Teacher & Staff News


This page will focus on retired staff and their adventures in retirement. If you have information to submit, please send it to info@redwoodalumni.org.

STEVE BAKER taught at US History at Redwood in the '70's. He eventually moved to Alturas to raise his family and create his Hide-a-way, complete with train, blacksmith shop, general store, school house and more. Each building is filled with antiques that he has collected over the years from juke boxes and old maps to spice cans, barber's chairs and coke machines. Read more about his paradise in this article.7/16

STANLEE BUCHANAN is part of sports history as a member of the USF Dons 1955 basketball team winning the national title two years in a row. He was featured in a 2015 Comcast Special along with team members Bill Russell, K.C. Jones, Mike Farmer and Eugene Brown. Video

THE TUESDAY MORNING BREAKFAST GROUP continues to meet at 9am at the Half Day Cafe in Kentfield. Ray Jacques, recently returned to Marin from Whitbey Island, WA and Chip Wray are now joining the regulars of Jack Hartnett, Doug Basham, Donal Brown, Stanlee Buchannan, Mike Collins, Glen Dickey, Charlie Shultz and Marilee Rogers. There have also been visits from Sue Chelini, Jeanine Loughran, Charlie Feeney, Stan Cooper, Don Shaver and Carl Rasmussen. Lots of stories and lots of laughs. Come on by!

THE SPRING LADIES/WOMEN'S/GALS LUNCH at Lynn Moody's lovely Ross home, brought together 15 retirees. Lynn and Marilee acted as hosts for the Friday affair. Jeanine Loughran, Sue Chelini, Roberta Koss, Yvonne Beauchamp, Carol Oldham, Bessie Chin, Eileen Kreps, Holly Biedul, Karen Barrett, Sally Robert, Marion Wilkie, Kathleen Carlton and Caroline Robinson...enjoyed Lynn's famous Fatoosh salad and lots of good memories of our days at Redwood.

WILLIAM (BILL) WILKINSON recently published a book titled TESTIMONIOS DE FLORENCIO SERRANO: ALTA CALIFORNIA REMEMBERED, 1834-1850. Florencio Serrano was a member of the Híjar-Pádres colony that was formed in 1834 in Mexico and was sent to California to establish a settlement in what is the present day Santa Rosa area.
Bill received permission from the Bancroft library to translate and publish the three separate Testimonios left by Florencio Serrano. It is available on Amazon.com or from : Bill Wilkinson
52 West Napa Drive

ALUMNI ON CAMPUS Did you know that nine Redwood Alumni are currently on the Redwood staff? Deb Ring Bendinelli '71 is a teacher of Special Education, Eric Berridge '85 and Jon Hirsch '94 are both in the Social Studies Department, Melissa Boles '93 teaches Science, and Allison Kristal '98 and Karen Murk '82 are in the Math Department. Karen Roby Barrett '63 just retired as a Library Assistant, Paula McDermott VanTrease '71 is the Career Specialist and Patty Gibian Monge '84 represents the Twin Cities Police Force on campus. Other alumni in the Tam district include Brian Zailian '76 (French), Chris Erlin '85 (Math) and Laura Garrett '92 (Social Studies) at Tam.

DUNCAN MACSWAIN  (Redwood 1963-95) continues to monitor the southern Thailand tsunami project he has been administering since 2004. Ninetyone individuals, 23 couples and nine schools and organizations contributed nearly $20,000 to the project. Monies had been placed in a trust account and then distributed as needed.
        It's no surprise that Redwood provided the bulk of contributions to this meaningful project. Current Redwood faculty and staff gave $4129 to the project. Individual retired and present Redwood teachers contributed an additional $2758.  
Contact Duncan (Dmacs1@comcast.net) if you would like updates and/or additional information.

RUSSELL HILL, former English teacher at Redwood and Tam, has publsihed six books since his retirement and has received an Edgar Allan Poe nomination for a new novel, The Lord God Bird, the second nomination in three years. He's off to New York City at the end of April to find out the results.