Four new members were recently inducted into the Waite High School Hall of Fame for 2008.
Those chosen include:
Jack R. Zedro was born April 22, 1931, in Toledo, to Bertha and Anthony Zedro. He married Stella Ane of Toledo, in 1953. Jack passed away Feb. 7, 1980 in Binghamton, N.Y at the age of 48. He is missed and remembered by many.
Zedro received his degree in electrical engineering from Toledo University. Throughout his life, he achieved what many only dream of achieving. He raised three children, Kim, John and Michelle Zedro.
Jack extended his vision beyond his immediate family to include those with whom he worked and those he managed. His touch was felt and made a difference from the top executives of a large Fortune 500 company to the hourly workers with whom he bowled and golfed.
He spent his career working for General Electric Company in Utica, N.Y. and Binghamton, N.Y. He worked his way from an entry-level engineer to the general manager of a GE Division in Binghamton. He entered GE and joined engineers in the ABC Course for GE in Utica. Graduates of the class were awarded their master’s degree in electrical engineering, and became the fast-trackers toward management or technical leadership. Zedrow held with multiple management and directorship positions in Utica and Binghamton.
As a practicing engineer, Zedrow contributed to the Gemini space program as well as many aspects of airborne radar systems. He was involved in the technical maturity of the testing of high-tech components and was active in reliability and quality assurance of flight radar systems, flight controls and engine controls for large commercial aircraft engines and military engines. Jack was also instrumental in developing the means for measurement of the effectiveness of program management, and the look-ahead vision of when programs will fall behind their schedule and cost budgets. This vision was the foundation for program management that today is referred to as earned value management, a concept which is utilized throughout Department of Defense programs and by all defense contractors.
People from trades and all levels of management from industry attended Zedrow’s funeral in Binghamton. One of the noted attendees was astronaut Bill Anders, who came to acknowledge Jack for his development of the Lexan material used on the nose cone of the spacecraft that he flew.
Terry Jay Breymaier was born Dec. 3, 1947, the only child of Robert and Aileen Navarre Breymaier.
Through his grade school years at Raymer School until his graduation from Waite High School in 1965, he lived with his family at 1932 Kelsey Avenue. While at Waite, he was active in sports and played freshman football, junior varsity basketball and varsity tennis. Breymaier also served two years as an athletic trainer for the football and basketball teams. A member of Hi-Y for four years, he served as president his senior year and was also a member and later secretary of the Forum Literary Society. In addition, he worked on the junior class play, the senior trip committee, and worked as a faculty aide.
His career in the funeral industry began with a summer job at the Eggleston Meinert Funeral Home following his junior year at Waite. He continued to work summers and part time as he attended Ohio State University. Upon his graduation from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, Breymaier was invited to join the firm as a licensed funeral director and embalmer. He is a member of the Ohio Embalmers’ Association, National Funeral Directors Association, Ohio Funeral Directors Association, where he served as district president, and the Funeral Directors’ Association of Northwest Ohio, where he served as a board member and president.
Breymaier has been active in many community organizations, particularly those that supported his children’s interest. He served as a committee member and president where his son, Rob, was a scout in Troop #112. He also chaired the Advancement Committee for both the Commodore Perry District and Erie Shores Council. In 1994, he received the Commodore Perry District Award of Merit and in 2000, he received the Silver Beaver Award.
He is a member of the East Toledo Club, where he served as president from 1988 through 1990. As a board member, he helped create both the Housing East Toledo Corporation and the Friends of Pearson Park, where he served as president for 15 years. He has also served on numerous Metropark committees and is currently chairman of the Pearson North Capital Campaign Committee.
He was also awarded the Oregon Kiwanis Club’s Frederic C. Hansen Humanitarian Award and the Exchange Club of Greater Maumee Bay’s Book of Golden Deeds Award.
His memberships also include The Oregonians, the East Toledo Family Center, East Toledo Historical Society, Oregon-Jerusalem Historical Society, Friends of the Oregon Library and Paragon Lodge F&AM, among others.
Directly descended from the pioneering Navarre family, Breymaier enjoys relating their history as one of the two famous brothers, Peter and Robert Navarre.
