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QUICKSILVER, ROBERT E. (’73) — Robert joined FOX Broadcasting Company in 1999 as Executive Vice President of Network Distribution. Later in the same year, he was promoted to President of Network Distribution and currently serves in that capacity. He oversees all aspects of the relationship between FOX and its 22 owned and operated stations and 180 local broadcast affiliates. He also runs the FOX Net national cable and satellite programming service, which presently has approximately two million subscribers.

He attributes present success to participation in sports at Ladue Horton Watkins High School. “Sports gave me a competitive edge that has been enduring. It provides me with an understanding of the importance of teamwork and how a group of people, striving for a common goal, can overcome challenges and achieve objectives, with collaborative spirit and sacrifice.” Robert was tri-captain of the All-Metro Football 2nd Team in 1973. He was also named a Scholar Athlete in 1973. Robert graduated from the University of Michigan Law School in 1981, magna cum laude.

Perhaps most importantly for Robert, he married Patti Rich Quicksilver (laude ’94), who teaches fitness and yoga in Baltimore, Maryland, where the couple resides. They have three children — Kimberly (19), Katherine (16) and Thomas (12). Robert’s parents, Donald and Joan Quicksilver, still live in St. Louis. His siblings, William (’70), Jeffrey (’79) and James (’79) are all Ladue Schools graduates.

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MACKEY, EUGENE J., III ('56) — Described by colleagues as an architect concerned with every aspect of a project — technical, aesthetic and practical — Eugene is widely recognized in his field for his design and artistic abilities. Throughout his career, he has demonstrated uncommon dedication and commitment to the profession. His impact on St. Louis is visible through the changes his vision has wrought on the city’s texture. He has saved thousands of acres of housing in the city by working with developer Leon Strauss on projects that include the LaSalle Building, the Hotel Majestic, the Lennox Hotel, the Lammert and Lashley Carruthers buildings and 729 North First Street on Laclede’s Landing. He also worked on several foundations in the Japanese Garden with Professor Kowichi Kawana at the Missouri Botanical Garden, the south entrance to the St. Louis Zoo, the fountain at the Missouri Historical Society, Union Station Office Center, the Washington University Student Housing and the Central Institute for the Deaf, to name a few. His awards include the Reinvest St. Louis Award 2001, the Entrepreneur of the Year Award from St. Louis Small Business, Best Places to Work, and Best Business Practices. Too numerous to list, Eugene and his firm, Mackey Mitchell Associates, are the recipients of no less than 22 architectural awards.

After graduating from Ladue Horton Watkins High School, Eugene attended St. John’s University, Washington University and finally received a Masters of Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design of 1963. He has this advice for students at Ladue: “Find something you are passionate about and follow your star. Believe in yourself. Respect the diverse talents of others, be experimental in all things and care about the broader community.” He claims to have made solid friendships in his small class of 100, and Eugene remembers teachers caring about him.

He currently resides in Ladue with his wife, Ann. 

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SPONG, CATHERINE Y. (’85) — The youngest member of Ladue Horton Watkins High School’s 50th Anniversary Distinguished Alumni class, Catherine has accomplished so much in the 17 years since her high school graduation. In 1990, Catherine was named to USA Today’s National Academic Team of College Students; in 1996, she received the George T. Stevens Georgetown University Outstanding Teacher Award; in 1999, only eight years after graduating from the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s six-year medical school, she received the UM-KC School of Medicine Alumni Achievement Award; at the age of 33, she was named National Institute of Health’s Director of the Maternal-Fetal Medicine Network, a multi-million dollar network conducting high-risk obstetrical trials; in January 2001, at age 34, Catherine assumed her current position as Chief of the Pregnancy and Perinatology Branch, NICHD, National Institutes of Health. She recently added the Associate Editor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the major obstetrics and gynecology journal, to her list of achievements.

Catherine’s academic accomplishments include her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of California-Los Angeles Harbor Medical Center; a Fellowship in maternal fetal medicine at the National Institutes of Health and Georgetown University; Board certification in obstetrics and gynecology and Board eligibility in maternal fetal medicine. She is a licensed physician in California, Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia.

Catherine began her academic career at Conway School, Ladue Junior High and Ladue Horton Watkins High School. Her activities were as varied as field hockey and track, debate team, Science Fair and Crescendo and she claims that “…my experiences at Ladue gave me the foundation upon which my academics and career are based. The wealth of opportunities that were initiated at Ladue have carried through to the present.”

