Lee Yasgur

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Lee Yasgur
Lee Yasgur

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Lee Yasgur

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Lee Yasgur

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Yes! Attending Reunion
Residing In: Cherry Hill, NJ USA
Spouse/Partner: Carolyn
Homepage: Yasgureye.com
Occupation: Ophthalmologist- Eye physician & surgeon
Children: Aviva, born 1976; Jon, born 1977; Ryan, born 1982
Military Service: US Navy, 1966-70  
Post secondary school education

Temple Univ, B.Sc., C.L. 1973; Hahnemann Medical College, M.D., 1973-77;
Th. Jefferson Univ. Hospital Internship, 1978; Stanford Univ. Hospital Ophthalmology Sciences, 1978; Hahnemann-Drexel University Hospital Ophthalmology Residency, 1978-81

What's happened since leaving Central

Tried college on scholarship, and hated it at age 17, so I dropped out. Upon turning 18, the Draft Board called, and gave me 6 months to find an alternate branch of service, but not deferment. That was 1966! Having learned some Russian at CHS, the US Navy wanted me in Interpreter School, and I got through "Boot Camp" at Great Lakes well enough. While in the first week of "school" in San Diego, our country's role in Viet Nam escalated, and my position changed. I was taught to live and survive more like a Marine, and sent on 4 tours of duty on the Vietnamese rivers, supporting amphibious ops, achieving the envious rank of E-5! Constant anxiety and paranoia did not seem to be a source of contentment by the age of 21. That adrenaline rush needed a change. So I planned on college and medical school, to maybe improve people's lives.

School Story:

I tested classes in California colleges, but found kids genuinely hateful of Viet Nam vets; so returned to Philly and Temple. Sleepless in 1970-72, there was no PTSD, but there were a lot of classes to take, so my degree with a double major was complete in 28 months. That included time spent working for Tose trucking to earn rent money. And , there was a Viet Nam Veterans support group on campus, that used me as a tutor. Temple paid me hourly for that! I was getting paid to study! And at Tose, I finished my work so early, Whitey would not let me check out early; he had me stay in the office and finish my 8 hours by studying! Some good luck came by!

Central's influence in my life

Central taught me that there is a lot of greedy competition in life. REALLY! But , there are many avenues to pursue in which everyone can find their area of excellence. Later in life, Central taught me that when we come from Central, more than any other single denominator we ever develop, we have a lasting bond with people we meet in our careers. It amazes me that I can meet physicians, Executives, Scientists, Educators, Inventors, and Politicians all over this country, and when we find we have CHS in common, we are automatically bonded, in ways that other colleagues cannot begin to appreciate; in ways that transcend all differences , and in ways that enable open and frank discussions that would have been difficult and prolonged otherwise.

50th Reunion Reflections

What a jumbled time. Some people to try to speak with just disappeared into the crowd. But overall, the chance to mingle with the survivors, the camaraderie, the willingness of so many to step back in time and reflect with our fellow travellers on this great path: what a terrific experience. My wife t tries to understand. My kids get it! And are envious, despite Ivy educations. Then the 70th came & more good friends were lost. This made the 50th so much more than just a reunion; but a rededication to one of our gifts from CHS: the desire to give back. Do you see how many of us have dedicated lives to some form of service to our fellow citizens? Even the business owners providing great products, services, and JOBS! Wow, what a productive group of citizens CHS created from our rag-tag group of scrappy, self-conscious, and some say, anxiety-riddled kids. What a great class!!

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Another very old man, to wish you a very Happy Birthday , the best

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Happiest Birthday, ever, you very old man

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Dan , from the deepest caverns of Southern NJ, Happiest of Birthdays.,

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Dave, Happiest of Birthdays.!

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Happy Birthday a very happy guy!!

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Hey Paul, Happiest Birthday ever, next week!

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GINNY: Where is your voice. The New Year is begun and we are nor hearing you chime in with new news every day or so?? We need your voice: so clear; a clarion of the '24!!

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Sugs, Happiest Birthday ever. I hear from a friend just back from Jackson Hole that the snow is in already??

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