In celebration of Veterans Day, students at Pacific Ridge School were treated to a special Community Life. Multiple faculty members and Pacific Ridge community members discussed their time in the service or time served by loved ones.
English teacher and Rancho Santa Fe resident Mr. Jeremy Rosen spoke about his grandfather, Rear Gunner Ellis Markson, and his service to the Royal Air Force in WWII. Math teacher and Encinitas resident Ms. Amy Wasserman discussed her father, Ret. Major Roger Wasserman, and his time spent with the US Air Force and contribution to NASA’s Columbia mission.
Alumni parent and Carlsbad resident Lt Col Hugh O’Donnell P’11, ‘14, ‘20 spoke about his time with the USMC, his father Sgt Co Arthur Robb’s service with the 308 Inf, his father Capt Hugh O’Donnell’s service with the US Army during WWII and his son, and Pacific Ridge School Alumnus, Kevin O’Donnell’s current service in the Army Infantry, working his way to joining the 75th Ranger Regiment.
Last but not least, students were treated to hearing the story of WWII US Navy WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service) veteran and Solana Beach resident Winona Ruth Gunther. Ruth discussed her reasons for enlisting and the hardships that came along with being a woman enrolling. Ruth was recently honored in Washington DC at the Women’s Memorial as a Living Legacy. She turns 102 this year and was sung happy birthday too by the entire school! Her book, What Would Your Father Say, an autobiographical account of her experiences in WWII, was published in 2014.
To end the presentation, Carlsbad resident Gibson Witz ‘22 led the school in the signing of the national anthem.
To read it in the Rancho Santa Fe Review, click HERE. Page A27