Coraopolis High's Class of 60

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We were never a class to sit still. We were always into something, from kindergarten through our senior year. Life for us was always an adventure. Now, in our late seventies, we haven't changed much. The idea of growing old gracefully, sitting on our porch in our rocking chair reading the newspaper, doesn't appeal to us much. Instead, we're still out there. We're playing basketball, golf and tennis, skiing, sailing, hunting, fishing, backpacking, surfing, founding businesses, speaking, selling, promoting, and writing books. In our quieter moments we're gardening, sledriding, restoring cars, remodelling houses and travelling. A few of us are still working full time. We teach, research, run businesses, serve as consultants, take pictures, paint, and argue cases in court. Retire? Not really. We just change focus. Like fine wine, we get better with age...

Please email a photograph of you engaged in your favorite activity to If your favorite activity is reading the newspaper in a rocking chair on your front porch, that's ok, too. Include a note giving us background on where you are, what you're doing and how your life has been lately. We're also still looking for photos of Friday Night Club, the Girl Scout Lodge and any scenes in junior high or grade school. For the benefit of those living in Florida, Texas or California, if you're still living in Western Pennsylvania any photos of you shovelling snow, sledriding or building snowmen during this spectacular Winter would help bring back memories. Thanks to those who sent in the photos used above and left.

How many of your former classmates can you identify in these photos?

After a spectacular career as a venture capitalist, Jimmy turned his attention to the world yacht racing scene. He commissioned the building of a sailing yacht he named Moneypenny after the secretary in James Bond movies, but it's a double entendre, because, as Jimmy admits, "a boat is a hole in the water into which you pour money." He recruited a topnotch crew, established a home on Martha's Vineyard, and set about mastering the art of competitive sailing. His investments of time, money and effort began paying off in 2005 when the Moneypenny won her first North American Sailing Championship at Newport, Rhode Island. They came in second in 2006 and took another first in 2007. They won the United States IRC Championship in 2006 in Key West, and went on to win the 2006 World Championship in Porto Cervo, Italy. All of this comes after Jimmy spent a decade with Citicorp as Vice President for Venture Capital, then launched his own venture capital company. He has founded two other companies plus The Swartz Foundation. He served on the U.S. Winter Olympic Committee for the 2002 U.S. Olympics. Jimmy remains an enthusiastic skiier and keeps a home in Park City, Utah close to the slopes there. While playing football for Harvard, he majored in Engineering and Physics and then earned a Masters Degree in Industrial Administration from Carnegie Mellon. His wife Susan is a widely known landscape and nature painter. Son Scott is President of Metratech, daughter Karin is a doctor, and Kristin is a teacher. Lately, Jim has led a Carnegie Mellon effort to set up Coraopolis as a business incubator, meaning it would provide services and facilities for startups. He remains a major donor and leader at Carnegie Mellon and makes frequent trips back here a year for meetings and conferences.


Harriet is famous for saying, "Life may not be the party you were hoping for, but since you're here, you may as well dance." She has pretty well lived up to that philosophy. Immediately upon leaving Coraopolis, she majored in Sciology and Criminology at Juniata College, then worked as a program officer for the National Scholarship Service. In 1970 she became Executive Director of The New York Foundation. President Jimmy Carter named her as Director of The Youth Empowerment Program within the Department of Labor. After Carter left office Harriet moved on to serve as President of the New York Urban League, then became a Resident Fellow at Harvard University, until she left for the presidency of the National Minority Suppliers Development Council. She was named 2004 Woman Of The Year. Now that she's retired from the NMSDC, Harriet devotes her time to the United States Agency For South African Development and the United States Haitian Development Council.

Bill founded and finally sold two corporations, one specializing in children's clothing, the other in sporting goods. When he sold the second one he thought he was retiring but that got boring quick. So he founded a new company, Imposters, which specializes in costume jewelry. "It's like turning women loose in a candy store with no calories," he grins. "This is impressive looking jewelry without the expensive price tags." The San Francisco based outfit is thriving. But after leaving Coraopolis, Bill took up tennis. After playing it all his adult life, he decided to coach it. So having put Imposters on solid footing, he was hired by Amador Valley (Calif.) High School to coach its boys team and promptly guided them to a conference championship. Neighboring Mission San Jose High School hired him to coach its girls team, in addition to continuing his work with the Amador Valley boys. This year, the girls won their conference title and made it to the state semifinals, where they incurred their only loss. For his efforts with both boys and girls, Bill was named California Tennis Coach Of The Year. In his spare time, Bill is studying opportunities for founding another company, possibly one specializing in motorcycle parts. He has remained a lifelong Pitt fan and tries to fly back a few times each season for home games.

Ronnie is best known in Coraopolis as a former baseball player who had the old Ewing Field remodelled, updated and named after him. But his accomplishments go far beyond being a baseball patron. Ronnie graduated from the University of Arizona, then earned a Masters Degree from Northwestern University in Advertising and Marketing. He has been an advertising executive for Chicago's Eicoff Company for 30 years, and its President / CEO for the last 20. He has become a leading authority on television direct response advertising, and has directed Eicoff to become the largest and most profitable agency in Chicago. Ronnie frequently speaks about television advertising and was named Chairman of the National Direct Marketing Association Board of Directors in 2005. He is also on the Board of Trustees at the University of Arizona and the Illinois Institute of Technology. He is the author of numerous technical and motivational articles and books and in 2009 was named to the Coraopolis / Cornell Schools Hall of Fame.


