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1941 Bette Strong Pickrel - Gladstone, MO - Soon after the BHS reunion, I will turn 98.  God has really blessed me.  I have a wonderful, caring family who keeps in touch with me.  I can still see well enough to get around with my walker.  I can't read, but the talking books help so much.

1941 Ron Vassalli, Sr - Sullivan, MO - I am getting in shape after a shoulder replacement and planning on driving to St Louis again soon.

1948 Herbert Hitchings - Sedona, AZ - Retired and moved to Sedona.

1949 Marlene Scharf Hanks - St Petersburg, FL - I have retired gracefully, near my son and his family, in St Petersburg, FL.

1950 Barbara Schmidt Hirsh - Williamsburg, VA - Since Lee's death, I'm back to the same things we were doing before Covid-19.  I sing with our Patriots Colony chorus, keep up with my exercise, practice the piano, etc.  Lee was known to may of our classmates as he attended school there for three years. He played on the first football team and ran track.  He even went to state running the 220 yds and the Relay team in 1948.

1951 Martin Gabbert - Ballwin, MO - Attend many football games.  Grandson a quarterback with Miami of Ohio.  Grandson a quarterback with Tampa Bay Bucs.  See Carolyn Sheffler Baker and Dan Linza.  In contact with Jim Holmes.

1952 Phyllis Elliott Oakley - Washington, DC - I have endured the pandemic well- Safely ensconced in a retirement home with lots of former friends and State Department chums.  Children close by in Northern Virginia - all 5 grandchildren out of college - 3 in graduate school.  On we go!

1952 Norman Ramsey - N Ft Myers, FL - Florida took care to get both of us our Covid vaccine.  Although many restrictions apply, most restaurants remain open with masking.  Life is not too much different.  I really hope to be able to visit for our class reunion in September.

1953 G Richard Oscarson - Chesterfield, MO - "Children are a heritage of the Lord --- Happy is the man that has his quiver full of them."  25 grandchildren, 16 (so far) great-grandchlldren.  Married 63 years.  A happy man.

1953 Helen Hounsom Stein - Tuscaloosa, AL - Travels took me to doctor's appointment, grocery store and Home Depot.  At home, books, jigsaw puzzles, and eating kept me really busy.  When time permitted, I dusted a little.

1953 Shirley Moritz Taylor - Camarillo, CA - As of this year, I have moved into a great retirement village im Camarillo.  I have an attached house, small but perfect for me, many sports and activities available and sit on a golf course.  Come visit, I have an extra bedroom!

1954 David Hahn - Grand Marais, MN - I have been a foster grandparent since 2007.  I'm having a new assignment now with Lutheran Social Services.  Wish me luck.

1956 Carol Kottmeier Cooper - Pomona, CA - Sorry that our '55/'56 reunion in St. Louis had to be cancelled.  Have gone on several road trips through Arizona and Utah, visiting friends and gorgeous National Parks.  Still working with disabled adults. 

1956 Ed Jordan - Dallas, TX - Enjoying retirement in "Big D" with kids, grandkids and great-grandkids and an occassional phone call with my buddy, Fran Langan '56.

1957 Janet Slater Darwin - Lake Elsinore, CA - Just moved back to California after retiring from teaching and spending 16 years in Las Vegas.  I now share a house with my son's family and am enjoying the company, the pool and the beautiful weather.

1958 Irene Ledbetter Christenson - Lake Barrington, IL - Retired for one year and still adjusting to big changes.  Wonder what's next??  Still gardening, time in the work-out room, and want to dance.  Life is good.

1958 Barb Higginbotham Novotny - Valley Park, MO - In spite of Covid, I keep busy buying and selling preowned treasures.  I am taking my 21 year old granddaughter to Spain, Portugal and North Africa in May.  In November, I will be on a river cruise in the Mekong Delta, land trip to Cambodia.  Lovin' and livin' life.

1958 Susan Cavender Slater - Ballwin, MO - Continue to tapdance.  Trip planned to the Falklands, George February/March 2021.  Looking forward to more travel in 2022 and beyond.

1958 Jacqueline Schuster Thursby - Provo, UT - The family is well and productive, we celebrated our 61st wedding anniversary in December, and so far, we have avoided COVID.  At 80 and 86, we are careful.  We enjoy our family, the beautiful mountains, and are refreshed by many daily sit-down pauses, though I'm busy with family, church service, home, and humanities  I am thankful for so much joy in my life!

1958 Karen Kelley Wright - Pingree Grove, IL - Recently left Naples, FL and moved to Illinois to be closer to family - beginning a new chapter in my life.

