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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Jill Lorene Brossard at the age of 53 dies of breast cancer

Jill Lorene BROSSARD Jill Lorene Brossard, born December 13th 1956 in Seattle Washington, passed away on December 11th at the age of 53. She died unexpectedly, surrounded by family, after a reoccurrence of breast cancer. Jill graduated from Roosevelt High School in Seattle and Green River CC in Auburn, where she received her degree in occupational therapy. Jill realized her passion for working with special needs children and was a dedicated advocate. Yet, once she had children of her own she left to focus on raising a family. She can be identified by any Mill Creek resident, as she was an avid walker-coffee cup and dog leashes in hand! Jill was a beautiful soul, always ready with her genuine and warm smile. She left a loving legacy to both her immediate and extended family. She is survived by her husband Jim, her daughters Carlee, Kimberly (T.J.), Laura, her son Daniel, her parents Jerrolee and Carl Ostrom, her sisters Carolee Morrison (John), Nancy Broderson and brother Tom Ostrom (Marilyn). Service to be held at Trinity Lutheran Church, 6215 196th St. SW, Lynnwood WA 98036 December 17th at 2:00 p.m. Remembrances can be made to www.trinitylutheran or

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The two 1972-73 All-Metro Jim’s, Edwards and Ingram, go at it.
The Metro League was so good that season (long-time local player and coach, Keith Kingsbury, called it the strongest he had seen it in 15 years) that Ingraham won the pre-seaso...n Holiday Tournament, Garfield won the Metro League title, and Roosevelt won the State Championship.

Even Nathan Hale, which finished 3rd in the North Division, defeated Ingraham, and took Roosevelt twice into overtime before losing.

Another year is comming to an end.

We are approaching Thanksgiving and Christmas of 2010. I am back after I departed Seattle back in 1977. I live in Edmonds. If I had one wish; it would be that all that need a job could find one.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Dave Barduhn sent an invite Roosevelt Class 1972

Dave BarduhnSeptember 8, 2010 at 7:33am
Genesis 2011 had their orientation (pool party) yesterday. It's gonna be a fun group! :-)

I'm really looking forward to making music with these folks as we prepare to put our set together for the national jazz educators convention in New Orleans!! That's right we have been selected to perform the first week of January in New Orleans! Who wants to go with us????

Monday, August 2, 2010

Doris Lederer Roosevelt class of 1972

Doris Lederer class 72 Roosevelt Hi Carl-

All is well. I'm in Maine right now teaching and performing at the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival. Next week I'll be in Chautauqua, NY doing the same... :)
...During the year I am Associate Professor of Viola and Chamber Music at Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, VA where I live with my husband, Tom Shaw. Tom and I are also both members of the Audubon Quartet.

My website is

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Doris Lederer Roosevelt Class of 1972

Doris Lederer with survivor Arnost Lustig, "He is a renowned Czech Jewish author of novels, short stories, plays, and screenplays whose works have often involved the Holocaust."
A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, Doris Lederer has performed with the Marlboro Music Festival and toured with Music From Marlboro. She has appeared as soloist with the Seattle Symphony, the Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, the Chicago Sinfonietta, and the Albuquerque Chamber Orchestra, among others.

Ms. Lederer has been honored to represent the United States as a jury member at the Eighth Banff International String Quartet Competition in Canada and to be a jury member of the Coleman Chamber Music Competition in California.

Currently an associate professor of viola and chamber music at Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, VA, Ms. Lederer also serves on the faculties of the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival in Blue Hill, Maine, the Idyllwild Arts Summer Program in Idyllwild, California, and the Chautauqua Institution in New York. She has also served on the faculties of The International Festival at Round Top, Texas and The Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music, as well as the annual Audubon Quartet's Intensive String Quartet Seminars. She has given viola and chamber music Master Classes at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Oberlin Conservatory, Indiana University, the Yale School of Music, the Eastman School of Music, the Kansas City Conservatory of Music, Kneisel Hall, the Chautauqua Institute, Idyllwild Arts, the Marrowstone Music Festival in Washington State and the Beijing and Shanghai Conservatories in China.

As a member of the Audubon Quartet since 1976, Ms. Lederer has performed extensively throughout the world and has recorded extensively on the RCA, Telarc, Centaur and Opus One labels.

Ms. Lederer's four solo CD albums, entitled An English Fantasy for Viola and Harp, Music of Arnold Bax and York Bowen, The Passion of Bliss, Bowen and Bridge and Music by York Bowen, which features the Bowen Viola Concerto have been released by Centaur Records.

Born in Istanbul to European parents, Ms. Lederer grew up in Seattle, Washington, where she began her study of the viola at age nine with Vilem Sokol. She studied with Georges Janzer at Indiana University and subsequently attended the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with Michael Tree, Karen Tuttle, Felix Galimir and Mischa Schneider.

