J O H N B U R R O U G H S S C H O O L
PUBLiSHEd By JOHN BURROUGHS SCHOOL fOR ALUmNi, PARENTS ANd fR
Defending a Title, Adding AnotherThe girls lacrosse team
defended its State crown, and the track team claimed a State
championship in shot put. Class of 2012:
Where are they
Faculty and staff
Jon Chen 04
Fall arts events
When the last game-ending horn of the spring season
blared, Burroughs had much to celebrate. The girls lacrosse
team had held onto its State crown and finished the season
with a perfect record (17-0) in Missouri. The track team
had claimed a State championship in shot put, two second-
place finishes in hurdles and a second-place finish in pole
vault. And a tennis doubles team had finished second in the
individual State tournament.
First to top the headlines was the girls lacrosse teams
State championship in four years. After the first five
of the final game against MICDS, the Bombers bombarded
the Rams goalie and made crucial saves in the Burroughs
goal to turn in a decisive 15-5 victory. The boys lacrosse
team, in its first season as a varsity sport, finished with
11-6 record and extended play to the State finals.
The boys and girls track teams walked away from the State
sectional meet with State qualifiers in nine events and
several new school records and personal bests. Individual
top performers included Jordan McClendon 15, a newcomer
to shot put who shattered her school record to claim the
State championship in the event. Ezekiel Elliott 13 finished
second (and broke school records) in the 110m and 300m
hurdles and finished fifth with a personal best time in the
100m dash. Andrew Bartnett 13 broke the school record and
placed second in State in pole vault. And the boys team as a
whole finished fifth in the State meet.
The tennis duo of Michael Peters 15 and Matthew Wong 13
won Districts by defeating the defending State champions
from Clayton in the finals. Clayton took advantage of a
second chance at the Bombers in the finals of the State
and Michael and Matthew walked away with a second-place
The girls soccer team captured its second consecutive
District championship and earned a second consecutive trip
to the quarterfinals of State.
The water polo team had one of its best seasons ever,
advancing to the quarterfinals in State.
The Bombers dominated in the State championship lacrosse game
against MICDS. When the final horn sounded, the score was 15-5, and
the Bombers were once again State champs. Charlotte Martin 12
(above, with ball), the Post-Dispatch All-Metro Player of the Year,
scored 66 goals and 22 assists during the season.
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class of 2012
1. Seniors duped the juniors in the annual tug-of-war match-up
on Field Day. With the sounding of the horn to start the event, the
Class of 2012 gave its all, but only briefly before relaxing
tension on the rope. Juniors, given the misconception of victory,
let down their defenses and were then pulled forcibly over the
2. Spring days lured seniors, who relocated their senior lounge,
with furniture, to the Quadrangle.
3. Brad Riew 13 (cello), Ian Fletcher 12 (bass guitar), Ginna
Doyle 13 (violin), David Gu 12 (drums) and Colman Jin 12 (piano,
not shown) performed One Republics Apologize and Coldplays Paradise
at assembly on the seniors last day of regular classes, April
4. Madison Qualy and her classmates are amused by their own
excuses for being late to school, as read by Scott Heinzel,
principal of grades 11 and 12, at the picnic for seniors on their
last day of school.
5. Josh Gollub and Brittany Washington are lined up to proceed
into Graduation Grove.
6. Devan Sadowski-Sanders and Vince Vance bring up the rear in
the procession into Graduation Grove.
7. From left, Caroline Ludeman, Michael Epsten and Tessa Baum
enter Graduation Grove.
8. The Class of 2012
class of 2012
August 2012 | 3
RITES OF PASSAGEWhere Are They Headed?
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Diploma in hand, Maddi Hicks 12 hugs a classmate after the
graduation ceremony. This years graduates will head to 61 colleges.
Four of them will take a gap year or gap semester two in Israel,
one in France and one in Korea.
The Class of 2012 selected Bob Henningsen (English and College
Counseling), on right, as its Senior Assembly speaker. Eric Hanson
(Mathematics), on left, delivered the invocation and benediction at
graduation. Hanson, who announced his plans to leave Burroughs late
in the school year, departs after 40 years at the school.
Henningsen retires after 31 years.
Sam Schnabel, the first of the two graduates selected to speak
at graduation, said, No one can truly leave this place without
leaving some part of themselves behind. Especially with the ongoing
construction, this school will not be the same place we knew when
we come back to visit. ... With every demolished building comes a
foundation, an opportunity to build something new. So while
something that we once thought was constant and unchanging now
comes to an end, we must take comfort in our memories of that place
and the things we have left behind, close our eyes, take a deep
breath and dive forward into the unknown.
Isabelle Stillman summed up her years at Bur-roughs in terms of
the books she had read as a student. In front of us are unknown
room-mates, strict professors and life choices. But with us are
Huck and his raft, Odysseus and his sword, Buck and his instincts.
We take on this frontier with the humor of the Pardoner and the
Reeve, the insights of Zooey Glass, and the strength of Hester
Prynne. T.S. Eliot has asked us if we dare to disturb the universe.
Faulkner has taught us to forget the bounds of time. Fitzgerald has
inspired us to run faster, to stretch our arms farther. And as we
continue to journey through page after page, chapter after chapter,
so we will journey through our own growth of mind and
At Senior Assembly, Sam Hefler, the 2012 senior class president,
talked about the perspective that comes when something great
reaches its conclusion.
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faculty and students
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Finley Named Assistant HeadHead of School Andy Abbott named
Macon Paine Finley 73 assistant
head of school. Macon, who holds a
bachelors degree in statistics from
Princeton and a masters degree
in business administration from
Stanford, joined the math faculty in
2000. She has taught at almost every
grade level, everything from seventh-
grade math to advanced placement
calculus and statistics. In 2008,
Macon was named principal of grades
7 and 8. The focus of her attention
will continue to be in that capacity,
with the new position primarily
involving decision making in the
Mercer HonoredThe Association of Independent
School Librarians recognized
library chair Linda Salisbury Mercer
74 as the 2012 recipient of the
Marky Award, which recognizes a
member for exceptional dedication
and service to the organization.
Linda came to JBS in 2000 from
Washington University in St. Louis
where she was associate director of
information services for the medical
school. As chair of the JBS library,
she has continued the schools
practice of leading in the adoption
of technological resource tools,
expanded training opportunities for
faculty and students, and integrated
the library more fully into the life of
Forty years worth of students horror stories about the
difficulty of Eric Hansons mathematics classes are all true.
Students knew they would have to work hard, and they
dreaded his tests. But most of them ended up liking his
class, and they genuinely liked the man. They respected his
enthusiasm for and knowledge of the subject he taught, and
they appreciated his encouragement and willingness to help
them get through his classes. In fact, two of the schools
nine Presidential Scholars honored Eric by naming him the
Distinguished Teacher who most influenced them.
Beyond the classroom, Eric served as chair of the Mathemat-
ics Department, as a coordinator of teacher evaluations
and as a leader in some of the schools early environmental
efforts. As the first Drey Land coordinator, a position he
held until just a few years ago, he envisioned how the camp
would look, maintained it for 38 years and was involved
in the development of many of its programs. Eric holds a
bachelors degree in mathematics from the University of
Michigan and a masters degree in mathematics from the
University of Virginia. Prior to coming to Burroughs, he
served in the Peace Corps for three years. Eric and his
Arsenia, are the parents of Erica Hanson 00.
As an English teacher since 1981 and college counselor since
1988, Bob Henningsens characteristically even-keeled and
selfless style has been just what students have needed. In
the classroom, he recognized students strengths and en-
couraged them to keep doing better. As a college counselor,
he penned countless well-turned recommendations, helped
students polish essays that demanded notice and buoyed
spirits during the process.
Bob is a former chair of the English Department and a for-
mer holder of the Neville-Parry Endowed Chair in English.
He was a baseball coach for 14 years, director of August
Days for 11 years and faculty advisor to The World for seven
years. He holds a bachelors degree in English from the
University of Northern Iowa, a masters degree in writing
from Washington University in St. Louis and a masters in
Anglo-Irish literature from St. Patricks College-Ireland. In
his retirement, he looks forward to more time for his two
great passions writing and long, solitary walks through
the Ozarks and Western Europe.
Since 1995, Marian Walsh has been the go-to person when
a faculty or staff member has had a computer crisis. She
quickly responded to the summons, poked around and usu-
ally found the source of the problem, changed some settings
and then politely advised the user that his computer would
work more efficiently if he cleaned up his desktop, emptied
his trash and quit clicking buttons. Marian worked first as
a humanities computer lab monitor two mornings a week.
Her job and her skill set evolved into a full-time position
involved troubleshooting computer problems and configur-
ing almost every computer and printer on campus.