The list of Catherine’s publications, research, membership in professional societies, community service, abstracts, oral presentations and mentoring research at Georgetown University is extensive. She is an internationally recognized and respected expert in maternal-fetal medicine.

Catherine lives in Arlington, Virginia and with her husband, Barry Gruver, and their 3-year-old daughter, Juliana. Her parents, E.D. and Valerie Spong, still reside in Ladue; her sister Alison (’83) lives in California. 

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SUSMAN, TODD (’65) — Todd has been an actor in film and television ever since his graduation from Ohio University in 1969 with a Bachelors in Fine Arts in Theatre. His resume includes roles in films such as Beverly Hills Cop II, The Juror and Blast From the Past, while his television appearances range from Newhart, Blossom, Coach, Grace Under Fire, The Wayan Brothers, FX: The Series and Diagnosis: Murder. Todd is instantly recognizable from numerous on-camera and voice-over work for national radio and TV commercials, including the current Mitsubishi car campaign and the Sonicare Tooth Fairy. In addition to his acting career, Todd owns TBS Production, Inc. and is particularly proud of his civic involvement with the Los Angeles Children’s Hospital.

During his years at Ladue Horton Watkins High School, Todd participated in student government at East Ladue Junior High and played varsity football for Coach Velten and Coach Kettlekamp. In accepting the Ladue Distinguished Alumni Award, Todd feels that his experiences in high school affected his life in “every respect” and that “Ladue is a watermark, a paradigm of beauty, decency and function. I did not intellectualize my happiness when I attended Ladue, but now, I realize its measure — I’d bet Ladue has no equal anywhere.”

Currently living in the Los Angeles area, Todd is the parent of Marlene (27), Tyler (26) and Albert (18) Susman. Todd’s four nephews, the children of his sister, Sara Susman Serot, (’66) are all Ladue Schools graduates. 

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WHYMAN, JEFF (’71) — Jeff sends a “wake-up” message to Ladue Horton Watkins High School students on a daily basis. He is the sculptor of the abstract rooster outside of the school’s auditorium, placed there in 1987. This is only one of 12 selected public collections placed across the United States, from Astoria, Oregon, to Boca Raton, Florida. While many reviews favor his unique artistic style, one journal comments, “Jeff Wyman’s work… is both a celebration of and an homage to the body human… Whyman’s art encompasses and portrays a wide range of emotion through abstract figurative imagery: elation, desire, anxiety, embarrassment; all are here.” He is known for his extraordinary welded steel works.

Teachers Mr. Bassman and Mr. Anderson taught Jeff art and drafting, respectively. He attributes the high school for creating an inspirational foundation upon which to build his career and his life upon. After attending the Kansas City Art Institute in the early ‘70s and receiving his Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1975 from the University of Miami, Jeff earned his Masters of Art in 1979 and a Masters of Fine Arts in 1980, both from the University of Calfornia-Berkeley. Jeff launched into a teaching profession himself on the west coast.

Married to Doumina, the couple reside in Allyn, Washington, where Jeff continues to produce and teach art. His brothers, Craig (’67) and Dan (’69), are both Ladue Schools graduates. 

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PASSANANTE, JEAN (’71) — Before embarking upon her present career as a successful daytime serial writer, Jean earned distinction as Artistic Director of the New York Theatre Workshop, an Off-Broadway theater company where she founded the New Directors Project to fosters works of new stage directors. She was also memorable as Irne in John Sayles’ 1979 film, The Return of the Seacaucus Seven.

Jean recalls that “… the experiences I had acting in plays (at Ladue Horton Watkins High School) whetted my appetite for a career in the professional theater and entertainment business.” Graduating in the first class of women from Dartmouth College in 1975, both summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with Highest Distinction in Drama, Jean continues her Dartmouth association in admissions.

Currently co-head writer of As the World Turns, Jean recently won her second Emmy Award for Best Writing and her third Writers Guild Award for All My Children. She has been a multi-honored member of the television industry for over 10 years.

Now living in New Jersey, Jean and her husband, John Shannon, have a daughter, Ruth (16). Jean’s mother, Alberta Passanante, still resides in Olivetti. Her sisters, Joy (’65) and Judy (’68), are also Ladue Schools graduates.

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BURNETT STRAUSS, MARY (’55) — Along with her late husband Leon, Mary Strauss is best known in St. Louis for saving the historic Fox Theatre in 1981 as the Director of Restoration and for establishing St. Louis’ arts and entertainment district, Grand Center. As one of the co-owners of the Fox Theatre and Fox Theatricals, she won a 2001 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, starring Gary Sinise, and she won a 2002 Tony Award for Best Musical, Thoroughly Modern Millie.