Roosevelt class of 1983 Craig Phillip Nicholson

Thank you for the picture Margo Serrano July 19, 2010
Roosevelt class of 1983 Craig Phillip Nicholson
Craig Phillip NICHOLSON April 16, 1965 ~ July 11, 2010 Craig Phillip Nicholson, 45 of Kenmore, WA passed away on July 11, 2010 suddenly leaving family and friends in a state of shock and grief. Craig was born and raised in Seattle, and graduated from Roosevelt High School. Craig lived his life to the fullest, recently completing a trip to the Philippines to attend the wedding of a dear friend. During his short life, he gained an appreciation and love for the water after being a commercial fisherman for 12 years. After his tenure as a fisherman, he started his own Construction Company. Craig took great pride in building homes and doing remodels and the pride that he put into each project was apparent in the final result. He had an attention to detail that resulted in outstanding workmanship and quality construction. Craig touched many people's life and was a friend to all, never hesitating to drop everything to help a friend in need. Craig is survived by his loving wife, Lugene of Kenmore, his two daughters, Elena Myers, 28 of Everett and Brittany Nicholson, 12 (his little pumpkin) of Kenmore. He was very active in school projects for his youngest daughter and was very proud of the girls who have grown up to be remarkable young ladies. Craig was known to put the needs of others before his own needs which leave a void with those who are closest. Craig is also survived by his mother, Corinne Paradis Nicholson Duke and predeceased by his father, John Alexander Nicholson. Others left behind to remember and honor Craig are his brothers, Doug (Karen) of Shoreline and their two children, Kia and Andrew, Randall Nicholson (Jessie) of Medina and their son Jack and his sister, Gail of Seattle and her son, Ryan. Craig will also be remembered by Brandon, his nephew in Utah, who was like a son to him. Craig is also survived by a large group of friends who will miss his laughter, his sense of humor and the unique perspective that he brought to life. Farewell my husband, my father, my son, my brother and my friend, you will be greatly missed and we love you deeply. Memorial services are being provided by Acacia funeral home in Lake Forest Park. Services will be off site, however the family urges those who knew Craig to go to the website at Acacia to speak of the relationship with Craig. These memories will be saved and shared for his daughters.
Published in The Seattle Times from July 18 to July 19, 2010

Friday, July 9, 2010

Roosevelt class 1973 Christy Timberlake

Mark Sandstrom commented

"Our family had the pleasure of interfacing with Christy Timberlake (Denova) a
generation later -- her daughter Tyana went to preschool with our now 17 y.o.
daughter, and our now 15 y.o.son to Whitman MS, and various sports teams over
the years here in Ballard, with her son Alec. Both of Christy's kids are as
exceptionally talented and nice and down-to-earth as Christy was. It is a very
tough loss but they will carry on her spirit well, I am sure."

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Michael O'Sullivan BURROWS Roosevelt class 1973

Michael O'Sullivan Burrows burst into this world on June 21, 1954. He passed away peacefully on June 22, 2010 as a result of a cerebral hemorrhage he suffered on Thursday, June 17th. Michael spent his entire childhood in the Madison Park neighborhood of Seattle. He attended McGilvra Elementary, St. Michael's University School in Victoria BC and graduated from Roosevelt High School. Following high school, Michael served honorably in the United States Navy aboard the USS Ranger. After attending college, he worked in the family forest products business. Michael developed an impressive talent for tennis at an early age and was a lifelong member of The Seattle Tennis Club. During his later years, golf became his passion, consuming countless happy hours on the course with his many friends in pursuit of perfecting his handicap. He had an extraordinarily warm heart and robust sense of humor. He was a consummate entertainer, generous to a fault and a well-respected leader in the Pacific Northwest Hardwoods industry. Michael was an adoring husband, loving father, devoted brother and deeply loyal friend. He had an astonishing number of 'best friends'. All who have had the honor to know him will dearly miss him. He was preceded in death by his father Kenneth Burrows. He is survived by his loving wife Tove Burrows, son Petter Burrows, mother Joan Strand, brother Christopher Burrows (Leslie), sister Anne Reid (Michael), mother-in-law Kari Pors, sister-in law Kirsti James (Peter), sister-in-law Mari-Ann Murphy (Ben) and many loving cousins, nieces and nephews. There will be a memorial service held at 4 o'clock on Monday, June 28th at St. Bridget's Church, located at 4900 N.E. 50th, Seattle. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests remembrances be made to a fund for educational purposes that has been established for Michael's son Petter. Donations may be made at any Wells Fargo Bank in the name of: Scholarship Fund for Petter Burrows.
Published in The Seattle Times from June 25 to June 27, 2010 June 28, 2010
May your hearts heal with the happy and loving memories of 'Mikey'...I will always remember his robust laughter and what a great host he was... You knew if you were in his presence in a work and or casual instance there would be laughing and FUN!
May you rest in peace Mikey!! Jimmy L. DuBois
~ Jimmy DuBois, Bisbee, Arizona |Contact Me June 26, 2010
Dear family, my sincere condolences for you loss.
May you draw close to the father of tender mercies and God of all comfort at this difficult time.

Janel June 25, 2010
We will always remember your big smile and warmth toward all. Please give my dad a huge Mikey hug for us.

Jane Harris Nellams on Christy Timberlake / Roosevelt High School

Jane Harris Nellams said Christy Timberlake died in March 2007 of stomach cancer. Today would have been her 55th birthday. Several of us had a tree planted in her honor at Green Lake near the Bathhouse Theater. I stopped by it today on my walk.
If you are facing the Bathhouse theater and the lake, walk to the left side of the building and go to the water's edge. At the left end of the developed beach area are three sappling Black Tupelo trees. The first one is Christy's. It has a tag hanging around it at about eye level for those of us who are 5' 6".

Laurel Baker / Roosevelt High School

Dave Filer and I dated for 4 - 5 years all thru high school. He contacted me a few years ago and I hadn't heard from him since we broke up after high school. So needless to say this was such a shock to hear from him.
He was dying of LuGericks Disease and wanted to ( I am sure ) close some chapters in his life.
We had a pretty tight group of friends in high school that were inseparable.
So when Dave called me with the bad new of his disease ( which by the way was such a shock for me to hear from him after all these years ). I decided to get our old group together to honor Dave and say our final goodbyes. Dave was living in Tusan, AZ so we had to get created. I hired a photographer and video taped the whole party along with special private messages from each friend who attended my party in honor of Dave.
It touched him deeply. He died a few months later but I was able to be his ray of sunshine via the telephone after all these years of not communicating with him . We tried to talk regularly.
My husband of 27 plus years was a gem thru this all and very supportive of me being there for Dave.
This was such a blessing to me to be able to bring Joy to him in his last days.

