Andrew (Andy) O’Shaughnessy M.D. attended Indiana University School of Medicine, after receiving degrees in biology and computer science from Purdue University. He then did an Internal Medicine residency and Nephrology Fellowship before returning to Fort Wayne in 1995 to work as a Nephrologist with Nephrology Associates of Northern Indiana and Illinois. Andy specializes in all aspects of kidney disease including hypertension, dialysis, transplant5 and electrolyte disorders. He is also Hospice board certified and very active in hospice care. His three children are all heading into medical fields. Andy has served on the boards of directors for Lutheran Hospital, Matthew 25 Health Clinic where he is also a clinical volunteer, the Sexual Assault Treatment Center and Physician’s Health Plan. He is a past president of the Big Brothers Big Sisters board and is currently matched with his 3rd Little over the last 35 years. He was named Board Member of the Year in 2011 by the National Big Brothers Big Sisters organization. Andy and his wife Kathy are currently hosting their 4th exchange student. When Lutheran Hospital was clearing land for its new Heart Pavilion, Andy lamented on the loss of some beautiful trees. Lutheran said he could have them, so… Read More
Phil GiaQuinta has always had a heart for public service and a desire to make government more accessible and accountable for his fellow citizens. When he was the Northeast Indiana District Manager for the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, he reduced customer wait time to less than 10 minutes. He currently serves as the Utilities Services Manager for the City of Fort Wayne and earned a Six Sigma Black Belt for reducing the average Call Center wait time for City Utilities customers. And he is credited with creating the award winning 311 Call Center for the City of Fort Wayne so that citizens can have a one-stop-shop for all their government related issues. In 2006, Phil successfully ran for office and is now the District 80 State Representative where he currently serves as the Assistant Minority Leader and the Ranking Member of the Public Policy Committee. He is past chair of the Legislative and Rules Committee and has authored several bills including the funding mechanism for the Allen County Fort Wayne Capital Improvement board to fund new and renovated improvement projects and the law that streamlines the home buying process. Recently recognized as Legislator of the year, his areas of special… Read More
Joseph Deitche is the epitome of a 24/7, dedicated teacher at South Side High School where he has taught math (Algebra II and AP Calculus) since 1996. He is known to spend countless hours developing innovative lesson plans and helping students. When he sees that students aren’t grasping the subject, he helps them after school and on weekends, inspiring them to succeed in ingenious ways. He truly cares about them. Joe taught math and science at Capitol High School in Santa Fe NM for one year, after obtaining his bachelor degree in physics and math from Purdue University (Phi Beta Kappa, Summa Cum Laude) and his masters in physics the University of New Mexico where he was named teaching assistant of the year, before returning to his home town. In addition to his classroom work, Joe has coached the Girl’s Tennis Team and the Academic Math Team. He is also the club sponsor for the Frisbee, Table Tennis and Math Clubs as well as the co-sponsor of National Honor Society. He can be found working most football, basketball, volleyball, swimming, track and cross country athletic events and often serves as tour guide for the class reunions. While living in Lafayette,… Read More
Carlton Mable is the current principal of South Side High School, 6th in the history of the school. He began his teaching career at Miami Middle School and Wayne High School. After receiving his MS, he was an administrative intern at Blackhawk Middle School before being named principal at Lakeside Middle School. In the fall of 2008, he became principal of Wayne High School for two years before his assignment to South Side High School. During his eight years of leadership at South Side, the school has achieved academic growth. On the verge of State take-over in 2010, South Side then met all the challenges and goals set forth by the State of Indiana. The prestigious International Baccalaureate Diploma program has been expanded to be more inclusive and reflective of the student population and more students are earning IB Diplomas and Certificates. Carlton has had the opportunity to be involved in many community organizations. He served as President of the Fort Wayne Chapter of Indiana Black Expo and the Par-Tee Golf Club. He is a charter member of the Summit City South Rotary Club, a State Board Member with Indiana Black Expo, a graduate of the Learning Forward Academy Class… Read More