HEIdI FREY cURRIER 66
Heidi Currier an alum from the Class of 1966 found
her way back to Burroughs in 2003. Heidi holds a bachelors
degree in psychology from Wellesley, a masters in education
from Claremont Graduate University and a masters in
library science from Kent State University. She taught at
the elementary level for five years and then worked as an
archivist at Suffield Academy and later as a librarian at
Columbus Academy. After the death of her first husband,
Heidi married a high school friend, Carter Smith 66, in
2002 and returned to St. Louis, where Burroughs quickly
snapped her up. Though her primary responsibility in the
JBS library has been the support of audio-visual resources,
Heidi says she has especially enjoyed working with students
in her role as an advisor.
Karen McCray started subbing at Burroughs in 2003
and joined the English faculty in 2007. Before coming to
Burroughs, she taught English at Lindbergh High School
for 30 years and in September 2011 was selected by the
Lindbergh High School Alumni Association to receive the
Distinguished Educator Award. She also was an adjunct
professor of English at St. Louis University and a writer/
editor for Zaner-Bloser, Inc., a publisher of educational
textbooks. Karen holds a bachelors degree in English
literature and American literature from Indiana University
and a masters degree in education/English from Southern
Illinois University. She and her husband, Michael Strauss,
are the parents of Nathan Strauss 06.
Missing You AlreadyBest wishes to the 2012 retirees.
From left are Karen McCray (English), Bob Henningsen (English
and College Counseling), Eric Hanson (Mathematics), Marian Walsh
(Computer Technology) and Heidi Frey Currier 66 (Library).
faculty and students
August 2012 | 5
FILMMAkER: Donald Soffers 14
Bottled Rationality earned Best Story
and Best Picture nominations in
the THIMUN (Hague International
Model United Nations) Qatar
Northwestern Film Festival. Donalds
film, one of 23 nominated in seven
categories, addresses the issue of why
Americans drink bottled water.
VIOLINIST: Ginna Doyle 13, one of
16 violinists from across the nation
invited to perform in the American
String Teachers Association National
Honors Orchestra, was selected as the
The first hires of then new Head of School Keith Shahan
marked 25 years of service this year.
Elaine Childress, biology teacher and immediate past principal
of ninth and tenth grades, is a recipient of the
Outstanding Biology Teacher and Access Excellence Teacher
Awards in Missouri. She holds a bachelors degree in
education and a masters in biology from the University of
French teacher Babeth Dyer came to Burroughs after teaching in
Clayton elementary schools. She holds a
bachelors degree in English literature from the University
of Lyon (France) and a masters degree in French literature
from Washington University in St. Louis.
Susan Greditzer teaches seventh- and eighth-grade physical
education and racquetball and coaches field hockey and
boys tennis. In her early years at Burroughs, she also
eighth-grade social studies. Susan holds a bachelors degree
from Barat College in Lake Forest, Illinois, and a masters
political science from St. Louis University.
Howard Jones teaches painting and drawing, printmaking and
photography. He currently holds the Fred Dreher-Joanna
Collins Chair in Fine Arts and is the immediate past chair
of the Fine Arts Department. He holds a bachelors degree
in studio art from Kenyon College and a masters in fine art
from Ohio University.
Tom Norton serves as assistant director of plant operations,
responsible for the care of the schools grounds, vehicles
and janitorial equipment. Tom holds an associates degree
in horticulture from Meramec Community College and a
bachelors degree in business from Fontbonne University..
As the schools business manager, Laura Placio oversees all
things financial from payroll to land purchases,
retirement benefits and health insurance to the bookstore.
Laura holds a bachelors degree in accounting and finance
and a masters degree in finance from St. Louis University.
She is a certified public accountant.
Wayne Salomon chairs the JBS Theatre Department, teaches speech
and serves as the faculty co-sponsor of Student
Court. Wayne was a Kevin Kline Award nominee for best
director for his work in professional theatre, and he was
named the 2011 Art Educator of the Year by the St. Louis
Arts and Education Council. He has directed a record
number of JBS productions, 75 and counting. Wayne holds a
bachelors degree in English and communications from the
University of Missouri-St. Louis.
English teacher Richard Sandler is co-sponsor of the Student
Court and the faculty sponsor of Amnesty International. He
is a past chair of the English Department and co-founder
and former director of the summer enrichment program,
Aim High. He holds a bachelors degree from Wayne
State University and a masters and a doctorate in folklore/
mythology from the University of Pennsylvania.
Silver Anniversary HonoreesThe completion of the 2011-12 school
year marks the 25th anniversary for the new hires of 1987.
Back from BogliascoClassics teacher Jim Lowe returned from a
month devoted to scholarly study at the Liguria Study Center in
The WorkThe intersection
Through an analysis of the
film noir Nightmare Alley and the iconic
tragedy Oedipus the King.
Dr. Jim Lowe (Classics) recently returned
from 31 days spent deep in contemplation
of ancient drama and Hollywood cinema at
the Liguria Study Center in Bogliasco, Italy.
Situated on a cliff that drops steeply to the
rocky shore of the Mediterranean, the Liguria
Study Center is one of only a few residential
institutions that is dedicated exclusively to the
pursuit of creative and scholarly endeavors
in the arts and humanities. Jim Harrison 53
and George Jerry Bitting 53 established the
Burroughs Bogliasco Fellowship at the center
as a tribute to the teachers and the school that
shaped their lives.
Lowe, a former college professor who joined
the Burroughs faculty in 1989, is the first
recipient of the Burroughs fellowship.
(Subsequent fellowships will be offered
during the 2013-14 and 2015-16 school years.)
His research interests center on the way
the ancient world has been received by later
cultures. At the center, he focused on the
intersection between Sophocles Oedipus the
King and Nightmare Alley, a 1947 film based
on a novel by William Lindsay Gresham. As
a recipient of a Bogliasco fellowship, Lowe is
expected to see his work through to completion,
Lowe recapped his experience at the Liguria
Study Center at a morning assembly. He
provided a geographical orientation,
described the local flora and fauna,
introduced his fellow fellows (among them
a Greek novelist, an Icelandic musicologist,
an Italian art historian, a composer from
Utah and an artist from Brooklyn), shared a
few of his field trips (to Venice, Portofino,
Genoa and throughout Bogliasco) and
explained his work and its rhythm at the study
Since resuming my life in St. Louis, I have
come to realize and appreciate, fully and
deeply, the opportunity I had to suspend my
daily duties walking the dog, ferrying my
daughter to school and sports events, making
meals and cleaning up after them, preparing
for four different classes and counseling 13
seniors all good things but they prevent me
from doing serious research.
I look back on my fellowship with nary a
regret: it was more stimulating and fruitful
than I could have imagined in my wildest
dreams. My project remains very much a
work in progress but without my time
in Bogliasco, it would remain nascent,
nothing more than ideas. Much more
remains to be built, but the foundation has
been laid securely in my time amidst lovely
surroundings and in congenial company.
Elizabeth Soffer 12 was named
a Morehead-Cain Scholar at the
University of North Carolina
at Chapel Hill. The oldest, and
considered by many to be the most
prestigious merit scholarship in the
U.S., the Morehead-Cain Scholarship
provides an undergraduate experience
that includes four academic years and
Strauss Peyton Photo
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Ode to SpringAs the school year culminates, students emerge from
their studios, workshops, laboratories, study carrels and practice
fields to roll out their best work and celebrate the season.
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1. Ninth-grade biology student Austin Miller practices using a
hypsometer to measure the height of a tree on campus.
2. The editors of the Review hosted an evening of performance
art on May 4. At left, Jing Qiu 12 sings the last song of the
evening, Sarah McLachlans I Will Remember You. The show had about
16 musical acts and eight readers of poetry and short fiction.
3. On April 7, more than 600 area athletes came to Burroughs for
the twelfth annual Skippy Keefer Relays. At left, Ezekiel Elliott
13 competes in the 110m hurdles. Ezekiel is an All-State performer
in football, second-team All-League in basketball and one of the
top 25 hurdlers in the nation.
4. Before school on April 19, a group of students drew a warm
welcome message on the sidewalk leading into Haertter Hall. By the
end of the day, most of the sidewalks in the Quadrangle were
covered with student chalk work. At left, looking at the camera is
Corina Minden-Birkenmaier 13.
5. Five concerts in six weeks showcased the choral, orchestra
and band programs at all grade levels. In addition, 25 members of
Burroughs ensembles competed individually or as members of small
groups in the Missouri State High School Activities Association
Solo/Ensemble Festival. Thirteen of them advanced to State where
six earned Superior I ratings and seven earned Excellent II
ratings. At left, Grace Haselhorst 15 plays in a pre-concert
6. On the last night of Bio Drey Land in mid-May, ninth-grade
biology students processed and formed conclusions about the data
they had collected.
