Brentwood High School Alumni Association
ALUM NEWS 2017
1940 - Dot Martin Zumwalt - Shreveport, LA - Thankful for older age. Still enjoy church family and friends.
1941 Hap Michener - Ballwin, MO - I've moved to Assisted Living at Meramec Bluffs.
1941 Norma Hodges Murphy - Ballwin, MO - My niece accompanied me to Washington, DC to fulfill one more item on my bucket list - the World War II Memorial, as an honor to our Brentwood boys.
1941 Bette Strong Pickrel - Gladstone, MO - On my 94th birthday I moved to a new location in Kansas City, MO and on 6/29/17, I became a very proud great-great-grandma to a bouncing baby boy!
1941 Ron Vassalli - Camdenton, MO - Classmate Maxine Gray Reisenletter and I enjoyed our annual trip with my car club this year, which inclluded touring the covered bridges of Indiana.
1942 Genevieve Johnson Jennings - Owosso, MI - Still hanging in there. Stay busy singing, quilting and helping fellow Marines. 95 coming up.
1945 Joy Reinhardt Allen - Ballwin, MO - My husband and I have been married 67 years and have 3 sons, 1 daughter and 3 wonderful grandchildren. We have traveled a lot, mostly in the US, but have been to England and France. We are enjoying retirement. I have kept in touch with classmates Anne Hitt Hegwer and Sue Russell Scurr.
1947 Rosemarie Schweizer Kornfeld - Brentwood, MO - Only 25 of 53 from our class are still living, but we hope to have lunch on Friday, September 15 and attend the all-school reunion in the BHS courtyard to celebrate our 70th reunion.
1948 Gerard Voelkers - Bakersfield, CA - Second great-granddaughter due in November, 2017. I am in my 22nd year of retirement as a neurosurgeon and have enjoyed every moment.
1950 Barbara Schmidt Hirsh - Williamsburg, VA - We are happily settled in a continuing care community, trying to keep up in all the many activities offered. Still singing in the Colony Chorus and riding our bicycles when the weather is favorable.
1950 Shirley Callaway Holman - Ormond Beach, FL - My former husband, Cody R Holman, Sr, died on July 10, 2017. He was buried in the military cemetery in Canton, GA. In 1954, he was awarded the Bronze Star at Enid, OK. Not many are living when they get it.
1952 Shirley Russell Drake - Katy, TX - I decided a large house and yard was too much for me, so I've moved into a retirement resort just blocks away. My dog, Missy, and I are very happy here. We have lots of family here in Katy and were fortunate that Harvey didn't flood any of us. Plan to come for 65th reunion this month if they get the airport operating again.
1952 Norman Ramsey - North Fort Myers, FL - Bracing for the Florida summer. Looking forward to attending our 65th class reunion.
1953 Betty Rick Dilthey - St. Louis, MO - Been blessed for 82 years. Have 1 daughter who remained in our home in Brentwood. My son, daughter-law and marvelous grandson live outside Chicago. I am back in South St. Louis, 2 blocks from where it all began. Although I use a cane these days, I remain active with my home, garden, family, best friend, 5 small pups and 2 kitties - all rescued from abuse and abandonment. God is good!
1953 Howard D Haynes - San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico - I have spent 20 marvelous years here, having become a naturalized citizen 9 years ago, maintaining dual passports. Believe me, whatever you hear or read about Mexico is Fake News As I approach 82, I am still riding my horse 2 or 3 hours a day. An anthology was published recently by Charles A. Wells, Jr. from Kansas City. My partner of 44 years, Bill Harris, and I are featured in Chapter 3. It is available through Amazon.com and has sold very well with positive reviews. The title is Ordinary People Who Aren't. I still remain very active in the caring and giving part of the community. The experience of moving and learning another cullture has been the best education possible.
1953 Shirley Moritz Taylor - Northridge, CA - It is always interesting to me to read about the scholarship recipients, as I am on our Women's Club committee here in LA. We raise money and award 5 or 6, but the most we usually can raise is about $1000 apiece. Even though California state schools are great, they are not free as they were when we came out here in 1957.
1954 Charles Dayton - Brentwood, MO - After graduation, I spent 4 years in the Navy, worked for Union Electric/Ameren for 28 years, was a regional director of 4 states for the All-American Soap Box Derby and senior maintenance person at the Community of Christ Church in Kirkwood.
1954 Marion Hounsom Lewis - New York, NY - My involvement in senior centers in New York City has sparked my long-time drream to create a funded and paid-performer senior theater troupe.
