1997 (Inaugural)

Laura Jeane Downey Bell Laura Jeane Downey Bell
Class of 1939

Recognized for a distinguished career as a nurse and health care administrator and for her contributions to civic and church activites. The recipient of many professional honors, Laura and her husband, David, a former member of the Ritenour Board of Education, have nine children, 22 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. One of their daughters, Ruth Bell Greco, is a current member of the Ritenour Board. Laura is the daughter of the late Harold and Mary Etta Downey.

Julie A. Maxey Ferguson Julie A. Maxey Ferguson
Class of 1976

Set records as a basketball player at the University of Missouri, was an administrator with the Big Eight Conference and is now a public school teacher and coach, continuing her emphasis on academic and athletic excellence. The recipient of many athletic honors, Julie serves on local and national award selection committees. She has been named an Excellence In Teaching Award Winner and Teacher of the Year Finalist. She and her husband, Steve are the parents of Dawn, Ryan and Scott. Julie is the daughter of Don Maxey, a long-time Ritenour teacher and coach, and Dr. Bonnie Maxey, a former Ritenour teacher who is now an assistant superintendent in the Parkway School District. 

Donell J. Gaertner Donell J. Gaertner
Class of 1950

As a Ritenour sophomore, began a 50-year career with the St. Louis County Library, including 29 years as its director. He oversaw the library’s expansion from nine to 17 sites and its development into one of the finest systems in Missouri. He was a leader in state and national library associations and won many awards for his outstanding service. Don and his wife, Darlene, are the parents of Karen and Keith. Don is the son of the late Elmer and Norine Gaertner.

Moore Major General Burton R. Moore
Class of 1959

A highly-decorated Air Force veteran, who is honored for a distinguished 28-year career that ranged from flying more than 100 combat missions in Vietnam to serving as director of operations for General H. Norman Schwartzkoff during Operation Desert Storm. Burt and his wife, Ilameta, are the parents of Meredith, an Air Force student at the Unviersity of South Carolina Medical School, and Jon, an Air Force C-9 pilot at Scott AFB, Illinois. Burt is the son of the late Samuel and Esther Moore.

Morgan Thomas Morgan III
Class of 1969

Is recognized for an outstanding career in journalism, which has included positions with the Miami Herald, the Washington Post and the New York Times. He is the recipient of many professional honors, including the highest awards presented by the University of Missouri School of Journalism and the National Association of Black Journalists, of which he is a past president. Tom is the son of Thomas Morgan, Jr., of Breckenridge Hills and the late Loris Morgan.

Piacentini Vincent Piacentini, Jr.
Class of 1938

Is honored for his many contributions to the fine arts community and his brilliant career as a world-renowned consultant and designer of theaters and concert halls. He is known for hundreds on projects across the United States and in Canada, Greece, Egypt, Puerto Rico, Australia, Saudi Arabia, the Philippines, South Korea and Japan. Vince, who died in 1986, was the son of the late Vincent and Josephine Piacentini and brother of Virginia Piacentini of Overland.

Viehland Dr. Larry A. Viehland
Class of 1965

Is an internationally-recognized scientific researcher. Since 1977, he has been a faculty member at Parks College of Saint Louis University, where he chairs the Department of Science and Mathematics. Internationally-known as a consultant and presenter in the U.S., England, Austria, Wales, Canada, Australia, Singapore, Japan, the Netherlands, Greece, Norway and New Zealand. Larry is also the author or co-author of more than 80 scientific publications and textbooks. He and his wife, Claudia are the parents of Jeremy, a graduate of MIT, and Brian, a student at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Larry is the son of Beulah Viehland Gingry and the late Harold Viehland.