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ALUM NEWS 2024

1949 Mary Lee Thebeau Timmerberg - St Louis, MO - My sister, Jean Ann Thebeau Tallis '49 died 01/06/2024.  She is survived by four children, eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.  Our classmate, Audrey Ann Weimann Schachet '49 passed away 08/26/2023.  She is survived by four children, seven grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

1954 Marian Hounsom Lewis - New York, NY - This is my 57th year in my apartment near Central Park.  My bliss is sitting on a favorite rock in the park playing my harmonica.

1956 Elaine Ueberthal Kahn - Collinsville, IL - Current hobbies include crocheting, reading, watching Public TV programming, and club memberships.  My husband enjoys swimming and reading.  We try to keep as active as possible.  Miss our reunions.

1958 Jacqueline Schuster Thursby - Provo, UT - We are well and busy with family (expecting 11th great-grandchild), home and garden, family history, church work, and some travel.  Our family is close, and we actually like each other!

1959 Nancy Pollard O'Loughlin - Frisco, TX - I moved to Frisco (north Dallas) six and one-half years ago and love my new home  Close to daughters and three graddaughters, all in their 20's.  I play a lot of bridge and enjoy friends and family and neighbors.  The weather is so much better and I love that.

 1962 Ed Schimweg - Gold Canyon, AZ - Always on the go.  Summers at Beaver Creek in Colorado.  Other times usually visiting friendds.  Love to cruise ... 87 day cruise to Antarctica in 2023 ...quite a great time.

1963 Linda Schall Powell - Wentzville, MO - Live in Fort Myers, FL one-half the year and live in Missouri one-half the year.

1964 Nelson Koopman - Darien, IL - I have been elected to the Board of Directors of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Joliet, IL.

1964 Ronald Alan Kustra - Brentwood, MO - Born and raised in Brentwood.  Am back living in the very same home I lived in on Bremerton while attending and graduating from BHS.  Am retired after 45 years employment at St Louis Post Dispatch newspaper.  I am a very active member of Vietnam Veterans of America and United States Marine Corps League.  Favorite place to visit is Vietnam Veterans Memorial Monument in Washington, DC.

1970 Dennis McCoy - Villa Ridge, MO - I recently closed my general dental practice after nearly 46 years in St Clair, MO.  I still do volunteer work.  Mindy and I have been married for almost 52 years.  Together, we have four children and eight grandchildren.

1972 Cindy Keast Plowman - Hannibal, MO - Still working as a court reporter for a judge in Lincoln and Pike counties.  Live in Hannibal and St. Louis.  Just returned from European trip visiting granddaughter who is a foreign exchange student in Sardinia, Italy.

1977 Joseph (Peter) Suntrup - Chesterfield, MO - I've always lived in St Louis - have never moved.  Have been married almost 30 years to Linda from Chicago, IL.  Two grown children - Joseph Peter and Anne Elizabeth.

1980 Diane Madras - St Louis, MO - Acquired a certificate in literacy from Missouri State University.  Now, I'm a Lion (Columbia University), Tiger (Mizzou and LSU) and a Bear.  Oh my.

ALUM NEWS 2023

1941 Bette Strong Pickrell - Gladstone, MO - I am looking forward to celebrating my 100th birthday in September with family and friends!  There have been so many blessings in my life, and I cannot believe I've lived this long!

1948 Ronald Parsons - Fredericksburg, VA - Spouse and I continue to live on our own.  Both are 93 this year.  Spouse is excellent classical pianist who plays her Steinway daily for 1-2 hours.  I listen.  We gave up driving in 2022, but employ a driver for shopping and medical outings  Formerly attended operas in season until I fell down theatre interior stairs 3-4 years ago.  No broken bones.  I am 3rd rate pianist and still play (poorly), but never for other people.  Spouse does.

1949 Shirley Eoff Brom - Louisville, KY - Established artist and published author.  Enjoying life with my family.

1949 Marlene Scharf Hanks - St Petersburg, FL - I am aging gracefully in the warm weather here in Florida.  My son, his wife and two grandchildren live near me.  We get together several times a week for dinner.  I miss Brentwood High and the Brentwood neighborhood and old friends.

