A Letter from Mary Mounts, Former School Superintendent

Summer 1995

Mary R. Mounts
Mary R. Mounts

What a delightful surprise to receive the Blue & Gold Newsletter. I read them through immediately and spent the rest of the day remembering. Thank you very, very much for including me on your mailing list.

It is hard to realize that twenty-seven years have passed since I drove down Eddy Road to Lake Shore each morning to enter Bratenahl, a world all of its own. A friend of mine who lived in Euclid and worked in Cleveland once told me that he drove through Bratenahl each morning just to get his inspiration for the day. I think that I must have felt the same way. Seeing the names of the students who responded brought back the best memories of all, for in Bratenahl each student was special. To know that as adults they have become useful productive citizens makes me proud that I was once a part of their lives.

It was good to hear about Mr. Digby and Ruth Blanchard. They were both excellent teachers and good friends. Also it’s good to know that Marjorie McClelland is still “sharp as a tack.” I’m afraid that my “tack” has become somewhat dull.

Today I’m living in Hilliard, Ohio, in a semi-retirement complex. It allows for independent living without the problems of managing a home. I am about 15 minutes from downtown Columbus. I have two nieces who live nearby. I still drive my car and enjoy the activities of everyday living.

[Mary "Mamie" Ruth Mounts was born on November 26, 1907. She earned a master's degree in education from the University of Pittsburg.  She was the former dean of girls at Tiltonsville High school in Jefferson County when she joined the teaching staff at the Bratenahl School in 1955.  She served as Superintendent from 1956 to 1968.  She died on November 9, 2004 at the age of 96.]