Patty Eisberg (Kaplan)
firstname.lastname@example.org Beachwood OH Professional Fundraiser & Event Planner Married 2 3 girls one I graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where I got an outstanding education and had so much fun (can there ever be too much fun?). I've been married to Steve Kaplan (Southwest class of 1957) for 49 years. We've moved from Kansas City to St. Louis to Milwaukee to Cleveland where we've lived for 37 years. Our children Michael (1970) and Meredith (1972) were born in St. Louis. Michael passed away at 45 after a brave battle with MS for 25 years.
I've had a great career in non-profit management (among my employers: the American Lung Association, Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America, two non-profit colleges and the Jewish National Fund) following some years as a professional volunteer for many good causes. Currently I'm working part-time for a wonderful non-profit, the May Dugan Center, that serves our near west side population with basic needs.I am a big sports fan of all Cleveland teams, but I still check the scores of K.C. Chiefs games and cheer for the Royals when they're not playing the Indians. Our three adorable granddaughters (Rachel, Mara & Kayla) live 10 minutes from us so we're very involved in their activities and enjoy having them for sleepovers at our house; being a grandparent is a very special privilege and much easier than being a parent. They love performing in community musicals (no shock there). My best memories are the shows: Redskin Revels, Brigadoon, Finian's Rainbow, the senior play Ask Any Girl, the assemblies and concerts. We created a country for the 1960 Redskin Revels called LONEISWINGO (Georgia Lonnecker-Patty Eisberg-Lynne Swingley-Gene Owen). We loved writing that script. I am very grateful to Mel Bishop for everything he taught me about music and drama as well as giving me a lifelong love of Broadway musicals; my appreciation also goes to Leonard Western who helped me become a Thespian and gave me the tools to develop stage presence in all I've done. As an English major at Wisconsin, I came to realize how fortunate I was to have had such outstanding high school English teachers who influenced my life in many ways: Miss Ewalt (she set me on a path to good writing that continues to work); two years of Mr. Sanders whom I adored and in his classes, I developed my vocabulary and enhanced my writing skills (he was a memorable and quirky individual); and Miss V. Welch (Patty, you can make a presentation in class today even if you have laryngitis). My worst memory: the day Mel Bishop told me he was leaving Southwest and going to Pem Day.
The 50th Reunion weekend was a terrific occasion for all of us to be together once again and celebrate a great class and great people! Many years had come and gone since 1961; we were very happy being together on September 23rd and 24th, 2011, enjoying each other's company, catching up, getting reacquainted and re-establishing some very special friendships from back in the day. We were so lucky to be part of this wonderful high school.
email@example.com Dallas TX Poker Married 2 4 1 After high school I went to the KC Conservatory of Music for a semester, and majored in voice. Jim Merrick and I formed a Folksinging group called the Pledges. Did a 7 year stint in the Air Force Reserve, then Graduated from Texas Tech with a degree in Food and Nutrition. Spent about 20 years in the food industry, as VP of product development, developing recipes, food products and concepts for several large Corporations. Twenty four years ago I got into Real Estate and became a Mortgage Banker. I retired from that about a year ago and have been playing poker full time ever since.
Married 47 years. Hobbies include cooking and making stained glass windows. Played Fast pitch softball in college and up till age 28. Then decided to switch to slow pitch. Joined a league where average age was about 35 years old. When I hit 63, the average age was still about 35 so I decided to quit playing in that league after my fourth trip to the emergency room, in four years. The mind was still willing but the reflexes weren't Worst: Going directly from seventh grade into high school.Not much fun being at the bottom of the food chain.
Best: All the rest.
firstname.lastname@example.org Overland Park KS Retired Married 3 8 2 Married, had three children, divorced. Struggling single mom for several years. Finally graduated from KU 20 years after I should have. Remarried for 23 years. Worked for Internal Revenue Service for over 30 years and finally retired 5 years ago as a senior manager. Between the two of us my husband and I have 8 grandchildren (3 his 5 mine) so I spend a lot of time with them. We also spend as much time as possible at our lake home on Grand Lake in Oklahoma. My life in general has not been terribly exciting but it sure has been a lot of fun thanks to my friends, family and husband. It was all good from TeePee Town to Mr. Sanders English.
Linda Elliott (Lama)
email@example.com Palos Verdes Estates CA Married 4 4 2 After a year of thinking about this profile, I think it is time to put some thoughts on paper…so here goes! I have so many memories of KC, Border Star, SWHS, TeePee Town, Winsteads, Brookside, The Dime Store, Katz Drug,the Plaza, fun on the streetcar, friendships, boy/girl parties, the sororities and fraternities…oh those were the days! Although I did not graduate from SW…I will always consider it home. After college days, I lived in an apartment on the Plaza with Jan Milligan and Caroline Yeo for a fun time. Jan, fixed me up with my first husband, Bob Henson who I was married to for 40yrs. We had two children together and two grandchildren. I spent the next 40 yrs living in Salina, Kansas.
