Christina

4000 Summitt Boulevard, Atlanta, Ga. 30319




50 Year Reunion Video Highlights

If you would like a full sized 8"X10" class picture from the 2012 reunion for $20.00 or a CD and class picture for $35.00, contact  Loretta ... (Here is a key sheet with names). 

There are a few 2012 reunion Memory Books left if you would like to purchase one for $16.50 (includes postage within the US), mail your check to:

Claudia Cochran Nash, 2408 Park Ave., Peachtree City, GA. 30269




The 60th reunion will be held on September 24, 2022 in the Hilton Marietta Conference Center. A dinner is planned for Saturday night. More information will be sent early next year.

Julian C. Cornett's Obituary on The Tennessean

Read the Obituary and view the Guest Book, leave condolences or send flowers. | Julian C. Cornett Brentwood, TN Julian C. Cornett was born in Atlanta, GA on June 21, 1944 to the late George and Mildred…



Sad news, Bill Shaw passed away on May 17, 2016 after a battle with cancer that was diagnosed in September 2015.

Sad news, Julian Cornett [married to Judy Hart Cornett) died October 19 following a long battle with cancer. In addition to Judy, Julian is survived by his two children, their spouses and his grandchildren.

Sad news, Jean Lowndes Rozema passed away Sunday. Visitation will be Thursday, Feb. 12th 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at H. M. Patterson, 173 Allen Road NE in Sandy Springs.  The funeral service will be at Johnson Ferry Baptist Church at 11:30 on Friday.

It is with great sadness to announce that Nancy Sheffield Moor passed away Sunday, November 30, 2014. A Funeral Service will be held 11:00 a.m., Monday, December 8th at First United Methodist Church in Marietta with Dr. Sam Matthews officiating. Interment will be held at Kennesaw Memorial Park in Marietta. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service in the Church Parlor.

Hi everyone. This announcement is to let you all know that we are going back to our regular subscription to our class website with no ads.    Olin

We are saddened to hear that Austin Simmons' brother, Barry Simmons, (SWHS '68), passed away in Seattle WA. on Tuesday August 12th.

We are saddened to announce the passing of our classmate, Warren Stovall.  The funeral will be August 16th at 11:00 A.M. at Beaches Chapel Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home, 1701 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville Beach, Fla. 32250.

Sad news. Coach Brannon passed away Wednesday, July 16th, 2014. His obituary indicates the funeral service to be at Eternal Hills Chapel, 2:00pm Sat. July 19th. More information about coach Brannon is contained in his obituary.

Sad news, our algebra and geometry teacher, Dr. Marion Boyles, died May 19, 2014. She will be buried in Boulder, Colorado, where her daughter lives. Her funeral service will be Wednesday, May 28, at 1pm.
Visitation is just prior from 12noon-1pm.
Parrot Funeral Home Chapel
8355 Senoia Rd. 
Fairburn, GA 30213

Paula Edmondson Van Huss will exhibit her art at the Church of the Atonement Art Gallery June 6 to 30.  There will be a reception on June 6 from 5 to 7. For more information please contact Catharine Kramer Leake,  404-262-2969

Church of the Atonement
4945 Highpoint Road NW
Sandy Springs, GA  30342

We are saddened to hear of the passing of Jackie Joiner Quinn's mother, Jean Everett Joiner. The funeral service will be Tuesday, November, 29th. Visitation will be at 10:00 a.m in the parlor and the service at 11 a.m at Roswell Methodist Church chapel, 814 Mimosa Blvd. Roswell Ga 30075. Please include Jackie and her family in your prayers especially her father, Jessy Joiner.

We are sorry to hear that Carole Walters Edwards lost her husband, Johnny, July 17th after an extended illness.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to Carole and her family at this sad time.  Johnny attended Southwest High School and was in the class of 1960.

Aug 2nd Update on Jean

Jean just sat at the kitchen table and ate for the first time since August 2012.  We went to see Dr. Hack today and she changed Jean to a soft diet. A diet that includes chicken, fish, ground beef, and tender steak.  Wow!!! She has come so far.  Jean is still very weak and can only eat small amounts, but she is getting stronger every day.  It is now just a matter of gaining weight and strength.  She even asked Dr. Haack when she can drive again.  God has been so good. Please continue to pray for her and that her appetite will increase so se can gain some weight and have the feeing tube removed.  Thank you for your support.