Laurel Baker

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Laurel ( Mayovsky) Baker sent me these names

In Memoriam 1973

Doni A Gough, Betty Dunn, Dave Filer

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Dan Raley Roosevelt class of 72

Dan Raley said; My Seattle friends: ... Want everybody to show up for one of my SoDo book author meet & greets/signings. Got to speak. Got to fill the rooms. Don't need to buy a book. Just want to see you, share a beer later ...

July 29, Thurs., 6:30 p.m., Barnes & Noble, U Village
Aug. 1, Sun., 2 p.m., Elliott Bay Book Co.
Aug. 5,, 5 p.m., Barnes & Noble, Pacific Place
Aug. 6, Fri., 6:30 p.m., Third Place Books, Ravenna

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Roosevelt High teacher retiring after 45 years

'Mama' mia! Revered Roosevelt High teacher retiring after 45 years
After 45 years of teaching teenagers everything from darning socks to balancing checkbooks, Joanne Janni Ryles is retiring from Roosevelt High Sch

Joanne Ryles becomes emotional while reading notes students wrote on the "We will miss you" poster outside her classroom.

After 45 years of teaching teenagers everything from darning socks to balancing checkbooks, "Mama Ryles" is retiring from Roosevelt High School.

"Nobody believed her this year when she said she was retiring," said Aly Ryles, Joanne Janni Ryles' youngest daughter. She said her mother had been threatening to retire for several years, but always returned to school in the fall.

But this time she means it. Wednesday, she'll leave her classroom for the last time.

"I didn't want to die at my desk and I have so many things to do on my bucket list," said Ryles. She wants to spend more time with her grandchildren, live in Italy, explore business ventures, finish remodeling her house and get two puppies, just to name a few.

"We'll see when the fall comes if she doesn't show up," joked Aly Ryles, 33, an elementary-school teacher in Dallas.

Ryles came to the school in North Seattle in 1965 as a home-economics teacher. Over the decades, the class has reached far beyond needlepoint and baking, with Ryles helping to lead the way. "It's more focused on life skills rather than cooking and sewing," Ryles said.

Today's classes center on relationships and "just getting along in the world," including classes called independent living and child development. "There's no place for them to learn these things," Ryles said.

When kids get on their own in the world they have no idea about how to budget or how much things cost to live, she said.

Her students — and there have been thousands — say she's been more than just a teacher. She was also a friend and mother figure, earning her the "Mama Ryles" nickname. "One thing I can say about these past 45 years is I have really had fun," said Ryles

Her two daughters remember how their childhood friends bonded with her in and out of the classroom. "They loved our mom more than they loved us," said Aly Ryles.

Praised by students

Ryles has taught students from every background. One is a CEO. Some have been in prison. The list even includes rapper Sir Mix-A-Lot (Anthony Ray).

"I know that for some of the kids, that hour that I have them is the best hour of their day because they're up against so much," Ryles said.

Despite only having Ryles this past school year, Sophie Turnberg, who graduated this week, feels a bond with her. "She really gives you the support you need and the confidence you need to go beyond what you think you can do."

Turnberg, 18, designed and crafted her own prom dress and recently entered another dress in a gown competition, with encouragement and support from Ryles.

But Savannah McAlpin, another recent graduate who first had a class with Ryles as a sophomore, had a rocky start. "She thought I was a devil-child," McAlpin said.

"I was on [Savannah] like a bad rash," said Ryles, who said she never had discipline problems and has only sent two students to the principal's office in her career. "She was always skipping [class] or late or something."

"I've had her three times and each time we've gotten closer," said McAlpin, who also said she's since matured and just earned an "A" in Ryles' class.

Students boast of Ryles' generosity, candor and how she keeps her classes lively and interesting.

"She taught us how to take care of ourselves, not that my wife would agree," said David Covey, 56, with a laugh. Covey took bachelor homemaking with Ryles where "all the baseball and football players learned how to sew buttons on."

Ryles kept an open-door policy with her students, spending lunch periods talking students through their problems. "You could go to her and let it all out," said Britney Cyprian, 24, Seattle, who would go to Ryles when she and her boyfriend, at the time, were fighting. "That's what makes her special."

Almost became a nurse

Originally from Wenatchee, Ryles graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in education in 1965 after changing her major from nursing during her senior year.

"I was always [deciding] between being a nurse or a teacher," said Ryles, whose mother was a registered nurse and her father a career educator.

"I'm glad I wasn't a nurse because if I had lost a patient it would have killed me."

She was assigned to Roosevelt a few months after graduating, but didn't want to go.

"I didn't even want to come here," she said. "I pleaded with the personnel to switch me."

Ryles was concerned about the rumors she heard like "how stuffy" the school was.

"The teachers didn't talk to me for the first six months I was there," Ryles recalled.

But things turned around after a fellow teacher realized that her childhood crush was Ryles' father. After that, she was welcomed into the faculty.

And she's been a student — and teacher — favorite since.

"She is the glue to the fabric in that department," said Elnora Hookfin, a vice principal at Roosevelt who has known Ryles for 38 years. "I don't know what we are going to do without her."

Ryles also has taught science, English, math, food and nutrition, child development, home furnishings, independent living, and apparel and textiles, her most popular class, where students learn to stretch their clothing budget by designing and sewing their own clothes.

Robin Ogburn, who teaches independent living and child development at Roosevelt, is a former student of Ryles' and will take over the apparel and textiles class next school year.

"The last time I took sewing was 40 years ago from [Ryles]," said Ogburn, who plans on recruiting parent volunteers to help out with the class. "I'm going to try to uphold her legacy, but it's going to be hard."

She'll have help from Ryles, who said she plans to come back and help out as a volunteer.

"I'm amazed at her energy," said Marilyn Sizer, a language-arts teacher, who is also retiring this year after working at Roosevelt for the past 15 years.

"I'm surprised she's retiring, but I suppose it had to come sometime."