As a member of Ladue Horton Watkins High School’s first sophomore class in the fall of 1952, Mary credits Ladue for “…teaching me the satisfaction of knowledge and the value of hard work, which prepared me for life.” Academically, Mary went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Latin-American Studies from the University of the Americas in Mexico and a Masters of Art in Art History from Washington University. She taught art history at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville and created a course on the history of women painters which she taught at Washington University, the University of Missouri-St. Louis and the St. Louis Art Museum.

Mary has spent her life promoting and supporting the arts in St. Louis. Currently the president of Art Access, Inc., an organization formed to promote and produce classical music, and a member of the Board of Trustees for the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Mary has served on numerous cultural and educational boards such as Forest Park Forever, the St. Louis Art Museum and the Board of Regents for St. Louis University.

In recognition of her numerous contributions to the City of St. Louis, Mary has received some of the highest honors bestowed in this area, including the 1982 St. Louis Globe-Democrat Woman of Achievement in Historic Preservation, the 1985 St. Louis Variety Club Woman of the Year, the 1985 Doctor of Fine Arts Honoris Causa from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and the 1985 Albert Einstein Award-American Society of Technion, St. Louis.

A Central West End resident, Mary is the parent of Matthew (29) and Andrew (28), grandparent of Andrew’s 5-year-old son, Christopher, and stepparent of Adam Strauss (39).

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MEYERS, JOEL (’72) — Joel spent his Saturdays in high school announcing Ladue Rams football games play by play. Today, he broadcasts the St. Louis Cardinal’s baseball games.

In addition to announcing for the St. Louis Cardinals, Joel is currently in his third season as a play-by-play announcer on Fox Sports for Major League Baseball, Big 12 Football and the PGA Golf Tour.

Two decades ago, during the 1980s, Joel worked as a rock and roll disc jockey and as the public address announcer at Busch Stadium before moving to California and ascending to national sports-casting prominence.

Since 1984, Joel has covered the National Football League, college basketball and Major League Baseball for CBS Radio/Westwood One. Joel also announce the 1992 and 1996 Dream Team Olympic Games for CBS Radio/Westwood One. From 1992 to 1999, Joel provided play-by-play for Major League Baseball, as well as basketball, football, golf and tennis for ESPN. Prior to joining ESPN, Joel was with NBC as a play-by-play announcer for the National Football League, National Basketball League, college basketball and golf.

Joel states, “Attending Ladue High School afforded me the opportunity to make unique relationships that have been lifelong. I strongly attribute my professional growth to the confidence and knowledge gained through being a Ladue Ram.” Joel also attended the University of Missouri-Columbia. He is married to Carol Ansehl Meyers. They have two children — Drew (18) and J.J. (14).

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ROTHMAN-SEROT, GERI JAFFE (’62) — Geri has had a long history of public service that spans the political, charitable and educational communities. As Councilman for the St. Louis County Council’s Third District, she served as Chair of the Public Improvements, Justice, and Health Committees, and was responsible for a variety of innovative and important legislation.

In 1992, Geri was Missouri’s Democratic nominee for the United States Senate.

During her years in Jefferson City as a legislative spouse, Geri served as President of Legislative Spouses that successfully lobbied for a new Missouri State Capital Museum. She was appointed to the Congressional Awards Council, and she has been on the Board of many organizations including the St. Louis Science Center, the United Way, the American Jewish Committee — St. Louis Chapter and, recently, served as 2002 Chairman of Hadassah.

As a breast cancer survivor, Geri was a board member of the American Cancer Society’s Missouri Chapter and has been Honorary Chair of the Missouri Mental Health Association and the March of Dimes Telethon.

Among her many awards, Geri received the Woman of Valor Award from the AMC Cancer Research Center at Denver and the 1984 Globe-Democrat Woman of Achievement Award for Good Citizenship.

Geri feels that “Education is truly the foundation for your future. Because I did not graduate from college, my years at Ladue High School were even more important as the foundation… of my fascinating life.”

Geri and her husband, Dr. Donald Serot, live in Creve Coeur. Her four children, David (’85), Sarah (’88), Rachel (’90) and Daniel (’94) Rothmans, and her four stepsons, Dan (’94), Brad (’96), Jim (’98) and Joe (’02) Serot, are all Ladue Schools graduates. In addition, Geri is the grandmother of four. Her parents are Erv and Jean Jaffe, and her sisters are Barb Liberman and Ellen Jaffe (Ladue ’71). 
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