We all send our sympathy and offer our support to Al and Cathy Torbush who lost their son Grayson on April 12th. A memorial service was held Friday, April 19th at St. Jude's Episcopal Church. Here is a link to an obituary in the AJC

More sad news, Joy Johnson Eastman of Greenville, SC passed away February 8, 2013. Obituary:


We send our love and sympathy to Louise McConnell Paddock who lost her husband, Steve, January 24, 2013.  He passed away in Colorado Springs after a short battle with cancer.

More Sad News....Gene Hampton passed away January 25, 2013. 

Obituary Published in The Oregonian on February 3, 2013

We have lost a classmate, Charles Rogers. He was a band member - played the drums. This obituary was in the AJC today:
Family-Placed Death Notice

   Happy 50th Anniversary to John and Diana Crain January 18th!!!!!!

Loretta has posted her pictures of the reunion:

Olin has posted some reunion photos - his and some from other classmates; (after his regular profile pix)

Jim Ratzman has posted some reunion photos, begining after profile pictures.

Let us know if you have posted reunion photos on your profile page... site admin

Post your reunion pictures on your profile pages!!!

Thanks to your generous contributions to the  Hospiality Suite "Tip Jar", the website will be funded for quite a while. Plan on visiting often, posting updates to your profile and to keeping up with what's going on with your classmates.

A special thanks to Phil Morgan for the Reunion Medallion Memento. Throughout the years it will serve as a reminder of our 50th Reunion event and what fantastic folks we have in the class of 62.

What a WONDERFUL job the planning committee did - I can't tell you how your hard work paid off for all of us. You did a beautiful job!!
What a memorable way to renew old friendships. Like Charlene, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for that moment in time, one more time. Love to you all.... Carol McDonald McManus

Just figured out how to work this "Message Center" thingy!! (Guess I'm not very "Tech" savvy!) that I know how to send a message, I'd like to take this moment to say a heartfelt THANK YOU to the entire Southwest Class of 1962 Reunion Committee for a wonderful & memorable weekend, and an irreplaceable opportunity!
Thanks also to the class of '62 for allowing me to share this special event with you. I attended SW for my 8th & 9th grade years only, as Therrell & Headland had been built by that time and my SW days were numbered, via one newly built high school or another. Therrell it was, and good memories were made there as well, and although I did ultimately complete my studies, I did not graduate with my classmates. I was engaged, with stars in my eyes, giddy and not paying attention to my school responsibilities. I still needed to complete one semester of credits, making my finish date January 1963, so I never attended graduation ceremonies, and thereby have not been formally considered a member of Therrell's class of '62. No hard feelings w/Therrell at all, just pleased to have been with all of you this past weekend!! Extra special Thanks to Loretta Todd Roberts and Philip Morgan who pummeled me into submission, and I'm glad they did!!! And again to Philip for the extra special touches and mementos. And to Cathy Kramer Leake, (as beautiful as ever!) for getting me involved in the first place. And Olin Williams for making me feel welcome and included. Again, to each and every one of you, Thanks a Million!! [OH!and to Marcus Baeszler for remaining gorgeous all these years : ) ]
Hope to stay in touch with "allayall"! xoxo, Judi Oldstein Resnick

A continuing theme that I heard during the reunion weekend was that we had a great education, we were brought up in an era of respect for others, but that we lost our neighborhood. The neighborhood is still there, but the people are not. We are much like pastors describe a church. We are not defined by a building or area, we are defined by the people. Southwest High School will always be at the corner of Lynhurst and Sewell Road, no matter other people call it!

Jim Ratzman

Many thanks for the message. I am sorry that I have been so elusive. I spend a lot of time in Italy with half of my family there. The rest of the time I am in London with my wife Lesley and the other half of my family. I have two children and four grandchildren.
I remember seeing one announcement of the reunion some time ago. I don't know why I missed the others, though it may have been because of travel. I have checked out the websight and it looks as if it will be an amazing event. I was sorry to have missed the last one and this holds even more for the 50th. There are many people I would love to see again. Unfortunately because of professional and personal commitments, there is no way that I can make it.
I am sure that everyone will have a fine time, full of memories of a time when we were young and looking through the window of the life that was to come. I sincerely hope that what was on the other side turned out well for you all and I thank those sincerely who were my friends and supportive classmates during our time together at Southwest. You will know who you are.
If anyone wants to find out what I have been up to, do check out my website: It is a little out of date but then so am I. I can be contacted by email Do get in touch.
Best of luck and thanks to you and the organising team for your time and effort.
Warm regards to the Class of 62.
Len Doyal

Thank you for the updates on Jean. We love each new bit of Good News and hope it keeps on getting better and better for her. xoxo, Judi Oldstein Resnick