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Mrs. Ryles at retirement party "45 Years" June 15th 2010

We all had a good time at the Sand Point Country Club. Duane Covey, Mrs. Ryles, and Matthew Harlowe.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Roosevelt class of 1976 Vanessa Veronique "Vivi" Brown

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Vanessa Veronique 'Vivi' Brown, daughter of Marcia and Bob Brown was born in Stuttgart, Germany on December 26, 1958 while her father was on duty with the army. She died on January 28, 2010 in Seattle after struggling for decades with what we now know as bipolar disorder. Vivi lived in Berkeley, CA. where brother Morgan and sister Tristin were born, Newport Hills, Bellevue, WA; Boulder, CO; and Seattle, WA. As a child Vivi loved physical activity, reading and writing. She pursued dancing, gymnastics, biking, swimming, diving, tennis, hiking, skiing, and soccer, doing the Danskin Triathlon in '07 and '08. Vivi went to Roosevelt High School. She was on the gymnastics team and a commended scholar on the PreSat. She graduated from the University of Washington in Creative Writing with a minor in Ceramic Sculpture, later taking writing classes at Evergreen College, Central Seattle Community College, Hugo House and Northwest Writers Conferences. She organized and attended many writing groups, sharing her poetry, prose and editing others' work. While writing, Vivi worked as a waitress, receptionist, ships' mate on the Argosy, guide at the locks, rangler at preschools, and a Realtor. Her primary interest was teaching: Gymnastics Coach (Garfield Metro Champions), Creative Writing and SAT Test preparation teacher at Nathan Hale Evening School, nanny and licensed Day Care and PreSchool owner. She did collages, glass art, ceramic sculptures, tiles and mosaic assemblages. Vivi's art car was a mosaic wave of glass pieces. It received a full page spread in the Sun Valley, Idaho newspaper. Her passions were her family, niece Kimberly and nephew Teton Brown, uncle Norman Brown, aunt Diane Bogoshian and family, friends, and loves, her many animals, blues music, the environment, the orchids at the conservatory, the view and beach at Golden Gardens, Bill Maher and Obama, reading to the students at BF Day School, and the University Unitarian sermons, music, art and Great Decisions group. She is greatly missed. A memorial will be held on the beach at Golden Gardens on Saturday, June 19th at 5:00pm.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Joanne Ryles Retiring after 45 years at Roosevelt

Robin Balee Ogburn informed me of the retirement party for Roosevelt teacher Joanne Ryles " Retiring after 45 years" on
June 15, Sand Point Country Club, 4-6 pm. Appetizers and cash bar. More info to come. Can you pass on to those that may want to attend?

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Carol Milholland Hess Roosevelt Class of 72

Just found Carol Milholland Hess on Facebook Roosevelt

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Lily Chu Roosevelt class 72

Anyone know where she is?

Timothy "Tim" Dunn Roosevelt Class 72

Anyone know were he is? I remember that he knew every bus route in Seattle.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Tracy W. Osterhout Roosevelt class of 1975

Tracy W. Osterhout Roosevelt class of 1975 Tracy W. Osterhout, 52, of Burbank, WA passed away on April 11, 2010 at Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland. He was born November 15, 1957 in Oahu, Hawaii to Fred and Edith Osterhout. Tracy lived in the Tri-City area for 23 years and was a Rural Route Mail Carrier for the United States Postal Service.

Having an Army Lt. Cornel as a father he lived in Germany, San Diego, CA, Virginia and Kansas before settling back in Washington State. Tracy was very active in Little League in that state of Virginia as well as in Washington. He was a self taught musician, being able to play the piano, flute, guitar and bass. Throughout the years he enjoyed performing with a variety of talented musicians.

Tracy was also a big fan of the hydroplane world from a very young age. Tracy along with his mother and father started a model remote control hydroplane business, Electric Thunder. He loved to work and build any type of hydroplane, whether it was toy size or full size, from plastic to fiberglass he could fabricate it all.

He was a very active volunteer with the Water Follies; he could hardly wait for the yearly July event.

Tracy is survived by his wife Lisa Osterhout of Burbank, WA; father, Fred Osterhout of Seattle, WA; sister, Donna (Mike)Carroll of Seattle, WA; sister, Karol Jones of Seattle, WA; and brother, Rick (Amy) Osterhout of Seattle, WA; along with several nieces and nephews and his aunts and uncles.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Edith Osterhout.

Tracy was honest, hard working, loving, caring and thoughtful of others and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, April 16, 2010 at 10:00am at Memories Sunset Event Center, located on the beautiful grounds of Sunset Memorial Gardens in Richland, WA.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Tracy’s name to the Tri-City Water Follies, 201 North Edison Ste 232, Kennewick, WA 99336 (509)783-4675 and or the Hydroplane/Race Boat Museum, 5917 South 196th St., Kent, WA 98032 (206)764-9453

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Drummer and Composer Aaron Alexander is a New York City based klezmer and jazz drummer, composer, bandleader and educator

Aaron grew up in Seattle, played classical violin from the ages of 4 thru 12, attended Eckstein Middle School, Nova and Roosevelt High School where the jazz band was led by the renowned Waldo King. Waldo really turned Aaron on to jazz music as a way of life and forever changed his direction. The following year Alexander began private studies with Jerry Granelli through Cornish College of the Arts. When he finished high school he attended Cornish and studied with Granelli, Jay Clayton, Julian Priester, James Knapp, and Randy Halberstadt. He attended the Banff Centre's Jazz Intensive in 1988 where he studied with Dave Holland, Marvin Smith, Anthony Davis, Muhal Richard Abrams and Pat LaBarbera. He has studied drums privately with Jerry Granelli, Sam Ulano, Gerry Hemingway, Bob Moses, Joe Morello, Victor Lewis, Woody Pierce and Mike Clark.
Alexander has appeared on over 50 CDs and his compositions have appeared on many of them, including CDs by Babkas (3 CDs on Songlines), Hasidic New Wave(4 CDs on Knitting Factory & Nottwo), Jay Clayton/Jim Knapp Collective(CDs on ITM Pacific and Sunnyside), Klezmerfest, The Kleztraphobix, Freeplay, and of course his CDs as a leader.
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Wynton Marsalis

Wynton Marsalis playing with Seattle's Roosevelt High School band, winner of the 2005 Essentially Ellington competition

Queen Marie of Romania and Princess Ileana and Prince Nicolas visit Seattle's Roosevelt High School on November 4, 1926.

