Betsy Ruvel (Zimbalist)
firstname.lastname@example.org St. Louis MO Retired Married 2 6 1 I wish I could tell you everything, but I do not have such an all encompassing perspective. I have had a fine time since 1961: college degree, marriage (met Stuart through a civil rights program), taught high school English, had 2 children, got my Masters Degree in English, stayed on at Washington University to teach writing for 23 years, worked on terrific community programs (public library, St. Louis Scholarship Foundation, and most recently St. Louis Art Museum docent program). My husband and I have traveled a bit, with and without children, with and without grandchildren. We both have stayed in touch with high school friends. Suffice it to say that I have enjoyed reading the best and the worst of others, but have nothing much to add. We were all so lucky to have had such freedom, such ease of movement, such reliable and steady stuff in our 1950's lives.
I do miss visiting KC as I often did when my mother was still alive. Unfortunately, I will not be able to attend the reunion the timing of which conflicts with commitments to the National Docent Symposium, 2011 to be held in early October in St. Louis.
Hello to all and wishing everyone the best.
email@example.com Los Angeles CA Attorney www.mintz.com Married 3 6 1 After high school I ventured west to UC Berkeley and spent four wonderful years in Berkely studying political science. After my junior year I married Peggy Yeddis who transferred out from the University of Wisconsin--because it was closer to the Rose Bowl.Peggy and I are excited to return for the Reunion to Kansas City. One of our three boys and his wife and two kids are now in Kansas City.
After graduating Berekely, Peggy and I went East to Cambridge, Mass., where I entered Harvard Law School. After my first year, we had our first child--Jonathon. Studying law and raising a son was a great experience--late nights for both.
After graduating I clerked for Cheif Judge Bailey Aldrich of the First Circuit Court of Appeals. We then moved to Washginton, D.C., where I clerked for Federal Trade Commissioner Philip Elman. We also had our second child, Dan (who has since married and moved to Kasnas City to raise his family of two children). After one in DC we moved to Los Angeles, where I began practising law at Munter Tolles law firm. We had our third child Philip.
Peggy and I have now been married 47 great years and we have six grandchildren to add to our three children. It has been great!
I have been practicing law as an antitrust attorney for 40 years. After graduating from Harvard Law School, I spent two years clerking on the East Coast. I have been practicing law for the remainder in Los Angeles. I spent two years heading up the Los Angeles Office of the Federal Trade Commission. My other breaks from law practice have been for bar activities, such as serving as President of the State Bar of California and President of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers.
I am now the managing partner of the Los Angeles office of Mintz Levin, a national law firm that started in Boston 75 years ago.
I also enjoy my American Bar Association activities. Currently, I am producing High School videos for the ABA--my first is on Cyber Bullying. It has been quite an experience being a movie producer. I now feel like part of Hollywood.
They are both the same--the Bowery Ball. It was a blast to attend and a nightmare to prepare.
The closest other big memory was being kicked off the stage of our Senior show when our little rock band tried to perform Buddy Holley's "Rave On," but had the curtains closed on us--too daring. That ended my piano playing career.
firstname.lastname@example.org Van Nuys CA attorney Single College 1961-1965, Northwestern University, B.A., 1965
U.S. Navy, 1965-1967
Law School, 1967-1970, University of Michigan, J.D., 1970
Practicing Law, 1971-present
Cheryl Schneider (Brown)
email@example.com Louisburg KS retired Married 3 5 1 I went to college for a year and then went into Visual Presentation. I met David and we were married in 1965---we celebrated our 45th Anniversary last summer. We have three sons, and they kept me busy with all their activites. I was involved with improving Special Education in the Shawnee Mission School District for several years. Two of our sons are married and we have five grandchildren. Ten years ago, after David and I retired, we moved to Louisburg, Ks. where we have 27 acres on a beautiful lake. Miss Beck's Art Classes. Getting elevator passes to work on scenery for the plays and musicals. Having fun with the stage crew when painting on sets.
firstname.lastname@example.org Burke VA retired Married 2 Let's see. College. Kicked out. Back to K.C. and Junior College. Worked for Chemagro. Married (Beverly) in 1965. Back to school at Maryville. Graduate school at North Carolina State. Politically active against the war and for civil rights. Graduated in 1971. Moved to New York City and worked for USDA and then FDA. Moved to DC area in 1976. Divorced in 1980. Remarried (Carol) in 1983. Still happily together. Had a good 31 year career with FDA as a scientist and then administrator. Retired in January 2001. Still do some food safety consulting. Live in Virginia, just south of DC in a townhouse on a lake. Spend time gardening, stamp collecting, playing bridge and being a house husband. Who remembers?
Harley Judd Scott
email@example.com Mount Vernon TX Retired Teacher/Administrator Married 2 4 2 I graduated from KU with a BFA, got married, was an art director for a small design studio in KC and decided to go back to KU and get my MFA. After graduate school, I ended up in the Dallas/Ft Worth market as an art director for an ad agency (MadMen). While there I was offered a teaching position at UT Arlington. I found what I truly loved to do - teach young artists. While a Professor at UT Arlington, I became director of the Graphic Communication/Illustration program, assistant chair and acting chair of the Department of Art and Art History. My administrative activities in the art department lead me to the Dean of Liberal Arts Office as Associate Dean where I remained 16 years until I retired. In 2003 I retired from the university to my weekend home on a small lake in East Texas where I live with my second wife, Jackie. My retirement has brought me back to my love of being just an artist. I paint and produce digital art. I have two great step kids and 4 wonderful grandchildren. Retirement is wonderful! The best are the friends that I made throughout grade school at Border Star and high school at Southwest. Although I have not been back to KC since the early 90's, I have always cherished the fun memories of the many activities that we all enjoyed.It was wonderful that we had the best of all experiences possible learning and playing at Southwest during the late 50's an early 60's. They were the "best of times."