Jason F Maurer is an award winning director and animator, having earned his degrees in illustration and animation at Savannah College of Art and Design. His first animated feature film Delgo was an official selection of the prestigious Annecy International Animated Film Festival as well as Seoul International Animation Festival, and awarded ‘Best Feature film’ at Anima Mundi in 2008. He has directed numerous commercials and won one Addy and five Tellys for his work over the years. Jason currently heads up the Animation program at the College of Motion Picture Arts at Florida State University, which is ranked in the top twenty film schools in the nation by Hollywood Reporter. He is a recipient of FSU’s Undergraduate Teaching Award and serves on the College’s curriculum council. He mentors and molds the filmmakers of the future through his classes, discussions and workshops on story, aesthetics, pre-visualization and animated filmmaking. Jason’s students have gone on to become leaders within the industry having worked on and supervised projects such as Coraline, Tumble Leaf, Big Hero 6 and Zootopia to name but a few. Jason attributes his passion and desire for storytelling to his Art teachers at South Side High School, Frank Roberts… Read More
Archer Arrows is a newsletter published quarterly as a perk for paid Alumni Association members. Unfortunately, the recent issue had some printing problems, and we would like to sincerely apologize to those affected. Since it is impossible to do a reprint, the following articles are being posted here for all to enjoy! Use the links below to navigate to each reprinted article, or you can find all of them on our news page: The Beghtel Family Read More… A Retiring Figure Read More… Musical Notes from 1978 thru 1982 Read More… Our Favorite Sign of Seasons’ Change Read More…
Janet Meads Green SS ’71 posts two important signs: Zesto OPEN and Zesto CLOSED. She reports that when the OPEN sign appears in March, cars honk and people cheer. People sound the horn and wave and turn their vehicles around to roll into Zesto on Broadway. They greet her cheerily with shouts of, “It’s about time!”, “Spring is here!”, and “Thank Heaven! The kids have been begging me to bring them!” Likewise, the ‘Will Close in 2 Weeks’ sign brings sighs and lines of families awaiting their last scoop of summer joy. Janet has held the southwest Fort Wayne family together at Creighton and Broadway for many years, both part-time and full-time. Between 1970 and 1999, she divided her working hours between Eckrich and Zesto even as she and her husband Randy had their full time home in Romulus, MI. Randy, a pilot, flew out of Willow Run Airport. In 1999, they moved to Fort Wayne and Janet took over Zesto full-time. She calls the current Zesto building “a mansion now” compared to the 1949 unheated room where it began. That building stands close to Janet’s childhood home at Wildwood and South Wayne Avenues. She shared the path to education… Read More
This editor/writer has said in past issues and says once again, the South Side Class of 1982 contributes more than their fair share to the life of Fort Wayne. We have celebrated their January ‘Party with a Purpose’ twice, but this year they also make news with their 35th reunion, the 60th class to graduate from South. One member has contributed in his own best way through music. Pete Bombard posts a top song from ’78 thru ‘82 each Throw Back Thursday. Pete credits the ’82 class officers Patty Ashman and Janet Higgins Howard for “holding us together.” The ethnic and financial differences within the class created a melting pot and those differences “made South Side special for me,” he said. The time period and their upbringing made their particular class even more special. Pete remembers the principal of Fairfield Middle School calling their class “very special.” These elements made the combination of Fairfield and Geyer Middle Schools a smooth transition into South Side, he feels. As Pete shows as he posts ’82 songs, music often knits seemingly disparate groups together. Teachers Earl Jackson and Dave Streeter played a big role in that process at South Side. Archer Arrows has… Read More
Chris Zigler Franks, SS ’72 has retired. Chris came to South Side after 18 years at Lincoln National Life Insurance. She had held the Guidance Office chair since April 6, 1990 through twenty-eight generations of graduating Archers and four principals. She served Jack Weicker, Jennifer Manth SS ‘62, Tom Smith, Carlton Mable SS ‘88, and “a lot of good people,” she told Archer Arrows. In 2015, she was inducted into South Side’s Quarter Century Club. Chris quietly celebrated her induction and her years at South. Thank you, Chris, you are missed.
Pictured from right to left….GENE BEGHTEL ,1957; CAROL BEGHTEL SIMS, 1960; KEITH BEGHTEL,1966; JANET BEGHTEL BRESLER, 1966; JACI BEGHTEL DiGregory,1971 Gene from [email protected] writes us, “First time we have all got together for 40 some years . The Sims and GENE B. both have homes in Homosassa,Fl. the gathering point…” BullsEyes celebrates with the Beghtels! Thanks for updating your fellow Archers.