1954 Ted Rasmussen - Eugene, OR - I am still involved with editorial work for Tin Man Press, a company my wife, Greta, and I founded in 1979 to produce thinking skills materials for elementary-age children.
1955 Jim Bender - Montgomery, TX - We are planning a western and northwestern USA car trip - one week mountain hiking with our family in Crested Butte, CO, a brief stay in Sheridan, WY visiting the Little Big Horn "Custer's Last Stand" battlefield, then on to Great Fall, MT to enjoy the Charles M. Russell gallery and a Lewis and Clark museum. Next is Spokane, WA, through the Washington wine country to Whidbey Island, off the coast of Seattle, to visit Judith (Green) Arnett and her husband, Nick. From there, we are off to Neskowin, OR in the Oregon wine country to visit Linda's long time best friend and high school classmate. Then, the plan is to try to find our way back home, assuming that we are still talking to each other.
1955 Lorean Ruhl Hay - Fenton, MO - After 30 years in Michigan, I've finally moved back to Missouri, closer to 3 daughters and 1 granddaughter. Trying to adjust. Call me and say Hello! (636) 321-8171
1955 Darlene Brink Roland - Town and Country, MO - The year had its ups and downs. I lost my husband, Chuck, September 2, 2016 after being together for 59 years. He was the heart and soul of our family. I always enjoy your newsy newsletter, even hearing of friends of my sister, Judy Brink Carter '59 and am so glad to see how you have developed the scholarship program.
1955 Jodie Thomas Welch - Banning, CA - Art and I just celebrated our 80th birthdays with our family Memorial day weekend in Cayucos, CA, on the Central Coast. My brother, Jim Thomas '60 and his wife, Barbara, came from Fredricksburg TX to join in the festivities. We were treated like royalty, not having to lift a finger. Our 3 children and their spouses prepared the meals, planned games and brought 6 of our grandchildren to liven everything up. A wonderful, awesome weekend!
1956 Bill and Barb Schaefer Borghoff - Arlington Heights, IL - We've moved to a senior community in Arlington Heights, IL and are enjoying our new life here. We always like to stay in touch with those "happy days" at BHS through the Brentwood Alumni Association. Thanks to you all!
1956 Carol Kottmeier Cooper - Pomona, CA - Hi to everyone! Can't believe we're approaching 80! In October, went to Cape Cod and up the coast to Bar Harbor. Great trip! Thanks to those who do the newsletter. Look forward to it.
1957 Cathy Hoskins Gillis - Oakmont, PA - Just a note of appreciation to Brentwood Alumni Association - George Clements '57 and officers. We are seriously thinking of joining classmates this September for our 60th! We enjoy retirement in Oakmont, just NE of downtown Pittsburgh. Just returned from a 2+week cruise of the Mediterraen with Viking Ocean Cruise Line.
1956 Jack Fuchs - Saint Clair, MO - Life has been better than a dream - married to the most beautiful, loving and giving woman (2nd try) for 42 loving years. We have six wonderful children, have travelled more than 350,000 miles in our motorhomes, and been retired for 25 years. I am 81 years "young", and looking forward to more great years! Health has been great; God has blessed us!
1957 Michael Patrick Ryan - Hillsboro, MO - I am dealing with some health problems, bt hope to do better soon. Ride my bike when I get time, plus fish and take canoe trips when I can. I would like to contact some of my old classmates if they would like to call me (636) 797-5255.
1958 Regina Stimson Gahr - Brentwood, MO - I opened Brentwood Christian Childcare Center for the Brentwood Congregational Church in January 2016. I now have 20 "bonus" grandchildren and get my "baby fix" daily.
1958 Rita Gardner Mockler - Baton Rouge, LA - Mockler family fine here in Baton Rouge. We are now great-grandparents to a beautiful baby girl, Julet, born February 20, 2017. We also have 8 grandchildren. Life is good.
1958 Barb Higginbotham Novotny - Valley Park, MO - My sister Pat and I went to Guatemala to explore a volcano on horseback. Life is good!
1958 Jacqueline Schuster Thursby - Provo, UT - I am thoroughly enjoying my family, friends, service, reading, writing, travel, gardening and my kitchen. Retirement for me is more varied and has better hours!
1959 Carol Howe Hart - Jackson, MO - Still assist in caring for 5 and 6 year old grandsons, while my daughter and son-in-law pursue their law careers in their firm in Cape Girrdeau. Little boys are the reason I retired from Missouri Baptist Medical Center in St. Louis 6 years ago.
