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2 IN JORDAN’S 1ST CLASS PLAN FOR 100TH REUNION

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The yearbook's getting a little tattered and the class rings are worn on wrinkled fingers, but the two surviving graduates of Jordan High School's Class of 1915 have elected each other as officers to plan for a centennial celebration in 2015.

Eva Butler Israelson, of North Logan, and Thomas J. Parmley of Salt Lake City got together with a few family members and friends at the Utah State University Student Center to tell a few high school yarns at their 75th graduation reunion.There, they had dinner and talked a little of the wonders they've seen. Then elected each other as co-chairpersons to plan the next bash.

While Jordan High School is in Sandy, the 95-year-old Israelson and Parmley, who is 2 1/2 years her junior, decided to hold the party in Logan for the sake of convenience - and because there was nobody to tell them they couldn't.

This class was Jordan High School's first graduating class and contained just 37 students. And while 19 graduates attended the 50th reunion in 1965, efforts to find classmates this year proved futile.

Israelson and Parmley hadn't seen each other since the last reunion, but family members say they've been chatting almost daily on the telephone for the past six weeks.

After Saturday's reunion, they vowed they'd call each other Monday.

Israelson was the class valedictorian, and family members say she went on to distinguish herself in the Cache Valley as a musician and in community service.

Her husband, Victor, a prominent Cache County dairyman, died in 1967. She has 11 children.

Parmley is a professor emeritus and former head of the University of Utah physics department. He taught for 57 years and at the age of 80 was asked to come back and teach selected classes.

He earned a Ph.D. in physics from Cornell University in 1927 and was awarded an honorary doctorate from the U. of U. in 1982.

His wife, LaVern Watts Parmley, served as general president of the LDS Church's Primary organization. She died in 1980. They have three children.

Parmley said he still teaches science to neighborhood children.