Thomas R. Hughes
Class of 1969
Thomas R. Hughes has dedicated his life to his profession, service to his community and helping others. In 1990, he founded T.R. Hughes, Inc. and through hard work and diligence built it from a small custom homebuilder into a multi-million dollar company. T.R. Hughes is known as one of the most successful residential and commercial builders in the St. Louis area. He characterizes his business philosophy as “treating people the way you would want to be treated.”
Hughes’ generosity in the community and with his employees is unmatched in his industry. The honors he has received and the support he gives to charitable organizations are too numerous to list.
“He is so dedicated to serving the community, that he has been a role model to all of us who work with him,” one of his employees noted in a letter written to the Ritenour Hall of Fame Committee. “He inspires us every day to ‘do the right thing’ and think of others less fortunate than ourselves.”
Hughes is President of the Home Builders Association of Greater St. Louis. He has been named among the St. Louis Business Journal’s 200 Most Influential Business Leaders. Hughes also has a street and stadium in O’Fallon, Mo. named in his honor for his community-wide efforts.
In addition, his company – T.R. Hughes – has been named among the St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association’s Top 50 Companies, to the Inc. Magazine’s 500 Fastest-Growing Companies and was selected one of the St. Louis Business Journal’s Best Places to Work. T.R. Hughes has been honored with the March of Dimes Building the Community Award, the Better Business Bureau World Class Customer Satisfaction Award and the City of St. Charles Employer of the Year Award.
After graduating from Ritenour High School in 1969, Hughes served on the St. Charles City police force for 21 years as officer and sergeant. Hughes and his wife, Carolyn, have three children – Julie, Jason and Courtney and reside in St. Charles, Mo.
Dr. Janet Mosley Ruzycki
Class of 1973
Dr. Janet Mosley Ruzycki is a remarkable, talented, high-achieving professional. She has dedicated her life to the well being of her young patients and remained committed to treating the children of St. Louis throughout her career.
A practicing pediatrician for more than 25 years, Dr. Ruzycki has spent the better part of her professional life at St. Luke’s Hospital in Chesterfield, Mo, where she is currently Chief of Pediatric Medicine.
Her journey began at Ritenour High School, where Janet Mosley – then known by her maiden name – was active in the Rhythmettes, Pep Club and National Honor Society. Her days at Ritenour laid the foundation to take on leadership roles and responsibilities throughout her career. After graduating in 1973, she continued her education at Washington University in St. Louis where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Chemistry. In 1981, she earned a Doctor of Medicine degree from the Washington University School of Medicine.
She is known for her attention to detail and for her caring approach to the smallest of patients. As one of her colleagues remarked, “It takes a special person to be able to communicate so well with children of all ages and their parents during what can be a stressful time – doing it all with a smile.” Dr. Ruzycki looks out for the good of her patients and will go to any lengths possible to ensure their care is the best possible.
Dr. Ruzycki is well-known and well-respected in her field. She was named to St. Louis Magazine’s “Best Doctors” list in 2007 and 2008. An active member of the Washington University School of Medicine Alumni Association, she is also part of numerous medical societies and organizations and is active in her church. As part of giving back to her community, she initiated and organizes an annual luncheon for women physicians in the St. Louis area.
Dr. Ruzycki and her husband, Stephen, reside in Webster Groves and have two sons – Philip and Michael.
Class of 1930
Robert Scheffing was the most successful Ritenour athlete of his era. He showed amazing determination and dedication and overcame many odds to achieve his dream of playing professional baseball.
Scheffing was Ritenour’s first major league baseball player and the only graduate to become both a professional manager and general manager. A catcher, he played 517 career games for the Chicago Cubs (1941-1942 & 1946-1950), Cincinnati Reds (1950-1951) and St. Louis Cardinals (1951).
Scheffing was also there when his country needed him the most. At the age of 30, only two seasons after making it to the major leagues, he gave up three years during the prime of his career to serve in the Navy during World War II.
Following his playing career, Scheffing coached for the St. Louis Browns (1952-1953), Cubs (1954-55), and Milwaukee Braves (1960). He managed the L.A. Angels to the 1956 Pacific Coast League championship before being called upon to lead the Cubs. He served as the Cubs manager from 1957-1959 and managed the Detroit Tigers from 1961-1963.