He is married to Mary Nassar Breymaier, also a 1965 Waite High School graduate. The family also includes son, Rob (Bharathi) and grandson Vivek, and daughter Meredith (Carrie) and grandson Harrison.
George W. Scharbach was born May 13, 1922, to Harriet and George Stanley Scharbach. He was an only child and resided in Point Place his entire life.
He attended Kleis Elementary School, Point Place Junior High School and graduated from Morrison R. Waite High School in 1940. While Toledo University, he worked in the factory of Willys Overland.
His university education was interrupted by service to his country in the U.S. Army in Europe during World War II. He graduated from TU in 1947 with a bachelor degree in mechanical engineering.
He was an automotive engineer for more than 40 years. He retired in 1988 from AM General Corporation, having worked his entire career for the company and its predecessors, including Willy Motors, Inc., Kaiser-Jeep Corp., Jeep Corp., American Motors Corp. and LTV Corporation.
He was promoted to vice president of engineering and product development in 1967 and served in that capacity until his retirement. During his career he was responsible for the development of many U.S. postal service vehicles including the familiar red, white, and blue Jeeps designed for delivering mail; a series of city transit buses built by AM General, including those used in Toledo in the mid-1970s; and several military vehicles, including the quarter-ton to 20-ton military trucks and the Army’s high mobility, multi-purpose wheeled vehicle (HMMWV or the Hummer) which gained instant popularity with the troops in Desert Storm.
Scharbach was a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers, the American Defense Preparedness Association, the Association of the United States Army and the American Ordinance Association.
In 1990, he posthumously received the Leslie E. Simon Award, given annually by the American Defense Preparedness Association for significant contributions in the development, design and production of weapons systems. During his career, he spent time in the field covering the military operational environment from the Arctic to the desert and covering personnel from generals to drivers and mechanics.
He married his high school sweetheart, Evelyn Seeman, (Waite High School 1942) in 1946 and they shared 43 years before his death March 15, 1989. Together, they had three children, Vicki Scharbach Steele, Jeff Stanley Scharbach and Kurt Erik Scharbach. They also had eight grandchildren.
Susan Barbara Payne Woodrow was born at East Side Hospital on East Broadway. She attended Raymer Elementary School and Waite High School, graduating in 1958.
As a Waite freshman, she discovered that she loved math and science and followed her mother’s advice to major in math in college and work in the brand new computer industry. While at Waite, she was involved in the National Honor Society and Zetalethean Literary Society and founded the United Nations Club. She performed in the Waite Follies and also acted in most plays or worked in their production. Annually, she won the Science and Mathematics awards and represented the school for three years as a National Merit Scholar in both math and French. In the community, she taught Sunday School at Second Baptist Church on Main and Greenwood and was in the choir. She was the youngest member of the Toledo Repertoire Theatre.
She received a scholarship from Hillsdale College where she earned a double major in math and physics, graduating cum laude. She was active in theatre and was inducted into Epsilon Delta Alpha Scholastic Honorary and Alpha Psi Omega Drama Honorary.
After graduation, she worked on programming the most advanced computer at Burroughs Corporation (now Unisys) where she met her husband. They had two sons.
From 1974 to 1978, she attended Memphis State University School of Law, graduating with honors. After graduation, she passed the Tennessee, Florida and Michigan Bar examinations. She was the first woman to be a research assistant in the Appellate Courts of Tennessee.
When she and her family moved back to Detroit, she began to practice in Maritime and Admiralty law. She was the first woman, and third attorney in Michigan, to litigate on behalf of workers exposed to asbestos. While in practice, she was active in the Trial Lawyers of America, founded the Women Lawyers Section, and was chair of the Workers’ Compensation Administrative Law Judge in 1984.
In 2002, she was appointed to be an Administrative Law Judge with the Unemployment Insurance Agency. She is in the process of obtaining a master’s degree in law in Anti Money Laundering and International Law and is scheduled for the English Bar Examination.
She is a member of Rotary International, has a builders’ license and is building low-income housing in Texas. She is active in the Children’s Advocacy Program for abused children in Flint and will set up a future scholarship foundation for needy students.