1959 Joyce Rinck Arneson - Apple Valley, MN - 2021 - How can it be?  Time flies so fast as we age!  Many of you know that my husband, Don died in April, 2020.  He was 87 years old and we celebrated 42 happy years of marriage.  I have moved to a new one-level townhouse that is near several children and grandchildren.  I have 16 grandchildren and all but 2 of them live in Minnesota.  Expecting my 5th great-grandcihld and they also live here.  I love hearing from classmates and always enjoy our class gatherings.  Take care, Class of 1959.  Joyce Arneson, 14072 Essex Ct, Apple Valley, MN 55124 (952) 334-5547 joyous9941@gmail.com

1959 Mary Ann Eckler Koetting - Chesterfield, MO - June was just the best month for me.  Celebrated my 80th birthday with my family of 14 in Cape Cod, and grandson, Parker, became an Eagle Scout earning 30 more merit badges than required for Eagle.

1959 Julie Chipps Tamarkin - Brimfield, MA - I live with my husband, of 58 years, a retired college professor in rural Massachusetts.  I retird as an editor of the Connecticut Law Journal and now do freelance editing.  I enjoy swimming and walking.  Four kids and seven grandkids, one great-grandchild.

1960 Betty Pitman Bieber - Bend, OR - Still alive and wishing I could make it to the 60th class reunion, but Covid and travel restrictions make it impossible.

1960 Carol Colligan - Brentwood, MO - Unfortunately, I can't walk without a Rollator but, other than that, things are gong fairly well  I have had 2 great friends in my "bubble" during the past year.  I am just so glad there is light at the end of the tunnel this year.  I went to a socially distanced outdoor dinner with friends on Easter and it was wonderful!

1960 Suzanne McWhirter Davis - Fenton, MO - Enjoyed a tour of North and South Dakota this past August.  I still weight train twice a week plus do shifts at Second Chance Ranch.  SCR is a rescue for old, infirm and often Hospice dogs.  Will go back to volunteer shifts at Circle of Concern Food Pantry Febriuary 2022.

1960 Walter Henkel - St Louis, MO - The recollections of various alumni of the 2 trolley lines that served Brentwood are sometimes erroneous.  If anyone is interested, I can supply the right story.  Call me at (314) 351-8418 and leave a message and phone number and I will get back to you.  No texts.

1960 Terry Hopmann - Rockville, MD - I am coming to the end of more than 50 years of teaching at the University of Minnesota (where I directed the Center for International Studies), Brown University (where I was Director of the Center for Foreign Policy Development and later Chair of the Political Science Department), and since 2008 at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, DC, where I directd the program in International Conflict Management.  I am now a Senior Fellow at SAIS Foreign Policy Institute, where I will be focusing on writing a substantially revised version of my 1966 book, The Negotiation Process and the Resolution of International Conflicts.

1961 Charlotte Mastin Ellis - Brentwood, MO - I did not go to Brentwood High, but attended Frazier School.  I served on the Brentwood School Board for 6 years.

1961 Sandy Kurre LaGarce - Ellisville, MO - Had a two-week vacation with our three youngest grandchildren ages 13, 15, 17.  We took them to the Badlands, Mt. Rushmore, a rodeo in Cody, WY, Yellowstone Park and the Grand Tetons.  We feel very blessed that they even wanted to go with us, given they are all teenagers.  We all had many experiences and a lot of laughs along the way.

1961 Janet Mays McAlpin - Bonita Springs, FL - When a freshman at BHS, my father transferred to Chicago, and I graduated at Hinsdale in a class of 400!  But I never forgot my dear friends at Brentwood schools.  I  have a degree in speeh pathology and education and also earned a Master's in Education and a Doctorate from Loyola University in Aurora, IL.  My husband, Jim and I raised three children.  Both our sons were born with a rare neurodegenerative disease and lost our youngest son Philip, in 2017.  Brad is still living, and we often go to Illinois to see him and our daughter, Liz, who is Co-director of a STEM school at Aurora University.  We are retired.  Am hoping I can attend the 2021 reunion, and if I cannot, please know that I do hold all of you in my heart.

1961 Ellen Rockett O'Neilll - Peachtree, GA - I'm so happy Judi "found" me again, last year!  I have fond memories of my first grade through sixth grade classmates and teachers at Brentwood No 1.  We had such fun, parading to Tilles Park for the last day of school picnics.  It's wonderful that the high school Class of '61 has remained so close.  I know you wll have a great time at the reunion.

1961 Judi Turner Peckham - Labadie, MO - Semi-retired from sales in the printing industry  Special thoughts and memories of those wonderfu, dedicated Brentwood teachers throughout grade and high scool years.  We were so fortunate to have them.  They were the best!

1964 Dixie Richardson Ewing - Woodbury, MN  - My husband, Tom Ewing died 10/25/21.

1964 Kathy White Silber - Manchester, MO - We've been back in St Louis for four years and are loving it!

1967 Sally Graves DeWitt - San Marino CA - Awarded Trailblazer Award at Anthony Portation's 25th Senate District Women in Business Event.  Retired after 3 years as Board Chair of Planned Parenthood Pasadena and San Gabriel Valley.  Still serving on the Board through 2022.