1950 Barbara Schmidt Hirsh - Williamsburg, VA - Still vertical and getting around on my own two feet.  Exercise three days a week, square dance on the fourth and still sing with the Colony Chorus.  Volunteer in the health care units.  I go to symphonies and plays wherever a Colony bus takes me.

1951 Martin Gabbert - Ballwin, MO - Still in Ballwin and attending football games.  One grandson with KC Chiefs, one the quarterback in Miami of Ohio.

1952 Norm Ramsey - Chesterfield, MO - We have now moved from Florida back to Missouri.  Feels like home.

1953 Grant (Richard) Oscarson - Chesterfield, MO - Still busy with 24 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren, so far.  More on the way.

1954 Sidney Hoskins - Waynesboro, PA - I have moved to senior housing near my four grandchildren in Quincy Villlage, PA.

1954 Marian Hounsom Lewis - New York, NY - Still in New York City - 62 years.  End of May went to oldest grandson's graduation from Kenyon College in Gambier, OH.  Those four precious days reminded me of my Midwestern roots - with great joy!  My haven in NYC is growing vegetables and flowers in the community garden. We have film nights and pot lucks in summer.  Feels very "small town."

1955 Marie Ruhl Hay - Fenton, MO - I recently rang the bells at the radiology and chemo centers!  I jumped the hurdles - still feel crappy!

1955 Darlene Brink Roland  Town and Country, MO - Keeping active between hospitals and doctors.  I now have a darling great-great granddaughter two years old added to the fmily.  Miss my classmates and wonder if we will ever get together again!

1956 Larry Armentrout - Marietta, GA - Reired five years ago.  Traveled abroad with my wife, Wendy.  Currently volunteering at a local hospital

1956 Louise Barker McCloud - Hernando, MS - My husband, George, just celebrated his 90th birthday and is in good health.  We went to his high school reunion in Alton, IL in August.  We still travel to some extent to Branson, MO and other places close to home.  He is an excellent driver; me, not so much.  We have been very blessed.  In these days, that is good!

1956 Gene Nau - Naples, FL - We are now enjoying fulltime snowless living and would welcome any classmates to visit us in Naples anytime. We live in a golf retirement community called Bentley Village.

 

1958 John Baumgartner - Prairie Village, KS - Took our kids and grandchild to London to celebrate our 60th anniversary.

1958 Rita Gardner Mockler - Baton Rouge, LA - We are all well.  Taylor and Dom are expecting their first baby in October, my third great-grandchild.  Five out of eight have already graduated from college; "so far, so good".  Two are at LSU.  Love to everyone. Stay well.

1958 Jacqueline Schuster Thursby - Provo, UT - Writing family history, music coordinator in my church congregation attending Temple weekly, and serving family and friends continues.  Four children, thirteen grandchildren, and a 63 year happy marriage makes for a great old age!

1959 Nancy Eisenhardt Toma - Belton, TX - Moved from Ocala, FL to Belton, TX in March to be closer to our two children.  Florida is definitely cooler.  Oh well, not moving again.  This was our 21st move in 60 years of marriage. Time to settle down.

1960 Sue McWhirter Davis - Fenton, MO - I'm back being a case worker at Circle of Concern Food Pantry.  Covid shut us down for almost two years.  I still weight train twice a week; but have to admit I hurt a little more now that I'm older.  Never thought I would enjoy weight lifting.  Have Florida trip planned with family in June.  Oldest grandson graduates Mizzou in May, 2023.  Wishing all the best in life.

1960 Sandy Line Pitman - Sullivan, MO - Lived in Tampa Bay, FL from 1977 until September 2022, when I moved to Sullivan.  Raised 2 sons, worked in accounting and taught same.  Have traveled around the world, except Africa, where I've always wanted to go on a safari.

1961 Fred Abrams - Springboro, OH - Was one of the F-100 pilots interviewed for Smithsonian Air Warriors series - Smithsonian Channel Season 11 Episode 5 (F-100 Super Sabre)

1962 Richard Durham - Greensboro, GA - Our family has 14 graduates from Brentwood High, nine Dunhams and five Sprattes.  Janet Spratte Tuthill '38 just might be the oldest BHS graduate - 103 years old and still going strong. (Editor's note:  Janet passed away 09/17/2023).

