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1940's

 

1945 - Barbara Winston Blackmun, Ph.D.: Barbara Winston Blackmun, Ph.D.: Following the Distinguished Alumni Awards in 2019 where Barbara was honored for her tremendous career in Art History, Barbara’s son Karl Blackmun shared some additional memories passed from his mother, as well as extended family members’ experiences in Dayton. Karl purchased a bench on the Alumni Plaza in her honor, and when his work as a pilot for UPS found him stationed in Lexington this fall, he stopped by OHS to see the bench and tour the school with Principal Paul Waller to see where his mother and uncle spent their school days. Here are the memories he shared with us:

  • Barbara Winston moved from Southern California to Dayton in 1939. The transition was made easier
    Karl Blackmun, son of Barbara Winston Blackmun, PhD (1945) sitting on the bench he purchased in her memory on the Alumni Plaz
    because Barbara’s mother had a cousin who was a Wright Brothers’ trained pilot.
  • That cousin was Archibald Hoxsey, a “Bird Man” who set four world records, two which stand today: 
    • Distance record from Springfield, IL, to Saint Louis, MO
    • First pilot to fly an American President (Teddy Roosevelt)
    • First pilot to fly at night
    • Set a new altitude record the last days of 1910 (11,474 ft) before he died
  • Gale Craigie was one of Barbara Winston’s best friends. Gale’s father Bill Craigie worked at Wright Patt, so Gale and Barbara spent time together at the base. One day the girls were together at the Base and heard a strange noise. They looked up and saw an airplane flying overhead that was much louder than anything they had heard before. It turned out that Major Craigie had been the first U.S. military pilot to fly a jet airplane, and some of those flights occurred at Patterson Air Field. Gale and Barbara stayed in touch until a few years ago. Gale’s father was promoted to Major General and his biography is found at the Wright Patt Air Force Museum today.
  • Barbara’s brother Walter Winston (1944) spent 33 years in the U. S. Air Force.
  • Barbara’s son Karl spent 20 years in the USAF as a pilot.
  • And now her grandson is an Air Force Pilot... quite a family tradition!
Portrait of Frank McBride, Class of 1944

1944 - In Memory of Frank McBride: Frank McBride passed away Thursday, July 30, 2020. Frank was preceded in death by his loving wife of 61 years, Nancy Louise Hodapp, in 2018; and sisters, Ruth Bayley and Sally Solarek. He graduated from Oakwood High School and served in Army in WWII. Graduated from Notre Dame. Frank was President and CEO of Ohio Metal & Mfg and was past president of Notre Dame Alumni Club of Dayton and recognized as Notre Dame Man of Year in 1957. He was past president of Dayton Bicycle Club and Dayton Boys & Girls Club. Frank was a long-time tutor at Southdale Elementary School.

 

1946 - Lew Keyser: It brings back good memories of HS, old friends and faculty of 1946. I presently live in the Sarasota, FL area. Best wishes to all.

1947 - In Memory of Edward Schneider:  Ed passed away on Friday November 13th. Ed returned to Florida a year ago,

Ed Schneider, Class of 1947 at the Distinguished Alumni Awards with his son in law Mark Watford and daughter Joy Watford

and it was the best thing that he could have done for this last year of his life. He lived like a king with his daughter Joy and her husband for 7 months during COVID. He would say: “I feel like I’ve gone to heaven and I didn’t have to die to get here” and that the pandemic was the best thing that happened to him. He got to spend countless visits with his daughters, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He returned to his apartment 6 weeks ago and after a few weeks fell a few times and then had pneumonia. In the end, his body and heart could not win the fight. Thank you for being an important part of his life. His family and friends were all so important to him. He was the ultimate communicator. He accomplished his plan of publishing the book of his life “You Get What You Go For” so that he could share his life with us. He was a hero and mentor to his daughter, and the best father and grandfather she could ask for. He touched many lives in his 91 years and he will be missed. He loved to share his knowledge, tell stories and he knew how to enjoy life. We will all carry a piece of him in our hearts. Ed was a 2017 Recipient of the Oakwood Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumni Award.

