firstname.lastname@example.org Leawood KS Structural Engineer Married 3 Six One I married Judy Allen in 1965 and we have been married for 46 years. I graduated from UMKC in 1966 with a degree in Engineering and have been in that field ever since. In 1976 I became President of Seiden and Page Engineering. Over the years, the company name chaged, but I remained President until I sold my share of the business in 2008. I am proud of being the primary author of the "Steel Design Examples Manual," a nationally used manual for all aspects of steel design in buildings. Since selling my business I have continued working in engineering, but at a reduced schedule. I especially enjoy doing things with my wife and grandkids, and playing occasional "bad golf." My mother was in one of the first classes at Southwest. So I had several teachers the she had like Mrs. Atwood, Col. Mckee. My mother was a great student, so naturally they had great expectation for me. Boy! were they disappointed.
email@example.com Fairhope AL psychiatrist Married 3 1, 2 on the way 1 I went to Tulane for undergraduate and medical schools followed by internship at Philadelphia General Hospital, University of Pennsylvania Division. Then I returned to New Orleans for residency and married Susan Blatchford who was attending Tulane School of Social Work. Then, came 2 years as Division Psychiatrist for the 4th Infantry, and back to Tulane clinical faculty and the establishment of a private practice in Metairie.
When managed care moved suddenly into the New Orleans area in 1992, I found my successful practice decimated just as my 3 sons were lining up to start college. I had a series of moves and positions as medical director of psychiatric units ending up in Fairhope, AL, on the eastern shore of Mobile Bay--where my wife grew up. This area has been very good to us. I still have a full time office practice. I work out at the wellness center 5 days a week and participate weekly in a drawing/painting class. We travel frequently, often to New Orleans 2-1/2 hours away, and are playing with the idea of getting a place there for weekends. Best Memory: The intellectual give and take and curiosity of our peer group and the support of teachers who wanted us to learn. Mr. Gustafson's chemistry class was the best chemistry course I ever took. I actually returned after medical school and told him so.
What seemed burdensome in high school has faded with time as I truly appreciate what an excellent education I received at a public school. Few people can say that today.
firstname.lastname@example.org Kansas City MO Architect / Structural Engineer Divorced 2 3 1 After SW I attended college at KU. I was married for 16 years to SW alumni Lillyan Wright. During that time I passed my NCARB exams, became a licensed architect and began my career practicing both as an architect and structural engineer. Lillyan and I had 2 children, Angela and Sherri. We divorced in 1979.
I lived with bachelor friends Mike Moriarty and Mike Schreiber for 3 years in KC after my divorce before moving to Lake Lotawana. All of us had kids so weekends were typically filled with 7 kids as well as several other friends. There were always many activities the kids would enjoy. We had a lot of fun.
I lived at Lake Lotawana for 12 years before moving to 3 1/2 acres in the countryside near Lee's Summit where I still reside. I have 3 grandchildren, two boys and a girl. I'm still single but have enjoyed several relationships since my divorce. None stuck but still looking.
Starting in 1977, I had my own architectural practice with two partners. In 1989 I joined Ellerbe Becket where I specialized in major professional sports venues throughout the US. A few of the more recognizable projects I've managed include Madison Square Garden in NYC, Lambeau Field for the Green Bay Packers, Quest Field for the Seattle Seahawks, Bank One Ballpark for the Arizona Diamondbacks, The Rose Garden for the Portland Trail Blazers and more recently, the new Arena for the Charlotte Bobcats.
I've enjoyed a long and illustrious career but now plan to retire this summer. Haven't decided what I'll do for sure but I'm considering moving to Beaver Lake in NW Arkansas near Eureka Springs and enjoy lake living again. I'm toying with the idea of building an amphibian light sport aircraft from a kit that I can keep at the lake. I also plan on doing some boating and exploring (the lake starts just south of the Missouri border and goes all the way down to the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville). Why Beaver? Crystal clear water in the most rugged part of the Ozarks. Its beautiful.
I've also enjoyed music most my life and elaborate stereo sound systems have been and still are a major hobby of mine. Besides the lake, I expect to do a lot of traveling too. A single best is hard to pick. There were many. Good friends, TeePee Town, the fraternities and sororities (unique to SW), Uncle Benny, football games, school dances, the North Door and fast cars.
Worst? 8th hours, trips to the VP office (yes there was more than one), Driver's Ed with HJ at the wheel (not telling who), Miss Schroer's latin class (why did I take that??), Brookside police station for driving a go-cart at night without any licences!!??
Peggy Peterson (McGaughy)
email@example.com Overland Park KS wife, mother, grandmother Married 2 1 1 Attended Bethany College, Lindsborg, KS for 2 1/2 years. Transferred to UMKC and married Doug McGaughy in 1964 at the beginning of my senior year. Graduated with a BA in Education. Learned how to sew and how to drive a stick shift. Taught 5th grade for three years. Started a family and became a stay at home mom (two wonderful daughters). Taught Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, was a Brownie and Girl Scout leader, church financial secretary, and member of the church Board of Ed.