1959 Mary Ann Eckler Koetting - Chesterfield, MO - Nothing like 2 gals and a few tanks of gas. Drove 5000 miles, loving every minute of our great national parks - Rocky Mountain, Tetons, Yellowstone, Glacier and Mt. Rushmore. Then, with another friend enjoyed Santa Fe and the Balloon Festival in Albuquerque. The museum there has a nice display featuring Steve Fossett, the first person to fly solo non-stop around the world in a balloon and was married to BHS grad Peggy Viehland Fossett '62.
1960 Donna Herman Calmes - Maitland, FL - My younger son returned from Vietnam with his wife and 2 daughters, ages 3 and 7. All are living with me in Florida in one "Full House". Great fun! I continue to weight lift and it's been part of my life for 3 years now.
1960 Walter Henkel - St. Louis, MO - On August18, 2017, I have been in my house for 45 years. I don't know where the time went.
1960 Joan Ledbetter Weston - Brentwood, MO - Praising God for 3 loving children, their 3 wonderful spouses, 9 precious grandchildren, special BHS friends and memories. I am blessed.
1961 Fred Abrams - Springboro, OH - I have authored 2 children's books which are now available on Amazon - Rusty and Pogo. The goal of both books is to influence young readers to adopt a rescued dog rather than buy a store-bought dog and to raise money for rescues. All royalties go to the rescue center where we got both our dogs. I've also authored a book, Thanks for the Dance, dealing with the loss of one's spouse, which may help someone among our alumni deal with what I went through when my wife of 33 years died after a three year battle. My 4th and latest book is Life's Journey DOES Have a Destination! The book's premise is that we should seek a life of contentment which involves one's relationship with God, the life one is living, and the ability to be content in the moment. The book offers a number of retrospective and introspective exercises and suggestions on resetting one's goals. All books are available through Amazon.
1961 Dave Niemeyer - Ballwin, MO - My wife, Terri, and I drove to San Diego, CA recently to visit our son, Rob, and family (three daughters). Rob is a Lt. Commander in the Navy in charge of teaching newly inducted naval personnel how to operate destroyers. On the way, we stopped in many places including the old Indian caves in Salt Lake City UT, plus Oklahoma City and Phoenix, where Terri's brother lives. Took many photos of the always spectacular Grand Canyon; however, hiking the canyon was a bit more difficult, at age 74. The highlight of the trip was a tour through the aircraft carrier USS Midway in San Diego which, at 2.5 football fields long, was a bit unbelievable. Amazing, the precision landing planes must have in order to land fast and safely on the carriers. After departing, my hat was off to my high school friend, Bud Parker '61, a previous naval pilot. Terri and I are thankful to the Lord for guiding us through this long trip with significant negative weather changes. We are extemely proud of all our servicemen defending our country. Drive safely, BHSers, and have a great summer!!!
1961 Judi Turner Peckham - Labadie, MO - Our son, David, will be moving out of Brentwood soon. He has enjoyed being a next door neighbor to Jackie and Clarence Sutterer '48, his wonderful neighbors for many years. Am sure that the Sutterers' will miss him and his outdoor parties!
1961 Larry Schimweg - Ellisville, MO (Submitted by his wife, Sue, without his knowledge.) On June 10, 2017, Larry was recognized for his military service in Viet Nam on the USS Jamestown, and took an Honor Flight to Washington DC with a plane full of other veterans from various wars. Larry has a variety of medical issues including leukemia from Agent Orange while serving in Viet Nam. After being denied for more than a decade, the Veterans Administration has finally given Larry 100% disability. He feels it was an honor to serve in the United States Navy. Larry's daughter, Carrie McGrail, escorted him on this trip of a life time and she volunteered to escort 2 other veterans who did not have anyone to go with them. Carrie is our youngest daughter; her husband is Steve and she has a 17 year old daughter, Kayla and twin boys age 12. Kellie is our oldest and she and her husband Cody live in McKinney, TX Our son, Scot and his wife Colleen live inWildwood with our 2 youngest grandchildren - Alli, almost 12 and Logan, age 10. We have been married 51-1/2 years.
1961 Linda Alexander Smith - Fenton, MO - We traveled to Yellowstone and to Maine in the last year. Have 5 grandchildren - the oldest is 14. We are enjoying our senior years.