1968 Pam Plagenz Ross - St Louis, MO - I'm serving my fourth year on the St Louis Community College Trustee Board.  We recently passed a tax increase to update our older buildings and increase programs to train nurses, IT workers and allied health workers.

1968 Anthony R Stoverink - St Peters, MO - After graduation, worked 2 years at Cupples Manufacturing, then went in Navy, 3 years in Presidential Honor Guard, 1 year on Destroyer, then 37 years of Postal Service.  Been retired 10 years.  Traveling with my wife, Dee, and our 2 dogs, Pudgie and Daisy in our RV.  I have 3 children, Kelly, Katie and Tony, Jr.  My wife has 5 children of her own.  Numerous grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.

1970 Susan Eggers - Ewing, NJ - Sends thank you note - Dear Eagles, Thank you for all of your faithful work to ensure that we have the chance to stay connected and support our alma mater.  I remember when my dad's class at Perryvlle H.S. celebrated its fiftieth anniversary.  I thought that was impossible and yet ... here we are, Class of '71.

1971 Melissa Reisenleiter - St Louis, MO - This year was a year of change.  I retired on July 1, 2021.  My team and my supervisor gave me a send \-off for the ages, sharing their love and support.  I will carry those memories forever, on to my next chapter!

1971 Tom Ziegler - Winter Haven, FL - Could not be at the 50th reunion, but enjoyed the pictures.  I wil be retiring next year and handing over my construction business to my son.  Hope everyone is enjoying ife as I am.  Praise the Lord!  Tom/Ziggy

1972 David Giacopelli - Rock Hill, MO - "Retired" Police Captain

1973 Dory Wright Smith - Elsah, IL - Was recently awarded the 2021 Gerald Linneman Lifetime Achievement Award by the Missouri Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association at their annual conference. She also served as athletic director for 15 years at Villa Duchesne and Principia Upper School before becoming women's basketball coach at Principia College, and had served on many committees for the Missouri State High School Athletic Association,, too.  Recently retired, she spends a lot of time with husband, Blair Smith, at their Elsah General Store in Elsah, Illinois.  (Submitted by a proud brother, Ed).

1976 John Honig - Livermore, CA - After 29 short years, I continue to make the world safe for democracy while working at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.  My sanity is maintained by continuing to pursue my hidden rock star dreams, playing in south central Livermore's third best tribute band, Pink Floyd.

1980 Bob Ronkoski - Cottleville, MO - In 2020 I was promoted from Director of Public Safety/Chief of Police to Executive Director of Public Safety and Facilities/Chief of Police at St Charles Community College.  After 8 years as a Cottleville alderman, I was elected Mayor of Cottleville in April 2021.

2001 Stacey Turner Venegas - Chesterfield, MO - I am organizing our 20 year reunion for this fall and would love some help.  stacey.venegas@gmail.com (314) 749-9528

ORE Carolyn Puricelli Rhodes - Eureka, MO - Retired after 32 years of service to the Brentwood community in 2019.  I am still supervising athletic events and mentoring students.  I am checking off bucket list items such as a trip to Italy, traveling the US and enjoying my family and grandson. 


1942 Genevieve Johnson (Genny) Jennings - Owosso, MI - I'm doing pretty well for an almost 97 year old (7/23/1923).  I don't know how many of the class of '42 are left, as I never hear from anyone since I moved to Michigan.  I'm living at an assisted living home at 245 N Caledonia Dr, Rm 110, Owosso, MI 48867.  I have fallen too many times and now walk with a walker.  Family are scattered around the country and world - only 1 child here.  I do enjoy reading your bulletin and the school looks very large now with lots going on there.  My step-father owned the Wayside Market just off Eager Road on Highway 40.  Sending the best to all.

1944 LeRoy Amen - Chesterfield, MO - I was sorry to hear of the passing of my friend, Jay Luttrell.  We had many good times together.  The class of '44 has become a very short list.  I'm still in good health and living in a retirement village.  I started school at Brentwood in the 9th grade.  My father was principal of Mark Twan, so we moved so we would be living in the district.  At the end of my junior year, we moved to Columbia and i enrolled at the University.  I was a high school principal for 30 years, 23 of those as principal of Lindbergh High School.

1949 Marlene Scharf Hanks - St Petersburg, FL - I have lived in St Petersburg for the last 12 years.  My son and his family live here.  I miss driving down White Avenue where my parents lived for 50 years.

1950 J Robert Green - Brentwood, MO - I published a book of my architecture.

1950 Barbara Schmidt Hirsh - Williamsburg, VA - As with most, I guess we are a stay at home couple due to Covid-19.  Reading lots of books, playing games.  No more travel for the two of us.

1952 Charles Combs - Ballwin, MO - Just trying to stay healthy.

1952 Shirley Russell Drake - Katy, TX - Can't do much safely now, so I am reading until my eyes can't take any more  Also, taking my dog for lots of short trips around the circle where  live - can't be outside long down here in the summer!!  But, I'm blessed that, so far, I'm healthy and feeling great.  Hope you all are too!!!