After our girls were in school I had a few part time jobs including IRS, customer service for Cablevision, floral designer, receptionist at a veterinarian clinic. These more or less kept me out of trouble and helped finance my love of antiques. Also had a couple of antiques booths in antiques malls over the years. Fun way to get rid of stuff.
My hobbies have stayed fairly constant. I love gardening, antiques, genealogy and especially rug hooking. Am one of more than 3500 members nationwide of ATHA (Association of Traditional Hooking Artists) and have been making wool hooked rugs since about 1989. Have made many friends and enjoyed seeing the explosion of this traditional craft during this time. It is NOT latch hooking. The earliest examples date to the 1700's. I could go on for pages, but if you are curious, look up Rug Hooking on the internet or pick up a Rug Hooking Magazine. I have been in on-going classes for 25 years with some amazing teachers and wonderful and inspiring classmates. Classes are a great source of wool and patterns and fellowship.
When I was reasearching our family histories I made the amazing discovery that both Doug's Irish ancestors and my German ancestors were in York County, PA in the 1740's!! Life is full of surprises.
We love cats and have adopted several over the years. We also enjoy watching visitors to our bird feeders, except for the raccoon who is a bold thief in the night. Our cats are house cats--no threat to the birds.
Before Doug retired, he won many trips and we traveled to places like Hawaii, Paris, Puerto Rico and many places in the U.S. I guess my favorite was Williamsburg, VA. I like home best, then the Ozarks and Branson.
Our daughters are by far the greatest accomplishments of our lives. They are great and we have two great sons-in-law. Three weeks ago we were blessed with our first grandchild--a baby girl who is the cutest thing we have ever seen!!! We had pretty much given up on ever being grandparents. I am sure we won't be the least bit obnoxious about this new spectacular event in our lives. We babysat yesterday--Doug planned an early golf game to get home in time to enjoy. That reminds me: We (he) had one or another sailboats for at least 23 years. The girls and I sailed with him on Lake Jacomo and then extensively on Lake Stockton, MO. Even though we clocked hundreds of hours on a sailboat, none of us girls were good sailors. We were just along for the ride. When the girls became teenagers, I stayed home and Doug soloed.
We feel truly blessed and have enjoyed a good life.
It has been fun reading about everyone. There are so many that I have thought of over the years and wondered about. I am so sorry that we have lost so many. Best: Choir with Mr. Bishop and Mr. Manning. Geometry with Miss Torbert. Assemblies with the Library Lady (I hear she became a little pesky in her later years). Friends and fun.
Worst: Big scary place for someone coming in as a freshman from a really small school. Woefully out of my depth in an algebra class Lawrence Zalcman.
firstname.lastname@example.org Los Angeles CA artist/filmmaker home.earthlink.net/~suzanpitt/ Single Again 1 1 I went to the University of Alabama and then to Cranbrook Academy of Art on art scholarships- had a lot of good teachers, especially Miss Beck at SW who would let me out of class to go outside and draw fire hydrants, trees, 50's cars, etc. (snuck a cigarette while out there, of course). SW major boyfriend, Bert Winemiller who sometimes still drops in and out of my life.
I married a wonderful guy and we had one son, Blue, who lives in LA now and is a screenwriter/reality TV researcher and is married to an editor. I was single after 7 years of marriage ( was it the times, the war, the free love, the pot...?). And have been single ever since (was I too busy, too crazy, on a fast moving train?). But anyway I never "settled down" in the traditional sense.
I've lived in MInneapolis, Boston, New York, Berlin, Amsterdam, Mexico, Los Angeles- have been in LA for 12 years and have a cabin in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan where I spend summers.
I've survived and prospered by being stubborn and working really hard. For 40 years I have made animated films (my own inspirations), shown work in galleries in New York and Europe, designed sets and costumes for two major operas in Germany, painted a train which traveled around the United States, had a Fulbright Scholar Award to Guatemala to paint rainforest, had Guggenheim and Rockefeller Fellowships to support my work, was an Associate Professor at Harvard for 5 years, and am currently teaching experimental animation at California Institute of the Arts for half the year.
I continue to "make stuff", have a big garden, travel, camp in the desert, friends, books, and so forth.
My new film "Visitation" will open at the Redcat Theater in LA on Nov 1- in case any of you are in town. Sorry I will miss the reunion- but I hope it will be a blast, just like the days at Southwest High School!
Carol Printz (Rosen)
email@example.com Ocala FL I work in publishing. Married 2 one one While I prefer anonymity, Steve Melcher's persistence (whom I had the good fortune to reacquaint with while we were both living in San Diego) has shamed me into responding.
The years since 1961 have been very good to Steve Rosen and me since we were married in 1964. Steve and I may have the only distinction (along with the Safersteins) of marrying a classmate and still being together 46 years later. We have been fortunate to live in and enjoy wonderful years in the Washington D.C. area, San Diego and now in central Florida in Ocala known for its many horse breeding farms.