1962 Nell Mier Newton - South Bend, IN - Still working at Notre Dame Law School - no plans for retirement yet.
1963 Elaine Henson Lentz - Ballwin, MO - I remember the Brentwood Theatre as I used to go almost every weekend. My sister used to take me. The first picture she took me to see was "House of Wax" starring Vincent Price. It was very scary for a 5 year old to see. I also remember "Love Me Tender" and "Gone with the Wind" along with many others. I also went to Teen Town. Who doesn't remember Teen Town? Do the Stroll and dance like crazy. Now, I'm back to painting ceramics, canvas and walls. Whoopee!! Let's go back!
1963 Judy Zahner Rothman - St. Louis, MO - Major travel plans had to be changed owing to Ken's multiple tendon tears in both legs - no Orient Express dream travel by train this year! Lost my horse this spring - heart attack. I've retired from showing horses and am content with just maintaining them; which is a lot of work when you're in your 70's. Entertaining lots of guests from Florida (neighbors from Crystal River area) and former Hilton Head Island friends. Everyone enjoyed St. Louis except for the weather. Making plans for building a new home on our Wildwood farm. Am amazed by the growth in West County. We used to ride our horses to Annie Gunn's restaurant and they had a hitching post!
1964 Tamara Stefanoni Rhomberg - Fenton, MO - After retiring from Rockwood School District and working as a national consultant for Zaner-Blaser, I have settled down to enjoy retirement as an adjunct professor at Webster University and as a director on the Rockwood Board of Education. I still find time for the "grans" (4 legged and 2 legged ones) and traveling.
1964 Sylvia Leezy Stoll - St. Louis, MO - Just "retired" from the Hall of Fame Committee and will miss getting to know VERY interesting people that graduated from BHS. It is well worth your time to join this committee!
1965 Rick Bond - Overland Park, KS - I am sorry that in the last newsletter, I misspelled bobbleheads, from St. Louis and Kansas City. I love having a large supply of them.
1965 Susan Rooney Brighton - Longmont, CO - To celebrate turning 70 (Aargh!), we cruised the Norwegian fjords. It was on my bucket list since I wrote a report on Norway in 5th grade at McGrath!
1965 Linda McKnight Jesse - Missoula, MT - I am happily retired. I taught elementary school for over 20 years; then spent 15 years at the University of Montana in various departments. We have 5 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.
1966 Nelson Morgan - Smyrna, TN - Betty and I have moved from our very special Missouri to Tennessee to be closer to family. We like the Nashville area, but miss the Ozarks. Hi to everyone in Brentwood!
1967 Jeanne Brunner Cavender - Rolla, MO - Retired as an elementary principal in 2008. Thoroughly enjoying retirement - travel, grandchildren and golf!
1968 Nina Gillespie Jolly - High Ridge, MO - Have been traveling to Florida and Montana, enjoying time with my 3 beautiful grandkids ages 2, 8, and 14. Love retirement!
1968 Don Slazinik - O'Fallon, IL - I am in my last year working. After 43 years in law enforcement, I will gladly retire. Parting words - "The cops are still the good guys".
1968 Nancy Bowman-McNeal Ross - Corpus Christi, TX - I am retired after 41 years with the Federal Government. I am involved with Rotary International and am Assistant Governor for Area 4, District 5930. I am on Facebook and would love to hear from former classmates.
1968 Pam Plagenz Ross - St. Louis, MO - I was recently elected to the St. Louis Community College Board of Trustees. I represent a large portion of the City of St. Louis.
1968 Linda Rehfeld Ryan - Jacksonville, IL - We're still spending winters in Naples, FL. Down there, I enjoy doing tutor training for Literary Volunteers of Collier County and speaking to local genealogy groups about family history research.
1969 Terry Gaines - Camdenton, MO - After retiring January, 2016, I sold my house May 1, 2017 and permanently moved down to my condo at Lake of the Ozarks. Enjoying my bass and crappie fishing and the serenity and slower pace of life living on the water.
1969 Steve Moritsugu - Riverside, CA - I am still working full time at my computer job, but have retired from teaching computer classes at the community college. I sing opera with local opera companies. From my most recent performance, look for my big entrance at 7 minutes 50 seconds into this 10 minute clip. YouTube Video
1969 Katherine (Muffy) Phillips Reeder - St. Petersburg FINDING TREASURE OF THE SAME LIFESTYLE AS BRENTWOOD, BUT IN COLLEGE GROVE, TN.
For most of us who grew up in the Brentwood area in the 1950's and 60's, the residential and business areas stopped around Woods Mill Road to the west and Union Blvd. in the south. Downtown was everything to the east and, for me, going to Babler State Park or Rockwood Reservation was for Girl Scouts or a day's adventure in the country. I recently found that little area lost in the 50s and 60's where my son, Chris, and his family now live.