1962 John Fields - Mt. Vernon, IL - Sharon and I are enjoying our retirement years and recently spent a week in Door County, Wisconsin celebrating our 56th wedding anniversary.

1962 Mike Rooney - Tempe, TX - Still going to my law office, but lots of fly fishing and sporting clays.

1963 Donald Craft - Indianapolis, IN - Celebrated 50th anniverary with wife, Dolly, last year.

1964  Jeff Johnson - O' Fallon,  MO - Retired.  Playing golf.  Active in Kiwanis.

1964 Keith Kramer - Windsor, CO - My wife, Tami, and I finally went on the European trip we have been planning for the last 3 years.  In March of this year, we flew to Lisbon, Portugal and drove to several cities starting witih Lisbon, then driving into Spain visiting Saville, Granada, Malaga, Madrid, and Barcelona.  From there, we drove through the Pyrenees Mountains into southern France and then to the small country of Andorra.  All in all, we drove about 3600 miles.  We then flew to London to spend the last week of our 7 week vacation, seeing all the sites just prior to the coronation of King Charles.  This was a trip of a lifetime viewing a myriad of monuments, museums, castles, but it was nice to be back in the good ole' USA.

1964 Scott Marshall - St. Louis, MO - I went bird watching in Colombia and Panama in February, 2023.

1966 David Larson - Overland, MO - Retired 13 years ago.  Had an exciting work life with many opportunities.  Now taking care of my wife and spend many hours helping veterans through VFW.

1966 Nelson Morgan - Smyrna, TN - In May, I was gifted by the Waynesville R-VI School District Foundation with the 2021 Outstanding Eucational Professional Award.  It had been delayed by Covid.  I taught middle school social studies in Waynesville for 24 years.

1967 Jeanne Brunner Cavender - Rolla, MO - Just enjoying retirement from education profession.  Watching my first granddaughter go off to Webster University majoring in Musical Theatre.

1967 Charles Young - Beverly Hills, CA - Working with Julie Pacino to locate funding for her most recent short film (Harmony in Gold) and for her first feature (If I Live Here Now), now in post-production.  Two more projects are on the horizon for her and two major projects are in the works.

1968 Gary Grindler - Great Falls, VA - This fall, I started teaching a course as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC.

1969 Muffy Phillips Reeder - St Petersburg, FL - On a whim in January 2023, I went to Cuba, because it was open for US citizens to fly in.  My life changed when I met two Cuban artists that I now represent in the US.  My website is STRIKEAPOSE@gmail.com.  It will tell you everything about my new career.

1970 Dennis McCoy - Villa Ridge, MO - I recently closed my general dental practice after nearly 46 years in St Clair, MO.  I still do volunteer work.  Mindi and I have been married for almost 52 years.  Together, we have 4 children and 8 grandchildren.

1971 Diana Kuelker Huckstep - Louisiana, MO - My niece, daughter and myself just spent 19 days in Europe.  I had never traveled abroad before and wasn't really excited about going, but my niece talked me into it.  It was amazing!  I can't wait to plan another trip.

1971 Missy Reisenleiter - Dushore, PA - My husband and I relocated to Dushore, PA in May, 2023.  We are both retired and are enjoying the beauty and history that this county has to offer.  Gorgeous hiking trails in the endless mountains are ten minutes from our door.  If you are in our area, look us up!  We have a spare room.

1976 Scott Marion - Brentwood, MO - After many years as a sports writer for the old Suburban Journals and the Eddwardsville Intelligencer, I'm now working part-time for the Intelligencer as a news feature writer. 

1976 Christopher McClellan - Lake Worth, FL - I was elected to the St Louis United States Bowling Congress Hall of Fame in 2021.

1977 Kevin Madras- Brentwood, MO - Retired end of 2022.  Grandchildren keep me busy.  Celebrating 41st anniverary in 2023.  Spend my time traveling.

1977 Lori Suess Wolter - Austin, TX - My husband, Dave, retired last year and we are looking forward to traveling.

2023 Ian Thorton - Brentwood, MO - The St Louis Post Dispatch has named Ian  as Scholar Athlete for BHS this year.  In addition to his high grades, his sports were baketball and baseball for four years.  He was also a member of the National Honor Society and volunteered.  He plans to enjoy baseball at Truman State University and pursue statistics as a career.