1952 Phyllis Elliott Oakley - Washington, DC - I moved to an independent home last December.  Then the pandemic set in and we are under strict quarantine rules, but no cases!  Lots of old State Department friends, CIA and journalists - the deep state! and am in a happy group.  All 5 grandchildren out of college.

1952 Norm Ramsey - North Fort Myers, FL - Kudos to Charles Combs'52 for the Mark Twain picture.  I went there for kindergarten and 7th grade; the rest at Brentwood #1, and of course, 8th through 12th at BHS.  Great times.  Super people.  Wonderful teachers shaped us all!

1953 Shirley Parker Horine - Ellisville, MO - Lost my husband, Dave, six years ago after 60 years of marriage.  Every two months, gals from my Brentwood class meet for lunch, usually at Farotto's.

1953 Ann Hysmith Reckelhoff - Brentwood, MO - Still painting and drawing in my home studio.  Until the pandemic struck, I was exhbiting with the St Louis Watercolor Society.  My last exhibit was at the Drury Inn during the Brentwood Century Foundation Celebration last year.

1953 Shirley Moritz Taylor - Northridge, CA - I always enjoy the newsletter and read it all, but disappointed there was no news from the class of 1953.  My relatives,Moritz, LaGarce and Boshans, are always mentioned somewhere, which makes it fun and interesting.  I'm very impressed and proud of your scholarship rewards!

1954 Marian Hounsom Lewis - New York, NY - Life in New York City, after almost 60 years, is still good.  Not traveling as much as in the past; Central Park is my "backyard."  That's where I do my biking, birdwatching and summer outdoor concerts.

1954 Bud and Joanne Robertson Stark - Married 64 years in November, 2020.  Four great kids - 2 boys and 2 girls, 7 terrific grandchildren and 2 great great-grand children.  Still running at about 75%.  All is well.  Stay safe.

1955 Darlene Brink Roland - Town & Country, MO - Spent 3 months of 2020 in the hospital, focusing on health problems and family.  Pray that they will find a vaccination for this terrible virus.  Better days are ahead for us.

1956 Barbara Schaefer Borghoff - Arlington Heights, IL - So sorry to tell our friends from BHS that Bill passed away in July.  We never forgot those "happy days" in Brentwood.

1956 Elaine Lieberthal Kahn - Collinsville, IL - I have gone back to my crochet hobby and have completed a number of pieces.  I'm also still active in dog sports.  David continues to enjoy swimming as his favorite exercise.

1957 Susan McManis Speichinger - Morton, IL - I've been masked and socially isolated in Morton, IL!!! And, so far, so good.  It's really not so bad, as I can be outside in my yard and neighbohood, and I've read some great books.

1958 Irene Ledbetter Christenson - Barrington, IL - Retired from United Airlines in March.  Started my career in May, 1963 with time off to have 3 children.  Travel is not on my current agenda.  Readjusting to a new life-style.  Gardening and landscaping are passions.  Daily work-out a must, as is my daily faith practice.  I'm sure the future will surprise me, and yet, "just for today" seems enough right now.

1958 Barbara Higginbotham Novotny - Valley Park, MO  - 2019 was a great year for travel!  In January, I spent time in Florida with fellow classmates, March was a cruise on Seabourn ship for 35 days to New Zealand, Australia and Indonesia - Fabulous!  Then, the first 2 weeks in November, a breathtaking safari with my sister Pat in Kenya.  Got to get it all in while I'm still in great shape.  Blessings to all.

1958 Jacqueline Schuster Thursby - Provo, UT - We are feeling thankful that, so far, the virus has missed us, our home is safe and warm, and we have plenty of good food.  The family is well, and we are so delighted with technology!  And this too will pass!  I was 80 in October and am amazed to have lived this long!  Great life, great family!

1959 Charlene Brinkmann Evjen - Phoenix, AZ - Trying to stay cool in the desert!

1959 Gloria Morgan Roseman - Imperial, MO - Hi Everybody - Living the good life.  I'm retired.  (Had a great gift shop in Kimmswick for 25 years.)  My son, Chris, is VP of the St Louis Sports Commission.  Daughter, Kim, lives in Gerald, loving the farm life.

1960 Sue McWhirter Davis - Fenton, MO - I retired, for the second time, in September 2019.  Covid has shut down my volunteer work (Circle of Concern), but I'm still going to the gym for my weight lifting; been doing this for 6 years now and still have not broken a nail. Ha!  Will plan travel when this virus stuff makes it safer.  Wishing everyone good health.

1960 Walter Henkel - St Louis, MO - The National Museum of Transportation is operating under Covid-19 rules, so I haven't been out there.

1961 Lia Kahler Littlefield - Menemsha, MA - From 2017-2019, I trained to become a volunteer community mediator at the Peace Institute in New York City.  I will have new opportunities to use my skills in our new home in Massachusetts, as we are leaving our beloved NYC after many years. 