Chris is a veterinarian, but a specialist, an animal dermatologist. He is known in his industry around the world. He joined the Blue Pearl group in Franklin, Tennessee on Christmas Day of last year. Leaving Louisville, Kentuky was a hard decision, but the family wanted a "farm" of their own, too. Oh my, I can only tell you that their farm is large, and I was really overwhelmed with both laying and processing chickens, a calf, rabbits, ducks, dogs and cats. Remember when Brentwood Blvd. and Manchester Road was lined with little shops and gas stations? Remember small family owned restaurants and no fast food? Well, it is alive and well in little College Grove, Tenessee where they live. Literally, it is like going back in time. One family owned grocery store with one gas pump - they pump the gas! One of everything else like a real drug store, a real cleaners, a florist, a sit-down restaurant called Nana's where everything is homemade. Of course, there is one post office with the fire and police station next door. And then there are the tiny and wonderful little shops and the darling little churches. The closest town of Franklin is 30 minutes away.
I'm sure that there are many small towns across the country just like College Grove. And maybe I am getting old enough to want to go a bit slower and enjoy more. My grandchildren, ages 10, 5 and 4 live in a world that I remember where everybody knows their neighbors and their names. My daughter-in-law is so smart and does a brilliant job of home schooling. I'll be going back soon to find fireflies, play in the trees, and enjoy family fun times with no traumas of city living these days. I guess I'm one of the luckiest grandma's in the world. Only wish I could show them how Brentwood was, growing up. But then, life goes on as I so fondly remember in little College Grove! (After sending this in, Muffy recently added that instead of Nashville, she now gets to go to Louisville, where he is head dermatology vet.) Andy is doing triathalons and Jennan had a stroke, but is just fine. Perfect health and something like that would happen! Skip and I are super-working and having fun, too.
1969 Steve Thomas - Costa Rica - My wife, Susan, and I have retired and moved to Costa Rica for the time being; she from teaching and I from the liquor business. So far it's just golf, the beach and enjoying life.
1971 Diana Kuelker Huckstep - Louisiana, MO - I may have retired when I moved here, but my volunteer work keeps me hopping! I am the president of 2 community organizations and help with 4 others. I guess I really didn't retire! The best part is, I love what I do!
1971 Linda Patty Vordtriede - High Ridge, MO - My husband of 37 years and I are still running our landscape company here in the St. Louis area. We also own a home in the Florida Keys where we spend our winters and are renovating for our retiremet. Really looking forward to that! I dance west coast swing, salsa, bachata, argentine tango an more. Alsos, we love to deep sea fish when we are in the keys.
1977 Kevin Madras - Brentwood, MO - Celebrated my 35th wedding anniversary to a very patient woman. After all, I'm just a man.
1980 Gregory Drake - Katy, TX - In 2014, my wife, Crystal, and I started our own senior move management company, Lone Star Transitions. We help senior downsize and move into retirement communities. We aren't making a lot of money, but we're proviing a much needed service.
1980 Robert Ronkoski - Cottleville, MO - In April, I was elected to a third term as an alderman for the City of Cottleville.
1985 John Yunker - Ashland, OR - I recently published the book Think Outside the Country: A Guide to Going Global and Succeeding in the Translation Economy.
ORES Betsey Anderson (Formerly Milyard) - Webster Groves, MO - My first teaching job was at BHS, teaching English to members of the classes of 1970 and 1971. Perhaps you remember our study of Silas Marner or The Crucible. My career took a few surprising turns, and I ended up teaching Spanish fo 25 years. I have thought about my Brentwood students so often through the years!
ORES David Ryan '50- St. Louis, MO - Former BHS teacher, suffered a broken hip in a fall this past February. With the hip surgery to place a steel ball, therapy, and moving to a new address, his life was very hectic for awhile. But Dave reports things are settling now and his strength has mostly returned. We wish him the best in his recovery.
ORES Jim Taylor - Kirkwood, MO - In April 2016 at the Sheraton Hotel in Westport, I was awarded the Bob Broeg Award for Excellence in teaching and coaching of the game of baseball. The award was presented by the St. Louis Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame. On May 15, 2017, I was inducted in the 2017 St. Louis Metro Football Coaches Association.