1950's

1951 -Donna Demann Neville: In hopes there are still classmates interested in regrouping.... fueling the desire may be that I recently found out that the principal of my grandchildren’s prep school in Atlanta was a graduate of OHS. Shirl Stork Brown (Milwaukee), and I (Dover, Ma.) talk from time to time. I have a serious urge to visit Dayton, perhaps the reunion next year. Best regards to classmates, let’s make a plan, Donna Demann Neville

1955

Bud Fasig: Still living in Wilmington, Delaware. Glad to visit with anyone traveling to my area. I live equi-distant between NYC and DC. And maybe 45 miles southwest of Philadelphia. Lots of historical areas in that corridor to visit. Have had contacts with some of my buddies over recent years. Lots of fun catching up with them. Anyone caring to say hi, my email is Budwilly@ comcast.net, snail mail: 2215 Shipley Road #104, Wilmington DE 19803-2305 or phone: 302.999.0611 (landline). Formerly, lived down the street from someone you probably never expected to hear about given that our state has maybe 800,000 residents: Joe Biden. Cheers, Bud Fasig

Joan Wallace Huber: I was a student at OHS my junior and senior years. As a new student I was thrilled to find everyone warm and welcoming. It made my high school years so much fun. I hope this attitude of the student body, past, present and future, continues through the years.

Janet Gardner (1958) - Alumni in the Arts  

Janet Gardner, speaking at an event. She is holding a microphone.

 I spent my years from kindergarten through ninth grade at Oakwood and graduated from the Masters School in Dobbs Ferry, NY in 1958. It was there that I joined the Phoenix Drama Society and worked on various plays and theatre projects. We were just an hour from NYC and would occasionally get an opportunity to see a Broadway show or an off-Broadway performance. The most rewarding part of my work was discovering the story which could be revealed in an image or a character in a film. In 1962, I was fortunate to be accepted at Cooper Union School of Art and Architecture when it was still free, and then Tisch School of the Arts, part of New York University. After learning about film, I joined NBC News as an editing room assistant in New York and after a few months was transferred to WRC, their Washington, D.C. office where I was assigned to the morning, then evening news.

It was a brave new world in the early 1960s. Women and Black groups both had lawsuits against the station for discrimination and I found myself a token woman in the film editing dept. That was the summer the Watergate story broke in the Washington Post. it was an exciting time to be in Washington in general and the news media in particular. It did change my life to be a part of this team and later, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer.

I should say that I was blessed to be the daughter of a talented artist, so I grew up learning to paint and draw with her and at classes at the Dayton Art Institute where she was a docent. It wasn’t until I went to Cooper Union that I became interested in photography and later in graduate school at NYU, filmmaking.

My career as a filmmaker based in New York City has been very rewarding. I started the Gardner Documentary Group in 1990. My latest film, Quakers: The Quiet Revolutionaries, was in part funded by the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation when they made me a Fellow in 2015-16. The film has been broadcast in Dayton on PBS. If you missed it, you may order a DVD. Look for the link on our website: https://quakersthefilm.com/dvd-purchase. Much love, Janet

1958 - In Memory of Richard Houser: Richard graduated from Oakwood High School in 1958 and attended Ohio University. After four years in the Air Force he took his computer skills back to OU and then to his life career as a Senior Project Manager for the Department of Defense Logistics Contract Administration. He retired early to support his elderly father, Howard Houser. He shared his joy for life and often made someone’s day. He will be remembered as a “Good Guy”.

In Memory of David Young: David passed away on September 30th.

1959 There is discussion re: an “80th” birthday 2021 get-together. Any ideas or suggestions as to when, where, or what may be sent to Fred Setzer: fsetzer@setzercorp.com

1960's

1960 - Class of 1960 Reunion, 60+1: Reunion plans are in motion! Stop by our Class of 1960 Website and stay updated on the plans.

Portrait of Nancy Van Hook

1961 - In Memory of Nancy Van Hook: Nancy passed away on Saturday, September 12, 2020, after a 28-year battle with Parkinson’s at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House. Nancy attended Albion College in Albion, Michigan, majoring in Home Economics and Elementary Education.

