Carole (Rose Ebert) Klein
Class of 1965
Growing up, Carole Rose Klein dreamed of becoming a professional musician. Not only did she make her dream into a reality – she went on to establish herself as one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s most respected, talented and creative musicians. Klein is a leading member of the professional musical community, serving as Personnel Manager and Contractor for several of the Bay Area’s top orchestras.
As a student at Ritenour High School, she was active in the music and drama departments. A longtime friend noted, “Carole has frequently spoken of her Ritenour experience as providing a sound base for her musicianship and as a source of encouragement to pursue her dream. Her music teachers gave her so much.”
After graduating from RHS in 1965, Klein attended Washington University in St. Louis, where she earned her undergraduate degree. She also holds a master’s degree in music performance practice, in voice and trumpet from Stanford University in California. Klein exemplifies success. Years of hard work, discipline, perseverance, determination and focus have brought her peer recognition in the Bay Area as one of its finest musicians.
She has been Personnel Manager for many orchestras – including the Mendocino Music Festival, the Fremont Symphony and the California Bach Society, among many others. In addition, Klein has been asked to contract for such touring luminaries as Rod Stewart, Mannheim Steamroller, YES, the Moody Blues and the Papal visit to San Francisco.
An active and admired free-lance trumpeter and singer, Klein has performed with the Oakland Symphony, San Jose Symphony, San Francisco Opera, the San Francisco Ballet and many more. She is a founding member of the Golden Gate Brass – known as known as one of the most exciting and entertaining musical groups in the area.
Klein lives in Oakland, Calif., and also enjoys gardening and spending time with her sweetheart and their cats.
Sarah Elizabeth Leen
Class of 1970
Sarah Elizabeth Leen has built a reputation as one of the most outstanding photographers and photo editors in the country today.
Leen has risen to the most prized level of photographic careers – working her way from freelance photographer to a senior photo editor for National Geographic magazine. Leen made the leap into photo editing in 2005 after a 27-year career as a freelance photographer, contributing regularly forNational Geographic. She is responsible for story concepts, budgets, photo editing and working with the design staff on layouts for the magazine.
After graduating from Ritenour High School in 1970, Leen attended the University of Missouri – earning her undergraduate degree in 1974. She continued with her graduate studies at the Missouri School of Journalism. In 1979, Leen was named the College Photographer of the Year. She went on to work as a staff photographer for the Topeka (Kansas) Capital-Journal and the Philadelphia Inquirer, where she received a Robert F. Kennedy Award honorable mention for a photo documentary on Alzheimer’s disease. In both 2007 and 2008 she received the First Place Magazine Editing Portfolio award from the Pictures of the Year, International contest.
As a photographer for the National Geographic Society, Leen’s published assignments have ranged from the U.S.-Canada border and the Kamchatka peninsula in Siberia to the Mexican volcano Popocatepetl and urban sprawl and energy issues in the United States. A book of her work, American Back Roads, was published by National Geographic in 2000.
Leen’s photographs also have been included in the Day in the Life series of books, as well as Women of the Material World, The Power to Heal, A Passage to Vietnam, National Geographic: The Photographs and Women Photographers at National Geographic.
Leen lives in the District of Columbia with her husband, Bill Marr, and their three cats. To view Leen’s work, visit her Web site at www.sarahleen.com.
Dr. Giles McCoy
Class of 1943
Dr. Giles McCoy is a hero by the very definition of the word. A pillar in his community, military veteran and the driving force behind the construction of a national memorial, McCoy dedicated his life to the service of others.
Dr. McCoy grew up in St. John, Mo., and joined the Marines in 1943 to fight in World War II. He was aboard the legendary cruiser USS Indianapolis in 1945 when Japanese torpedoes struck, sinking the ship. As the ship was going down, he helped save the lives of many soldiers. The cruiser was on a top-secret mission, and had just delivered the key components to the first atomic bomb later dropped on Hiroshima, Japan.
In the Pacific Ocean, Dr. McCoy clung to part of a life raft. He was in the water for five days as sharks attacked men around him in what has been described as the worst single-incident sea disaster in U.S. naval history. Of the 1,196 men on board, only 316 survived.
Dr. McCoy was awarded two purple hearts during his illustrious military career. His heroic story is featured in many books and television programs. He was also instrumental in the exoneration of the ship’s captain, Charles McVay, who was the only captain every court-martialed after losing a ship in wartime. He worked successfully as McVay’s name was cleared by Congress in 2000.
After leaving the military, Dr. McCoy returned home and graduated from the University of Missouri Columbia and Logan College of Chiropractic in St. Louis. He married his sweetheart, Betty, and started a chiropractic practice in Boonville, Mo. – where he worked for 37 years until retiring in 1988.
The leader behind the creation of the USS Indianapolis National Memorial, Dr. McCoy tirelessly raised money to build the monument in Indianapolis, Ind. It was officially dedicated in 1995. He also founded the USS Indianapolis Survivors Organization.
Dr. McCoy passed away on April 30, 2009 in Palm Coast, Fla., at the age of 83. He is survived by his wife, a daughter, two sons, four grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and his sister, Elsie Woolverton.