7. The 2012 Super Mileage Vehicle Competition teams new, smaller
car for 2012 averaged 112 miles per gallon using JBS-produced
biodiesel fuel and claimed the Engineering Award at the annual
competition on April 8.
8. Back-to-back exhibits in the Bonsack Gallery showcased the
work of faculty and students. First up was the biennial faculty
show featuring Donya Allisons lithographs and photographs, Andrew
Denneys ceramic vessels, Anne Martins bronze ponies and wash
drawings, Howard Jones tool sculptures and pastels and Andrew
Newmans 87 photographs. Here, Ms. Allison tells students about some
of her work.
9. From left, Rachael Eickmeyer 14, Daniel Wexler 14, Abby
Balfour 13 and Grace Danforth 14 show off treasures culled from the
Potpourri pre-sale on April 26.
10. Grace Hildreth 14 and A.D. Marshall 13 make faces at the
camera at the Candy Land-themed prom on April 14.
11. Clara Abbott 14, representing Bahrain, and Rosalind Shinkle
14, representing Brazil, cast votes at the St. Louis Model United
Nations event on April 11.
12. From left are Tori Luecking 12 as Mrs. Bramlett, Devan
Sadowski-Sanders 12 as Olivia Grayne and Elizabeth Soffer 12 as
Nurse Libby in the opening scene of the JBS Players production of
Night Must Fall, presented on May 11 and 12.
13. The Young JBS Players presented An Evening of Story and Song
on May 18 and 19. The cast of 38 seventh and eighth graders enacted
adapted versions of four classic short stories from their English
curriculum. The entertainment began with vocal and instrumental
performances interspersed between readers theatre presentations of
The Monkeys Paw, by W.W. Jacobs, A Telephone Call, by Dorothy
Parker and The Open Window, by Saki. The evening concluded with a
full-staged adaptation of Shirley Jacksons The Lottery. Here, Old
Man Warner, played by Josh Kazdan 16, waits to draw for his fate in
14. The Practical Arts Festival on May 22 featured the work of
almost 400 students (grades 7 through 12) in industrial technology,
home economics and computer science. At right, students in the
Robotics Club prepare for a demonstration of the Lil Bomber robot.
Shown from left in the foreground are John Stegeman 15 and Andrew
15. Hubs of activity transformed the landscape on both sides of
the field house as construction began on the athletic center and
new Haertter Hall (shown at right). For real-time video links to
cameras at both construction sites, follow the Campus Construction
link on the JBS home page (www.jburroughs.org).
OTHER SpRINg HIgHLIgHTS
During the week of April 23, the entire eighth grade spent four
days volunteering in more than 20 community agencies, primarily day
care centers and senior centers.
The Burroughs community purchased 555 tickets for the
Cardinals/Brewers game at Busch Stadium and in so doing earned the
baseball Bombers the privilege of playing and defeating (4-2) MICDS
at Busch Stadium on May 6.
The Classics Department sponsored a two-day marathon reading of
Vergils Aeneid in the Bonsack Gallery on April 19 and 20 to
celebrate the 2,765th anniversary of the founding of Rome. Seventy
participants (students, faculty, alumni and parents) read aloud in
15-minute sections through all 12 books. The entirety was read in
English, but sections were also read in French, German, Italian,
Latin and Spanish.
The Science Olympiad team placed third in the April 14 State
championship tournament. It was the teams third consecutive
Seniors Nick Beulick and Morgan Trapp met Mariel VanLandingham
and Eileen Williams in the All-School Debate on April 18,
addressing the question of whether the cost of a four-year college
education is greater than the subsequent benefits. Nick and Morgan
prevailed on the side that contended that a college education is
worth the cost.
Two of the four Missouri teams to receive honorable mention
awards at the high school level in the Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision
Awards came from Burroughs. Seniors Simon Sandler and Will Bramlett
received honorable mentions for their Adjustable Solar Energy
Collection Window, and seniors Alex Spencer, Josh Gollub, Leo
Bearman and Nick Beulick received honorable mentions for Breathergy
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Spiritual MattersThis issue highlights the ministries of seven
RABBI JOSH JAcOBS-VELdE 94
Josh Jacobs-Veldes 94 decision to pursue the rabbinate was
an outgrowth of his wrestling with the deeper questions of
human existence, which he traces back to his senior year
at JBS when he was a student in the late James Alversons
philosophy class. He re-engaged with Judaism while in
college, studied for one year in Israel and then studied
for five years at Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in
Josh and his wife, Daria, now share rabbinical duties at
Tzedek, near Youngstown, Ohio. The congregation, formerly
affiliated with the Conservative movement, hired the couple
to find a balance between a deep and reverent connection to
Jewish tradition and a creative and contemporary approach.
Josh says sharing the job of rabbi with his wife has been a
good thing. We are able to share the significant burdens of
the congregational rabbinate, as well as bounce ideas off
other. We have complementary strengths, so we are able to
parcel the work in an effective way.
Josh says the best part of his job is that he gets paid to
teach and learn Torah (Jewish wisdom). Its an incredible
privilege. I think my greatest accomplishment (if you can
say such a thing after only two years on the job) is also
one of the things I find most rewarding: to feel like Im
making a difference in peoples lives, connecting them to an
expression of Judaism that is vibrant and meaningful.
Jonathan Chen 04 Claims Arch GrantSt. Louis attorney Jerry
(father of Andy 98 and David 04),
who has been involved in civic initia-
tives to revitalize St. Louis, conceived
Arch Grants as an incentive to retain
young St. Louis entrepreneurs and
attract others to the city. One of this
years Arch Grants has brought
Jonathan Chen 04 back to St. Louis.
The goal is to create a much more
robust entrepreneurial infrastructure,
create a more dynamic economy and
develop a buzz nationally about
St. Louis as a great place for entre-
preneurs, says Jerry. It is a national
competition for entrepreneurs who
are already in St. Louis or are willing
to relocate to the city. Recipients
get $50,000 and a broad package of
support services, including business
mentoring, cheap space, free legal and
accounting services, and university
collaboration to give them the best
chance of success with their start-up
Jonathan, who graduated from
Washington University in St. Louis,
was one of 420 applicants from 12
countries. Jonathan was working for
Target in Minneapolis when he got
wind of Arch Grants. He and Kenny
Kline, his best friend from Washing-
ton University, started Med Preps, a
business that provides online medical
accreditation test preparation materi-
als to medical assistants, pharmacy
technicians and many other medical
professionals. They plan to expand
the business to include college board
exams in the near future.
Jonathan and Kenny applied, made
multiple rounds of cuts, advanced as
one of 30 finalists to present their idea
and finally claimed one of this years
15 Arch Grants. They have set up
offices downtown in affordable space
amidst a burgeoning group of start-
ups and other Arch Grant recipients,
and they have hired six employees.
As chief operating officer, Jonathans
responsibilities include management
of content development, accounting
and customer service. Check them
out at www.medpreps.com.
RABBI JOHN MOScOwITz 70
John Moscowitz 70 went to rabbinical seminary not to be a
rabbi so much as to learn Jewish tradition in depth.
I wanted to be able to read the ancient texts the Torah,
the Talmud in the original. While in the seminary, I
found I not only enjoyed the learning, but also the doing:
teaching, counseling, speaking and more.
After being ordained at the Hebrew Union College in 1982,
John studied history in graduate school at the University
of California, Los Angeles. He moved to Toronto in 1987
to become the associate rabbi at Holy Blossom Temple,
Canadas most prominent synagogue. In 2000, he became
the congregations senior rabbi.
Although John devotes himself as a rabbi to the needs of
his congregation as well as the needs of the Jewish people,
he believes that part and parcel of those needs is concern
for the larger world. And hence his work in Kenya with
Free the Children, a Canadian-based organization doing
developmental work health care, water irrigation,
education and creation of jobs and income stream on
John says, As a rabbi, Ive learned that concern for my own
cannot be separated from concern for all. The remarkable
thing about working in Kenya is that I do so in the Great
Valley the very spot, as best we know, where the ancient
primates evolved into the peoples of the earth. If that
make one feel the commonality of all people, no less the
uniqueness of each person nothing else can.
Jon Chen 04
THE REV. dR. dEBORAH kRAUSE 80
My vocation was really named for me by teachers and
mentors, pastors and friends, and nurtured through a great
education that celebrated beauty in the midst of the mess
of human experience, says the Rev. Dr. Deborah Krause
80, academic dean and professor of New Testament at Eden
Theological Seminary in St. Louis.