 

1962 - In Memory of James Coughlin, Jr.: James passed away Monday, August 3, 2020. Jim received a BS degree in Design from the University of Cincinnati, and was a Delta Phi Delta Grade Honorary member in the school of Design and was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity. Jim attended graduate school in UC’s School of Communication. He was a person of many varied talents. He was employed by The Miami Valley School, American Line Recording Studio (later Franklin Audio), Art Director for WDTNTelevision, White Villa Foods, Lear Seigler and Time Warner.

1963 - Class of 1963’s 75th Birthday Party: Our 75th “Birthday Party” was re-scheduled for October 8th, 9th and 10th, 2021 due to COVID. For more information, please contact Peg DeMarse Hater at 937-435-6455, or email peghater@sbcglobal.net.

Ruth Carey Deddens and Bill Pees attend the dedication of the Alumni Plaza and honor classmate Barbara Mockrzycki Sanderson

1964 - Ruth Carey Deddens and Bill Pees: attend the dedication of the Alumni Plaza on September 26.  

 

 

 

Professional portrait of Katherine Alexander, from her time as a dancer and performer.

1967  - In Memory of Katherine Walker Alexander: Katherine passed away on August 17th. She attended Butler University and was a professional dancer, singer, and actress living in New York City for 13 years; performing on & off-Broadway. She performed with many artists including Katherine Hepburn, Liza Minnelli, Ginger Rogers, and Mikahil Baryshnikov. She was a dancer to world renowned choreographers Michael Bennett, Tommy Tune, Donald Saddler, and Ron Field - to name a few. She began her teaching and choreographic career at The High School of the Performing Arts, in Manhattan. She was an associate professor of dance at Wright State University from 1982 to 2001. She choreographed for Wright State University’s dance concerts and musicals, and previously for The Dayton Ballet. She was presented the Virginia Sebastian Choreographic Award in 1989.

1968

Bradley Williams: Anne Williams, wife of Bradley Williams passed away on October 26, 2020.

Charles Ford pictured with wife and 4 grandchildren.

Charles Ford: I missed our last class of 68 reunion due to illness. Class Updates, continued Looking forward to making the next one. Lillian and I are doing well and still residing in the Washington, DC area. As you can see from the picture, life is centered around our four grandchildren as we are blessed to have our two children living within five miles of us. Health is good as I have recovered from heart surgery and Lillian now is a four-year breast cancer survivor. A few years ago we left our Foreign Service life and overseas travel behind. Looking forward to travel once we get this pandemic contained. Cheers! Stay safe. Chuck Ford

1970

Alumni Spotlight on: The Bernard Stroh’s Golf Classic - 1970, 1971 & 1972 

Submitted by Doug Henness

A group of approx 50 classmates and friends from classes 1970 through 1972 play in the annual Bernard Stroh's Golf Classic

A few weeks after graduation in 1971, lifelong friends and classmates Doug “Henny” Henness and Dave “Wildman “McCune put together a golf match with just six players and lightheartedly named it The Bernard Stroh’s Golf Classic (BSGC). The BSGC continued each summer with added schoolmates and friends and has served as an annual mini high school reunion that has contributed to the continued closeness and camaraderie of many in the OHS classes of ’70, ’71, and ’72. Because of the added major efforts through the years of Dave “Boge” Glossinger (’71) and John “Pig” Lewis (’72) the 50th playing of the outing was celebrated in September.

 Doug “Henny” Henness and Dave “Wildman” McCune in 1973 and in 2020.
Doug Henness and Dave McCune, 2020 at the BSGC

 

1970

1970 Website header

The Class of 1970 - Due to COVID-19, we have decided to postpone our reunion until 2021, when we will celebrate our 50th+1.  Please stay tuned to this page for further developments.  We will send an update via email when the date has been set.  Thank you - we can't wait to get together again!  
https://www.oakwoodschools.org/community/alumni/class-pages/1970
Reunion Committee Members: Mark Risley, Dave Finley, Louis Bacas, Suzan Penny, Wendy Higgins, Judy Tye, Joan Messenger, Nancy Davis, Jeri Jervis and Mary Maher