The worst memories somehow have faded from my mind. I am sure there were none.
Felis Sebert (Gladstone)
firstname.lastname@example.org Kansas City MO Married 2 1 1 I began college at the University of Oklahoma, but completed my degree in elementary education at UMKC. In 1965, I married Gene Gladstone (Southwest Class of '59). I loved teaching third grade for several years. When the first of our two sons was born I was fortunate enough to be able to be at home with him and, then, our second son when he was born. As the boys grew beyond middle school age I looked for things to do outside of the home. I began by volunteering, taught for a while, then learned something about the field of insurance. When Gene suggested I come to work in his business I decided to give that a try. I have had the opportunity to work with clients all over the country doing furnishing and some design for hotel, hospital and assisted living projects.
When I have spare time my first priority is to spend time with family, especially our wonderful granddaughter. I also enjoy time with friends, playing bridge, reading and travel. My worst memory of Southwest is trying to convince Mr. Gustafson to give me a passing grade in his chemistry class. He did.
In my memory everything else was wonderful. I think we received a strong foundation at Southwest for college and for life. I still count many important friendships in my life today that began at Southwest and before.
Felice Shaffer (McDaniel)
email@example.com retired now volunteering Divorced 3 2 1 Went to college majored in Political Science/minor in History. Involved in The Civil Rights Movement & Robert Kennedy's Campaign. Married/divorced raised 3 wonderful children. Lived in Los Angles, Ca. worked for the Superior Court in Arbitration, worked behind the scene in Television & Film, read scripts.
When in Kansas City I volunteer for NAMI National Alliance on Mental Illness of Kansas City and am on their Board of Directors as well as received an Advocate of the Year Award. Travel and see my wonderful children and grand children. Being the guest of the late Congressman Richard Bolling and his wife to the Inauguration of President John F. Kennedy. Trudy Edwards and I were so very fortunate to be a part of this historic event.
The worst stays buried.
Marilyn Shapiro (Blatt)
St. Louis MO 3 5 After high school, I went to college a while and married at age 21. That lasted 28 years. From Omaha, I moved to St. Louis in December '99 where I continue to live in my St. Louis home along with my condo in the Lake of the Ozarks.
I am a double entrepreneur having started a Paper Plus party store and another jewelry manufacturing company. I now design and sell jewelry for Zales.
For fun, I play at the lake and I love to dance. I like horses, other people, kicking up my heels and remembering all of you. I'm sorry my schedule doesn't permit me to join you in September, but I'll be thinking of this reunion and joining you at the next. Call me at 314-852-9989 and I'll tell you all about my three children, five grandchildren . . . .
Dee Dee Sharlip (Lowland)
Ddfrmkc@gmail.com Overland Park 'Kansas Program Director, Breast Cancer Survivors Foundation Married 3 6 1 "Never say never"... I said I would never leave SW, I graduated from SME. I said I would never marry someone from high school, I met Leonard at SME and we married after college, 46 years ago. I said I would never go to a "local" college, I attended the U of Wisconsin for 2 years and graduated with a degree in elementary education from UMKC.
We can never plan where life takes us. I fulfilled a goal I had made in first grade... I taught first grade in the SME district. Leonard was the general manager for a small company that imported fine crystal and china from the far east. He traveled to Japan several times a year.
In 1966 we started our family. We had 3 fabulous children, a son and twin daughters. Today they are all married and we have 6 grandchildren. Each family has 2 children, a boy and girl. One of our daughters and her family live in southern California. The other families are in KC. Spending time with all of them is my greatest joy.
Fortunately when our children were young I was able to stay at home and enjoy those early years. Once they started school I became the "volunteer mom" involved in school and the community. The skills I learned while volunteering led to my "next" career.
Never say you can't do something new. In 1978 I started an events company. Many of our clients were Royals and Chiefs players who wanted to do community fund raisers, that's when I met George Brett. In 1982 I started the George Brett Celebrity Golf Tournament for ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) and from that George and I started the Keith Worthington Chapter for ALS. Starting the chapter changed my life....
After our girls graduated SMS Leonard and I moved to Southern California (I thought I would never move from KC) and I joined the staff of the newly formed National Office for The ALS Association (ALSA). I was Vice President of Community Services and in that role I had the privilege of traveling the country starting chapters and working with volunteers, people living with ALS, community leaders and major and minor league baseball teams. During my 18 years at ALSA I started some 40 chapters, a partnership with major/minor league baseball and a national walk that continues today and raises more than $20,000,000. The experience was a once in a lifetime and I am so grateful for the opportunity. I was sure we would never leave Southern California.
Six years ago we returned to KC. I have continued in the not for profit arena and today I am Program Director for the Breast Cancer Survivors Foundation. This organization is dedicated to providing funding for mammograms and other diagnostic services for uninsured women. I am giving money away... a real change from raising it.
Leonard continues to work too, he has a new profession with the Holloway Group. He provides senior health care and retirement insurance for the 55+ age group.
We never lack for "things to do." The grandkids, new and old friends, our Labradoodle puppy, walking and stopping to enjoy "the roses" fill our days. Never could I imagine we would be celebrating our 50th high school reunion. What fun! Can't wait!!!
As our oldest granddaughter says, "It's all good!"