I can remember Mr. (John) Houghton my tenth-grade
English teacher opening up T.S. Eliots The Love Song
of J. Alfred Prufrock and helping us have compassion for
Prufrocks angst-ridden cry: Do I dare to eat a peach? I can
still hear Mr. (now Rev.) Houghton yelling, Eat the peach,
eat the peach!
Later, professors at Amherst and Eden would do the same
thing with the texts of the Psalms, Israels Prophets, Pauls
letters and the Gospels. While at Amherst, Deborah culti-
vated a friendship with a chaplain, who encouraged her by
putting her to work in the church. Before she knew it, she
was applying to seminary.
Deborah, who is ordained in the Presbyterian Church USA,
now works with 12 full-time faculty and several adjunct
colleagues at Eden to provide theological education for
200 ecumenically and ethnically diverse students who are
preparing to serve in religious leadership. Like the educa-
tors who shaped her path, Deborahs responsibilities extend
beyond teaching and administrative tasks. My work is really
a series of relationships in which I get to share the
of the faith as I know them and explore with others how it
that God is at work here.
August 2012 | 9
JOIN US ON CAMPUS
Fall Arts EventsBONSAck gALLERY ExHIBIT
Featuring paintings by Tracy Turner
August 31 through September 25*
kUEHNER gALLERY ExHIBIT
Featuring photographs by
Quinta Dunn Scott 59
August 27 through October 15
Alumni are invited to a reception from
5:30 to 7:30 pm, October 12.
BONSAck gALLERY ExHIBIT
Featuring photographs from private
St. Louis collections, curated by Jeff
Rosenheim 79 of the Metropolitan
Museum of Art
September 28 through October 23
Reception will coincide with the Alumni
Cocktail Party from 5:30 to 7:30 pm on
The JBS Players will present
Playing for Time by Arthur Miller
(subject to availability of rights).
8 pm, October 19 and 20, Haertter
BONSAck gALLERY ExHIBIT
Featuring ceramic vessels and
photographs by Susan Zimmerman
October 26 through November 27*
cHORAL ANd ORcHESTRA cONcERT
7:30 pm, November 7, Haertter Hall
gRAdES 7-12 BANd cONcERT
7:30 pm, November 14, Haertter Hall
BONSAck gALLERY ExHIBIT
Featuring ceramic sculpture by
Carol Fleming Marks 79
November 30 through January 15*
5:30 pm and 7:30 pm, December 19,
* All are invited to an opening reception
from 5:30 to 7:30 pm on the first night of
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THE REV. cN. JOHN HARTNETT 69
As a young person, I shared the general cultural view
that clergy fell into two categories: one group made up
of the good-hearted but not especially bright, and the
other consisting of hypocritical or worse moralizers
exploiting the vulnerable and credulous, says the Rev. Cn.
John Hartnett 69. As I came to know actual clergy,
I realized that my experience and those images had little
John graduated from St. Georges School in Newport, Rhode
Island, and went on to Harvard and a career in publishing
before feeling a strong tug in the direction of the church.
enrolled in Union Theological Seminary in New York City to
begin the formal journey toward ordination in the Episcopal
After earning a master of divinity degree, John worked in
two Manhattan parishes before accepting a call as the rector
of St. Elizabeths Church in Ridgewood, New Jersey, where
he has served for almost 20 years. Of his work, John says,
In the Episcopal tradition, some of the prominent elements
of the Christian life are respecting the dignity of all
striving for justice and peace, and being honest about our
own failings and contribution to much of the evil we see.
Clergy need to preach but not pontificate, to tell the truth
while being mindful of its impact and to be available while
observing appropriate boundaries. None of us can do this
job with only our own resources, which, no matter how
great our abilities, will at some point prove inadequate to
work before us. But when we find a way to bring and present
what we have been given in trust, then perhaps we have a
chance of hearing, in some form, at the end of the long day,
servant, well done.
Please Keep Us InformedPlease mail or e-mail your news and
address changes to Alumni Office,
John Burroughs School, 755 South
Price Road, St. Louis, MO 63124 or
[email protected] Or to
reach us by phone, call 314/993-4040,
John Burroughs School publishes the
Reporter for distribution to alumni,
current and past parents and grand-
parents, faculty, staff and friends
of the school.
Editor: Lynn Hoppe Phelps
Photographer: Andrew Newman 87
Director of Communications
and Community Relations:
Ellen Leschen Bremner 67
NAOMI cARSON SMITH 97
Naomi Carson Smith 97 went to the University of Kansas
with a heart for dance and graduated with a new focus.
Dance was the center of my life, she says. Everything
revolved around it my diet, relationships, finances,
sleep schedule and so much more, says Naomi. During
her senior year at KU, Naomi became a Christian and
recognized a greater purpose for her life. She attended
a school for campus ministry and studied at Fuller
Theological Seminary in California.
Naomi returned to KU, and in 2005 she and a team from
around the world started Midwest Student Ministries, which
recently linked with a sports ministry, Called to Greatness.
As a member of the Called to Greatness staff, Naomi serves
as campus minister, womens ministry coordinator and
In addition to her penchant for leading missions trips and
serving the poor, Naomi has worked as a coordinator and
speaker for StraightUpBeautiful conferences. She also
continues to teach dance at the Lawrence Arts Center as she
pursues her desire to celebrate both the arts and her faith.
ROB pOEppELMEIER 09
After graduating from Burroughs and before enrolling at
Brigham Young University, where he is now studying neu-
roscience, Rob Poeppelmeier 09, served as a missionary in
the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints.
Rob explains that young Mormons are encouraged to serve
in a full-time mission men usually for two years after
high school, women usually for 18 months during a leave
from college. Leaders in the church determine where each
missionary will go.
Rob was sent to Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he did ev-
erything from digging, painting and sawing to performing
baptisms and inviting people to hear the Morman message
of Jesus Christ.
This has been the most meaningful experience in my life,
says Rob. Highlights included meeting the people of Argen-
tina and being a part of their culture; walking in the rain,
humid heat and seeping cold (always in a white shirt and
tie); praying to find a family to teach and then finding
later that day.
SISTER MARI gAREScH, FMM 54
After earning a psychology degree from Manhattanville
College of the Sacred Heart, Mari Garesch 54 wanted to
help people in other parts of the world. She decided she
could best serve in the religious institute of the
Missionaries of Mary, which is worldwide.
Since taking her First Vows in 1961, Sister Mari has served
in five countries and six U.S. cities. Though teaching had
not been in her plans, teaching is what she was asked to
do in her early career. She taught sixth graders who were,
in large part, children of Portuguese immigrants, in
Massachusetts. She then moved to Australia, where, for 10
years, she taught first seventh grade and later French with
a bit of hockey coaching added. More recently, she taught
French to seminary students in Liberia.
After earning a masters degree in theology at St. Louis
University, Sister Mari completed a year of clinical
education, training to be a hospital chaplain. Chaplain
assignments in the U.S. and abroad led to a position at St.
Francis Hospital in Long Island, New York, where she has
served as member of the health care team for more than 20
years. Mainly I am there to support the patients and their
families to pray with them and be with them when they
are going through a really tough time, she says.
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10 | Burroughs reporter
Alumni News and NotesThe notes, marriages, births and
condolences on these pages were received by July 1, 2012. If you
dont see your submission, please check the next issue of the
The late Martha Gellhorn 26 disliked being a footnote in the
life of Ernest Hemingway. Yet it was her relation-
ship with her husband (they divorced after four years
of marriage) that was the focus of the HBO movie,
Hemingway and Gellhorn, which aired on May 28. An
accomplished novelist, travel writer and journalist in
her own right, Gellhorn is considered by many to be the
greatest war correspondent of the 20th century. Dur-
ing her 60-year career, she reported on all major world
conflicts including the Spanish Civil War, World War II,
the Vietnam War, the Six-Day War in the Middle East
and wars in Central America.
Katie Bowers Girl Scout project, building a library for
Bethesda Dilworth Nursing Home, was a tribute to
her grandmother, Madeline Haertter Jente 45, who is
a Bethesda Dilworth resident and retired JBS reading
teacher. Katie (on left) and Madeline (seated) were fea-
tured in a recent Bethesda Dilworth publication.
Jeanne Rassieur Casey 47 writes, My thanks to Jim, Sue, Charlie,
Julian and Janet for years of keeping us
informed and meeting every few years. I am going to
try to make this reunion.
Fleur Barngrove Hampton 47 writes, Bud and I have been married
61 years. We were 21 and 22 years old
(just babies)! We have 10 grandchildren, one married
and three engaged all in their mid- to late-twenties.