1961 Ann Biggs Zuvekas - Falls Church, VA - Completed 10 years of service as a member of the Fairfax County (VA)  Health Care Advisory Board.

1963 Michael Lavin - Kirkwood - MO - The US Army wrote a book about me and my men in Vietnam in 2017.  I currently go inside the Menard Correctional facility in Chester, IL to talk with residents every second Saturday and twice a year for 4 day sessions, extracted at night.   

1963 Elaine Henson Lentz - Ballwin, MO - My son moved in with me.  He's a big help with the house.  We have a new red standard poodle named Misty.

1964 Nelson Koopman - Darien, IL - Chair of Academic Affairs Committee of Benedictine University Board of Trustees.

1964 Scott Marshall - St Louis, MO - Moved May, 2020.  Celebrated 50th anniversary August, 2020.

1965 Richard Bond - Overland Park, KS - We are moving to sunny Sarasota, FL.  My wife has arthritis and I have 1st stage Parkinson's!  We have family in Sarasota, and when we get there, the family will be together again.

1965 Glen Fuse - Dunwoody, GA - It seems some solid early plans for a special 55th reunion were well underway for 2020.  It will now be a special 57 year reunion held in September 2021.   I enjoy receiving the Connection.  I know it takes dedication to put it together.  I am always impressed by the accomplishments of our classmates.  What a smart and caring bunch of individuals they are.

1967 Jeanne Brunner Cavender - Rolla, MO - I read the BHS newsletter from beginning to end.  Kudos to the alumni responsible.

1967 Linda Schirmann Creech - Dallas, TX - Said "Good Bye" to my amazing 50 year airline career, as I retired August 01, 2020.  Started my "bucket list" early and it was a fabulous journey.  Now, to slow it down a bit by spending time on our ranch and in my home in Dallas.  Will eventually resume my travel, but in a way more relaxed manner.

1969 Steve Moritsugu - Riverside, CA - I'm still living in southern California doing IT support.  My career as a local tenor i opera is on hold for the virus, so I posted this audio - Standchen - https://www.Facebook.com/100002187685188/videos/2895318313884396

1966 Nelson Morgan - Smyrna, TN - After a three year hiatus, I found a job as Public Address Announcer at Rockvale High School near Murfreesboro, TN.  That's 36 years at the mike.  I consider myself very fortunate to still be doing something I love.

1971 Missy Reisenleiter - St Louis, MO - My husband successfully completed hiking the entire Appalachian Trail in December 2019.  I kept the "homefires burning" and kept him fed by shipping the food boxes.  I am proud of his accompishment and of playing a part in helping him check this off his bucket list.

1971 Debby Zimmerly Goggins - Lake Ozark, MO - Jerry and I celebrated 44 years of marriage this past March and have been blessed with 5 beautiful grandchildren.  I retired in 2016 after working as an RN for 42 years.  We moved to Lake Ozark, MO in 2011 and enjoy boating, fishing and lots of partyng with good friends.

1972 Greg Kornfeld - St Louis, MO - I retired at the end of December after 42 years in radio sales - 19 years at KMOX/KLOU and 23 years at KTRS radio. 

1973 Rodney Carr - St Louis, MO - I retired from my job as maintenance technician for Metropolitan St Louis Sewer District after 24 years, 6 months, 2 weeks, and 2 days.  I also retired from officiating wrestling for 36 years.  I do odd jobs around Brentwood.

1975 Fred Heger - Chesterfield, MO - Relocated from Tulsa, OK back to St Louis at beginning of 2020.  Had a grandson, Mike Brunworth, born in March 2020.  Lost my father to Covid-19 in April, 2020.  Still playing baseball and hockey on local men's teams.  Now working as controller of Meridan Medical Technologies (Pfizer) in the Westport area.

1981 Karl E Heger - Brookfield, WI - I just hit 25 years as a Special Agent in the FBI.  In August 2019, I was selected to be the SWAT Team Leader for the FBI Chicago Bravo SWAT Team.  I command one of the two Chicago FBI, 21 member SWAT Teams.  The Chicago FBI SWAT Team conducts high risk search warrants, hostage rescue, active shooter response, and other tactical missions as required.  Prior to the Bravo Team Leader position, I was the Chicago FBI Sniper Team leader in charge of 12 snipers.  I am assigned to the FBI Chicago Regional Training Facility where I have the responsibility of training all Chicago FBI Agents in Firearms, Defensive Tactics and Arrest Tactics.  I also conduct SWAT, Sniper, Firearms and Tactical Schools for Police Officers from all over the country.  I recently was part of protection detail for the United States Attorney General's visit to Zagreb, Croatia and the Direcor of the FBI visit to Paris, France.

1992 Mark Taylor - Los Angeles, CA - Was nominated for a 2020 Primetime Emmy award for Outstanding Production Design for a Narrative Period or Fantasy Program.  He was the Art Director on the Netflix series, Hollywood.

