Background: Edgardo Marill attended Ruston Academy, a private, multi-cultural, primary and secondary school in Havana, starting in First Grade, and through Junior year in Bachillerato. Bachillerato was Cuba's educational system's term for high school, or secondary education. Ed's was to be a member of the graduating class of 1962. But Ed's dream of graduating from Ruston was not to be. The Cuban Revolution of 1959 changed all that.
After going to school together for many years in Havana, learning and growing up together, Ruston classmates still stay in touch and get together whenever possible, no matter where they reside. It is our hope that these pages will help keep us in touch.
The material about Ruston Academy found in this web site, both general and specific to the Ruston class of '62, is intended to complement the official Ruston Academy web site, found at www.rustonacademy.org. To learn more about the story of Ruston Academy, in Havana, Cuba, and the latest activities of its students and faculty, you can link to the official Ruston web site, which was developed and is currently maintained by Robert Allen, a Ruston alumni during the 40's.
However, while you are here visiting our website, stroll around and check out these Ruston pages we have published for your enjoyment. To take a look at the rest of our website, click here or go to www.marill.com
Throughout the site, remember to click on any small picture if you want to look at a larger version.
2007 Ruston Reunion:
We have just returned from attending a very successful 2007 Ruston Reunion, held at the Grand Bay Hotel, in Coconut Grove, Miami. The 2007 Reunion committee worked long hours to insure that the event was going to be a stellar success. And it was! Thanks to all of you who made it happen!
We attended the Friday night cocktail party, the business meeting on Saturday morning and the dinner dance on Saturday night. It felt great to be among the Ruston family again, and see so many familiar faces once more.
During the duration of the cocktail party, we displayed the contents of the newly-released Ruston Yearbooks CD on a large screen . Many Rustonians standing around the projector asked to see their yearbook senior or junior picture. The most common phrase heard over and over was: "¡Pero chico, estás igualito, a penas has cambiado!". Some Ruston graduates defiantly posed right beside the large projected screen showing their yearbook picture to prove it. What a photo opportunity it was! Everybody had a great time!
On Saturday morning, at the well-attended business meeting, it was a time to remember. Some say that "recordar es volver a vivir". We remembered those very special days at Ruston in Havana. We remembered, guided in prayer by our very own Bishop Bill Skilton, those Rustonians who are no longer with us. We celebrated and talked about Jim Baker´s newly published "Ruston, From Dreams to Reality". Chris and Karen Baker's persistence and hard work made it possible for Jim Baker's unfinished draft of the Ruston story to be formally released in print for all to discover and for us to remember. Chris and Karen, your dedication makes all of us Rustonians feel great pride! Mil gracias!
At the business meeting, María Romañach and I spoke briefly to the audience about the work that went into the Yearbook Project. María spent two full weeks scanning yearbook pages with a scanner set up in her bedroom, while her husband and dog patiently looked on. Gracias, María.
At the meeting, we even took time to sing "Ruston Forever", our beloved school hymn. We displayed the lyrics included in the Yearbook CD for all to see, por si acaso. The group was magnificently led by our very own baritone Polo Nuñez, serving as our impromptu choir director. Gracias, Polo.
Note: I recommend that all Rustonians get both the CD and DVD. Both contain every page in every Ruston yearbook from 1940 to 1960 (except 1942's, for which nobody has found a source yet). Only the CD has all the navigation, in internet browser fashion, which allows easy display of the various yearbook sections and pages from any year at your fingertips. The image quality in the CD is optimized for our computer screens. The computer format DVD, in turn, contains higher quality page images suitable for printing and or computer editing for other purposes. The Ruston Yearbook DVD will not play in your video DVD player at home. It is not a video DVD. It is a computer data DVD, and to view it, you need a computer with a DVD drive, which is fairly common these days.
If you decide to just get one of the two, I suggest that you get the CD. It is the one you want to give to your children and grandchildren, to educators and to historians and civic leaders. For the price of $10, it has an attractive packaging and label and all the content of the yearbooks. Alternatively, you could make your own copies, but the official Ruston CD's are much more impressive and official. We ordered a large number of these CD's, so you can get as many as you want. This easily-viewed Ruston Yearbook CD material, the print-quality Yearbook DVD, and Jim Baker´s newly published "Ruston, From Dreams to Reality", together represent a fairly complete historical record of the story of Ruston Academy in Cuba, for future generations to study.
Much more information on the 2007 Reunion will be published soon at the official Ruston Academy website at www.rustonacademy.org. Stephanie Braxton, Class of '62, is our official "cronista" for the event. Any stories and pictures related to this 2007 reunion should be sent to her as soon as possible, at email@example.com.
A message to the members of the Ruston class of '62: if you have any pictures from the 2007 event that you would like to have published on this Class of '62 website, please send them to me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
2003 Ruston Reunion:
The 2003 reunion was a very successful event, and a good time was had by all. Below is a picture taken in Marathon, in the Florida Keys, aboard our sailboat SIESTA, after the formal event in Miami. From left to right, Edgardo Marill, Stephanie Braxton, Susan Coster, Helen Motion and Rafael Valiente. For more pictures taken at this 2003 reunion, take a look around.
While Daisy and I lived near San Francisco, California, for seven years, until 2001 when we retired, we had several West Coast Ruston "mini" reunions. One of them, on February 19th, 2000, included dinner at the "criollísimo" Havana Cuba Restaurant in San José, with Cuban food as good as that found in Calle Ocho in Miami. You will find pictures of this and other mini-reunions in this web site.
Below, take a look at the Class of 1962 while in fourth grade. "A lot of water over the dam", as they say...
Subsequently (see below), Dieguito Roqué sent many of us a scanned and restored picture of our beloved Ruston Academy Bachillerato, Class of '62, while enrolled in Bachillerato I.
And the 8th Grade Class of '62...
Take your time, and enjoy, as you relive the many memories of those wonderful years at Ruston! Ed and Daisy.
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