1950sClayton resident Susan Levy Uchitelle 52, co-founder of the
Saint Louis Art Fair, was honored at the citys Tenth
Annual Visionary Awards event. Susan is an educa-
tional consultant with Confluence Academy Charter
Schools in St. Louis, which she started. She also helped
establish the Grand Center Arts Academy.
SEEN AT gRAdUATION: Milling about in the area behind graduation
seating were a number of recent grads and current students. From
1. Whitney Weisman 11 and Brent Westbrook 11.
2. Zo Smith 13, Kate Koby 13 and Katie Sky 13.
3. Ben Westfall 10. John Stillman 10, Matt Williams 10 and Alex
4. Robert Wright 11, Timothy Ross 11, Fade Oluokun 11, Nick
Rassieur 11 and Karlos Bledsoe 11.
5. Nathan Gusdorf 08, Jerry Taylor (Science) and Bob Henningsen
(English and College Counseling).
6. Philip Dearing 11, Alex Prakken 11, Fade Oluokun 11, Henry
Fremont 11 and Will Bliss 11.
7. Julia Meyer 10, Thom Finley 10 and Sam Margo 10.
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August 2012 | 11
Pamela Morris Clark 58 is director of senior services at Family
and Childrens Association, a large nonprofit
in Nassau County, New York, that provides a variety of
services to seniors living at home. Her husband, Doug,
is retired. The couple have three sons, one daughter and
three granddaughters (ages 16, 11 and 7). Her eldest
granddaughter, a junior at New York City School of
Performing Arts, recently appeared on The Good Wife
Men of the Class of 59 continued a 15-year tradition
gathering at the Lake of the Ozarks for a weekend of
music, golf, food and camaraderie. Guests of the class
included Chuck Mill 60, John Mabry 60, Charles Gail (friend) and
Barry Oxenhandler (parent of alumna). At
the weekends Saturday evening meal, the group toasted
the late Tom Gladders (parent of alumna), who was a
regular attendee. From the head of the table clockwise
are Chuck Mill, Brig Buettner 59, Henry Dubinsky 59, Charles
Gail, Barry Oxenhandler, Joe Ruwitch 59, Lew Portnoy 59 and John
1960sJune of 2011 marked my formal retirement after a
nearly 45-year career in secondary education, writes
Ellen Walz Svenson 63. Ellen taught English and math-ematics in
Atlanta and St. Louis, beginning in 1967.
She was the assistant director of admissions at
Whitfield School in St. Louis for 22 years. Ellen now
volunteers in a math-enrichment program at Mason
Ridge School. In retirement, she has enjoyed traveling,
playing tennis and bridge, and spending time with her
mother, children and grandchildren. She writes, I am
looking forward to seeing many classmates at our 50th
reunion in 2013.
Doug Johnson 67 writes, At the end of last year, I retired from
my position as an academic publisher to
return to full-time research and writing. Ive now spent
more time in Kenya and the newly independent nation
of South Sudan. This fall, I will be back in the U.S., at-
tached to my old college, Haverford, working on a new
Mary Davidson McWilliams 67 retired four years ago as president
of Regence Blue Shield to lead a new non-
profit. She reports on the variation in the quality and
cost of health care in Puget Sound. Mary also serves on
the boards of the Seattle branch of the Federal Reserve
Bank of San Francisco and Puget Sound Energy.
Christy Bertelson 68 is the senior policy advisor/chief speech
writer for Missouri Governor Jay Nixon.
Jonathan Edwards 68 writes, Our company is still concentrating
on energy-efficient building materials
but has expanded into custom engraving/fabrication
services for brick and stone (www.buildingproducts-
1970sMary Cissel Suttell 70 was recently featured in East Bay
Life for her 24 years of service as a volunteer emergency
medical technician (EMT) with the Little Compton
(Rhode Island) Volunteer Fire Department. Because
of her teaching schedule at Providence Country Day
School, Mary volunteered at night, on weekends and on
holidays. The article quoted her as saying, Its a small
town. You know these people. You realize you can help
them. Its so important. I just really enjoyed it. Mary
recently retired from her EMT responsibilities, and the
city of Little Compton promptly appointed her to fill a
vacant seat on the towns planning board.
Charlie Neff 73 writes, Ive lived in Colorado outside Boulder
for 10 years now with two great children,
Michael (age 17) and Alanna (age 15). Ive been back to
St. Louis only once since leaving in 1973, but I continue
to hear great things about JBS through friends and
acquaintances. I spend my time enjoying the beautiful
weather and mountains here, playing music, continuing
my interest in Eastern religious studies, hitting the gym
and generally enjoying life. Ive been primarily involved
in finance and international high-tech leasing for
several large firms, first in the Chicago area and then in
Colorado and Philadelphia.
1980sOtto Monnig 80 earned a masters degree in software
engineering from DePaul University in Chicago. He
manages the information technology operations for
privately held companies.
Lori Rotskoff Cantor 87 is co-editor of the book, When We Were
Free to Be ... Looking
Back at a Childrens Classic and the Differ-
ence It Made, to be published in November
2012 by the University of North Carolina
Bill Obrock 88 writes, Im enjoying small town life in East
Hampton, New York, with my wife, Lesley, and
11-year-old son, Jack. Having a great time working for
singer/songwriter Jimmy Buffett at his residence in Sag
Harbor, New York.
Three alum dads from left, Sandy Schenck 90, Davey Desloge 94
and Kyle Chapman 97 coach the River Dogs Little League baseball
team. Members of the
team include Julian and Brady Schenck, Tucker Desloge,
Will Chapman and Charlie Dunaway (son of Tyler 91 and Amy
Greenwood Dunaway 92).
Emily Stein MacDonald 91 is a fifth-generation funeral director
with Berger Memorial Chapel in St. Louis
Central West End.
Laurie Schwesig Smilack 93 teaches kindergarten at Lovett School
in Atlanta. Her twins (a boy and a girl)
recently turned 4.
John Carleton 94, the financial management officer of the U.S.
Embassy in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, was
in St. Louis in early June as part of the State Depart-
ments Hometown Diplomat Program. He spoke to area
students about his role representing the United States
under circumstances that are often difficult. Johns next
assignment is in Fiji.
Bryan Jones 94 earned his second masters degree, an MBA from the
University of Missouri - St. Louis.
Amy Jost Starmer 95 writes, Happy birthday to Kather-ine (Katie)
Margaret Starmer born at 12:34 on 5/6. Were
so proud of our budding little mathematician. Are you
Lindsey Rogers Hogan 96 and her husband and their two children
(ages 4 and 2) are moving back to St. Louis
after 16 years on the East Coast. Lindsey is taking a
position at Cepia, LLC, developing its entertainment
division and running its digital platforms. She reports
that she cant wait to reconnect with old friends and see
how great the campus looks.
Tate Greditzer 97 recently became engaged to Ivy Bello.
Emily Horner 97 lives in Dallas and is engaged to Ever-ett
Ledet. The couple plan a September wedding.
Megan Crane 99 lives in San Francisco where she is an attorney
with Habeas Corpus Resource Center.
2000sLilly Connett 02 writes, I am very excited about our
reunion. I will pass the time until then with more
graduate school, and this summer I will be working for
an American nongovernmental organization in
Mozambique where I will be identifying ways to im-
prove access to basic health care supplies and energy in
Paul Salomon 02 recently received a masters degree in pure
mathematics from Hunter College. A math teacher
at St. Anns School in Brooklyn, New York, Paul also co-
writes Math Munch, a math blog for middle schoolers.
Ben Weiss 02 book, Malice in Wonderland: What Every Law
Should Have for the Trip, reveals the truth
about the first year of law school. The
book was published under the pen name
Thaddeus Hatter by Fine Print Press.
Rachel Lawton 04 moved to Chicago in September 2011 and is
working on her doctorate in child and adoles-
cent clinical psychology at Northwestern Universitys
Feinberg School of Medicine. Rachel says she is most
interested in the psychosocial implications of pediatric
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12 | Burroughs reporter
gOLF TOURNAMENT: The Alumni Board sponsored the 21st annual golf
tournament for alumni, parents and friends at the Norman K.
Probstein Golf Course on May 9. From left are: 1. Bob Flynn 61,
Allison Flynn Engelsmann 95, Davey Desloge 94 and Tim Liebe 94; 2.
Kathy Rainey Bussmann 75 and Nancy Luehrman Sauerhoff 77 (parent of
alumni); 3. Terry Schnuck 71 (parent of alumnus), Jim Hullverson 71
and Jud Calkins 59 (parent of alumnus); 4. Ben Rassieur 04, Lee
Chusak 04 and Phil Harris 04; 5. Jay Williamson 85, Scott Bush 82,
Bill Hizar 82 and Jim Koman 82; and 6. Scott McNett 79, Peter
Anderson (parent of alumni), Steve Johnston (parent of current
students) and David Kemper (parent of alumni).