2016 Eddie Wright - Brentwood, MO - In the coronavirus spring, I graduated from Maryville University with a degree in Sports Business Management.  No ceremony, but I got the parchment!  While at Maryville, I played club soccer and club roller hockey.  The hockey team went to the national tournament 2 years in a row and I scored goals both times.

ORE Teacher of '70/'71 - Betsey Anderson Milyard - Webster Groves, MO - Since this year's cancellation, I'm lookingi forward to attending the 50th reunion of the class of 1970, as that was my junior English group that I knew best.   (I taught Spanish for 25 years).  Best wishes to all of you!

ORE Teacher - Ruth Rangel - Chesterfield, MO - I so enjoyed your August newsletter.  Your magazine is both newsy and inspiring.  I taught German and History at Brentwood High School from 1990 - 1995. 

ALUM NEWS 2019   

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1941 Betty Strong Pickrel - Gladstone, MO - On 9/30/18, I celebrated my 95th birthday!  Five generations of Pickrels and extended family gathered to help me celebrate with cake, punch, fruit and veggies.  It was a womderful weekend!

1941 Maxine Gray Reisenleiter - Creve Coeur, MO - I am now in Creve Coeur Assisted Living - 693 Decker Lane - Creve Coeur, MO 63141, Apt 433.  My doctor stopped my driving, so I have to use a driver from here to take me to outside appointments.  This is a neat place.  I take all meals downstairs in the dining room.  They clean my apartment and change bed linens.  I am well cared for.

1946 Jean Hall Michener - Hot Springs Village, AR - I was married to my high school sweetheart, Russ Michener '46 for 53 years when he passed away.  We had 3 children, 6 grandchildren, 11 great-grands and 1 great-great-grand.  Whew!

1950 Barbara Schmidt Hirsh - Williamsburg, VA - Nothing new or exciting here.  We no longer travel or go out at night unless our Patriot's Colony Bus takes us.  They are good about getting us to concerts and plays.  Since we are in a college town, there are lots of things offered to us.

1950 Shirley Callaway Holman - Daytona Beach, FL  - I moved to Daytona Beach on October 3, 2018; bought a home 1 block from the ocean and 1 block from the river.  It is pretty here in Florida with lots of days in the 80s.  Feels just like summer.

1952 Phyllis Elliott Oakley - Washington, DC - Still going, but slow with a bad ankle.  I enjoy seeing pictures of my classmates.

1954 David Hahn - Grand Marais, MN - I'm still a foster grandparent 3 full days a week at Cook County Pre K-12 and loving it.  Also illustrate seniors in all sports.  They are displayed around the gym concession stand and changed out each year.  The player and family each get a print.  We had  a beautiful day yesterday for baseball and softball; quite unusual for April on Lake Superior's North Shore just 50 miles from Canada.  I enjoy your newsletter and wish I could be there for 3rd Weekend festivities.

1955 JoAnn Thomas Welch - Banning, CA - Continue to feed 250 guests at my church every Wednesday and was just elected president of my PEO chapter.

1955 Richard E Wolff - Ballwin, MO - My wife, Gail, and I have been married for 38 years.  we live in Ballwin, but spend a lot of time at our 70 acre country home in Southern Illinois.  We enjoy travel, dancing, The Muny, Cardinal Baseball and Blues Hockey.

1956 Carol Kottmeier Cooper - Pomona, CA - Had college friends for a fun filled visit, had cancer, been taking road trips in the mountains and deserts of Southern California with my friend in his Tesla.

1957 Cathy Hoskins Gillis - Verona, PA - On June 8 with husband, Skip Gillis, boarded a Viking Ocean ship in Stockholm  for a 31 day cruise in the Baltic - St Petersburg to Bergen, then up the west Norwegian coast to 70+ degrees north at the North cape.  In July, we were in Scotland and England, returning home July 8.  We visited 10 countries in 20 different ports, each day visiting very interesting places with a well guided tour of our choice, on land  This is our second Viking ocean cruise having cruised from Barcelona to Venice in March 2017.

1957 Brenda Braun Matthews - Ballwin, MO - This year for my 80th birthday, my three daughters gave me a 1 year old black Great Dane, named Gracie, from the rescue Big Dogs Huge Paws in Denver, Colorado.  So far, I have had to replace a couch after she chewed the top off a 48 oz. bottle of Crisco vegetable oil.  Then, she removed the moulding from the back door, and the living room rug has been to the cleaners twice.  Maybe her name should be changed to SHENANIGAN!  But, I do still love her and my daughters.

1958 Regina Gahr Stimson - Brentwood, MO - I have decided to retire for the second time.  I am stepping down as Director of the Brentwood Christian Childcare Center and promoted Tammy Gahr Johnson '87 as the new Director.  I am doing more traveling with the order of the Eastern Star and enjoying the trips as long as my health and the money don't run out.