Queen Marie of Romania and Princess Ileana and Prince Nicolas visit Seattle's Roosevelt High School on November 4, 1926.
On November 4, 1926, Queen Marie of Romania (1875-1938) and her children Princess Ileana (age 17) and Prince Nicolas (age 23) visit Roosevelt High School at the invitation of the Roosevelt Girls’ Club. Queen Marie and her children are in Seattle after dedicating the Maryhill Museum in Goldendale, Washington. The visit to Roosevelt is just one feature of a day jammed packed with motorcades and public appearances, but Queen Marie and Princess Ileana, charmed by the Roosevelt girls, insist on alighting from their car to pay their full respects.

Courting the Queen

The Roosevelt Girls’ Club first courted Queen Marie in the spring of 1926 by writing to her and inviting her to visit their school if her long-rumored trip to Washington ever came to be. They also requested her photograph to use in a booklet of her sayings that they had been collecting. They sent along a copy of the Roosevelt “R” Book, a 3 x 6 inch, green student handbook emblazoned with a golden “R." The book outlined all of Roosevelt’s rules and regulations, school songs and creeds, and the constitution of the Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs.

Queen Marie’s participation in the 1919 Paris Peace Conference and her 1924 appearance on the cover of Time magazine, as well as her published articles and fairytales, made her a role model for many women and girls.

Excited Preparations

The Roosevelt News reported the student body’s excited preparations for the royal visit:

“In honor of the royal party the Roumanian flag will fly immediately below the flag of the United States; the band will stand at the right of the flagstaff and play the Roumanian national air as the Queen alights from her automobile ... the Rough Riders are to form a guard of honor on both sides of the front steps while the Aurora Guards will line up in front of the entrance ... the stage will be decorated with the American and Roumanian colors” (November 4, 1926).
The Aurora Guards were a group of female students with red hair who greeted visitors to the school and helped new students acclimate. The group's founder was Roosevelt High School's girls guidance counselor, Rose Glass (1880-ca.1965), a flamboyant redhead, who may have met Queen Marie while performing volunteer service with the YMCA in France during or just after World War I.
Queen Marie noted in her diary, “I stopped my motor and the chief-girl came out with flowers and told me that they had been awaiting me with intensest (sic) eagerness because they were the school that had corresponded with me this spring and I had answered sending them my picture. I then suddenly remembered the name Roosevelt High School Seattle and how they had sent me a little book with the ‘statutes’ of their school and how they classed all the red-haired girls for certain charges of duties, and there indeed stood up in a special row were about two dozen girls every one of them with red hair. It was like a dream to be really there” (America Seen By A Queen, p. 102).

A Fine Lot of Young People

Queen Marie’s American hostess, Constance Lily Morris, remembered the Roosevelt students:

“A fine lot of young people crowded the high flight of steps leading to the front door -- boys and girls looking the picture of health. A few of them ushered the Queen up the front steps while the rest of the assembled crowd shouted ‘M-A-R-I-E’ in unison a number of times, ending with a loud war-whoop. When the Queen reached the top of the landing, she saw a row of red-headed girls, and she immediately remembered that she had been corresponding with these girls for some time as they had sent their pictures to Roumania, and called themselves ‘The Red-Headed Band.’ They seemed like old friends, she said. It was a unique demonstration, and she enjoyed it thoroughly, and often laughed about it afterwards” (On Tour With Queen Marie, p. 135).
The crowd gathered on the Roosevelt lawn was 2,000-strong. Roosevelt was the only spot on Queen Marie’s long motorcade where the royal party alighted from their Lincoln limousines. The Roosevelt News quoted Queen Marie as saying “I cannot disappoint them -- I must get out” (“Assembled Students Cheer Heartily ..."). Roosevelt Girls’ Club president June Voss welcomed the royal party and led them up the steep, broad stairway to a specially erected dais.

The Seattle Star noted, “Cameramen and motion picture operators almost spoiled this event by boring inside the lines of students and arranging themselves in a row in front of the dais where the queen and her two children stood. Marie, seeing nothing but clicking shutters in front of her, turned a haughty, royal back on the cameramen” (November 5, 1926). According to The Roosevelt News, Princess Ileana told the girls around her, “This is the first school we have visited and I’m glad it could be this one. I have wanted to visit your school ever since I have read your creed” (“Queen Marie Visits”).

The Girls’ Club presented Queen Marie and Princess Ileana with bouquets of pink Ophelia roses. Prince Nicolas was given a felt Roosevelt banner. Loud cheers for each member of the royal family, led by cheerleader Kenneth Wilcox, followed.

A Handsome Prince

“The immaculate young prince wore a delighted grin as he heard the students’ voices echo his name with real fervor,” reported the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. “An irrepressible little minx, standing on the sidelines, just couldn’t resist the temptation and, as Prince Nicolas passed, she reached out and plucked at his arm. ‘Oh, you sheik!’ she cried -- and if there wasn’t pure adoration in her smile there’s no such thing in all the world. Prince Nicolas seemed just a bit put out at first, but her smile was too much for him” (“Marie Rushed Hither, Yon ...").

Young women of the 1920s used the term “sheik” as a high compliment referencing silent film star Rudolph Valentino’s 1921 movie The Sheik.

