Dr. Peggy C. Giordano
Class of 1966
Dr. Peggy C. Giordano is one of the most accomplished sociologists of her generation. She is known as a first-rate scholar and her research is on the cutting edge, particularly in the area of female juvenile delinquency. She has been recognized both nationally and internationally as a scholar of criminal behavior, adolescence and risk taking.
The foundation for Dr. Giordano’s tremendous academic career began in the Ritenour School District. Dr. Giordano says Ritenour gave her the best training for all subsequent academic work and her career as a college professor.
After graduating from Ritenour High School in 1966, Dr. Giordano moved to the University of Missouri, where she received a bachelors degree in sociology in 1970. She went on to earn her masters degree and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota.
In 1974, she joined the faculty of Bowling Green State University in Ohio as an assistant professor. Dr. Giordano has been the lead member of some impressive research teams over the past three decades that have produced some of the most significant and often cited research in the field. She has, since 1976, been the principal or co-principal investigator on federal and private foundation research grants totaling almost $6 million and has published nearly 40 articles.
Dr. Giordano was named Distinguished Research Professor in 2000, an honor given to very few individuals in a large pool of high achieving and impressive scholars. This year, she was named a fellow in the American Society of Criminology. The honor is given to scholars whose work has advanced the field of criminology.
Although she has an extensive and incredibly successful academic background, Dr. Giordano admits that her favorite memory from Ritenour High School was “the day I made the cheerleading squad”!
Dr. Giordano and her husband, Theodore Groat, live in Bowling Green, Ohio.
Class of 1959
Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski knows first-hand the impact of a great education and great teachers in any child’s life. His commitment to excellence in Oregon schools began at Ritenour. Gov. Kulongoski, class of 1959, has built on the academic foundation that Ritenour provided and has become a role model for future students, proving that anything can be accomplished regardless of the challenges one might face.
Gov. Kulongoski grew up in a Catholic boys’ home and attended Ritenour High School from 1956-59. He joined the United States Marine Corps in 1960. When he returned from duty in Southeast Asia, he spent a few years as a truck driver and bricklayer in a steel mill in Alton, Ill. Those experiences, along with the GI Bill, gave Gov. Kulongoski the impetus and the financial ability to pursue higher education.
Gov. Kulongoski continued his education at the University of Missouri, earning both his undergraduate and law degrees. In 1970, he moved to Oregon, where he established his own law firm and quickly earned a reputation as a leading labor lawyer. He authored the Oregon Public Employee Collective Bargaining Act, a landmark piece of legislation that became the cornerstone of public employees’ (including teachers) bargaining rights in Oregon.
In 1974, he was elected to the Oregon House of Representatives and in 1978 he was chosen to serve in the Oregon State Senate. Gov. Kulongoski was appointed Oregon Insurance Commissioner in 1987, elected Oregon Attorney General in 1992 and selected as a state Supreme Court Justice in 1998. He was elected Governor in 2002 and is currently seeking re-election for a second term.
Gov. Kulongoski is the only governor in Oregon’s history to serve in all three branches of state government: legislator, Supreme Court Justice and governor.
Gov. Kulongoski and his wife, Mary Oberst, have three grown children and one grandson. They reside in Salem, Oregon, and visit Missouri every two years, and always drive past Ritenour.
Dr. Harry J. Maue
Class of 1963
Dr. Harry J. Maue has been credited by the Wall Street Journal as being the founder of the legal fee auditing industry, a field in which he has become nationally recognized. He is a classic example of a self-made individual from a modest background that has risen to the top of his profession.
Dr. Maue, Ritenour High School class of 1963, has built a successful career and national reputation, recognized as both an accomplished writer and respected speaker in his field. He has a great passion for his work and brings to it a high level of professionalism, honesty and integrity.
Dr. Maue has an extensive and impressive educational background. He earned a degree in business administration from Upper Iowa University in 1976; a law degree from the University of San Gabriel College of Law in 1979; an M.B.A. in from Southern Illinois University in 1980; a Ph.D. in from Saint Louis University in 1985; a degree in Administrative Sciences from the University of Alabama in 1986; and an L.L.M. in International Law from the University of Leicester Faculty of Law in 1996.
In 1985, Dr. Maue founded Stuart Maue Mitchell & James, Ltd. and created an entirely new industry and profession in the field of legal auditing. Acknowledged as the pioneer in the legal auditing field, the company is headquartered in St. Louis.
In 1997, Dr. Maue was the commencement speaker at Upper Iowa University and received the universities first Entrepreneur Award. The following year, Dr. Maue was appointed to the Board of Trustees at Upper Iowa and currently serves as Chairman of the International Programs.
Dr. Maue has given generously both his time and personal resources to the community. He and his company have been significant contributors over the years to many charitable organizations, including Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital.
Dr. Maue and his wife, Carolyn, reside in Chesterfield, Mo.
Dr. Richard J. Sabath III
Class of 1963
Dr. Richard J. Sabath III has been able to parlay his interest in athletics and his love for people into a fascinating career that has incorporated professional expertise, compassion and community service.
A 1963 graduate of Ritenour High School, Dr. Sabath is beginning his 20th year as the exercise physiologist at the Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo. He also serves as a professor of Clinical Medicine at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine.
Dr. Sabath’s current research interests are focused on two main patient groups – children with congenital heart defects and those born prematurely at extremely low birth rates. He has made numerous presentations nationally and internationally on these and other research studies from his lab. He works with some of the hospital’s sickest children. Knowing that the children he works with are often frightened or nervous, Dr. Sabath does everything in his power to set them at ease. He wears funny ties and goofy hats, and sings silly songs to help make children giggle and relax.
Prior to his tenure at Children’s Mercy Hospital, he spent 20 years in university teaching at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, University of Northern Colorado and the University of Kansas. He began his career as a secondary physical education teacher at Southeast High School in Kansas City, Mo. in 1967.
Dr. Sabath attended William Jewell College in Liberty, Mo. where he played football and received a degree in physical education. He later attended the University of Northern Colorado where he earned his masters degree and a doctorate in exercise physiology.
Dr. Sabath and his wife, Pat, live in Lenexa, Kan. They have two sons Mike (wife Heather) and Rick (wife Carol). They are proud grandparents of Brett, Emma, Drew and Lydia.