Dr. William E. Cooley
Class of 1947
Although Bill Cooley may not be a household word, a product he perfected – Crest toothpaste – certainly is. A 1947 Ritenour graduate, Bill was an outstanding student who was especially interested in math and science, although he also enjoyed Pearl Yancey’s Latin class and Belle Pardue’s Public Speaking Club. Charles Robinson was his inspiration for majoring in chemistry at Central College in Fayette (now Central Methodist College), a school he was influenced to choose by Ruth Leigh Lovelace, another Ritenour faculty member. More than 50 years later, he describes all of them as inspiring teachers he will never forget.
Bill graduated with highest honors from Central in 1951 and received a National Science Foundation Fellowship, which enabled him to complete a Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Illinois three years later. His first post-college job was with Procter & Gamble in Cincinnati, where work was underway on the formula for Crest. As a research chemist and product development group leader, Bill was instrumental in improving the formula and maintaining Crest as a marketable product. During his 40 years with Procter & Gamble, he managed in several divisions of the company and worked successfully with the Food and Drug Administration and other government agencies. He also managed governmental regulatory affairs for over-the-counter drugs in the U.S. and internationally. The author of 18 scientific articles and the holder of six U.S. patents in the dentifrice area, Bill has been both an active and associate member, board member and committee chair in the Nonprescription Drug Manufacturers Association and the Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association and was certified by the Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society. In 1981 he was named a distinguished alumnus of Central Methodist College.
Since his retirement in 1994, Bill and his wife, the former Marion Sherman, have established a consulting business relating to the drug and cosmetic industries, which they operate from their home in Wyoming, Ohio. Marion is also a 1947 Ritenour graduate. Bill has been involved with the United Way and has served as an aide at Drake Center, a hospital for elderly and handicapped persons. He and Marion are active members of the Presbyterian Church, where they teach, sing in the choir and play the piano and organ. They are the parents of Charles, Marilyn, Harold and Noele. Bill is the son of the late Charles and Lillian Cooley.
David F. Maltman
Class of 1964
After his graduation from Ritenour, David Maltman earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology, secondary teacher’s certification and a master’s in guidance and counseling, all from Southwest Missouri State University.
After two years as a signal officer in the U.S. Army, he began his teaching career in Strafford, Missouri, where he pioneered classroom simulation exercises and was named Teacher of the Year in 1973. Three years later he became director of juvenile court detention services in Kansas City, Kansas, managing and coordinating the operation of a 24-hour secure detention facility for children ages 7 to 18. A major accomplishment was changing the orientation of the facility from custodial care to diagnosis and treatment.
In 1981 David began an eight-year term as executive director of Advocacy Services of Alaska, during which he established consumer-driven advocacy as an integral part of the service delivery system and coordinated legislative efforts to pass a Bill of Rights for Alaskans with disabilities. He was elected to the board of directors of the National Association of Protection and Advocacy, served as president of the Alaska Association on Developmental Disabilities, was co-founder of Alaska’s Disability Awareness and Advocacy Day and in 1988 was named Most Outstanding Human Service Provider by the Association of Retarded Citizens of Alaska.
In 1986 David worked as legislative administrative assistant to Alaska State Senator Jan Faiks. His duties included reviewing and analyzing proposed legislation, organizing public hearings and meetings and preparing correspondence for the co-chair of the Senate Finance Committee.
From 1989 to 1991, David served as deputy commissioner of the Indiana Department of Mental Health, with responsibility for a complex system of services involving more than 6,900 community residential beds, 30 community mental health centers, 62 organizations serving people with developmental disabilities and the governing boards of 11 state-operated facilities with 3,200 beds. In 1991 David returned to Anchorage as executive director of the State of Alaska Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education, his present position. His honors include: participating in Senior Executives in Leadership in Mental Health Administration at the John F. Kennedy School of Government; serving as a faculty member at the National Conference of State Legislators; chairing the National Association of Disability Councils National Public Policy Committee; and serving on Alaska’s Statewide Independent Living Council.
David’s leisure activities include amateur radio – he serves as a checkpoint operator on the Iditarod Sled Dog Race – and playing first base for the Cafe Del Mundo/Marx Brothers and Java Heads teams. He is the son of Corabelle and the late Frank Maltman of Overland. His sister, Rebecca, and brother, Dan, are also residents of the Ritenour District.
Class of 1939
Don Horn’s career got off to a flying start after his 1939 graduation from Ritenour – first at Robertson Aviation School at Lambert Field, where he earned his aircraft and engine license, and in 1945 at Memphis Flying School, where he earned a private pilot’s license. In the 1940s, Don worked as a naval aircraft inspector and managed a Memphis company that distributed aircraft parts and equipment. In 1950, while still in his twenties, he purchased an operation which he reorganized as the Don Horn Company. Over the next 28 years, serving as general manager, president and CEO, he built the company from a four-employee distributorship to a 40-person work force.
During these years, Don also founded and published “Cars and Parts,” an automotive magazine, and founded Smith and Smith Aircraft Corporation in New Orleans. He sold the Don Horn Company in 1978, and it has since become the international division of the Ryder Corporation. For the past 23 years, he has served as CEO of D & M Real Estate Company, which deals with commercial property. Don is a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association, past president of the Aviation Distributors and Manufacturers Association, a founding member and long-time board member of the General Aviation Division of the National Association of Credit Management, the founder and first president of the National Aircraft Parts Distributors Association and the founder of the Aircraft Parts Catalogue Association.