Now comes the good part: Jan also introduced me to Internet Bridge, where I met my soul mate. I started playing bridge on line about 10 yrs ago, where I have made many dear friends. But 4 yrs ago I met Bill Lama on line playing in a tourney on Zone Bridge. It was definitely my lucky day…we won 1st place in that tourney, but little did I know what that would lead to. We played daily for months and became fast friends. We decided to meet in Dallas and go to a zone gathering with friends from all over the country, in Tyler, Texas. We met in person July 18, 2007 and our lives were changed forever. We were both married to others, Bill 46 yrs and I, 40 yrs. We made the decision to end our marriages, went back home and asked our spouses for divorces. A week later I moved to paradise, Palos Verdes Estates, CA and never looked back. I never regretted the decision. Of course I miss many good friends, my family and the good Midwest. Bill is my best friend, lover and soul mate. We were married April 10, 2010 in our courtyard at our home in a small ceremony. We play lots of bridge and go to lots of ACBL tourneys. We joined the ACBL 3 yrs ago and only need a few gold points to become life masters. We enjoy life and live each day to the fullest. We have two West Highland Terriers, Sam and Brody, who light up our lives. Life is indeed good and we are very blessed. Gary Cohen reminded me of my worst memory...the day I had my Gardener, George, teach me to drive. We were on our way to a Theta pledge meeting and went around the block and hit Linda Cohen and Nedra Glass. He said Miss Linda a car is coming and I said, how do I stop? Bad day for sure! He for got to tell me how to stop the vehicle!
When I received the 1st correspondence from the reunion committee, I almost did not open it. It said Linda Elliott Lama and I thought it was junk mail…then curiosity got the best of me. I could not imagine who could know my maiden name and new last name. I had such fun reading the profiles and catching up! I was saddened by the loss of Carol Nelson Frey and Wilson Tanner. I read Robbie Bretz’s profile and had to respond. Long story short, it has been such fun reconnecting with Robbie. We have had some delightful dinners with Robbie and Gretchen. And there is even a group of SWHS graduates that get together in the LA area occasionally. This has been a treat.
I have postponed writing all this until now for another reason. I am happy to report my ex-husband got married Saturday, so everyone has found happiness! All is well that ends well! I wish you all happiness and good health.Thanks for the memories!
Elizabeth Ennis (Ennis-Thomas)
firstname.lastname@example.org Corte Madera CA Flight Attendant Married 2 2 1 Hi class of ’61! It was great to grow up in Missouri.
Please Google “Bruce James Ennis” — class of ’58, my dear departed brother, and one of the most stellar grads of Southwest High. Then, Google his son, BradleyEnnisphotography.com. Brad’s in New York, working with Annie Leibowitz. Brad also works with an Ethiopian school for blind children, and has published a book on Bhutan. Bruce’s eldest son, Alex, is in Cambodia doing summer humanitarian work before his second year of law school in San Francisco near where Jim and I live.
I am lucky to have had fabulous parents: Jane and Bruce Ennis; a wonderful Second Presbyterian Church; granddad Frank Ennis, who was a friend of President Harry Truman, and mother-in-law, Pearl Thomas. My godfather, Dr. John Demotte, was like an extra parent who generously bequeathed to me what became the Levitt house.
Jim Thomas and I settled in California, just north of the Golden Gate Bridge, near where his sons, James and Jeff, live. Each son’s wife had a daughter, so we’re blessed with two granddaughters.
My TWA air hostess career began a week after graduation (’65) from the U. of Kansas (French & art history). KU studies in France piqued my interest in seeing more of the world, so I’ve flown New York domestic and international flights; Los Angeles polar flights to London; San Francisco flights to Asia and Viet Nam charters; and finally, San Francisco and Kansas City domestic routes. We’ve seen changes in aviation!
I wore a cap and gown again at age sixty, having graduated in medical assisting during a long furlough. Prior to that, I became a travel agent for China World Travel in Union Square as well as for Talbot of Tiburon Travel, located at pier 29 annex.
At home in the hilltop redwood forest, Jim and I enjoy our series of cats, rescued greyhounds, and floppy-eared American Staffordshire terriers. Currently we share quarters with a cat and four beloved whippets—two were blessedly born here with four siblings as we marveled at their miraculous births.
I can walk again, healed from a Chagall-like body toss through an airplane in 2010. I am flying again and back to doing yoga, walking dogs by the bay, writing poetry, quilting, meditating with Phillip Moffitt, who wrote Dancing with Life, as well as with Rick Hansen, who wrote Buddha’s Brain. I really appreciate museums and life in general.
Jim and I have been together since 1973! Virginia-born, a (Brooklyn) Pratt grad, he still enjoys his packaging design career. We’ve both benefitted from our friendship with a mom of five, Elsie Morgan—Ann’s mom.
I’m looking forward to seeing I-phone photos and to hearing about classmates!
With blessings to all who’ve passed, and to their families, and with gratitude to all who’ve worked so hard to put this reunion together,
Elizabeth Ennis-Thomas, (aka: “Betty”)
Best memory All mostly really good, looking back
Worst memory Getting stuck on fire drill in white starchy heavy unflattering baggy pants gym outfit out on the field! Also, when a certain tall Czarlinski snapped my bra fastener from the back as I went up school stairs...definitely embarrassing...