Roosevelt High School received a thank you letter written by Queen Marie’s personal secretary, Robert Papworth, from her train, The Royal Roumanian. A few weeks later The Roosevelt News reported that the Girls’ Club was sending Queen Marie and Princess Ileana a Christmas gift: “To Queen Marie will go the creed of Seattle and the Girls’ Club creed printed in poster form and Princess Ileana will receive the Roosevelt creed ... Nothing will be sent to the Prince Nicolas unless the Boys’ Club should decide to send something” (“Girls Send Gifts To Queen And Princess”). Queen Marie’s response to these gifts, if any, does not appear to have survived.

Gentle Ben, Snowden retireing from Roosevelt High School

by Craig Smith
Seattle Times staff reporter

The teacher and coach they called "Gentle Ben" at Roosevelt High School is retiring after a 41-year career.

Ben Snowden, best known as coach of the Roughrider state-championship boys basketball teams of 1973 and '82, also had an impact on thousands of students as a physical education teacher and track and cross-country coach.

"You don't realize how much you touch kids' lives until they tell you," he said last week at Roosevelt. "Often, it's just the little things that touch someone's life. To them it's a big thing, but to you it's just something (a small kindness) that should be done."

Snowden has been hearing a lot of nice things as his final day at Roosevelt approaches. He was honored at a reception last week attended by more than 150 people.

"It was overwhelming," he said.

Many former players attended, including four starters from the 1973 title team, among them James Edwards, who had been cut in junior high school and had to be coaxed to try high-school basketball by Snowden and his assistant, Larry Whitney.

Edwards went on to star at the University of Washington and play 19 years in the NBA, winning three championship rings.

One thing Snowden doesn't miss about coaching is dealing with pushy parents who have an inflated opinion of their child's ability.

"I won't miss the parent issues," he said. "I don't miss the parents who would say, `Why isn't he playing? He's going to be an All-American.' But on the other hand, I also dealt with some wonderful, wonderful parents."

Asked to compare modern students with those of previous decades, Snowden said, "They aren't as respectful. I think they are much more casual than they were before. . . . In lots of ways, kids are still kids. That's why I like them. I think the thing I like most is seeing them come in as a ninth-grader and seeing the changes when they are seniors. I don't mean physically maturing. I mean upstairs. All of a sudden, they grow up and they are young adults. That's been one of the things I like the most about teaching school."

Snowden grew up in Mount Vernon and was cut from the basketball team as a sophomore. His best prep sport was boxing and he was state lightweight champion when boxing was an interscholastic sport.

"Boxing taught me a great deal," he said. "How to defend myself and how to think on my feet and make decisions when you had to and not get mad. You had to stay cool."

Another influence on Snowden's style was the man he succeeded at Roosevelt, John Fuller.

"He wasn't a yeller or a screamer," said Snowden, who figures it rubbed off on him.

"If you're excited when the kids come off the floor, then you don't get much accomplished."

The nickname "Gentle Ben" connotes calmness, and it came from a 1960s TV show about a friendly bear.

Ex-Roughriders liked playing for Snowden.

Jay Nemitz, who played for Snowden in 1992 and 1993, said, "You'd be hard-pressed to find anyone who has anything negative to say about him as a person or a coach.

"He was so approachable and just a good guy," Nemitz said. "I enjoyed having the chance to be around him."

Snowden began coaching the Roosevelt varsity in 1967 and retired in 1995 with a 337-265 career record and the two state titles. The Roughriders appeared in a third state-championship game, in 1987, when they lost to city rival Garfield, 63-60.

One of his most memorable victories was over Mount Rainier in the 1982 playoffs when the Roughriders trailed by six points with 52 seconds to play and didn't have the ball. Making a withdrawal from the miracle bank, they won. Two steals and layups by Peter Nielsen were pivotal in the victory.

Memorable players? In addition to Nielsen and Edwards, they include Craig Nichols '71, Will Brantley '87 (Oregon State) and Peter Dukes '88 (Stanford), Gary Gardner '82, Randy Sheriff '71 and Craig Jackson '82.

In girls track, two of his best were sprinters Debbie Adams '77 (considered one of the best athletes in state history) and Asa Pennington '79.

Snowden quit coaching track and cross-country two years ago. Last year, he had a knee replaced and the post-operation months haven't been trouble-free. Next Wednesday, he officially retires from teaching and his position as head of the physical education department.

Snowden, 65, and his wife, Venette, have three adult children and seven grandchildren. His retirement plans include travel and bird hunting.

It will be strange for him to walk out of Roosevelt a final time, but he said, "I'm ready. It's time."

Friday, March 19, 2010

Dan Raley Roosevelt class 72

Dan Raley March 19, 2010 at 5:46pm
Subject: books

1) I have a book in book stores and on;, entitled "Tideflats to Tomorrow: The Story of Seattle's SoDo," produced by Seattle's Fairgreens Publishing;

2) I have a book in production, entitled "Pitchers of Beer: The Story of the Seattle Rainiers," to be released in 9 or 10 months by University of Nebraska Press;

3) I have a third book in progress, a biography of NBA player Brandon Roy, tentatively entitled "The Trail Blazer." I'm seeking a bigger publisher for this one, but haven't finished or contracted this book yet.

Meanwhile, I work as an editor in Atlanta. Paying for two college educations for my daughters has put me into writing overdrive. ... Thanks for your interest.

Dan Raley

Monday, March 15, 2010

Keeping up with Muriel Siki

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Muriel Siki, Roosevelt Class of 1972, Journalist (Télévision suisse romande)

The 2004 ECLOF International Board meeting took place at the La Longeraie conference centre in Morges, Switzerland. Muriel Siki was a representative on the Board of the Swiss constituency. " Everybody must have access to a more equitable information society. That was the purpose of the Summit", said the MPs attending the Parliamentary Panel organised by the IPU as part of the World Summit on the Information Society, held in Geneva. Very well, but how can you guarantee the right to information for all countries, North and South alike? Some of the participants in the Panel, which was chaired by Mrs. Muriel Siki, a Swiss journalist, shared their thoughts She is herself Swiss-American and has been a television journalist for over 30 years. Muriel currently lives near Geneva and makes programmes for the Swiss national television service.