In his ninth turn at bat in the Major League, Dodg-
ers rookie Scott Van Slyke 05 (on left), the 2011 Minor League
Player of the Year, hit a three-run homer to give
the Dodgers a 6-5 lead and sweep the world champion
St. Louis Cardinals. Above, David Busse 74 (right) of KABC-TV
Los Angeles, covering pregame activities at
Dodger Stadium, poses with Scott.
During his first year of law school at Valparaiso Uni-
versity, Danny Matlock 06 was a teaching assistant to his legal
writing professor, treasurer for the Sports and
Entertainment Law Association and litigating alternate
for the Moot Court team and was accepted into the
universitys MBA program. This summer, Danny is in
Chile and Argentina, studying the judicial systems of
Latin-American countries and brushing up on his Span-
ish, which he minored in at Rhodes College.
Allison Brinkhorst 07 is living in Cobn, Guatemala, where she
volunteers with Community Cloud Forest
Conservation (CCFC). She writes, Ill be helping run
its high school scholarship program for young women
from rural villages of Guatemala. This November,
CCFC will pay 153 young women to attend its 25-day
leadership institute on sustainable agriculture, cloud
forest conservation, nutrition, health, family planning
Miles Seidel 07 has been awarded a two-year Post-Baccalaureate
Intramural Research Training Award by
the National Institutes of Health in Washington, D.C.
He will do his own research with both computer and
clinical aspects at the National Institute of Biomedical
Imaging and Bioengineering.
Nathan Gusdorf 08 received a James B. Reynolds Schol-arship for
Foreign Study from Dartmouth. Awards are
for an academic year of post-graduate study or comple-
tion of a project.
Alison Maskus 09 writes, In the last year I switched majors from
computer science to electrical engineering.
I also mentored a team from Jenks High School in the
Oklahoma Regional F.I.R.S.T. Robotics Competition
through the University of Tulsa.
Ryan Torno 11 writes, About to begin my second year at the
United States Air Force Academy. Just completed
flying gliders for two weeks.
WED LOVE tO HEaR YOuR NEWs!
Please keep us posted on job changes, degrees, honors,
marriages, births, deaths
any news you may have. We rely on your updates to compile the
notes on these pages
and maintain our database, which we often access to identify
alumni for Reporter
features. Please contact Nancy Cusanelli at 314/993-4040, ext.
264, or [email protected]
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August 2012 | 13
Marriages, Births and AdoptionsCongratulations to:
Jeffrey and Kimberly Dent Markuns 87 on the adoption of siblings
(Vitalij, Agata and Renata Markuns) from
Drew 88 and Gina Shanfeld on the birth of a son, Andrew Evan
Shanfeld, on April 28, 2012.
Bill and Molly Ott Ambler 92 on the birth of a daughter, Sarah
Franklin Ambler, on February 8, 2012.
David Flanders and Kathy Morrison 97 on their April 21, 2012,
Michael Koman and Ellie Kemper 98 on their July 7, 2012,
Billy and Michelle Leontsinis Reisner 98 on the birth of a son,
William Weils Howell Reisner Jr, on September
Ryan Nusbickel and Margaret Scavotto 98 on their April 14, 2012,
Andrew 98 and Pam Schlichter on the birth of a son, Benjamin
Miles Schlichter, on June 3, 2012.
Andrew Volpe 98 and Phoebe Scott on the birth of a daughter,
Andrew Winifred Volpe, on May 14, 2012.
Ben and Eleanor Pessin Correa 00, on the birth of a son,
Franklin James Correa, on October 23, 2011.
Ted 01 and Nicole Albrecht, on the birth of a daughter, Haley
Grace Albrecht, on June 28, 2012.
Allen and Jenny Lowe Cook 02, on the birth of a son, Max-Pascal
James Cook, on March 25, 2012.
Rob 92 and Elizabeth Rogers on the birth of a son, Crawford
Wolff Rogers, on April 25, 2012.
Bobby 94 and Mary Corley Dunn 94 on the birth of a daughter,
Agnes Aggie Sayer Dunn, on June 23, 2012.
Etienne Lacrampe and Kristin Hubert 94 on the birth of a son,
Lucien Etienne Thomas Lacrampe, on January
David and Amy Jost Starmer 95 on the birth of a daughter,
Katherine Katie Margaret Starmer, on May
Douglas Burns and Julie Goran 96 on the birth of a son, Justin
Goran Burns, on May 3, 2012.
Patrick 97 and Shelley Carleton, on the birth of a son, Andrew
Max Carleton, on April 17, 2012.
Austin Smith and Naomi Carson 97 on their May 28, 2012,
Blair and Margaret Pundman Fortner 97 on the birth of a son,
John Walker Hunt Fortner, on April 3, 2012.
Kathy Morrison 97 and David Flanders
CondolencesThe school offers condolences to:
Bill Schneider 44 on the death of his wife, Rosemary Schneider,
on May 27, 2012.
Carolyn Crossen McMillan 49 on the death of her husband, John
McMillan, on April 26, 2012.
Warren Gladders 67 and Julia Gladders Henderson 87 on the death
of their brother and father, Thomas
Gladders, on April 13, 2012.
Bill Reed 68 on the death of his father, William Oliver Reed, on
June 1, 2012.
Ellen Pershall Harris 69, Richard Pershall 73, Nick Harris 99
and Samantha Harris 01 on the death of their father and
grandfather, Samuel Pershall Jr., on
April 14, 2012.
Fax Pollnow 69 and Peter Pollnow 76 on the death of their
father, Frank J. Pollnow Jr., on April 12, 2012.
Jim Hullverson 71 on the death of his father, James Everett
Hullverson Sr., on May 26, 2012.
Julianne Versnel 71 on the death of her mother, Julia Versnel,
on March 6, 2012.
Tim Luehrman 75, Nancy Luehrman Sauerhoff 77, Julie Luehrman 82,
Kate Sauerhoff 02 and Peter Sauerhoff 06 on the death of their
father and grandfather, Ernest W. Luehrman, on June 14, 2012.
Keith LaPlant 80 and Steve LaPlant 82 on the death of their
father, Kenneth J. LaPlant, on May 29, 2012.
Tom Sullivan 80 on the death of his mother, Helen Sullivan, on
April 9, 2012.
Kory Kopitsky Bluestein 82 and Neil Kopitsky 84 on the death of
their father, Harvey Kopitsky, on May 18,
John McRoberts 85, Andrew Metcalf 06, Nancy Aitken Vanier 52 and
Jane S. Aitken 58 on the death of their mother, grandmother and
sister, Annette Aitken
McRoberts, on May 18, 2012.
Harry Orchard 87, Ethan Orchard 17 and Ed Orchard 44, on the
death of their father, grandfather and
brother, Robert Orchard, on April 14, 2012.
ObituariesThe Reporter includes death notices for alumni and
former faculty/staff as soon as possible after notification has
been received. Though we make every effort to ensure the accuracy
of obituaries, we sometimes must rely on outdated school
records. Survivors and friends of the deceased can help by
sending information to Nancy Cusanelli, John Burroughs School,
755 South Price Road, St. Louis, MO 63124 or to
1930sDorothy Fairbank Newton 36 died on April 20, 2012.
Mrs. Newton graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Vassar
College. She met her husband, Robert E. Newton, in St.
Louis, and they married in 1941. The family moved to
Monterey Peninsula in 1952.
Mrs. Newton was president of the board of the United
Way, president of the Auxiliary of Community Hospital
of the Monterey Peninsula, president of Carmel Public
Library Foundation and active in Girl Scouts, the
Monterey Institute for Research in Astronomy and the
League of Women Voters. She served as the Monterey
County representative for Vassar College.
The school offers condolences to Mrs. Newtons family
including her son and daughter. She was preceded in
death by her husband and a sister.
Charles H. Bland 38 died on May 5, 2012.
Mr. Bland attended Colgate University for two years
before transferring to Washington University in St.
Louis. After Pearl Harbor, he left school to join the
United States Army during World War II. As an Army
Reservist, Mr. Bland was called up to serve in Korea,
where he was awarded a Bronze Star.
Mr. Bland worked in the insurance agency his father
founded, Bland and Company Insurance.
As an active member of Emmanuel Episcopal Church
in Webster Groves, he enjoyed many years of service
as dish dryer, lawn nurturer, usher and food-pantry
volunteer as much as his time serving as senior warden.
He was also a dedicated Eagle Scout, helping to found
the Eagle Scout Association, and he volunteered for
Habitat for Humanity.
The school offers condolences to Mr. Blands family
including his two daughters, four grandchildren and
two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by
his wife of 55 years, Elizabeth Bland.
