I am the managing partner in Woods & Woods Associates, Ltd. since 1983. Vandalia City Council Member elected 2019. And an avid flyfisherwoman. I just want to share with you that it was my distinct pleasure to spend this past weekend with my classmates from 50 years ago. I appreciated the opportunity to share memories and anecdotes from the past and aspirations and dreams for the future. Take very good care of yourselves.
I left Colonel White after freshman year and graduated from Fairmont East. But I cherish memories of Brown School K-through-8 classmates, as well as shorter-term freshman friends. Let me now send safe and socially-appropriate virtual group hugs to everyone! I majored in philosophy at DePauw University, served in the Social Security Administration for three years, and got a law degree at Ohio State. I've had a solo law practice in Cincinnati focused on DUI defense since 1981. With no kids, I'm married to Broadway-star-at-heart, Samantha Toberman. We share interests in music, theatre, scuba diving, alpine skiing, cultural travel, and Duchess the Yorkie. I like old cars, creamy stouts, bargain shopping, cooking, and tennis. I've long been struggling to restore an 1893 house, and still play the French horn, including in the Kentucky Symphony. Recently semi-retired, I spend much of the year in the Colorado mountains.
Sharon (Canty) Carson
After graduation my folks moved to Pittsburgh and I attended Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio. After receiving a BA in Psychology, I went to Cleveland State and earned a Masters in Urban Affairs. I worked for both the State and Federal Government as a Civil Rights Investigator for 15 years in the Cleveland area. In 1987 I followed my heart and attended seminary in Delaware, Ohio and became a United Methodist Pastor and eventually a chaplain for hospice.
I have one daughter, Elaine, a wonderful spouse Bill, three stepchildren, six grandchildren, and eight grand dogs. I am now happily retired and enjoying camping, taking long walks and visiting family and friends.
I can’t believe that it has been 50 years!!! Where did the time go?? There are some events that seem so vivid from those days at Colonel White whereas others seem so long ago. I have been in the Washington DC area since I completed by Pediatric Residency at Ohio State in 1984. I am a pediatric hematologist-oncologist and on faculty at Children’s National Medical Center and a professor at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. In 2008 I took a position at the National Institutes of Health in the National Cancer Institute as head of Pediatric Solid Tumors in the Cancer Therapy and Evaluation Program. This is where I am currently although I still see my patients one day a week in clinic. I am married and we have a son who is in banking in NYC (although has been working from home for over the past 15 months) and a daughter who works for a communications firm in Washington DC and was working on the US Census. I am looking forward to seeing you at the reunion and hearing what you all have been doing.
I was a late bloomer to say the least. I started at ITT in the fall of 1971, but when I got a draft number “5” I decided to enlist in the Ohio Air National Guard in September 1972 to avoid being drafted into the Army. (Little did I know Nixon was going to end the draft.) So I planned on doing my six years and getting out. While working on fighter jets I got the inspiration to fly and was fortunate enough to go back to college and get accepted into the USAF pilot training program in 1979. I flew fighters for 30 years and retired as the Vice Wing Commander after 39 years, 2 months, and 10 days after enlisting in September of 1972. While in my early days of flying with the Guard I also worked as an Air Traffic Controller (which is what moved me to Columbus), spent a year as an Airline Pilot for People Express, then spent the final 25 years fulltime with the Ohio ANG. For the past 10 years I’ve been working for Worthington Industries as the Senior Director for Environmental, Health, Safety & Security (and part time pilot). I will transition into semi-retirement in October and be a reserve pilot for them. I am blessed with 5 children ranging from 40 to 24 and a wonderful wife Gigi.
Carol (Miller) Jutte
Wow! 50 years! I haven’t strayed as far from home as some… I married in July 1972, after earning my LPN Diploma in Dayton and moved to Fort Recovery, about 60 miles north. My husband and I raised 3 sons, worked, built a home in the country, and enjoyed going to car shows in many different states. In 2002, I moved up to the title of RN and still work in homecare, but am looking forward to retirement… someday! I already have the house in Florida, so I am able to take long winter work breaks to escape the ice and snow! 2 weeks after we celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary, my husband lost his battle with cancer. That was 9 years ago. I have had the opportunity to travel a little with friends and some on my own, still own a couple specialty cars and attend car shows, which my sons and daughters in law also enjoy. We all live within 25 minutes if each other, so I also get to enjoy my 5 grandkids, who are still young enough to enjoy time with Grandma! Life is good and I am grateful for all my blessings!
Worked in NYC for a big brokerage firm. Then I was given a requested transfer to the San Francisco office. Got my commodities license and was a trader for a big commodities broker. After a few years, I got my Series 7 (stock) license and started building a book of my own clients. Got married and eventually gave up career for family (have 1 daughter), but continued managing our personal investments. Husband worked as a CPA for many years and branched out into real estate. So now, we are enjoying the fruits of our labor. Moved into a new house after 32 years in the same home, and it's like paradise here!