Après avoir participé au lancement d'Actu où il a travaillé jusqu'à aujourd'hui en tant que chef d'édition pour les différents journaux, Jean-Paul Cateau quitte l'univers de l'info pour un nouveau pari quotidien en compagnie de Muriel Siki.
Histoire, clarinette, caddie et TJ : la bio de Jean-Paul Cateau
Jean-Paul Cateau a suivi des études de lettres (histoire, musicologie, anglais) à l'Université de Genève, obtenant en mars 1987 une Licence en Histoire générale. La même année, il est engagé comme journaliste-stagiaire par la TSR. Pendant deux ans, il collabore à de nombreuses émissions - actualités, magazines, sports ? et complète sa formation par divers stages en presse écrite, à la Radio Suisse Romande et à l'Agence France-Presse.

Il travaille ensuite comme journaliste-présentateur au Journal Romand de septembre 1987 à juillet 1989. En septembre 1989, il rejoint le magazine d'information Tell Quel où il signe divers reportages sur l'actualité sociale en Suisse, obtenant notamment le Prix de la SRT Vaud pour Le rappeur, la prostituée et le maraîcher. Une année plus tard, Jean-Paul Cateau collabore au magazine scientifique TéléScope où il obtient également deux Prix pour Six milliards de races.

En 1993, il lance avec Martina Chyba la nouvelle formule d'A Bon Entendeur où, pendant quatre ans, il assume successivement reportages, productions et présentation. En 1997, il rejoint la rubrique économique du Téléjournal, qu'il partagera dès septembre 1999 avec la présentation de « Cadences ». Une émission en résonance avec sa passion pour la musique : Jean-Paul Cateau joue de la clarinette et du violoncelle.
En septembre 2001, Jean-Paul Cateau participe au lancement d'Actu où il travaillera jusqu'à aujourd'hui en tant que chef d'édition pour les différents journaux.

Fin du printemps 2006 : nouvelle aventure pour Jean-Paul Cateau : il endossera le rôle de journaliste-producteur éditorial aux côtés de Muriel Siki pour la nouvelle émission quotidienne qui s'ancrera sur TSR1 dès le 28 août aux environs de 17h50. Le grand public verra ponctuellement Jean-Paul Cateau sur le plateau de ce nouveau rendez-vous qui privilégiera l'art de vivre.

Dan Raley Roosevelt Class of 1972

Dan is presently with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, as a story editor and
anchor write. Dan left the Seattle PI after being part of that insitution for many years.

Good bye from Dan Raley
This is goodbye. Heartfelt. Tearful. Somewhat involuntary.

After 30 years, and that's the longest relationship I've had with anyone except for a few chosen relatives, even trumping my marriage by a year, I'm headed out the door of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, which will no longer exist as a newspaper as of tomorrow.

Permit me to reminisce a little before I toss away those interview notes I collected yesterday and today, and won't need anymore for Washington's run in the NCAA Tournament, and pull the plug and slink away.

It was a great run. I went from this part-time, temporary P-I employee with no guarantees, from this kid hired after leaving Alaska's Fairbanks Daily News-Miner to replace a woman sportswriter who was headed to a pregnancy leave, to a permanent P-I employee within a month and someone who has covered just about everything since.

I remember walking in the door at the old Sixth and Wall P-I building for my first sports department shift. I wore a suit. A kid named Scott Anderson in a Mad Magazine T-shirt and an older guy named Phil Taylor in a stained golf sweater were there to welcome me. I learned how to dress down after that.

I had my mouth fall open when people such as Muhammad Ali and Bubba Smith and countless other athletes walked into the sports department, with Ali playing tricks and mesmerizing everyone on his visit. The late Pete Axthelm, of TV and Newsweek fame, was seated at my desk one day when I arrived, in town on assignment, given a workspace out of respect. I grabbed another desk.

I had my P-I career ups and downs. I took chances, none more than leaving the sports department, or toy department as we like to call it, to become the P-I police reporter for three years (1993-1996), a much more serious-minded venture, simply to make myself a better journalist. I'm proud of that more than anything. The cops were cool, too. Just treat them fair. They'll tell you about the bad ones.

I know I've made some of you mad, others incredulous, at what came out of my laptop. Mostly, I tried to give you an honest take on things, mixing current affairs with a look at Seattle's sporting past. As a Seattle native, I made it my mission to keep the memories of our old sporting heroes alive and well. My Where Are They Now series topped out at more than 300 stories.

I was able to cover 20 major golf tournaments, which included six Masters. I got to play the place. I shot 109 with a birdie. I was happy with that. I covered or was part of coverage that took in 10 bowl games, a dozen Final Fours, two NBA championship finals, four American League playoffs and one Super Bowl. I'm estimating I wrote more than 6,000 stories at the P-I.

I'm no star-gazer, never have been, but there aren't too many jobs that permit you the chance to sit and have one-on-one conversations with the likes of Jessie Owens, Jack Nicklaus, Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods, Elgin Baylor and Muhammad Ali. That probably won't happen in my next job.

My favorite stories that I wrote for the P-I were the following: 1) Spider Gaines, the UW Rose Bowl hero turned pimp: 2) Hugh McElhenny's late-life revelations about his well-funded UW football career; 3) Solving the murder of civil rights leader Edwin Pratt; 4) defining Ken Griffey Jr.'s swing, with the help of a half-dozen hall of famers; and 5) the tale of Royal Brougham.

