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John Herrold

Profile Updated: November 26, 2018
John Herrold
John Herrold

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John Herrold


John Herrold


Yes! Attending Reunion
Residing In:
Cedar, MI USA
Spouse/Partner - wedding date:
Ardis Herrold/June 25, 2005
William Edward Herrold, born 1983
Current Occupation:
Retired Science Teacher
Did you graduate in January or June?

June '59

About My Career:

• 1952-1959: Detroit Free Press paper carrier.
• 1964-1969: Ruddiman Junior High, Detroit: General & Physical Science Teacher.
• 1969-2000: Grosse Pointe North High School: Physical Science (Physics & Chemistry), Introductory Physical Science (IPS), Earth Science, Physics, Aviation Science.
• 1972: Private Pilot
• 1974: Instrument Rating
• 1975: Commercial Pilot & Ground Instructor
• 1975-1977: Glider, Seaplane & Multi Engine Ratings
• 1978: Flight Instructor Airplanes
• 1979: Instrument Flight Instructor Airplanes
• 1979-1987: Taught Aviation at Northwestern Michigan College, Traverse City. Did this some summers during this period.
• 2000: Retired from Grosse Pointe Public Schools.
• 2000-2002: Canyon Del Oro High School, Tucson Arizona: Introductory Physical Science Teacher.
• 2003: Retired again from Amphitheater Public Schools, Tucson Arizona.

Redford Memories:

• RHS Band and Orchestra. Mr. Humbert, then Mr. Arnoldi. Mr. Fenby. I played the baritone. Never was very good, but these men put up with me anyway.
• ROTC and the Range. We even got to bring our 22 caliber rifles in the evening and shoot in the range with Mr. Stuckey supervising.
• We had (and I still have it!) a 1956 Chevy Bel Air. Sierra Gold & Adobe Beige. 265 in^3 Short Stroke V-8.
• John David Fletcher & I met in a 9th grade Algebra class. We are still best friends, aka brothers. Fletch was the "Stud of Honor" for my marriage with Ardis on June 25, 2005.
• My Physics teacher Mr. Blasyk and his trips piloting a B-36 to Thule Greenland and back on some weekends.
• The campaign for Class President. I supported Tom Doyle who was the favorite until Skip Wells ran a spectacular campaign and came from behind to win.
• The Senior Prom. The girl I wanted to take was already going with another class member until he decided to take someone else. By then I had a new date and did not want to break it. I drove the '56 Chevy with John Fletcher and his date Carol Hawley & managed to get a traffic ticket on the way downtown.
• Standing outside the RHS auditorium next to a wet electric pole and getting a shock.
• Bill Tokar and his stage crew.
• Heating HgO in a test tube to show we could decompose it into Hg & oxygen. If we got mercury poisoning we did not know it. The Chem Teachers who did this all the time had far more intense exposure.
• The launching of the first artificial satellite, Sputnik I on October 4, 1957. Learned about this the same day I went to Sue Appeldoorn's where she had a gathering of friends.

Education after Redford:

University of Michigan: BS Education 1964
Wayne State University: MA Science Education 1972
Many post MA classes, especially science, throughout my teaching career


• 1954: Made a solo trial bike trip between Cedar & Frankfort, Michigan for practice. Also did an overnight local trip with Cam Howie to Lake Michigan for more practice.
• 1955: Took four day bike trip with Cameron B. Howie from Cedar -> Frankfort -> Manistique (Car Ferry) -> Menominee -> Frankfort (Car Ferry) -> Cedar.
• 1961: Fall semester at the University of Hawaii.
• 1968: Purchased farm in Cedar, Michigan which is now home.
• 1969: Summer NSF Institute University of Alaska.
• 1970-1989: Amateur Beekeeper in Cedar Michigan.
• 1980: Married Judith Pierce.
• 1983: William Edward Herrold Born.
• 1987: Divorced.
• 1987-Present: Maintain Miller-Herrold Airstrip on farm in Cedar along with our neighbors to the north. The grass strip is licensed as a Personal Use Private Field by the FAA as 28MI. Millers have a classic 1947 Stinson and hangar on their north end. We keep our 1974 Cessna in our hangar on our south end.
• 1999: Visited aviation friends with my son in the UK.
• 2000: Built new home in Oro Valley, Arizona.
• 2003-Present: Constructed "Desert Peak Observatory" a private project in a remote part of the Arizona High Sonoran Desert with my astronomy teaching wife, Ardis.
• 2005: Married Ardis Maciolek.
• 2005: Went back to Hawaii on our honeymoon.
• 2007: Gave a perpetual easement to the Leelanau Conservancy for our farm so that it will always be protected and never subdivided or commercially developed.
• 2008: Ardis Herrold, my wife, President of NESTA (National Earth Science Teachers Association). This makes me "First Gentleman!" :-)
• 2009: Ardis Herrold selected by the MSTA (Michigan Science Teachers Association) Science Teacher of the Year.
• 2009: Ardis also was selected to receive the Brennan Award for excellence in high school Astronomy teaching from the Astronomical Society of the Pacific. We were able to go to San Francisco two weeks prior to the RHS Reunion for the ceremony.
• 2009: United States Congressional Proclamation by the 13th Michigan District honoring Ardis for her excellence in teaching on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the student Radio Astronomy Team (aka RATs).