I will be attending our High School Reunion. Here is a picture of my wife and I two years ago when we were in South Korea. I live outside of Los Angeles where I have been working the last 15 years as an Environmental Protection Specialist with the US Army at Ft Irwin, CA, except for the 3 years we were in Korea, I have been in California and worked in the environmental field for 30 years. I remained close friends with Doug France and visited him right before he passed.. It was so sad seeing him go the way he did. Before that I lived in Dallas and worked in the oil business.
I am a retired, 35 year veteran, from Dayton Fire Department. April 1, 1974- June 9, 2009, In the course of my career I participated in the extinguishment of countless fires. I’ve been recognized by the Dayton Fire Department for my accomplishments of providing Emergency Victim Care to a 14 year old boy that was shot in the head resulting in him losing half of his brain. This resulted in RIPLEY’S BELIEVE IT OR NOT, coming to Dayton and airing a show entitled, HALF-BRAIN BOY. I’ve also assisted in the delivery of six babies. I’ve earned the respect by my peers for my abilities and demeanor in times of crisis. In 2007 I was awarded FIREFIGHTER OF THE YEAR by the annual Joseph T. Cline Award. Previously the “100” Club.
I have been employed by Sinclair Community College as an adjunct Fire Instructor as well as a part-time assistant instructor. October 1997- March 2020. I have been rehired in August 2020 at Sinclair to work as a part time instructor/driver-operator. I have a Firefighter Level 2 State of Ohio Certification as well as Fire Instructor and Live Fire Instructor. I also possess a Class B CDL license. I am fully vaccinated against Covid 19.
I am a contributor to the community apart from my fire career. I was a member of the Dayton Opera Chorus, the Dayton Philharmonic Chorus, my church choir, and The Dayton Bach Society Choir. I sing THE NATIONAL ANTHEM at the WOUNDED WARRIORS Softball games and the Miami Valley Fallen Firefighters Programs as wel as multiple weddings, funerals, and special events.
I spent a lot of time being educated, starting in Middletown, CT, at Wesleyan University, then graduate school at the University of Chicago (which also included time studying in Germany) and finally law school at Georgetown. During law school, I worked for the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on the Constitution and the SEC. To the relief of my parents, I finally got a real job practicing law, which I continue to do. I practiced briefly in LA and Chicago, and now approaching 40 years in NYC, all at big law firms. For several years, I took a holiday from legal practice as a partner at Arthur Andersen, where I helped to found its registered broker-dealer, just prior to the debacle precipitated by the collapse of Enron. Camille, my wife of almost 40 years, is a long-serving appellate prosecutor. We divide our time between Brooklyn Heights and Washington, CT. Our daughter lives in London, and our son lives in Philadelphia. We are very much looking forward to the revival of the cultural amenities of NYC, to resuming visits with our daughter in London and at various Continental vacation spots, and, next summer, to the wedding of our son.
I was saddened to see the obituary of Dicky Garrison. During our early years at E.J. Brown, we were frequent playmates. Our paths diverged, and I didn’t see him for some time, until the summer of 1981, when we met up again at Kettering hospital, where Dr. Garrison was a very kind attending physician for my dying sister.
My 50-year journey has been anything but a straight line.
I graduated from Miami University in 1975 and taught there for a short time before attending the University of Iowa Writers Workshop where I earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing. Moving West, I landed in Denver where I worked for two years as the staff writer at a commercial jazz station. College pals lured me to the San Francisco in 1980 and the Bay Area has been home ever since.
My career as a writer was rather serpentine: I worked in advertising, newspapers (LA Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and Oakland Tribune), marketing, the wine industry (fun!), the coffee business, high tech (Apple, among other companies) and finally in banking, including the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. In 1995, I published The Mission Statement Book, now in its third edition from Random House.
In 2016 I retired as a writer and from the grind of the corporate world and devoted myself to my passion, art photography. Happily, Bay Area art galleries have featured my work in solo and group shows. I’ve also exhibited in Cincinnati venues. You can see my work at my website, jeffreyabrahams.com.
After 35 years of living in the same home in Oakland, in 2020 I downsized and moved to the neighboring community of Alameda. (Coincidentally, I grew up in a house on Alameda Place in Dayton View.)
I read the Dayton Daily News online every week and am so impressed with how downtown Dayton and surrounding communities have endured despite so many setbacks. Never married (but I came close), I am blessed with a wonderful network of friends.
I worked in construction and remodeling for virtually my entire career and owned a remodeling/rehab business in Denver before moving back to Dayton and founding Stillwater Builders, which I sold in 2018.
I have been a long time musician and have been lead guitarist in The Fries Band since 1991. The band still plays 10-20 dates a year, mostly festivals and community concerts. I have also been a songwriter off and on over my musical life and am currently working on a song collection which should be released in some form towards the end of 2021. I’m married (Laura) and we have two daughters, Amanda and Molly. Laura and I live in Oakwood with our dog Target.
I've been in San Diego since 1976, after graduating engineering from UC. Not surprising to some, I found I liked the business side of things more than the technical. Retired, I play in three softball leagues, enjoy competitive bridge, do some life coaching, and love to sail. My wife loves Costa Rica and spends a lot of time down there. My son, Sam, is a full time musician and my daughter Lucy is still figuring out how to make a living after becoming the first and only in our family to get a PhD. I look forward to reconnecting with my classmates from CW and Brown.