Carol is remembered as the National President of the FHA, Editor of the Coralite and a talented basketball player on our section championship girls team. She went on to play basketball at Carnegie Tech and taught Home Economics at several different high schools. However, while living in Colorado she took up skiing, and after raising two sons she remade herself into a competitive skiier on the NASTAR circuit. She and husband Jack moved to Sugarbush, Vermont, where they built a home adjacent to the ski resort and she either skiid or snowshoed every day from November to May, using Sugarbush as her "home slope." The NASTAR tournaments occur on weekends. Carol was a consistent semifinalist, bringing home a wallful of third, second and occasionally first place trophies. However, knee problems ended that career, and Carol and Jack have sold the chalet and moved to Wisconsin, where she is now focused on gardening.

Everybody remembers Jan as the girl being photographed : as a cheerleader, a star athlete, a class beauty and a student winning various academic awards. Nobody noticed that from junior high on she usually had a camera in her own hand. In 2003 she launched a career as a professional photographer through She sold 46,000 images through istock and Getty Images. Her images are used in media and advertising all over the world. (Check out her portfolio at But that was her second career. With a Ph.D. in Psychology from Ohio University, Jan specialized in Family Law, doing evaluations for custody in divorce cases and as an Expert Witness or Consultant in child sexual abuse cases. Sadly, health issues ended both these careers. She currently lives with her daughter in a suburb of Nashville.

Danny continues to reinvent himself, this time as Editor and Publisher of The Coraopolis Record, which has an online presence at Gateway Press had bought the old Record from Bill Likens and reduced it to a tabloid. The Tribune Media Corporation bought Gateway and closed down its local newspapers to eliminate the competition. When Richard Mellon died, his estate was liquidated and the rights to the old newspapers put up for bid. Danny was the only bidder for the Record. He emphasizes coverage of town council and school board meetings, local sports, and features about local businesses and individuals. He is also the Editor of Lexeat (, a restaurant magazine, and Outpost (, an outdoor adventure travel magazine. Danny is retired from teaching writing courses at the University of Kentucky. He has three degrees each in English and Biology and taught courses combining both, such as Scientific and Technical Writing or The Literature of Science. He spent 40 years coaching high school basketball, winning six state and two national championships and sending 33 players on to Division I scholarships. He edited a series of classic American novels for high school students. Danny maintains the family home on Montour Street and alternates his time between there and his home just a block from the UK campus. He is active in the UK lettermen's club and maintains his season tickets in football, basketball and baseball. But his main interest in retirement is hiking and backpacking, especially in the wilderness areas and national parks.

Stan's knees finally gave out at age 75 so he gave up playing basketball twice a week. He enjoys watching high school games, but most of his time is involved with the corporation he founded, MSD Leadership Consultants. He is president and CEO of the 25 year old venture, which specializes in executive development, organizational communication and performance improvement. He earned his Masters and Doctorate from Pitt and earned a postdoctoral degree in Advanced Management from Rutgers University. He has had over 100 articles published in journals and magazines, been interviewed and profiled in such periodicals as Forbes, Fortune and Business Week, and is the author of three books, the most recent of which is Leadership in High Performance Organizations, published by Quorum Books (Greenwood Publishing House). While he consults and holds seminars in various aspects of business management, his focus for the last decade has been on the executive selection process, in which he is now considered one of the nation's leading authorities. Stan and Marianne live in Moon, where they had one son run cross country, one play football and a daughter play basketball. Prior to founding his own company, Stan spent 20 years as an administrator with the Pennsylvania State University system. As a college football player he led his team to the national championship game his senior year. He spent one year with the Pittsburgh Steelers as a "deep reserve" on the "taxi squad."
Bob has finally retired from his dentistry practice in Florida and spends as much time as possible in the outdoors. Shown here with his faithful sidekick in his favorite offroad rig, he hunts and fishes both in Florida and at the family cabin in the Smoky Mountains, where he tries to get away for weeks at a time. He admits he "gave up his roots" by moving South, but while we're up here suffering through the snow and ice of another Pennsylvania Winter, he can still be outdoors in pleasant weather. The Summers are too hot and humid to be pleasant but he escapes that by heading for the mountains.

Judy spent her entire 45 year career in Nursing. But she was a lot more than your basic nurse. Soon after earning her masters degree she specialized in Oncological (Cancer) Nursing and worked for years on that floor at Sewickley Valley Hospital. Her efforts in this field led her to the hospice movement, and to several organizations and foundations involved with that. Eventually, she held several administrative positions : Chief Executive Officer of the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association, Executive Director of the National Board for Certification of Hospice and Paliative Nurses, Executive Director of the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Foundation (a fund raising agency), and the CEO for the Alliance for Excellence in Hospice and Palliative Nursing. She developed a new model of advanced practice nursing which she termed a Palliative Care Doula. Through all this, Judy enjoyed a 44 year marriage to Bob, mothered three sons, and now spends time with grandchildren. For all these efforts she has received numerous honors and awards over the years, the most recent of which was selection to the Cornell Schools Wall of Honor. Judy finally retired from all of that and she and Bob moved to South Carolina, where she enjoys the warmer climate.