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1940sJefferies M. Arrick 45 died on April 26, 2012.
Mr. Arrick earned a bachelors degree in geology from
Princeton University and served in the Coast Guard
during World War II.
Mr. Arrick was an active member of Ladue Chapel. He
also served as a member of the JBS Alumni Association
Board and as an Annual Giving volunteer. He was an
avid tennis player.
The school offers condolences to Mr. Arricks family
including his two daughters; son, Jeff Arrick 78; and six
grandchildren. The school thanks the family for suggest-
ing that memorial donations be made to John Burroughs
Mary Susan Weinrich Kauffmann 47 died on January 17, 2012.
Mrs. Kauffmann was the daughter of former chair of
the JBS Music Department, the late Ralph Weinrich.
She attended Washington University in St. Louis.
The school offers condolences to Mrs. Kauffmanns
family including two daughters; five sons; 17
grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two brothers,
F. Joseph Weinrich 54 and Ralph Weinrich 53; and a sister,
Jeannette Weinrich 70. She was preceded in death by her husband,
Louis F. Kauffmann Jr., and
brother, Jack W. Weinrich 49.
Jean Baker Bewick 48 died on October 18, 2011.
Mrs. Bewick was the daughter of former JBS Latin
teacher, the late Charles M. Baker. She earned a
bachelors degree in English and history from West
Virginia University and then married Robert Dixon
Bewick Jr. in 1952.
Mrs. Bewick was active in many community and
gardening organizations in Dover, Delaware. She was
an active member of Christ Episcopal Church, the
Junior Board of Kent General Hospital, Dover Century
Club, Sprig and Twig Garden Club, Potpourri Garden
Club, Delaware Federation of Garden Clubs, Delmarva
Orchid Society and Pennsylvania Horticulture Society.
She was a Kent County Master Gardener, associated
with Delaware State University and the University of
Delaware. She also taught private kindergarten and
volunteered with the Dover and state libraries.
The school offers condolences to Mrs. Bewicks family
including her husband of 61 years; daughter; son; and
brother, Jack Baker 45. Another brother, Richard Baker 41,
preceded her in death.
James William Forsen 48 died on April 24, 2012.
Mr. Forsen graduated from Westminster College, where
he was a member of Kappa Alpha Fraternity. He was
a medic in Korea from 1953 to 1955. Mr. Forsen was
employed by Ralston Purina Co. and later Purina Mills
for more than 30 years. He worked in Wilmington,
Delaware, and Bloomington, Illinois, before serving
as plant manager in Richmond, Virginia. In 1971
he returned to St. Louis to work in the commodities
department and retired in 1989 as director of
Mr. Forsen loved studying archeology, Native American
culture, military history and gardening. An avid
outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting, fishing and wildlife.
He also enjoyed woodworking, Indian beadwork,
reading, traveling and animals. He was a member of the
Masonic Order and attained the Level of 32nd Mason.
The school offers condolences to Mr. Forsens family
including his wife of 51 years, Mary Forsen; two sons;
daughter; and seven grandchildren, one of whom is
Libby Forsen 17.
Richard G. Jackman 48 died on May 18, 2012.
Mr. Jackman graduated from the University of Penn-
sylvania, where he studied economics at the Wharton
School of Business. He was drafted in the Army during
the Korean War and served as a bookkeeper in Augusta,
Georgia. Mr. Jackman returned to St. Louis and the
family business, Jackmans Fabrics, in 1955. At one
time, Mr. Jackman operated five fabric stores through-
out the metropolitan St. Louis area. Stores in Creve
Coeur, Missouri, and Fairview Heights, Illinois, remain
in operation today.
Mr. Jackman was a founding member in 1964 of Forest
Hills Country Club in Clarkson Valley.
A conservationist, he created a conservation easement to
protect his 30-acre home in Wildwood from being taken
over by developers after his death.
The school offers condolences to Mr. Jackmans family
including his wife of 56 years, Betty Jo Jackman; two
daughters; son; sister; and two granddaughters.
Janet Long Salisbury 48 died on July 2, 2012.
A graduate of Bradford Junior College, Mrs. Salisbury
earned her bachelors degree in fine arts from Washing-
ton University in St. Louis. She was a member of Kappa
Alpha Theta Sorority and the Junior League of St. Louis.
Mrs. Salisbury worked as a freelance fashion illustrator
for 17 years and later as the coat and suit buyer for Gar-
lands Specialty Stores for eight years. Active in the com-
munity through the Junior League and other interests,
Mrs. Salisbury was on the original committee of the
St. Louis Post-Dispatch Rotograbure Fund Raiser for the
St. Louis Symphony Society. She served for seven years
on that committee and one as a chair. Mrs. Salisbury
was an avid volunteer for the newly formed Archives
Department in connection with the Stamper Library at
The school offers condolences to Mrs. Salisburys family
including her daughter, Linda Salisbury Mercer 74; two
grandchildren, one of whom is Hayley Mercer 11; and brother, Wil
Long 52. The school thanks the family for suggesting that memorial
donations be made to the Howard
A. Stamper Library Expansion Fund at Burroughs.
1970sChristopher A. Brown 72 died on February 10, 2012.
Mr. Brown earned degrees in biology and economics
from Ripon College in Wisconsin, and then worked with
the National Park Service in Pennsylvania, Georgia,
Utah and Alaska.
In 1987, he moved to Fort Myers, Florida, and began his
career as a special agent with the United States Depart-
ment of Homeland Security.
The school offers condolences to Mr. Browns family
including his wife, Vicki Brown; two daughters; mother,
Barbara Brown; granddaughter; brother, Phil Brown 70; and
sister, Emily Brown Tyler 75.
Paul Berwald Keller 72 died on April 13, 2012.
Mr. Keller earned a bachelors degree in civil
engineering from Duke University and an MBA from
the University of Michigan.
He joined Isle of Capri Casinos Inc. as chief
development officer in 2008. Previously he directed
teams of designers on major projects for a quarter of a
century. Before joining Isle of Capri, he was executive
vice president of design and construction for Argosy
Gaming Company. He was credited with transforming
the Argosy Casino in Kansas City from a first-generation
riverboat to one of the major destinations in the market.
His design was recognized by the American Gaming
Association as the Best Architectural Re-Design for
a Casino Resort. Mr. Keller also had a leadership role
at Walt Disney Imagineering and was active in the
development of EPCOT Center and Tokyo Disneyland.
The school offers condolences to Mr. Kellers family
including his wife, Mary Gaertner; daughter; mother,
Helene B. Keller; and sisters, Cyndy Keller Maasen 70 and Amy J.
Former FacultyJohn Faust Jr. died on April 22, 2012.
Mr. Faust taught theatre, history and fine arts at DeSmet
from 1970 to 1979 and taught English and was chair
of the Theatre Department at Burroughs from 1979 to
The school offers condolences to his family including
his wife, Debby Faust; two sons; and two grandchildren.
Former staffMarilyn Wandling VonSchulze died on May 8, 2012.
Mrs. VonSchulze worked at Burroughs from 1979 to
1982 as assistant to then Headmaster Ed Cissel. She
held an education degree from Webster College and
a masters degree in art education from Washington
University in St. Louis. After leaving Burroughs, Mrs.
VonSchulze taught art for the St. Louis Public Schools
Foundation. As an artist, Mrs. VonSchulze created oil
and pastel portraits on commission and participated in
numerous art shows.
After retirement, Mrs. VonSchulze was active in the
Daughters of the American Revolution, United Daugh-
ters of the Confederacy and P.E.O. Sisterhood. She was
an alum of Chi Omega Sorority.
The school offers condolences to Mrs. VonSchulzes
family including her daughter, Pam Seymour Bliss 82; two sons;
and seven grandchildren, two of whom are
Will Bliss 11 and Maggie Bliss 12. The school thanks the family
for suggesting that memorial donations be made to
John Burroughs School.
memorial and triBute gifts
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Memorial and Tribute GiftsSincere thanks to the members of the
Burroughs community who have honored friends and loved ones through
memorial and tribute gifts made to John Burroughs School. The
following gifts were received from April 11 through June 30,
IN MEMORY OF
Jefferies M. Arrick 45Lisa BakerLinda BearmanRay Bolin Jr. 48
Patience ChrislerMaurice B. Cohill Jr.Mary and Alec Cornwell Jr. 45
Taylor and Marian DeslogeJoseph DubuqueDale and Karolyn FritzJack
FultonMr. and Mrs. Edmond A. B. Garesche IIIJohn G. Goessling 46
Briggs HoffmannCordelia Wilson Holmes 51 Clark and Twila
HungerfordJohn K. and Sally Shepley LillyBarbara Costen MooreLarry
and Heidi NicholsThe Republic GroupMr. and Mrs. Glenn R. SilerGene
and Harriet SpilkerRon and Kathy StephensLiz Williams IN MEMORY
Anita Beal To the Jason K. Lohr Memorial ScholarshipKaren and
Chris GanschawBob and Jane GoldsmithStacey GravesRonald K.