1958 Dennis Kurre - Springfield, VA - Took an 8 day European river cruise in April from Amsterdam, The Netherlands through Germany and France to Basil, Switzerland.  Spent a week in Cancun, Mexico in July and a week in Branson, MO in October.  Visited other BHS grads in Florida, St Louis, Brentwood, Independence and Springfield, MO.

1958 Irene Christensen Ledbetter - Lake Barrington, IL - Still employed by United Airlines as a flight attendant; I enjoy the lifestyle.  When at home, I enjoy the quiet pace and spend my time in the work-out room, in my large garden, reading, gathering with friends and watching a sunset.  Life is good.

1958 Barbara Higginbotham Novotny - Valley Park, MO - Just got back from a fabulous 35 day cruise on a Seabourn luxury ship around New Zealand, Auustralia and the Indonesian islands.  Met people from all over the world and saw many sights of wonder.  Now planning my next trip. 

1958 Jacqueline Schuster Thursby - Provo, UT - We will celebrate our 60th wedding anniversary in December, and we still like each other.  Four adult children, spouses, thirteen grandchildren and five great-grandchildren scattered throughout the USA keep us hopping!  Brentwood gave me a great start.

1959 Joyce Rinck Arneson - Prior Lake, MN - I am looking forward to my 60th class reunion in September. 60! WOW!  I have lived in Minnesota for 50 years and celebrated the 41st anniversary to my husband, Don Arneson.  We have combined families of 6 children, 16 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.  Love catching up with all my BHS friends. 

1960 Sue McWhirter Davis - Fenton, MO - After 15 years with Edward Jones, I retired in September and now volunteer at Circle of Concern food pantry in Valley Park and enjoy weight training twice a week.  Not bad for a second retirement.  I want to go do some things I want to do.  Bought a large home with my daughter's family and I will live there also  No more grass cutting, house repairs and big tax bills.  First grandson off to Mizzou this summer to play football.  So happy for him.

1960 Wallter Henkel - St Louis, MO - This is the third year for the MOT (Museum of Transportation) being under private ownership and so far, not much has been done to improve things.

1962 Dick Dunham - Greensboro, GA - Heading to Norway for a holiday with wife, Jean (Fischer '64).

1962 Nell Mier Newton - South Bend, IN - Just stepping down after ten years as Dean of Notre Dame Law School. Then plan to go back to the faculty.  Will be in London fall semester 2019.  If anyone comes through, let me know!

1962 Jacqui Black Parish - St Louis, MO - Travelled to Ypsilanti to visit daughter and on to Maryland to visit a good friend.

1962 Mike Rooney - Tempe, AZ - Busy shooting at clay pigeons with a grandson who never misses.

1962 Richard Sachs - Asbury Park, NJ - Still playing the French horn in several wind ensembles and chamber groups.  My dad still lives in St Louis at the age of 101 and is in good health.

1962 Jim Torbert - Johns Creek, GA - Returned from Israel and the Holy Land and highly recommend it.  Have 8 grandchildren in the Atlanta area.

1962 Don White - Fayetteville, AR - Taking his son, Chris, and family to Italy.  Though "retired", continues to teach 6 months in Italy for the Univerity of Arkansas.

1962 Bob Wulff - Washington, DC - Retired twice - Once from the real estate development business and now from directing a real estate program at George Mason University.

1963 Mike Lavin - St Louis, MO - From an article in the St Louis Post Dispatch, we learn that Mike was honored as a US Army veteran.  He remembers the soldiers who served under him in Viet Nam and has been working tracking down and re-connecting with the 155 men who were part of the 515th Transportation Company he led during the last major offensive of the long war.  He speaks at area high schools about his experiences and says it is stressful to relive the memories, but it's important they understand the realities.

1963 Elaine Henson Lentz - Ballwin, MO - My husband passed away on 1/9/19 and I am busy going through papers and getting ready for 2 eye surgeries.

1963 Linda Schall Powell - Wentzville, MO - Thank you for your efforts to encourage our graduates to continue their education!

1963 Judy Zahner Rothman - St Louis, MO - Have been a caregiver for my husband, Ken, the last year and a half as he suffered a serious fall.  Time at home has provided opportunity to concentrate on my writing.

1965 Richard Bond - Overland Park, KS - I am busy being treasurer of my adult Sunday School Class and tkaing acre of my wige.  Please pray for my wife, Dayla.  Thank you.

1966 Linda Pribble Hamburg - St Louis, MO - My sisters, Sandra Pribble Brockman '57 and Debra Pribble Brown '72 and I are enjoying the new-found family of my grandmother in Germany.  Wish she were alive to be a part of this reunion.

1966 Delyla Aulgur Uebel - Lampe, MO - I perform playing piano - both classical and theatre.

1967 Jacque Prade Ehrlich - Sky Valley, GA - I moved from Hendersonville, NC to the mountains of Sky Valley, GA (NE Goergia) to be closer to my daughter in Florida and be cooler at the same time.  My new address is 22 Eagle Circle, Sky Valley, GA 30537.  If any of you are visiting the area of Highlands, Cashier or Dillard, drop on in!