I worked directly with some real P-I giants in this changing business, among them – and this is my Oscar acceptance speech – Art Thiel, James Wallace, Carol Smith, Jim Moore, Clare Farnsworth, John Owen, Bill Knight, Ron Matthews, Pete Wevurski, Angelo Bruscas, Glenn Drosendahl, Bill Plaschke, Tracy Ringolsby, J Michael Kenyon, Scott Anderson, Lenny Anderson, Blaine Johnson, Don Fair, Gordy Holt, Tyler Kepner, Jim Street, Gary Washburn, Sheldon Spencer, Jim Redding, Steve Rudman, John Engstrom, Mike Barber, Keith Olson, Paul Rossi, Jack Smith, Dwight Perry, Bud Withers, Danny O'Neil, Steve Dominguez, Ron Tillary, Molly Yanity, Ted Miller, Carter Cromwell, Boyd Smith, Phil Taylor, Debbie Carlton, Holly Cain, John Hickey, Dave Andriesen, Jim Caple, David McCumber, Warren Wilson, Gerry Spratt and Nick Rousso. Sorry, but Tim Kelly, in my own little protest, does not make this list.

I now invite you to support Friends of mine will be working for it. It should be a radical departure from what we know with newsprint, but it might become a blueprint for other papers that start falling around the nation, maybe in town, and there will be more. I probably wasn't supposed to reveal this, but for anyone mad that I won't be continuing on with the Web site, I had an opportunity to join it but I couldn't make it work for me. Maybe some day. …

I now have to find another job. I have a kid in college and one who wants to go. I want to stay in Seattle, but am willing to consider relocating for work, even going overseas. My neighbor works in Afghanistan. Maybe I will, too.

Should you want to offer me a job, or simply check in on my well-being, friend or stranger, feel free to e-mail me at or call me at home at 425-292-9168.

It's been my pleasure and a great honor to write stories at the P-I for so long. Thanks for reading my stuff and supporting my paper.

Dan Raley

Friday, February 5, 2010

Bonnie Everson Unsell Roosevelt Class of 1972 - A Complete Pest Control

I had a chance to talk to Bonnie yesterday at a marketing meeting in Lynnwood.She has her own business. She would like you to bug her. Her business, A Complete Pest Control. Call her at 206-362-BUGS(2847) For a list of all services and locations go to

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Roosevet High School Eagle Scouts

They say that there are not many childhood accomplishments that one can put on a resume, becoming an Eagle Scout is one of them. They also say "Once an Eagle Scout, always an Eagle Scout". Here are three names of Eagle Scouts from Roosevelt, please add the names of those that you know. Max Schwennsen, Duane Covey, Carl Brecht

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Eileen Windsor Scott "Sammy" Roosevelt class of 72

Thank you Eileen for sending me a copy of your new book "Sammy." Please comment below for those that have read the book. For details please see Blog under 2009

Monday, January 25, 2010

" Great Divorce" a new play just starting, Jan. thru Feb. 2010

Pam "Bailey" Nolte, of Taproot theater is a class of 72 RHS member. She is a founding member of Taproot Theater and they are "re-opening" Taproot Theater after the Greenwood fires. see;
The play is the "Great Divorce"

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Linda M Olsson Class of 1972 Roosevelt

Her business web-site;, and;

Lauren Dahlgren's Photos class 1972

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Max Schwennsen Roosevelt Class of 71

January 11, 2010
At the service today there were many stories about Max being an Eagle Scout. I not only was able to share that experience along side of Max, but have great memories of him at Camp Parsons playing Purple Haze and Foxy Lady by Jimi Hendrix. Also, in the Little League Championship Baseball game,Max had a cast on his arm and was given permission to go up and swing with 1 hand. He got a hit...which was the highlight of the game(which his team won!) Many fond memories.
~ Duane Covey, Seattle, Washington

January 13, 2010
As a Class member of Roosevelt 1972 we wish the best to the family and friends of Max. Carl Brecht, a fellow Eagle Scout
~ Carl Brecht, Seattle, Washington

January 03, 2010
He wrote songs to chase the fears
Laid bare his heart
Sang of joy and love
Better tomorrows
Human sorrows
His love keeps lifting us higher and higher.
He would want us to dance!
~ Carol Kane, Seattle, Washington

Max Schwennsen's Guest Book

Roosevelt Jazz

go to to see a list of the local jazz scene and school jazz schedule.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Max Paul Schwennsen Roosevelt class of 1971

Max SCHWENNSEN Max Paul Schwennsen, born in Seattle on April 18, 1953 passed away in his hometown on December 22, 2009. Max grew up in the View Ridge neighborhood of Seattle and graduated from Roosevelt High School. He enjoyed Boy Scout activities with his father and brother and attained Eagle Scout status. He developed a passion for music early on and taught himself to play the guitar, saxophone and piano. Max spent a year at Central Washington State University studying music and anthropology, but decided to leave to pursue a career in music. He traveled around the country and world in Doug Kershaw's Cajun band as a guitar player and singer and moved back to the northwest in 1975 where he formed the bands Slidin' Jake and Scargill. In the late seventies he married Victoria Murtishaw and had a daughter, Charlotte. Three years later the family moved to Florida where Max played and wrote music. When the family moved back to Seattle in the late eighties his second daughter, Elaina, was born. Max began working atthe family-owned Universal Repair Shop with his father and brother and continued to write songs and play music professionally. He played with Marilee Rush, The Atlantics, Star Anna and his bands Waxy Maxy and Max and Johnny. He is survived by his wife of 31 years Victoria, daughters Charlotte and Elaina, mother, Florence, father Robert, brother Robert Jr., sister Kirby, nephews Steve, Howard and Marshall and niece Jill. Memorial service will be held on Sunday, January 10 at 2:00 p.m. at Sand Point Community Church - United Methodist: 4710 NE 70th, Seattle, WA. Please visit the online guestbook at http://