After serving as a scout for the Mets and Tigers, Scheffing was named the New York Mets’ General Manager in 1970. Under his leadership, the Mets won the 1973 National League Championship and played in the World Series – losing to Oakland in seven games.
Known at Ritenour High School as “Little Bobby Scheffing” because of his diminutive stature, Scheffing was junior class president, editor of the Pepper Box, and played basketball and baseball.
“My father was very proud of his high school,” said his son, Robert Scheffing Jr. “He was only 5’2″ when he graduated. By prayer, hard work and exercise he grew to be 6’2″ so he could pursue his dream to play baseball. Scouts had told him he was too small. His message is simple: ‘never give up on your dreams.’”
Scheffing passed away in Phoenix, Arizona in 1985 at the age of 72. Scheffing is survived by his son, Robert Jr., two grandsons – Andy and Christopher – and a nephew, Danny.
Dr. James E. Westbury
Class of 1945
Personable, articulate, energetic, strong, visionary – a person of impeccable integrity – those are just a few words used to describe Dr. James Westbury. Honored and respected among the educational community, Dr. Westbury has spent his career working to strengthen education in the St. Louis metropolitan area.
A teacher, coach, principal, administrator and superintendent, Dr. Westbury has spent his entire 58-year career in education. He spent 37 of those years in the Normandy School District. From 1977-1987, he served as Normandy’s superintendent of schools and was known for always putting the educational interests of the children, families and taxpayers of Normandy first.
Perhaps Dr. Westbury’s most acclaimed accomplishment was helping to establish the University of Missouri – St. Louis in 1960. As a member of the “Committee of 28″ – consisting of four administrators from Normandy and 24 citizens, Dr. Westbury assumed a leading role in advocating for and pursuing the creation of a higher education institution for the site. In 1994, he was awarded the prestigious Chancellor’s Medallion for his work on the committee.
A 1945 graduate of Ritenour High School, Dr. Westbury spent two years in the Navy before earning his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Washington University in St. Louis. He earned a Ph.D. from Saint Louis University.
Dr. Westbury has been busy following his retirement from Normandy in 1987. For the past eight years he has been a member of the Special School District Board of Education – and is currently President. He served on the Vantage Credit Union Board from 1990-2006, the last seven years as Chairman. Since 1995, he has served as an adjunct professor of educational leadership at Saint Louis University. He also spent many years as a high school football official and is a volunteer for the USO at Lambert International Airport and the Rockwoods Reservation.
Dr. Westbury’s wife, Shirlee, his high school sweetheart, is a 1946 graduate of Ritenour High School. The couple resides in Wildwood, Mo. They have two children – James E. IV and Susan. Both are teachers in St. Louis County.
Rear Admiral Charles A. Williams
Class of 1968
Rear Admiral Charles A. Williams is successful by the definition of the word – his distinguished service to his country, his career in the business world, his committed service to his community and his dedication to his family.
As Gene McNary, executive director of the Missouri Gaming Commission noted in a letter of recommendation, “You name it, he has probably done it – teacher, business entrepreneur, realtor, decorated naval officer, airline pilot and civic leader.”
After graduating from Ritenour High School, Rear Admiral Williams received his undergraduate degree from Southeast Missouri State University. He earned a United States Naval Commission upon completing the Aviation Officer Candidate School and later earned a masters degree in business administration from Saint Louis University. He also completed executive programs in international relations and logistics at Harvard University, the University of North Carolina and the University of Virginia.
His military honors include two Navy Meritorious Service Medals, two Navy Commendation Medals, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal and Legion of Merit – one of the five highest naval decorations. Following his military retirement he consulted with local business on defense issues serving as Executive Vice President of PAL Services.
Rear Admiral Williams is currently Principal of Commercial Realty Associates, a commercial real estate firm in St. Louis and President of CW Properties, LLC, a real estate development/investment holding company. The St. Louis Business Journal has recognized him as a “Heavy Hitter” in its report of the top real estate executives in the community.
Rear Admiral Williams is an active citizen and he openly gives generously and willingly of his time and talents. He is deeply interested and devoted to civic issues, having been involved in numerous educational and political efforts such as Township Committeeman in St. Louis County, Regional Commerce and Growth Association committees, Real Estate Board committees, Municipal Charter Commission, advocate for children with disabilities, author and public speaker.
He and his wife, Laurie – a retired teacher and administrator for the Ritenour School District – reside in Town & Country Mo. They have two sons – Jonathan and Ryan.