School Ring Finds its Way Home After 70 Years
MARCH 19, 2013, PHILADELPHIA – Arletta Pardoe Bateman, a member of the first graduating class of St. Hubert in 1942, visited the school today to retrieve her class ring. Arletta gave it to a friend, John Dauplaise, in 1943. She hadn’t seen the ring since the day she gave it away over 70 years ago when she lived in Baltimore.
“I was thrilled to receive a call from John’s son, Mark, a few weeks ago telling us that he found a 1942 class ring,” said St. Hubert President Frank Farrell. “It was even more thrilling to hear that Mark wanted to return the ring to us so that we could try to find its owner.” John died about 10 years ago and his wife recently passed away. The ring was found in Mark’s parents’ home while looking through personal belongings. Mark believes the ring meant something to his father for having kept it for so many years and he felt as though he needed to make an effort to find the ring’s owner.
After Mark returned the ring to St. Hubert it was carefully inspected which exposed the unique initials “A.T.P”. This small detail was a key piece of information which allowed a quick search of the 1942 yearbook to reveal that “A.T.P” was Arlene Therese Pardoe. Amazingly, the Class of 1942 yearbook which was reviewed was donated by an alumna who kept tedious notes next to the names and photos of her classmates. The name “Bateman” was handwritten next to Arletta’s photo.
This is where the Internet came in. “Once we knew her married name, the rest was easy,” said Farrell. A Google search resulted in Arletta Bateman’s current address and phone number. Within a week of contacting Arletta, a meeting was arranged to return the ring to her today.
Arletta visited the school today accompanied by her brother, son and daughter, Bonnie Bateman Rambo, a 1963 graduate of St. Hubert. She was very emotional upon seeing the ring and commented, “Oh my God, I can’t believe it.” Making today’s event even more special for Arletta was having her great-granddaughter, Megan McGinley, a current Senior at St. Hubert, present. After 70 years, a lifetime of memories, 10 children and over 80 grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Arletta Pardoe Bateman is wearing her St. Hubert Class of 1942 class ring again.
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