1970 - Mark Masse: Dear Oakwood Alumni, As a graduate of OHS (1970), I am pleased to announce the following: Honor House is my latest novel – a contemporary drama about campus sexual assault, fraternity culture and the abuses of a powerful politician and serial predator. Journalist Nick Delamore, long compromised by old loyalties, elusive memories and guilt, searches for answers and atonement. Once a star investigative reporter, Delamore tries to revive his career by pursuing crimes at a local college. But his ultimate redemption will hinge on derailing the Ohio gubernatorial campaign of former frat brother Bruce (Bru) Van Pelt. Thank you for your consideration. https://www.amazon.com/dp/1090977425

1971

Website banner header for Class of 1971


50th Reunion Plans: Be sure and visit our class website and update your contact information!  We are planning our 50th class reunion, and want to make sure classmate information is correct. Thanks!  -- Rene' Arnold Anderson (garyreneanderson@sbcglobal.net)

Patricia Lynn Brown, Class of 1971

In Memory of Patricia Lynn Brown: Patricia Lynn Brown, 67, died peacefully at her home in Kettering, Ohio on August 17, 2020. She continuing education at Sinclair College, and worked for many years at Jenks and Myers Law Firm as a legal secretary and skilled paralegal. She also enjoyed tap dancing and volunteering at Hospice of Dayton.

 

 

Larry Marra, Class of 1972

1972 - In Memory of Larry Marra: Larry Marra passed away on August 24, 2020. Larry earned his Masters of Clinical Psychology from Wright State University. Lawrence retired from his career as a music teacher for Dayton Public Schools in 2008 and worked as the Minister of Music for South Park Methodist Church until May of 2016. His daughter was his life and music was his soul. Lawrence was memorialized by his daughter, Emily Marra Johnson; siblings, Jeri Marra Wallitsch (1976), Steven Marra (1980), and Susan Marra (1985).

 

Robert Taylor, Class of 1973

1973 - In Memory of Robert Taylor: Robert passed away September 9, 2020 at his home in Charlottesville, Virginia after a long battle with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy. Bob was born in Dayton, Ohio on April 2, 1955 to the late James M. (Jim) and Marilyn (Frey) Taylor. Growing up in Oakwood, Bob was an avid car enthusiast and while in high school worked at his grandfather Robert W Frey’s food service business. Bob graduated from Oakwood High School in 1973 and attended the University of Dayton. He married Edythe (Edie) Curran Taylor on April 28, 1979 and continued to reside in Oakwood with son son Robert J. Taylor, Jr. (Robby) and daughter Alina (Ali) Elizabeth Taylor.

1976

Picture of Tina Cass wearing sunglasses, 1976

In Memory of Tina Cass: Tina left this life peacefully on July 20th after a brave and courageous battle with cancer. Tina was born June 3, 1957, to Marjorie and Raymond Stewart. She obtained a degree from the University of Cincinnati. Tina was an owner and the Office Manager of the best restaurant in Dayton, the Oakwood Club, started by her parents in 1962. She is survived by her brothers, Lance Stewart and Grant Stewart (Mary); sister-in-law, Cass Cannon; and many nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her husband, William O. Cass, Jr. (Bill), who worshipped her and cherished every second of the 43 years he spent with her.

In Memory of Gregory Rapp: Gregg is a graduate of Washington State University and went on to pioneer the industry of Menu Engineering. No matter where you dine, there’s a good chance you’ve ordered off a menu influenced by Gregg. His life and legacy live on through the colorful and vast circle of friends he nurtured throughout his life.

 

 

1978 - Douglas Wagner

1978 - In Memory of Douglas Wagner: Doug passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, August 2nd after an aggressive battle with cancer. Doug graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1982. He went on to work as a manufacturer’s representative, for 30 years, at Wagner & Company. Doug was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes at age 6 and founded the Dayton Area Diabetes Pump Support Group in 1998. Throughout his 22 years of involvement he was a significant resource to anyone dealing with diabetes.

 

1980's
Molly Treese, Class of 1984

1984 - Molly Treese: Congratulations to Molly Treese on her appointment to Chief Legal Officer of Teradata, effective November 1. Treese, who has been with Teradata since 2007, was appointed Corporate Secretary in 2018, and most recently also served as senior vice president and deputy general counsel. As Chief Legal Officer, Treese will head Teradata’s global Law Department and oversee all legal affairs of the company, as well as its Ethics & Compliance function. As Corporate Secretary, Treese is responsible for overseeing the integrity of Teradata’s governance framework and serving as a liaison to the Board of Directors and shareholders. Treese has a law degree from the George Washington University Law School, received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia and is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program of Harvard Business School.

