Walter R. Garrison
Class of 1944
Walter R. Garrison is known for his entrepreneurial spirit, ambition and energy. During his 36-year tenure as CEO at CDI Corporation, Garrison saw profound business growth, and he’s never forgotten about the importance of giving back to the community.
Upon graduating from Ritenour High School in 1944, Garrison reported to the United States Naval Officers Training School. After completing his military service, Garrison earned a master’s degree in aeronautical engineering from the University of Kansas.
In 1956, Garrison joined CDI Corporation, a professional services company providing engineering, information technology and professional staffing solutions. In 1956, CDI had an annual revenue of $1 million. In 1961, Garrison became president and CEO, and the company began to see remarkable growth. Garrison’s unique blend of optimism, honesty, realism and integrity helped him lead his company through the economic upheaval of the 1970s. When Garrison retired in 1997, CDI’s annual revenue was $1.5 billion.
Dedicated to helping students gain a technical education, Garrison founded the Pennsylvania Institute of Technology in 1953. Initially the institute was located on the first floor of Garrison’s home, but it has grown to a three-story building in Media, Pa., accommodating hundreds of students.
Garrison has donated time and resources to numerous colleges and schools and historic preservation organizations. A Boy Scout, Garrison is a participant in local troop and pack events and was a major contributor to Camp Garrison, the home of Cub Scout summer encampments.
Garrison and his wife, Jayne, live in Rose Tree, Pa.
Ann Hankins Hunt, Ph.D.
Class of 1956
Ann H. Hunt, Ph.D., a 1956 Ritenour High School graduate, has shown compassion and expertise in both her professional work as a nurse and in her service to her local community.
Dr. Hunt’s nursing career began as a staff nurse at St. Luke’s Hospital in St. Louis. Dr. Hunt pursued further education and received her Bachelor of Science in nursing from Purdue University in 1973 and her Master of Science in nursing in 1977. She earned her Ph.D. from Purdue in 1982.
Dr. Hunt has practiced the profession of nursing with a sense of commitment and student and client advocacy. In addition to caring for critically ill patients, Dr. Hunt has also taught nursing students at both St. Elizabeth School of Nursing and the Purdue University School of Nursing. She has earned the respect of her students, patients and hospital staff. Many admire Dr. Hunt for her outstanding creative ability, problem-solving skills and interpersonal skills.
In 1992, Dr. Hunt undertook a post-doctoral fellowship on calcium metabolism and osteoporosis at Washington University School of Medicine.
In addition to teaching and practicing nursing, Dr. Hunt has also been published in a variety of scholarly journals and gardening newsletters. She’s also received several teaching awards.
Now retired from nursing, Dr. Hunt currently serves as 3 rd District Councilor for the city of West Lafayette. She’s also an avid gardener and is serving as a mentor, or “special friend,” at her local elementary school.
Dr. Hunt and her husband, Richard, live in West Lafayette, IN.
E. Lewis Reid
Class of 1954
A successful lawyer, E. Lewis Reid has kept the best interest of his community and the country close at heart. This 1954 graduate has lobbied to protect and provide access to some of the country’s most beautiful natural resources and has worked to increase Californian’s access to health care.
After graduation, Reid found himself at Princeton University where he received his bachelor’s degree. He later went on to Harvard Law School to earn his law degree in 1962.
Reid spent some time teaching at the University of California, Berkeley, and went into private practice, where he became active in politics. In 1966, Reid was asked to serve as the Republican counsel to the Senate Interior Committee. In Washington, D.C., Reid worked on environmental issues throughout the western United States, including the bill that created Redwood National Park and legislation that ended plans to dam the Grand Canyon.
Reid returned to his private practice in 1970 and began serving as pro bono counsel to the California Coastal Alliance, a group dedicated to preserving California’s coastline. Reid helped Californians save the coast from harmful development by passing a ballot initiative to create the California Coastal Commission, an organization tasked to make responsible coastal land-use decisions.
In 1998, Reid stopped practicing law to become president and CEO of The California Endowment, a foundation dedicated to improving the health status of Californians. In 2000, the endowment was worth $3.7 billion and was making charitable grants in excess of $150 million per year.
Reid and his wife, Mary, live in Sebastopol, Calif.
Class of 1956
Dale Rohman, “America’s Flower Man,” a nationally recognized floral artist, has a passion for flowers and for supporting the ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) Association.
A 1956 graduate, Rohman went to work for a local florist after graduating from Ritenour High School. Together with a business partner, Rohman created George Waldbart Floral Company, one of the most successful floral companies in St. Louis.
Unfortunately, Rohman’s business partner was diagnosed with ALS in 1985 and died a little more than a year after his diagnosis. In response to his friend’s diagnosis, Rohman got involved with the ALS Association and sought to use his gifts in floral design to benefit those with the disease.
Rohman helped create a number of ALS Association patient programs, including a holiday gift to each patient, an award-winning respite-care program for caregivers, and an expanded equipment loan program for patients who cannot afford to purchase medical equipment. Thanks in part to his popular fundraiser, “Say It With Flowers,” Rohman has also raised more than $3 million for the organization.
Today, Rohman continues to share his love of flowers with others. He’s written three books on floral design and has appeared on numerous television shows, including NBC’s Today Show, CNN’s Morning News, Home Matters on the Discovery Channel, and Today at Home on cable’s Home and Garden TV. Rohman travels throughout the country to participate in home and garden shows and has designed major events for companies including Anheuser-Busch, Neiman Marcus, Edward Jones and the Missouri Botanical Garden.
Rohman and his wife, Joan, live in Chesterfield, Mo.
Class of 1974
Steve K. Twitchell, a 1974 graduate, built a reputation for quality audio-visual production as a Ritenour senior. He’s since built his own business and won national and international awards for his productions.
In 1974, the budding video producer was asked by a Ritenour teacher to produce a film titled “A Day in the Life of a Ritenour Student.” That film, a fantastic success, helped Ritenour High School successfully earn its North Central Evaluation.
Twitchell, who made his first film at 13, attended the University of Missouri, Columbia, and graduated Summa Cum Laude. Upon graduation, Twitchell taught radio and television courses at the University of Missouri School of Journalism and Stephens College in Columbia, Mo.
In 1981, Twitchell created Steve Twitchell/Production, an audio and video production studio in Columbia. Twitchell’s company has worked with every advertising agency in central Missouri and has produced thousands of commercials. Twitchell prides himself on keeping his company small, allowing him to focus on creating personal, quality work for his clients.
Steve Twitchell/Production has earned two Silver Telly awards, given to outstanding cable television commercials, and numerous other international, national and local awards for his work. Some of Twitchell’s clients include Keebler Cookie Company, Orvis Shops, State Farm Insurance and Columbia Regional Hospital. Clients give Twitchell rave reviews for his creativity, quality of work and ability to complete projects quickly.
Twitchell and his wife, Kathleen, live in Columbia, Mo.