ORE Jo Ann Hughes - Chesterfield, MO - Retired in 1989 from teaching first and second grades at McGrath and Mark Twain Schools.

 

ALUM NEWS 2022

1941 Bette Strong Pickrel - Gladstone, MO - I have been truly blessed and in September, I will be 99.  Although almost blind, I can see well enough to get around.  My family is a blessing to me.  I don't know what I would do without them.

1945 Jeanne James - Redington Shores, FL - Moved to Florida in 2018 to live with my niece Melissa James Kruse.  My brother (her father) was Martin T James '42.  Doing pretty well for an old gal.  Do not need a cane or walker.  Still doing limited driving.

1948 Herbert W Hitchings - Sedona, AZ - My brother, Dave Hitchings '50, was All-District in basketball in 1950.

1948 Ronald Parsons - Fredericksburg, VA - Since classmates Jerry Voelkers, Marilyn George and Marianne Hill Vahlkamp died, I have no more BHS contacts.  Have been married to second wife, Miriam, for 23 years now.  It has been 74 years since I joined the U. S. Marines.

1949 Marlene Scharf Hanks - St Petersburg, FL - Participating in church activities.

1950 Barbara Schmidt Hirsh - Williamsburg, VA - Since Lee's death 12/11/20, I'm back to the same things we were doing before COVID-19.  I sing with our Patriots Colony Chorus, volunteer in the medical assistance areas, keep up with my exercise, practice the piano.  I've purchased a golf cart to drive around campus.  Lee was known to many 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 yards and the Relay team in 1948  He was buried in Arlington National Cemetery 10/27/2021.

1950 Shirley Callaway Holman - Daytona Beach, FL - Was sorry my friend, Marlene Sitze Wynn, had died.  We'd been friends since I was 12 years old.  Our fathers worked for White Bakery, which no longer exists.

1952 Charles Combs - Ballwin, MO - Still around.  Retired 23 years, 5 children, 14 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

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 - North Ft Myers, FL - In the late 50's, I was an SCCA Licensed Road Racer for 6 years.  My bucket list is to be the oldest licensed driver.  As I am near 90, I must stay in good health!

1953 Grant "Richard" Oscarson - Chesterfield, MO - Served 3 years as volunteer President of The St Louis Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints Temple, located on Highway 64 in Town and Country, MO.  I'm still a supporter of BHS.

1953 Helen Hounsom Stein - Tuscaloosa, AL - Travels took me to doctor's appointments, grocery store and Home Depot.  Books, Jigsw puzzles and eating kept me really busy.  When time permitted, I dusted.  Was married at Brentwood Congregational Church 65 years ago.  Attended Sunday School and church for many years there.

1953 Shirley Moritz Taylor - Camarillo, CA  - I am happily settled in my retirement village in Camarillo.  My new home is small, but perfect for me.  Weather is great!  Come see me!

1954 Betty Dudek Dickhens - Carrollton, TX - Still kicking here in Carrollton, TX.  We celebrated our 65th wedding anniversary in February.  I still enjoy sewing, mostly for charity.  Don enjoys woodworking.

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

1954 Marian Hounsom Lewis - New York - NY - Travel restrictions for 2 years kept me close to home - New York City.  Living near beautiful Central Park, I roam there every day in all kinds of weather.  My companions - squirrels, birds, toddlers, dogs - all make me smile and be glad.

1955 Judith Green Arnett - Langley, WA - My husband and I had a wonderful trip through Europe with Linda and Jim Bender '55.  I retired from a 37 year practice as a Marriage and Family Therapist.

1955 Darleen Brink Roland - Town & Country, MO - I have some health problems, but am keeping active in many activities  Family keeps growing - 2 children, 3 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild.

1956 Carol Kottmeier Cooper - Pomona, CA - Sorry that our '55-56 reunion was cancelled  Have gone on several road trips through Arizona and Utah, visiting friends and gorgeous National Parks (always in a mask).  Still working part-time.  For my 84th birthday, my friend and I took a road trip to Northern California (Eureka) to walk up in the Redwoods on a suspension bridge 100' high.  We went along the coast to return to LA; a gorgeous drive.

