Where are OHS graduates today?


All About Town By Claudine Carlton


Bravo to the Oberlin High School grads who recently earned college degrees. Emily Jindra has received her master’s degree in counseling from Cleveland State. She is now the guidance counselor at Langston Middle School.

Kenneth Redd II has earned his master of arts in information technology management from Webster University’s School of Business and Technology.

Taelor Jones graduated from Morgan State University in May and is now attending the Chicago School of Professional Psychology for her master’s degree in forensic psychology.

Tony Ball is an educational therapist in Bermuda. This is a cross between school counselor and special education teacher, so he deals mainly with children who have behavioral and social adjustment problems and need more individualized instruction or social support.

Three living 2015 Oberlin Makes a Difference inductees were honored in November: Charlie Butts, civil rights activist; Dr. Lia Henke Lowrie, cofounder of the Society for Pediatric Sedation; and Dorian Wingard, senior manager in a variety of Columbus organizations dealing with mental health, civil rights, welfare, and education plus volunteer board member of groups that promote juvenile justice. Two deceased Oberlin Makes a Difference inductees were represented by family members — Edwin Berry by nephew Tony Marshall, and Kenny Clark by Jean Clark. Berry was a pioneering civil rights leader in Chicago, where he headed the Urban League and fought to desegregate Chicago’s public schools. Clark was an Oberlin building contractor who made major contributions to restoring Westervelt Hall and to building the bandstand on Tappan Square. The 1908 honoree was Mary Johnston, who enabled Oberlin College students and OHS grads to receive scholarships.

The former owner of Ben Franklin, Marianne Cochrane, has returned there as bookkeeper. Rebecca Crawford, back from two years of teaching at the Western Academy of Beijing, is the grade 11 English teacher at the School for International Studies in Brooklyn, a small public International Baccalaureate school in the New York City school system.

Steve Friebert is a pilot operating out of Guam. He reports that he is four hours from anywhere and everywhere. Lisa Greenberg is a nurse-practitioner and sister Judy is a social worker, both in Seattle.

Lura Johnson, pianist from Baltimore, is one member of the Baltinati Duo, which earned second place in the 23rd Annual Chamber Music Competition held near Vienna, Austria, in September. The other member was a cellist from the Cinnati Symphony.

Robyn Knight works for AmeriMark in Middleburg Heights. Her sister Rosa Gadsden is a city farmer raising goats and chickens. She serves on the Oberlin board of education.

Tom McDonald is a physician’s assistant in Madison, Wis. His twin brothers are Matt, who runs two food trucks in Denver, and Mike, who assists in a lawyer’s office in Cleveland.

Jason Moore, a sophomore at Findlay University, is 11th in the nation in Division II for touchdown passes received. His grandmother, Carolyn Thomas, works at the Oberlin IGA. Alex Morrison is a librarian specializing in the school district’s technology in Pacific Grove High School in California.

Jan Olmsted Koepp has retired as a registered nurse at University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center. Jackie Pitts had an exhibit of her art work at Kendal in October and November.

The latest book by Steven Pierce is “Moral Economies of Corruption: State Formation and Political Culture in Nigeria.” He is a senior lecturer in modern African history at the University of Manchester, England. His sister, Anne Schaum, is office manager and IT person at Wirenet in Cleveland. She serves on the Oberlin board of education. Their sister, Margy Pierce, teaches undergraduates in education at Stonehill College in Massachusetts.

Darby Saxbe, who teaches at the University of Southern California, has received a grant of more than $1 million from the National Science Foundation for her research in psychology. Jonathan Schoonmaker is a senior vice president at Hewlett Packard. He functions worldwide but his headquarters are in Palo Alto, Calif.

Karen Wilson is chief deputy for the parole office of Richmond, Va. Her sister, Alesha, works at University Hospitals in Elyria and Oberlin Welcome Nursing Home as part of her preparation for her nursing degree through Lorain County Community College. Their sister, Tarnisha Young Freeman, is a parent advocate at Community Action in Wellington. Their mother, Patty Young, works at the Oberlin IGA.

We had the opportunity to attend the 50th reunion of the OHS Class of 1965. It was spearheaded by Sally Harris, who retired six years ago as a counselor at Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor. She now splits her year between Ann Arbor and the Clearwater, Fla., area, enjoying golf.

Dan Arthrell is a policy advocate in Oklahoma. Bob Reno is a certified public accountant in Sylvania, Ga. Mark Severs is a lawyer and financial planner for Morgan Stanley in New Hampshire. Doug Vance is a retired health care administrator in Grand Rapids, Mich. Chuck Worcester works in information technology in Lorain County.

Jane Lyman Betts is a Methodist minister in the East Ohio Conference. Jan Thompson, who lives in Lorain, is very religious. Ernestine Codney does medical transcription and is an office manager In Waco, Texas.

Terry Hobbs has retired as a manufacturing engineer from Parker Hannifin. After a career in dentistry in Oxford, Doug Hoover now does volunteer work in Westerville.

John and Ann Stephens Molyneaux live on the Olympic peninsula, Washington. They continue insurance work and financial planning with individual clients in Chicago. Carl Schwinn taught economics at Bates College in Maine. Joan Zbydnowski has raised three children and lives near Athens, Ga.

Claudine Carlton collects news on Oberlin graduates. Send it to claudinecarlton@oberlin.net.

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