After college, my first job was city hall librarian for the City of Kansas City while Steve was attending graduate school at K.U. We then moved to Columbia, Maryland, where we raised our two children. While not running our publishing company, I can be found on the golf course and participating in various volunteer activities.
We have one adorable grandson and an almost equally adorable King Charles Spaniel. My fondest memories of Southwest are the wonderful girlfriends from Phi Lam and Miss Koger to whose advice I should have listened.
Carol Radetsky (Berey)
firstname.lastname@example.org Kansas City MO Married 2 4 Hello Friends,
I fondly remember so many of you and have enjoyed just reading your names, picturing faces and hearing what you have been doing. So here is my little bit of history. I graduated from MU in Elementary Education, married (forty-five years now) Lewis Berey, taught 1st and 2nd grade, and had two lovely daughters. In the early 80’s, I co-created “The Paper Plate” in Corinth Square. Later worked as Coordinator of the Arts Council of Johnson County, then began a three-year study program with the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. I have been a docent there for the last twenty years and have found great joy sharing my love of art with school children and adults. Feel very busy with the museum, our four treasured grandchildren, a little bridge and spending time with some of the same wonderful friends I have known since elementary school. Other than a short time in Minneapolis, we have lived in Kansas City, but spend considerable time in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Each of my family members has had a serious illness, but today we are healthy and happy.
I think of my years at Southwest as a happy, wonderful time with friends, and, somehow during that time, I happened on a great education that fully prepared me for whatever I have undertaken since.
Regretfully, due to an important family event in Chicago the weekend of the reunion, I am unable to attend. I am envious thinking about all of you together, and hope it will be a wonderful time for everyone. I wish you good health, and hope we will have a 60th reunion, at which time I can still walk, put a few sentences together and remember you!
Jackie Rashbaum (Strauss)
email@example.com Buffalo Grovde IL Retired Married 3 8 boys 1 I was working at City Nat'l Bank when I met Fred in '63. We married and lived in NY for 10 years, then to Chicago for 18 years, then to Ohio for 7 years and now back to Chicagoland. Two of our kids live nearby. We like to travel, especially to Hawaii during the winter to escape the climate here. Snorkeling and day hikes are our favorite activities there. Yes, life has been good as long we're both healthy.
Sara (Sally) Reed (Pazdalski)
firstname.lastname@example.org Burke VA Retired Married 2 2 Went from HS to Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri for my AA, then onto Avila College where I majored in Education. My mother had MS and died in 1962. Worked for TWA for 7 years (my father was a founding father of the airline). Got married and moved to Houston, TX and worked for Humble/Exxon Oil as a Fuel Oils Analyst. Moved back to KC and worked for US Dept of Agriculture as a programmer, then divorced and no children thank goodness. Moved to Washington, DC as part of a programming project for USDA.
Met my second husband, Rich, and we had 2 wonderful sons. Went back to college and majored in Personnel Mgmt. Was the leader of a team in USDA's-ASCS that created the first automated payroll system.
Went on to be a supervisory Employee Relations Specialist. My husband is Budget Director for USDA-FSA and hopefully will retire soon.
We've been fortunate to do a lot of traveling, but our favorite places are the US Natl. Parks. Best was my good friend Eleanor Goodson and the Worst memories were from the popular, so-called classy chicks who made fun of my shy, awkward personality.
I am so fortunate to have two wonderful sons, Eric and Andrew. Andrew is a Media Artist and Eric is a Biology Technician. We have homes in Colorado and Florida and love the time we get to spend in both places. Snowmobiling in CO is my favorite winter sport, since skiing these days seems a bit risky. Gardening, swimming and reading are my other favorites.
email@example.com Carrollton TX Retired Married 2 4 1 Ventured off to JC. Father died in 1962 and went to work at Macys. Met Jackie, TWA Hostess, married in 1964 and will celebrate 47 years in Jan 2011; joined The Coca-Cola Co. in '67, and hustled my way up to senior management; fathered two beautiful children, Dan & Paige, finished career with Coke in New York in 1989; joined Sbarro, The Itialian Food Eatery as VP Mktg., hung around for a couple of years...got fired (Italians are disfunctional) and headed for Texas. Opened up an Insurance Agency selling "Senior Products." In 2001, we as a family opened a franchise child care center, Tutor Time, with daughter and wife. Sold the business to the parent company for a ton of cash, Jackie became an heiress, and we retired.Howdy! From Texas. We are looking forward to seeing all of you crazy wonderful people whom we were lucky enough to all be with for the four wonderful "formative" years at old Southweat High School.
Since then, been playing with the grand children, now ages 19, 16, 6, & 5; racing vintage sports cars, playing golf, gambling in the stock market and always looking back to Southwest HS and thinking how blessed (Texas term) I am. Best Experience: Being there from 8th grade to graduation.
Worst: North door fight with Ronnie T. I got my ass whipped.