1956 Jack Fuchs - St Clair, MO - I am enjoying my 30th year of retirement, 26 years with my loving wife, Carole.  We traveled over 300,000 miles in our motor home.  My life and health have been a toal blessing.  I welcome calls - (636) 629-2354.

1956 Ed Jordan - Dallas, TX - Enjoyed retirement in "Big D" with kids, grandkids and great-grandkids.  We are now moving north of Dallas to Plano, TX.  Miss an occasional phone call with my buddy, Fran Langan '56.

1957 Mary Ann Wenger Graves - Berkeley, CA - Stayed alive through Covid!

1957 Jacqueline Schuster Thursby - Provo, UT - So far, so good.  At 80 and 86, we are careful, but doing well.  We enjoy our family, the beautiful mountains, and are refershed by many daily sit-down pauses.

1958 Irene Ledbetter Christenson - Lake Barrington, IL - Retired from United Airlines after a long cmpanionship that I enjoyed very much.  I look up when I hear a plane overhead; a memory reminder resulting in pleasure.  Taking one day, one week, one month at a time.  Life is good.

1958 Regina Stimson Gahr - Brentwood, MO - Became a member of the Brentwood Alumni  Board.  Traveling with my brother, Jerry Stimson '62 and my sister, Grettie Bondy '65 and having a "blast"!  We are going to San Antonio and Galveston in December.

1958 Donald E Hodapp - Rock Hill, MO - Four children, six grandchildren, one great-grandchild with one on the way in 2023.

1958 Suzan Cavender Slater - Ballwin, MO - Continue to tap dance; trip planned to Falklands, Georgia in Feb/March 2022; looking forward to more travel in 2022 and beyond.

1958 Jacqueline Schuster Thursby - Provo, UT - I am still writing and publishing some, working on a family history, and enjoying family, church, and temple work.  We have enjoyed another beautiful year with family, friends and puttering at home.  Our tenth great-grand was born just before Thanksgiving!

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

1959 Nancy Pollard O'Loughlin - Frisco, TX - I moved from Ballwin to Dallas, TX in 2017 to be closer to daughter, Lynn, and 3 granddaughters.  I purchased a house in a Del Webb community.  Best decision I ever made!  I have a whole group of new friends - and I love the milder weather.

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 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, a rescue for old, infirm and often Hospice dogs.  I also volunteer at Circle of Concern food pantry as a shopper/helper and case worker.  Hope to travel again in 2023. 

1960 Walter Henkel - St Louis, MO - Some of the recollections of various alumni of the 3 trolley lines that served Brentwood are 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.  Talk only; no texts.  I had an inquiry on my trolley car knowledge from Ken Stroup '64 in Dallas.  We spent more time talking about the McKinney Street trolley than the Kirkwood and Brentwood cars.

1960 Susan Herminghaus McLeod - La Jolla, CA - We are now living in a retirement community in La Jolla, CA, just north of San Diego.  Doug and I are both retired from college teaching; he's a mathematician, my field is rhetoric and writing studies.  We've been married 56 years, two kids, one grandchild.  Hello to everyone in the class of 1960!

1962 John Charles Fields - Mt Vernon, IL - Sharon and I are both retired and are enjoying our volunteer work with our church.  We recently spent a week in St Augustine, FL and enjoyed the beautiful sunrises on the beach.  We are looking forward to doing more travel next year.

1962 Trina Licata - St Louis, MO - Two children - Todd and Nicki, 5 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, plus extended family with present husband - Larry Reily

1962 Michael Rooney - Tempe, AZ - Emeritus member of the law firm, enjoying the Flagstaff cabin, fly fishing and sporting clays and working with the Sandra Day O'Connor Institute for American Democracy.

1963 Linda Schall Powell - Ft Myers, FL - Live in Wentzville, MO in the summer and Ft Myers, FL in the winter.  Still smiling!

1963 Judy Zahner Rothman - Clayton, MO - Enjoying new career as ghost writer for two mystery authors.  Still participating in physical therapy from serious equestrian accident incurred in 2019 a few months after my husband Kenny's passing.  Spent months in skilled care during beginning of pandemic, learning to use new parts!  Am on the mend!  Moved to condo in Clayton one year ago.  Expecting great-grand baby any minute.