TRUMAN UNIVERSITY AWARD
Recent graduate of BHS Class of 2015 and recipient of the Brentwood Alumni Scholarship, Austin Koster, has been awarded the Truman State University Student Excellence Award of 2017. This highly selective award is given to only 3 students at the university who demonstrate excellence in academics, leadership and campus involvement. Austin is currently a sophomore at TSU pursuing a double major in Business Finance and Economics. He was awarded Truman's Presidential Leadership Scholarship and currently serves as President of his fraternity, Sigma Tau Gamma. Under Austin's leadership, his fraternity was awarded Fraternity of the year at Truman this past April. He is involved in many activities on campus including membership of the academic honorary fraternity, Phi Sigma Pi, membership in the Bulldog Student Investment Fund, and serves as Vice President of the Young Americans for Liberty organization all while remaining on the Dean's list. The Brentwood Alumni Scholarship was money well spent! Austin is the grandson of alumni Forrest G. Zinn '47.
1940 Dot Martin Zumwalt - Shreveport, LA - Thankful for good health and old age. Enjoy church, family, cards, friends and doing for myself.
1941 Bette Strong Pickrel - Rogers, AR - Last November, at 92 years old, I took a week long cruise to Western Caribbean with my daughter, granddaughter and one of my great-granddaughters. It was amazing and fun!
1945 Joy Reinhardt Allen - Ballwin, MO - My husband, Chuck, and I have been married 66 years. We have 4 children and 4 grandchildren. I keep in touch with 2 alumni from the class of 1945- Sue Russell Scurr (Salt Lake City, UT) and Anne Hitt Hegwer (Escondido, CA). I enjoy reading playing bridge, and visiting with friends from my church.
1945 Anna Schneider Burkhart - Ramona, CA - Still going. They can't get rid of me. Keeping track of who is left in the Class of '45. Love you all!
1945 Leonard Pronko - Claremont, CA - I retired two years go after teaching at Pomona College for 47 years. I taught French and Spanish for 27 years and theatre for 33 years, directed 17 abuki plays in English and 33 2stern plays, was decorated by Japanese government, won prize by Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle, an spent a month in Tokyo and 3 weeks in Bali this past spring.
1947 Betty Whitford Clark - Fort Worth, TX - Broken hip, broken pelvis, pneumonia 3 times all in 4 years, but now feel fine and walk well! Started smoking at 15; quit at 85 - No cancer! God is good! Eight grands, 3 great-grands - last one named Clark for first name. John would be happy.
1948 Jerry Voelkers - Bakersfield, CA - Had to sell my Oregon home and return full time to Bakersfield. I could no longer make it upstairs. I now have an electric scooter, but it's not much fun as it only goes 10 mph and there is no way to enhance the speed. Diabetes "done got me".
1949 Jocellyn Millner Pitts - Pasadena, CA - My favorite hobby is drawing "caricatures" of our government politicians!
1952 Norm Ramsey - North Ft Myers, FL - In May, I had a triple bypass. Hard way to lose 20 lbs. Jean has family in Ft. Myers area and they convinced us to move there to be close to family.
1952 Terry Wolfsberger - Ballwin, MO - I am still alive and able to get around pretty good. For the last 3 or 4 years, it's been Chuck Combs and myself representing our class of 1952 at the open house held in September at BHS. Let's try to get everyone available for our 65th anniversary in 2017.
1954 David Hahn - Hovland, MN - After just two years at Washington University School of Fine Arts, I've been very fortunate to have had a career as an illustrator and finally, art director for The Miller Publishing Company in Minneapolis, designing and illustrating six monthly magazines in agribusiness and merchandising. Virginia and I have been married for 53 years and have a son and daughter and six grandchildren. We retired to Hovland in 2001 and have become active as volunteers in community, church and school. I've been able to continue in the arts by painting watercolor landscapes and illustrating high school senior athletes. The group portraits are framed and displayed around the gymnasium concession stand. Each athlete and family gets a print. It's been a lot of fun. I also team teach youth art classes at the Grand Marais Art Colony and sell paintings at places along the North Shore. I've been a foster grandparent for the past 10 years at Cook County, MN K-12; love it and the kids like old Grandpa David We live 25 miles from Canada right on Lake Superior. Most of the time it's cool in summer and warmer by around 20 degrees in winter.
1955 Lorean Ruhl Hay - Rapid River, MI - Putting my home on the market. Hope to move back to Missouri soon.
1956 Edward Alsbury - Imperial, MO - My mother, Loraine Alsbury, taught English and French at BHS from 1943 to 1952. I attended Frazier Grade School K-6 and Grade 7 at BHS. Those years, I enoyed Brentwood and actually graduated from Kirkwood HS in 1956, while continuing to see BHS friends.