Midge Faeth (Brier)
email@example.com Rockville MD Retired Divorced 2 1 1 I attended the University of Kansas and graduated with a degree in Elementary Education in 1965. That fall I moved to Washington, D.C. hoping to land a job on Capitol Hill. It took two years to land that job on “the Hill.”
The late sixties and early seventies proved to be a remarkable time to live in the nation’s capital. I felt very lucky to have been able to be view these events “up close and personal.”
It was also at this time that I met my future husband. I was working for a Kansas congressman, and he brought a young man from the district back to head our office. I was immediately attracted to him. We were both from Kansas City and had attended the University of Kansas. I hadn’t known him before, but found him to be a breath of fresh air dating-wise. We had a lot in common and it was fun to have someone I truly liked share my “Washington” adventure. We got serious, then engaged, and eventually we married. A move to the suburbs (Rockville, MD) followed and then kids. I have remained in Rockville ever since.
A divorce occurred along the way. I eventually got my act together and decided that I needed to get a job with benefits. Thank God for government! Although I couldn’t convince them that I really could handle a job that required more than entry-level secretarial skills, I did convince them to hire me. So at age 47, I started a new career with the FDA. I retired last year.
I now have a brand-new granddaughter, Helen Faeth Brier. My two sons are doing well, and I am hoping for more little ones to keep me busy in my retirement.
Best: Miss Guyer - World History Teacher. I could listen to her all day!
Worst: Teen Age angst over anything and everything!
A BTW comment: My mother (Marjory Chase Smith) was a member of the class of 1928. This was first class to graduate from the newly built Southwest High.
firstname.lastname@example.org Fresno CA Retired Committed Relationship 3 None One The 60's: After H.S graduation moved to California, became a Chico State U. grad, got married, went to OCS (US Army/communications), became 1st Lt., stationed at STRATCOM-EUR, Heidelberg, Germany.See Gail Sheehy's book, New Passages-Mapping Your Life Across Time, for perspective regarding the past five decades.
The 70's: Began thirty-one year career with Container Corporation of America (packaging sales), enjoying many outdoor adventures including backpacking, camping, climbing, canyoneering, skiing, bicycling, rafting in free time.
The 80's: Got divorced, learned to become a single parent, and adjusted to the single life, pursued many personal development opportunities.
The 90's: A relatively peaceful decade filled with lots of outdoor activities mixed in with work.
The 00's: Retired to a less complicated lifestyle, free of time constraints, including lots of overseas travel including trip with daughter(shown in photo)to Germany where she was born in 1968 during my service with the US Army.
The 10's: Southwest H. S. 50th reunion. YIKES! - 50 YEARS! A great Senior Class at a premier H.S., quality teachers, outstanding music program, excellent teammates on the football field and the track, fun assemblies, cafeteria. Not so good: study hall and Latin.
Wellington MO Retired Married 2 4 1 Attended M.U., started a sales career with various companies-ending up as a territory mgr. for Cargill Salt for 35 yrs. Married Judy Boyce in 1963, started our family in 1965 (a son) and daughter in 1966. Enjoy family and friends and keeping up with 4 grandchildren/golf, hunting & fishing, and flying our Cessna210.
Enjoyed football w/Coach Robinson and the good times with many friends.
Barbara Finkel (Marcus)
email@example.com Overland Park KS Part time computer consultant Married 2 2 1 I started out at KCU (now UMKC) and then transferred to CMSU, graduated, and taught third grade at Norfleet School in Raytown. Before we settled into being married folks, Samyra Glass Marks, our friend Judy Katz Parelman,(SME grad) and I took an 8 week tour of Europe with help from Europe on $5.00 A Day.
My husband and I married in 1967 and eventually became the proud parents of two sons. I took a break from full time teaching for ten years and then went back to school to get my MSEd. During that time I joined the faculty at The Barstow School, where I taught for 27 years in a variety of positions. My last 7 years there was as Middle School/Upper School Technology instructor. I now have my own business: Barbara's Computer Help. I instruct, repair, upgrade, and install computers. What was supposed to be my "little part time pin money business" has expanded to be a not so little part time business. My husband helps and we are thoroughly enjoying our part-time retirement. My best experiences at Southwest were working on the musicals (backstage) for Redskin Revels, Brigadoon, and Finian's Rainbow. I also enjoyed working in the health office.
My worst experience was swimming. That is all I'll say about it!
Ruth A. Fite (Manley)
firstname.lastname@example.org Kansas City MO RN Married 2 3 1 Graduate of Baylor University School of Nursing in May 1965 in Waco, Texas. Returned to Kansas City, employed as School Nurse for Kansas City School District until 1969. Met & married Chet Manley on April 9, 1966; stay at home Mom and volunteer at school, church & Camp Fire during the next 20+ years; also officer & bookkeeper for our Construction Business, Chet Manley Contracting Inc.;re-entered Nursing, employed at Children's Mercy Home Care and Pediactrics at KU Med Center; retired Oct 2008. Best times participating in Concert Choir, Girls Choir, Lit club, and maintaining several friendships over these years. Worst times rushing to Latin class with wet hair and standing to recite in that class.