LohrCrystal and Nelson Spencer 62 George and Mary VournasBud and
IN HONOR OF
Class of 1971 Jeff Dreyer 71
IN HONOR OF
Heidi Frey Currier 66James M. Chleboun
IN MEMORY OF
Thomas R. Eames 70Jack 66 and Carol Wolfheim Goralnick 66
Michelle and Scott Harris 70
IN HONOR OF
Arnie and Harriet Hampton Edwards 59 Connie Lohr
IN MEMORY OF
John Faust Eugene DeutschEric and Arsenia HansonRobert and
Barbara KelleyCarolyn and Tom YagerFran Deutsch Zamler
IN HONOR OF
Allison Goralnik 95Jeff Dreyer 71
IN MEMORY OF
Deborah HammTo the Deborah Garner Hamm ScholarshipBud and Susie
IN HONOR OF
Bob Henningsen James M. Chleboun
IN MEMORY OF
Nils Hinshaw 04Mary Jo ColagiovanniCharles P. Derleth Jr.Edith
B. Lubeck John Pocsik Deanna Snowden
IN MEMORY OF
James Everett Hullverson Jeff Dreyer 71 Irene Zorensky Fowle 71
IN MEMORY OF
Jonathan M. Kayes 75To the Jonathan Kayes Library
IN MEMORY OF
Paul B. Keller 72Jeff Dreyer 71 Mrs. Elizabeth Loeb
IN MEMORY OF
Ann DePew Laird 59John Robertson Jones 59
IN HONOR OF
Jim Lemen To the Jim Lemen ScholarshipJack Biggs 62 Gardiner
Bridge 38 John Mabry 60
IN HONOR OF
Faculty and StaffHeidi Frey Currier 66Kelly EdwardsEric
HansonBob HenningsenKaren McCrayMarian WalshElisa Wang
To the Jim Lemen ScholarshipAnonymous
IN HONOR OF
Jim LemenTo the Jim Lemen ScholarshipAnonymousCooky and Bob
Flynn 61Matt and Lisa GiesekingMichelle and Scott Harris 70 Jackie
Mendillo 01 The Powers FamilyJohn 56 and Jody Jackes Ross 56 Kit
and Bud Samuels 41 Lisa and Chris Schoenecker 90 Bill Scott 61
David G. Sisler 76 Allen and Mary Beth SofferHeidi Frey Currier 66
and Carter Smith 66 Mark and Jennifer SmithJohn V. Wallace 66 Bruce
and Ester Westling
IN MEMORY OF
The Rev. Ernest W. Luehrman Bill Thomas and Kathy Standley
IN MEMORY OF
Mrs. Arthur Max To the Jason K. Lohr Memorial ScholarshipConnie
IN HONOR OF
Karen McCray James M. Chleboun
IN MEMORY OF
Dorothy Fairbank Newton 36The Taryle Family
IN MEMORY OF
Jack Orchard 85To the Jack Orchard FundMrs. Leonard Berg
IN MEMORY OF
Bob OrchardTo the Jack Orchard FundJean Agatstein and Les Loewe
Kenneth and Patricia BallMorton and Norma BaronTodd and Julie
Mitchell Baur 90 Holly Lowy Bernstein 89 Kevin and Carol
BlinderLaura BlumenfeldMr. and Mrs. Benjamin A. BorowskyDavid and
Anne BromerElla Rena Potter ChapmanBeverly Wilson Clarkson 59 Bob
and Kay Kutten CohenMr. and Mrs. Charles CookHope and Julian Edison
47 Mr. and Mrs. William B. Eiseman Jr.Mr. and Mrs. William S.
FirestoneMrs. Milton FischmannSara Kraner Fleischer 00 David
FleisherGretta ForresterLois and Bob FriedmanMrs. Solon GershmanBud
and Lois GoldbergIrene GoldmanMr. and Mrs. Robert GoldsteinAlice
GoodmanRichard and Judith HarrisJeanne HartzPaul and Debra
HauptmanHarvard 33 and Patty Gamble Hecker 40 Greg and Beth Shuter
Herbster 85 Anne W. HetlageMrs. Sally Portner HoffmanTed and
Suzanne HoffmanStanley and Joan HollanderMargie and Martin
JaffeNancy KalishmanMrs. Meyer KopolowRichard and Lisa Greenman
Kraner 71 Ned and Sally LemkemeierMrs. Elizabeth LoebRalph and
Barbara LowenbaumMr. and Mrs. James V. MaloneyBarry and Louise
MandelAnn MandelstammSusan MatlofNina Renard Meissner 37 Paul and
Laura MillerJack and Jerre MinnerBurt and Ellen Greenman Needles 73
The Newman FamilyBarbara and Mike NewmarkRochelle PopkinEmily Rauh
IN MEMORY OF
Roslyn Schulte 02To the Roz Schulte Spirit Fund AnonymousCharles
P. Derleth Jr.Ellen and Henry Dubinsky 59Susan and Steve Felker
70Karen Jensen Lynne and Scott Johnson 65Bruce and Kim Olson IN
HONOR OF Keith E. Shahan 62To the Keith E. and Marcia W. Shahan
IN HONOR OF
Sylvie Sherman 12Roxanne H. Frank
IN MEMORY OF Martha ShipeTo the Keith E. and Marcia W. Shahan
Scholarship FundAllen and Mary Beth Soffer
IN MEMORY OF
Geoffrey Moore Smith 63Heidi Frey Currier 66 and Carter Smith
IN MEMORY OF
Leigh S. Strassner 53Cooky and Bob Flynn 61 Franc Family
FundJoseph GlossbergGreg and Beth Shuter Herbster 85 Nancy
OlsonLeon and Ann Robison
IN MEMORY OF
Betty Howard Troth 57Community Foundation of Collier County
IN MEMORY OF
Mrs. Marilyn VonSchulze Michael Anderson and Lee Ames Bascom 82
IN MEMORY OF
Emily Vournas 92Connie Lohr
IN HONOR OF
Marian Walsh James M. Chleboun
IN HONOR OF
Susie Wilson Aaron 94 and Stephanie Park Zwicker 94
IN MEMORY OF
Timothy R. Wnuk 00Charles P. Derleth Jr.
IN MEMORY OF
Mrs. Ruth M. Yost To the Keith E. and Marcia W. Shahan
Scholarship FundMary Beth and Allen Soffer
Judy and Paul Putzel 57 Stephanie Riven and Roger Goldman 59
Richard and Sally RosenthalMr. and Mrs. Jerome M. Rubenstein 45
Nancy SacharThe Sachs FundBarbara and Martin ScherGlenn Johnson
Sheffield 54 Jenny and Walter ShifrinRoberta ShifrinDr. Fredric and
Beverly SimowitzMiriam Shifrin Sisson 46 Thomas and Susan
SontagBetty SpitzerEleanor SteinbachStephanie and Randy Sterkel
81Carolyn SternMr. and Mrs. Walter G. SternMargie and Bob
SummersMargie and Bert TalcoffHoward and Anita TischlerSheila
Greenbaum and Gary M. WassermanSteve and Diane WeinstockMs. Marilyn
WernerMr. Raymond WittcoffRichard WolfheimCharles 47 and Barbara
Fritze Wulfing 55 Rosalyn and Robert WykesHelen M. (Nuni) Zimmerman
79 Hillary Zimmerman
IN MEMORY OF
Ann Russe Prewitt 31Mrs. Paul Ekberg
IN MEMORY OF
Mrs. Alex Reich Crystal and Nelson Spencer 62 Bud and Susie
IN HONOR OF
Retiring Faculty/Staff and Volunteer Leadership
Kathy Rainey Bussmann 75 Andy Cornwell 80 Heidi Frey Currier 66
Eric Hanson Bob Henningsen Karen McCray Marian Walsh Jerrie Plegge
Ben Rassieur 72 Eve Riley Dorothy Swicord Hardy Washington
To the Keith E. and Marcia W. Shahan Scholarship FundAllen and
Mary Beth Soffer
IN MEMORY OF
CMDR Christopher Riley 88Mary M. Kimball 88
IN HONOR OF
Richard Sandler Roberta and Alex Solowey
IN HONOR OF
Simon Sandler 12Roberta and Alex Solowey
IN MEMORY OF Bob OrchardTo the Jack Orchard Fund
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