1964 Dixie Richardson Ewing -  Woodbury, MN - My husband. Tom Ewing, died 10/25/2021.

1964 Tamara Stefonani Rhomberg - Fenton, MO - After 43 years of living on my farm in the heart of Fenton, I have moved to a subdivision.  It is a big adjustment, but I have great neighbors and woods behind me.  Still working at Webster University (29 years) and the Rockwood School Board.

1965 Karol Kothe Harlow - E. Berne, NY - Retired from being a high school principal in Germantown, NY in 2017.  Two retirement goals included kayaking the navigable length of the Hudson River - 197 miles  Completed this summer by reaching the Statue of Liberty by kayak in August!  Second goal was to complete 357 miles of Long Path hiking trail in NY.  I have 100 miles to go!

1966 Linda Dollar - Springfield, MO - I continue to broadcast Missouri State University Volleyball matches as a color analyst on ESPN.  Otherwise, catch me on the golf course.

1966 Sandra Brick Roberts - Cumming, GA - Just completed travel to all 50 states.  Have already visited all 7 continents.  Canadian Provinces next?

1966 Ted Ganahl - Rock Hill, MO - I enjoy walking my dog, Coco, up and around the schools, BHS and McGrath, overseeing the construction of both, and the neighbothood around the schools, 2-5 miles per day, and enjoy talking to the neighborhood families around those areas.

1966 Melinda Reisenleiter Hawkins - Frankfort, KY - Retired 3 years ago from nursing - miss it terribly.

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 Larry Schmieder - Novato, CA - Married to Beverly for 40 years.  Three wonderful children - Amanda, Ryan and Jeffrey.  Everyone is doing great.  Lived the last 35 years in a beautiful watrfront home in Marin County, just north of the Golden Gate Bridge.  Favorite places - wine country, San Francisco, Carmel, Lake Tahoe, and did I say the wine country?

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

1971 Deborah Henne Clary - Springfield, MO - After spending the last 27 years in the classroom teaching, I retired in 2020.  My mom, Joyce Henne, a former BHS Home Econonics teacher moved in to live with me in 2020 at the age of 92.

1971 Melissa Reisenleiter - St Louis, MO - This year was a year of change.  I retired iin 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 Zeigler - Winter Haven, FL - Could not be at the 50th reunion, but enjoyed the pictures.  I will be retiring in December and handing over my construction business to my oldest son.  Also, my 7 granddaughters will keep me busy.  Hope everyone is enjoying life, as I am.  Praise the Lord!  Tom/Ziggy

1972 Alex Munoz - St Louis, MO - Retired in 2014 after 33 years at Boeing.

1972 Thomas Shore - St Louis, MO - Retired from BJC Healthcare 12/2019.

1976 Merry Sloan Mosbacher - Ballwin, MO - I retired in December 2019 from Edward Jones after a 38-year career there.  Im still quite active in several not-for-profit organizations including STAGES St Louis and Washington University, and enjoy spending time with our 3 grandchilden and traveling the world.

1983 David Heger - St Louis, MO - I'm still working as an equity analyst at Edward Jones following stocks in the communication services and tech sectors.  My wife, Lynne, has retired from teaching pre-school.  My daughter, Carolyn, is working at Edward Jones.  My daughter, Mary Catherine, works for EY, and my daughter, Elizabeth works for Royal Canin.

1986 Becky Jundt Whitmore - Dittmer, MO - My daughter, Kyerstyn and her family, just bought the house across the street from us.  We couldn't be more excited  We can't wait to be able to spend even more time with them, especially our 3-1/2 year old grandson, Gavin.  He is the best thing since sliced bread!

1994 Melissa Hill - Cohasset, MA - I currently live outside of Boston with my husband, Tom, and 3 childrlen.  I am a general manager at Sanofi, a major pharmaceutical company, where I oversee our portffolio of neurology products.  I also serve on the Board of my local education foundation.

ORE Ruth Rangel - Town and Country, MO - I taught History and German at Brentwood High School and belong to ORES - retired teachers.

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.  

ALUM NEWS 2021

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