For the past 30 years, Don has been a member of the Department of Defense Orientation Conference Association, through which he has visited 19 foreign countries and many military installations in the U.S. He has also been invited to participate in seminars and forums sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense and the War Colleges of the U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force.
For 17 years Don was a member of the board of directors of the Memphis Downtown Rotary Club. He served on the Memphis Area Vocational-Technical School Advisory Board and chaired the Military Affairs Council of the Memphis Area Chamber of Commerce. He is a past president of the Rowland Heights-Diamond Bar-Walnut Rotary Club and has been a delegate to two international conferences. He served for four years as a member of the General Advisory Council of the La Puente Valley Regional Occupational Program and of the Board of Directors of Mt. San Antonio College Foundation. He is presently a member of the USAF Foundation and director emeritus of the U.S. Navy War College Foundation.
A life-long aviation and auto racing enthusiast, Don has accumulated more than 5,000 hours of flying time in many kinds of aircraft and, as a member of the Sports Car Club of America, raced in international competition for 13 years.
Don and his wife, the former Margaret Lee Robertson, live in Diamond Bar, California. Don’s parents were the late Otto and Martha Sprick Horn
Dr. Jennifer Horrell Page
Class of 1986
When Jennifer Horrell graduated from Ritenour in 1986, she was one of an elite group of students accepted in the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s six-year medical program. In 1992, she completed both a bachelor’s degree in biology and an M.D. degree. After a transitional year at St. John’s Mercy Medical Center in St. Louis, she joined the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago for a three-year residency, serving as chief resident in 1995-96.
Since 1996, Jennifer has been medical director for acute rehabilitation at St. Anthony’s Medical Center in St. Louis and is also in private practice at St. John’s Mercy Medical Center.
She has served as midwest regional representative and program coordinator for the Midwest Regional Conference of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and as a delegate to the American Medical Association. She served three-year terms as a member of the Governing Council and Medical Legal Council of the Illinois State Medical Society and is presently a member of the Young Physicians Committee and the Women Physicians Committee of the St. Louis Metropolitan Medical Society.
Jennifer is the author of several articles and serves on Clinical Care Pathways and the Orthopedic Review Committee at St. Anthony’s. A health advocate for the elderly, she is a frequent speaker at a club for stroke survivors and is a sponsor of the Heads Up program, which focuses on head injury prevention for high school students. During her college days, Jennifer spent four years as a cheerleader for the Kansas City Chiefs. She and her husband, Dr. Sam Page, whose specialty is anesthesiology, live in suburban St. Louis. They are the parents of six-month-old Samuel Logan, whom Jennifer considers her greatest accomplishment. She is the daughter of Louis and Ruth Horrell of Woodson Terrace. Her brothers, Tim and Patrick, are also Ritenour graduates and still live in the St. Louis area.
Dr. James A. Vornberg
Class of 1961
When Jim Vornberg began kindergarten in 1948, he probably didn’t expect to be in school for the next 50 years – interrupted only by a four-year tour of duty as an ICBM launch officer with the U.S. Air Force during the Viet Nam era. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and history from Southeast Missouri State University, and a master’s and Ph.D. in educational administration from the University of Arizona.
Jim’s began teaching in 1965 in the Pattonville District. When he returned from the Air Force, he spent a year as a graduate assistant at the University of Arizona before moving to Sao Paulo, Brazil, where for two years he served as assistant to the superintendent of the American School, which served 1,150 students of American families as well as Brazilians and 28 other nationalities.
After a year as an assistant professor at the University of Arizona, Jim joined the faculty of East Texas State University (now Texas A&M University-Commerce) in 1974. He was promoted to full professor there in 1981 and served as interim department head in 1991-92. Jim is co-founder and director of the Meadows Principal Improvement Program, funded by the Meadows Foundation of Texas in 1985. In 1990 the program received national recognition from the American Association of School Administrators for outstanding contributions in educational leadership development, leading to the establishment of the Principal Center at Texas A&M-Commerce. Jim’s primary teaching fields are the principalship, school facilities, personnel management and general administration. He has successfully guided 49 doctoral students through the completion of their dissertations and degrees.
Jim is co-author and editor of Texas Public School Organization and Administration, the most comprehensive work available on Texas education, now in its sixth edition, and has authored or co-authored more than 40 journal articles. He is a past president of Texas Professors of Educational Administration, chapter president and district coordinator of Phi Delta Kappa and has served as a consultant to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. International education is a special professional interest. Jim has served for three summers on the faculty of international study programs to the United Kingdom and on two medical/educational missions to Russia.
Jim retired in 1994 as a lieutenant colonel with 27-1/2 years of service in the Air Force Reserves. He has been active in the United Methodist Church, the Red Cross, the Sierra Club and Boy Scouts, of which he has been a member for 46 years, and is the recipient of the Silver Beaver Award for distinguished service. He lives in Garland, Texas, and is the father of Scott and Mark. Jim is the son of Hadley Vornberg of Overland and the late Gladys Vornberg, who taught for many years at Home Heights, Midland and Old Overland schools. Jim’s brother, Dan, lives in the St. Louis area.