Do you spend part of the year at another address?

During much of the winter the address is:
1321 West Desert Dew Place
Oro Valley, AZ 85737-9293

What grade school did you go to?

Burt School

Did you attend any of our 50th Reunion Weekend Events September 25 - 26 - 27, 2009?

I attended the Friday Night Reception at the Embassy Suites Hotel
I attended the Saturday Night Banquet at the Embassy Suites Hotel
I attended the Sunday Morning Breakfast at the Embassy Suites Hotel
I attended the Burt Elementary School Event at the Embassy Suites Hotel
I attended the Parshallville Cider Mill Outing

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Aug 30, 2018 at 8:40 AM

Happy Birthday Laurie. Wow. LXXVII. You are so much younger than me.

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Happy Birthday to my Brother from Another Mother. He is flying the Phantom 4 to our Moon. John is at the RHS59 Reunion. He is standing on the Landing Pad for an Arizona Drone Departure for a flight to the Moon.

Aug 25, 2018 at 8:55 AM

Happy Birthday Ken. You do so much for us. Please know how much it is appreciated.

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Posted on: Aug 24, 2018 at 11:15 AM

Happy Birthday Georgia. Have attached a few photos you might be interested in from the 50th Reunion.
• Burt School Classmate Photo of gathering hosted by Barbara Merckel Coapman & Dick Hammer.
• The Griffith home on Kentfield.
• Burt School as it looked in 2009.

You were missed at the 59th Reunion.

All the best,

John Herrold

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Posted on: Aug 21, 2018 at 8:43 AM

Happy Birthday Chris. This was the highlight result of the RHS59 50th Reunion.

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Posted on: Aug 15, 2018 at 8:28 AM

Happy Birthday to my ever so much younger classmate.

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Best wishes on your birthday Sandra.

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Happy Birthday Nancy. You are two months younger than me. A Youngster.

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Jul 27, 2018 at 10:55 AM

The last time we met was at a Presbyterian Peacemaking Conference in Estes Park, Colorado in the 1990s. Happy Birthday Mike.

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You are a beacon of light for so many of us, certainly me. Well Chris also. :-) . Happy Birthday. Writing this from where you and Chris came to DPO in Arizona at the Mini RHS AZ reunions. Monsoons are in full swing here, so it was cloudy for Ardie's Astronomy Observing last night.


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Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 12:08 AM
Our Hawk returned to "Hooker" on September 19, 2009.
Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 12:08 AM
Hawk departing as I took the photo above.
Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 12:08 AM
The Arizona High Sonoran Desert is full of wildlife. Our tortoise friend visits from time to time. On September 5 (John Fletcher's Birthday!) he came into our observatory. A 12 inch ruler is along side for scale. :-)

A U-Tube video link is above.
Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 12:08 AM
Some High Sonoran wildlife appeared on our patio June 25, 2010.
Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 12:08 AM
Further inspection showed a fascinating tail.
Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 12:08 AM
The serpent seemed to enjoy some of my bride's Volcanic Breccia on this our 5th anniversary.
Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 12:08 AM
Wedding June 25, 2005 Holy Rosary Church in Isadore, Michigan. Reception was held on our farm.
Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 12:08 AM
On way to Hawaiian honeymoon.
Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 12:08 AM
John & Ardis behind saguaro near our observatory.
Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 12:08 AM
John Fletcher & John Herrold near the observatory.