1990's
Marion CampbellKammer and Family - Class of 1995

1995 - Marion Campbell Kammer: Hello from Los Angeles! We have been hunkering down here in Los Angeles since March. My husband, August, and I have two children who are now 3 and 6. Our 6 year old is doing distance learning 1st grade and our 3 year old is keeping us all on our toes! We took a road trip and drove to Montana, Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming, it was incredible to see that part of our country, and being in the car together for that length of time was surprisingly pleasant. All my best, Marion Campbell Kammer

 

Class of 1997 - Alumni Spotlight

1997-Lucinda Ogburn on a spin bike, professional photo

From Music to Muscles - Lucinda Benford Ogburn, : A little over 10 years ago, a friend of mine invited me to take a spin class. My entire life I hadn’t found an exercise routine that I loved or could be consistent with, so I was skeptical. By the end of my first class I was hooked. After losing 40 pounds, I found that my love of music and performing could be connected with exercise, and I got my first certification.

Ten years later, I have worked for many companies including Equinox, Orangetheory, and Life Time Athletic. After hundreds of classes, I became a Master Trainer for Life Time, and was in charge of the education and auditions of instructors across the country. Then COVID happened.

Three years ago, my husband had an 8 hour emergency open heart surgery due to an aortic dissection that eventually erupted. This, of course, makes him high risk, and so I started an at home workout program called OG.Burn. I have been teaching from my home, and trying to adapt to our new normal. It has been a humbling experience, but I am so grateful to be able to help people stay healthy, while they stay safe at home. :-) I hope you join me sometime!

Ogburnfitness.com  - Lucinda Ogburn AMP CYCLE Master Trainer Life Time Fitness

2010's

2011

In Memory of Kathleen Woodie: Katie graduated from the University of Dayton in 2015 with a Bachelors of Education Degree. While working towards her coveted degree, she was an assistant coach for the university’s men’s rowing team. She loved her time in college learning, serving others and making more friends. Katie was 27 years old and has been a third grade teacher at Walter Hill Elementary School in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, for the past two years. Katie passed away on September 12, 2020.

2020's

2020 - COVID College Experience

Natalie Bramer, New York University: I am still attending NYU on-campus this year! About 3/4 of my classes are online, but I do take a few in-person. I mainly socialize with people in my dorm and meet new people in the parks around campus. I am currently a member of the First Year Class Board (essentially student government), and we are not allowed to plan in-person events for our class (only virtual) and a lot of our budget has been reduced due to COVID. Other than that, it’s been a pretty great semester so far!

FACULTY

Congratulations to Retiring Teachers! - Effective June 30, 2021

  • Joan Bline: Prevention/Intervention Counselor at Oakwood High School, Mrs. Bline has been with Oakwood Schools since June 1993.
  • Leslie Blythe: Family and Consumer Science Teacher at Oakwood Junior High School, Mrs. Blythe has been with Oakwood Schools since August 1990.
  • Mary Kay Buffington: Sixth Grade Teacher at Smith Elementary, Mrs. Buffington has been with Oakwood Schools since February 2001.

In Memory of Paul Greene, Football Coach: Paul E. Greene, 89 of Lima, passed away October 14. Paul was a 1948 graduate of West Carrollton High School. He graduated with his bachelor’s degree in education from Otterbein College in 1952. He was a teacher and football coach at Dayton Oakwood for 3 years before ending his career to Lima. He came to Lima and worked at Lima Central Catholic High School as a math teacher, wrestling coach and the head football coach, retiring in 1996.

In Memory of Maija Raceveskis, French teacher: Maija Racevskis, French teacher at Oakwood High School passed away November 8. She was born in Riga, Latvia, on July 21, 1943. Following the invasion of the country by the Soviet Union, her family became refugees and fled to Germany and, in 1949, were able to emigrate to the United States. She held a B.A. in French from Bucknell University, and an M.A. in History from Wright State University.