1956 Carol Kottmeier Cooper - Poomona, CA - Very sorry to miss our 60th (How could that be when I'm only 65!!) this year. Hi to everyone, especially thoe from 1955 and 1956. Thank you so much to those who put the newsletter together. LOVE getting it!
1956 Ed Jordan - Dallas, TX - Recently attended our fabulous 60 year reunion. Many thanks to Fran Langan and his wife, Terry, for hosting our group and Fran and Ellie White for spearheading the great occasion.
1956 Elaine Lieberthan Kahn - Collinsville, IL - I hope we can put together a 60th reunion for our class and find a class representative.
1958 Regina Stimson Gahr - Brentwood, MO - I opened a childcare center for the Brentwood Congregational Church and am the volunteer director. I retired from the Brentwood School Board after serving 21 years. Needless to say, I'm keeping busy!
1958 Rita Gardner Mockler - Baton Rouge, LA - Gary had a stroke in March and is doing a little better every day. We're both getting a little forgetful, but that's not surprising. HAHA Hello to all my "old" friends. Hope everyone is doing fine.
1958 Barbara Higginbotham Novotny - Valley Park, MO - Retired from my manufacturing rep job for 20 companies and have been seeing the world. Bought a lake house for fun and still buying and selling fun! I would love to hear from anyone from the class of 1958 (636) 861-0040.I
1958 Jacqueline Schuster Thursby - Provo, UT - Retirement began officially for me September 1, 2016, and it works! Family, volunteer work, and homemaking look good to me. (Though I will miss the BYU (Brigham Young University) students.)
1958 Andrew Wynn - Kirkwood, MO - My wife, Barbara, became disabled in 2012 after 8 surgeries to the left knee, which kept getting a staph infection. She has lost the use of that leg, so we recuperate in Florida 8 months out of the year. We now see a little bit of paradise and never see snow!
1959 Gloria Morgan Roseman - Imperial, MO - So far, life has been very good to me. My husband and I raised two kids - Chris is VP of the St. Louis Sports Commission and my daughter works for the Humane Society, going on horse rescues. I retired a few years back from a very successful gift shop in Kimmswick - Abigail's Gift Shoppe. Rich and I travel when we can. My sister, Carol Rhea Canfield '51 died in May of 2015.
1959 Nancy Eisenhardt Toma - Ocala, FL - Still happy living here in Ocala.
1960 Carol Colligan - Brentwood, MO - I am on the board of the Community Gospel Choir of St. Louis, I am beginning my fourth season of singing with them and I just LOVE it!
1960 Walter Henkel - St. Louis, MO - After 8 years of labor and $23,000 in parts, materials and supplies, the Museum of Transportation rolled out a fully restored St. Louis Public Service Company Bi-States Predecessor PCC Car #1743. It was built for PSC in 1947 and retired in 1958 when the #22 line (Jefferson) was abandoned. By that time there were 5 car lines left and PSC sold a bunch of cars to Municipal Railways of San Francisco. MUNI ran the St. Louis PCC's till about 1980 when by that time, the salt air had eaten away at them and they were declared unserviceable and shipped out to private collectors and museums. Number 1743 wound up someplace in Wisconsin and after a 2 year legal fight with MUNI over ownership, MOT took posession and started the long road to full restoration. It now looks as it did when St. Louis Car Company delivered it to PSC in 1947. We rolled it out on May 21, 2016, which is the 50th anniversary of the last trolley line (#15 Hodiamont) to run in St. Louis.
1962 Betty Hughes Edelmann - Brentwood, MO - Retired again. No longer doing consulting work for the charter schools or teaching at Lindenwood and Missouri Baptist University. Travelling as much as possible and volunteering with the Brentwood schools. Also, babysitting for foster grandchildren.
1962 Don White - Fayetteville, AR - Just returned from my 3 month trek to Northern Italy. I taught there (part-time) for many years and I return every year to visit friends and my significant other.
1963 Elaine Henson Lentz - Ballwin, MO - Still making dolls and quilts. Wish I could travel like some of you do. Thank our paper for honoring our military men and women and thank them for their service. I enjoyed the picture of David Pentland '56. My sister says he used to be the best looking boy in BHS.
1963 Terry John Mariano - Naples, FL - After a very successful career in restaurants and hotels, I've retired to Naples, FL with my wife of 43 years.
1964 Donna Krause Kaczmarski - Roswell, GA - My husband and I celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary December 3, 2016. We are very blessed to have one daughter and five grandchildren.