1967 Richard Oppenhheim - Joplin, MO - Retired May, 2018.  Play golf 3 days a week, play pickleball 2 days a week, rest the other 2 days a week.

1967 Ray Wideman - St Louis, MO - I have a new granddaughter - Josephine Rose (I call her JR), born to #2 son David & young wife, Stephanie.  They lived in Brentwood Forest untli JR was born.  Relocated to Webser Groves (a suburb near Shrewsbury where I live).

1968 David Sapp - Columbia, MO - I have been enjoying our 4 dogs.  They follow me about the house and are always loving and fun.  Short stay in hospital - doing better.  For 25 years, I have had MS, but am still reading.

1971 Debbie Zimmerly Goggins - Lake Ozark, MO - Jerry and I celebrated our 43rd wedding anniversary with a fabulous trip to the West Coast this past October.  While on vacaton, we welcomed our 5th grandbaby, Carter Lee Abbey.  Continue enjoying life at LOTO!!

1971 Missy Reisenleiter - St Louis, MO - I was thrilled to add another stamp in my passport - a trip to Canada.  This Canadian vacation was not only my first time to the Maritime Provinces, but also was the break my husband needed to energize him to continue hiking the Appalacian Trail.  Mount Katahdin, or bust!  I have been thrilled to play a small role to support his dream of completing this challenging hike.  Team work!

1972 Mike Frossard - Ballwin, MO - I recently retired since my wife passed away in September.  Spending a lot of time with my 3 daughters, sons-in-law and 6 grandchildren.  Looking forward to spending time at our house in Bennett Springs State Park.

1972 Gregory Kornfeld - St Louis, MO -  Debby, and I celebrated our 40th anniversary in June with a trip to Puerto Vallarta given to us by our son, Chris and his wife Lindsay..  My mom, Rosemarie Schweizer Kornfeld '47 celebrated her 90th birthday in March, 2019.  Debby and I vacationed in Destin, FL in late August with Kurt Rudesill '72 and Mary Hippert Rudesill '73.

1973 Rodney Carr - Rock Hill, MO - Was pictured on the front page of the October Webster-Kirkwood Times.  He offered one of the free services to the Kirkwood community in the "Hands On Kirkwood" event by giving ecky Acar check-ups.  "Hands on Kirkwood" celebrated another year of helping local families.

1974 Cathleen Lowe Petrucci - Newark, DE - Working part-time now in a breast cancer program, as well as wellness coaching.  Thrilled to enjoy 6 grandchildren.  Continuing to travel extensively with husband in developing countries to support leadership development and healthcare.

1983 Melanie Buerkle Surgener Masesaka - Brentwood, MO - Began her teaching career in 1987 at the Brentwood Middle School and recently retired from the Clayton School District after 32 years of teaching mathematics.

1986 Becky Jundt Whitmore - Dittmer, MO - I became a grandma in August.  Gavin is adorable, and I love spending time with him. My daughter, Kyerstyn, and her family bought a house only 5 miles away from us, so I get to give Gavin and his sister Kailyn cuddles non-stop.  I love it!!!

2019 Margaret Callihan - Brentwood, MO - The St Louis Post Dispatch has honored 161 of the area's best on the field and brightest in the classroom.  From BHS, Margaret Callihan was named the Scholar Athlete.

ORE Rich Niemann - St Louis, MO - I volunteer at the St Cronan Food Pantry, do tax preparation for AARP and coach for the St Louis Archdiocese.

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1961 Fred Abrams - 1. June 2018 - was the banquet speaker at the reunion of the US Army unit 3/506 of the 101st airborne. (The 506th is the unit immortalized in the WW-II movie "Band of Brothers")  In the middle of the night on Mar 21, 1968 I put in an airstrike in support of a 10 man team that was up against a hundred VC and who all expected to die that night. They all survived and three are still alive. I got to meet all three at the reunion. It was emotional beyond words. (The guys in the picture: left - the team leader, who got silver star for his actions that night, middle back - the guy who held a flare marking their position so we could deliver ordnance a hundred feet from them, middle front - one of the guys who carries scars from hand-to-hand knife fights with the VC that night.)

2. Sept 2018 - had the opportunity to fly in the last remaining F-100 fighter. Got to pull g's, roll upside down and make a 500mph pass down the runway. I had forgotten how good the kick in the butt from the afterburner feels. The experience made me feel like I was in my 20's again.

3. Nov 8, 2018 - being inducted into the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame (they induct 20 vets a year). The award is based on what you've done after getting out of the service, not one's military history. Most of the citation is about Rotary work in Africa and the four books I've written.

I leave right after the Ohio HOF ceremony on Nov 8th for Quito Ecuador to meet with the Quito Rotary Club the next morning at 7:30 (I get in at midnight) to put together a Rotary project to restore water to a small