In memory of members of the Mounds View Class of 1978 that have passed away.Mounds View Class of 1978

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Jack Ohman

Jack OhmanJack Ohman became the youngest cartoonist ever to be nationally syndicated when he joined the Tribune Media Services roster while still in college. Today, Ohman is one of the most widely syndicated political cartoonists in the U.S. He is the editorial cartoonist for The Oregonian, a job he has held since 1983.
His work appears regularly in The Washington Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, The Seattle Times and scores of other major newspapers. His work has also been known to appear in such magazines as Newsweek and National Review. Ohman contributed drawings to “ABC News Nightline” from 1984 to 1986. People magazine has called Ohman's cartoons "uncompromising, the most wicked and the most pointedly funny” on today’s op-ed pages.

In 2002, Ohman received the National Headliners Award for editorial cartooning from the Press Club of Atlantic City. In 1996, he received the Overseas Press Club Award. Ohman has also won the national Mark of Excellence Award and Sigma Delta Chi Award from the Society of Professional Journalists. He also received the Exceptional Merit Media Award from the National Women’s Political Caucus.

Keith Hansen

Mr. Keith Hansen, a U.S. national, assumed his current position in February 2002. He is responsible for the overall policy direction of the Bank's HIV/AIDS work in Africa and for overseeing the ongoing implementation of its regional HIV/AIDS strategy. In particular, he leads ACTafrica's efforts to facilitate implementation of the Multi-Country HIV/AIDS Program (MAP) for Africa. He also manages the Africa Department's relations with UNAIDS, donors, and other partners. He has been with the ACTafrica team since its inception, when he served as Deputy Manager. He is one of the principal architects of the MAP.
Prior to this, he managed health and education projects in southern Africa, served as Special Assistant to the Vice President for Africa, and worked on environmental issues in Latin America.

Bob Basten -  Work hard, fight hard

Bob BastenPosted December 31, 2002 in ALS News
Copyright © 2002, Chicago Tribune By Janet Kidd Stewart Chicago Tribune staff reporter December 30, 2002

Against enormous odds, Bob Basten always chose his destinations. Now, destiny has found him.

Orphaned at 16, the Northbrook native lived alone while finishing his sophomore year at Glenbrook North before moving in with relatives in Minnesota, where he then studied hard enough to earn an academic scholarship to St. John's University.

Coming from a small, Division III school didn't stop the nearly 6-foot, 5-inch defensive tackle from walking into tryouts with the Minnesota Vikings after graduation. He signed as a free agent and played a season on the practice squad.

After football, he turned to business. By age 33, Basten was running American Express Tax & Business Services, a Minneapolis-based arm of the financial giant that was consolidating the accounting industry--at times against its will.

Always a risk taker, Basten was on to a new challenge by the time he was 36: forming one of the nation's largest middle-market accounting firms by rolling up several private regional companies and taking them public with an initial public offering.