1964 Nelson Koopman - Darien, IL - Mary and I visited Vietnam and Cambodia in December, 2015.
1964 Ron Stahl - Cincinnati, OH - Jan '65 and I went on a safari, July 2015 to Zambia and Botswana and rode 7000 lb. elephants. Our photographs are fantastic - trip of a lifetime!
1965 Rick Bond - Overland Park, KS - Spending time enjoying college and pro sports. I am still selling pro athlete bobbleheads. If you are wanting one, call me (913) 262-5069. Thank you.
1965 Susan Rooney Brighton - Longmont, CO - We had a nice visit and dinner with Linda McKnight Jesse '65 and her husband Hugh while visiting our daughter and granddaughter in Missoula, Montana.
1965 Gerald Ganahl - Maryland Heights, MO - I worked at the Brentwood Theatre in the early 60s for about six months until I got a job at A & P. As for the show, the flashlight will never tell Ha! Ha! My service was US Air Force January 1966 till January 1970; crew F104 in Texas '66 and '67 - F-4's in Germany, Ramstien '68 and '69. Rank Sgt when discharged.
1965 John Jaegers - Fenton, MO - Being Grandpa is the best job I ever had!
1966 Pam Brockman Becker - Minnetonka, MN - Enjoying retirement and my 4 grandchildren.
1967 Ed Wright - Brentwood, MO - Raising 3 boys with my wife; oldest off to college this fall; playing softball, reading, writing, but no 'rithmetic; working with local groups: PTO, Brentwood Century Foundation, Brentwood Alumni Association Board.
1968 Pam Plagenz Ross - Clayton, MO - I organized a group of people who came to the aid of Jeannetta Maclin, a young mother of two boys, 2 and 5. She left the boys alone when she went to work. The boys started a fire. They were rescued, but she was jailed on felony neglect charges. She had been living in her car with the boys in the past and went to work to pay her rent so she wouldn't be homeless again. St. Louis Post Dispatch reporter, Tony Messenger, wrote five stories about our group, Veteran Feminists of America, helping Jeannetta get released from jail, find a good job at Square, get a new apartment with child care on site, and even a car She was given a diversion program so that her felony charges will be dismissed at the end of her probation period. This case highlights the problems many young mothers face because of the cost of child care and low wage jobs. The group of activists are looking to engage retired women and men to work together to create more low-cost child care.
1968 David Sapp - Columbia, MO - After 41 years of "married" life, my beloved, Chester M. Jakubowicz, and I were joined in legal marriage on June 30, 2015. Thanks to all who supported this cause over the years.
1969 Herta Burbach Feely - Washington, DC - My book, Saving Phoebe Murrow, is coming out September, 2016. The Book House in Maplewood is hosting a reading on Saturday, September 17th. All are welcome! Tina Meiers will also be there!
1971 Debby Zimmerly Goggins - Lake Ozark, MO - My husband and I celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary with a trip to Jamaica. I also retired from Lake Regional Cath Lab in May. I have been an RN for 45 wonderful years.
1971 Randy Seagrist - Webster Groves, MO - I have retired after 38 years of teaching and coaching, primarily in the Rockwood School District.
1972 David Giacopelli - Rock Hill, MO - I retired 9/1/15 after 40 years as a police officer for Warson Woods, MO - Captain, Assistant Chief.
1972 Greg Kornfeld - St. Louis, MO - I'm in my 40th year of selling radio advertising; 20 years with KMOX/KLW (76-96) and 20 years with KTRS Radio (1996-2016). Debby and I will be celebrating 37 years of marriage in June. My son, Chris, married Lindsay, September 26, 2015.
1977 Bill Heger - Rock Hill, MO - I have been employed at AT&T (SBC) for 32 years. On weekends, I operate four different streetcars at the Museum of Transport. Two are from St. Louis, one is from Philadelphia and one from Chicago. I have never married.
1986 Theresa Peters Nigus - O'Fallon, MO - I was recognized at the Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis as the 2016 Maryville University Educator of the Year. My nomination was by a student, parent and colleague from Fort Zumwalt North High School, where I teach theatre. I was invited to attend the June 18th production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, along with the two other finalists, and was presented the award on stage by one of my students and Rick Dildine, the artistic director of Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis. I'm also a board member for the Missouri State Thespians and have been teaching at Fort Zumwalt North High School since 2001.
2005 Susan Blanding Fischer - Springfield, IL - I'm working as a massage therapist at a local spa here in Springfield. I also had a son in December, 2015.