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 sixties, 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. Many 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 likely. We just change focus. Like fine wine, we get better with age...

Please email a photograph of you engaged in your favorite activity to Coraopolis60@aol.com. 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 has 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 206 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.

 

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.

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 has 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 skiis or snowshoes every day from November to May, using Sugarbush as her "home slope." The NASTAR tournaments occur on weekends. Carol is a consistent semifinalist, bringing home a wallful of third, second and occasionally first place trophies. During the offseason she gardens.

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 finally launched a career as a professional photographer through istockphoto.com. In seven years she has sold over 46,000 images through istock and others through Getty Images. Her images are used in media and advertising all over the world. And Photography is just her second career. With a Ph.D. in Psychology from Ohio University, Jan specializes in Family Law, doing evaluations for custody in divorce cases and as an Expert Witness or Consultant in child sexual abuse cases. (Check out her portfolio at www.istockphoto.com/jtyler) She currently lives on Vermont's Lake Champlain, where she sits on her deck and watches beautiful sunsets across the lake over the Adirondacks. Jan has no plans to retire from Law or Photography anytime soon, observing that she played plenty of golf, some of it competitive, earlier in life so she has no need to spend her days doing it now.

Danny continues to reinvent himself, this time as founder and president of Omlor Web Links, a company specializing in creation and administration of websites. His two flagship sites are Lexeat.com, a restaurant review site, and OutpostUSA.org, an outdoor adventure site. Danny teaches writing courses at the University of Kentucky and works with the Robinson Scholars Program, which provides support services for talented high school students. He has three degrees each in English and Biology and teaches courses combining both, such as Scientific and Technical Writing or The Literature of Science. During a 40 year career coaching and teaching in high school, Danny specialized in American Literature and edited a series of classic American novels for high school students, which were not condensed or watered down but had some vocabulary words and phrases no longer in use replaced by modern words and phrases so "reluctant readers" could access them. The series includes The Scarlet Letter, Last of the Mohicans, Moby Dick, and the ancient Greek texts Illiad, Odyssey, Aegea and Argosy. As a free lance writer he has covered the PGA Open, the Olympics, college football and basketball, high school basketball, backpacking and canoeing for various magazines and newspapers. Danny maintains the family home on Montour Street and spends every July in Coraopolis, but spends the school year living just a block from the UK campus, where he walks to work. He is active in the UK lettermen's club and maintains his season tickets in football and basketball. His daughter Abby began playing basketball in second grade at the Kentucky Basketball Academy but actually prefers robotics, science fair, bridgebuilding competitions and the individual sports of skiing, backpacking and windsurfing
Stan still plays basketball twice a week in an adult league ("as long as my knees hold out"), and 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 still maintains his dentistry practice in Florida but 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 has spent her entire 45 year career in Nursing and has no plans to retire anytime soon. But she's 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. Today, she holds 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. And she's not done. This year she is developing a new model of advanced practice nursing which she terms a Palliative Care Doula. Through all this, Judy has enjoyed a 44 year marriage to Bob, mothered three sons, and now spends time with her five 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. "I just really enjoy what I'm doing," she says. "I hope to keep working for at least another 10 years."