Mary Ritter Bast

Profile Updated: March 26, 2021
Mary Ritter
Mary Ritter

Then

Mary Ritter

Now

Mary Ritter

Yearbook

Yes! Attending Reunion
Class Year: 1956
Residing In: Gainesville, FL USA
Spouse/Partner: Divorced/happily single for 23 years
Homepage: View Website
Occupation: Artist, Author, Editor, Retired Consultant/Coach
Children: Katja Amyx (adopted 1965) (partner Nate, children Corwin, Tycho), lives in Minneapolis, MN; Dylan Schwab More…(adopted 1968), lives in Palm Harbor, FL
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What have I been up to since 1956? Wow, a summary of 'twos': two marriages, two children, two divorces, two breasts lost to cancer (caught early, no spread to lymph nodes, no need for chemo). I moved to Gainesville, FL, in 2000 to care for my mother, who died April 15, 2017 at age 104. Published seven nonfiction books and four poetry books. After PAHS: Simmons College (BS, Business), tried being a housewife for ten years but no fit (though happily earned a brown belt in taikwando), then ten glorious years as a grad student while raising two kids as single mother (eventually earned PhD in Social Psychology), ten years as internal trainer/consultant for Federated Dept. Stores (eventually Director of Executive Development for corporate office), ten years own company Bast Consulting Inc. as leadership consultant and coach. After move to Florida to care for my Mom created phone coaching business specializing in the Enneagram for 22 years (retired in 2020). Editor-in-Chief of Bacopa Literary Review since Jan. 1, 2016. Artist for the past 15 years and board member of the Gainesville Fine Arts Association.

School Story:

Staff member Raymond Flowers, who also taught the shorthand class, wrote his message in my year book in shorthand.

Also that Walt Ligon gave me the nickname "Critter Ritter."

I dreamed of having a shape like Marilyn Monroe, so relied on a pair of falsies... until one day when we were going to line up for chest x-rays and I was afraid they'd be discovered, so I hid them in the girl's bathroom. Somebody found them, because when I came back some guys were in the hall playing catch with those falsies!

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Posted on: Mar 26, 2021 at 12:59 PM

John, I just now saw your comment on my profile from years ago. Now it's my turn to run into lockers gazing at all your accomplishments. Thank you for such outstanding service. Be well.

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My two beautiful Burmese babies, Beau and Bella.
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My painting of Lake Rosa in Melrose, FL, behind my brother Chuck Ritter's place where he's been a champion camellia grower for 35 years since retiring from a government job.
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While isolated for a year, I colored hundreds of mandalas during mantra meditation, then decided to create collages from mandala pieces.
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Posted on: Mar 17, 2021 at 10:13 PM

Thanks for the birthday wishes, Bill. Please accept early birthday wishes for your April 5th celebration. I'm grateful to have had the COVID vaccine several weeks ago and to have in-person hugs on Saturday from my brother/his wife, and yesterday from my son/his partner. Still wearing a mask and avoiding crowded places but feeling optimistic for the first time in a year, and fairly amazed that the "me" I identify with is now in an 83-year-old body!

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Sep 27, 2020 at 12:35 PM

Until I saw your email about Sherry Hobbs' memoir, "Bird of Passage," it didn't occur to me that PAHS classmates might be interested in my poetry collection that tracks my life ("Time Warp") or my "Autobiography Passed Through the Sieve of Maya." Just google Mary Bast on Amazon and they'll show up. I hope everyone is holding up OK in the face of the current pandemic. I retired from coaching last year, but have interests to keep my brain engaged (editor of Bacopa Literary Review, board member of Gainesville Fine Arts Association), all of which can be done alone or in Zoom meetings. Still, it's lonely in isolation, and I'm so grateful I adopted two Burmese kittens last fall to keep me company here in Gainesville, FL

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Aug 13, 2018 at 12:57 PM

Dear Lois, I remember your amazing ability to memorize, possibly "photographic memory"? You and I have had some similar life experiences, though I took my PhD in a more applied direction. Both of us cared for long-living mothers -- I moved to Florida in 2000 to help with mine, who moved in with me in 2001 and lived to be 104. I'm curious about your Shakespeare biography, which now sits in my Amazon.com cart, along with "Othello," which interests me even more for its discussion of race and gender issues. Mary (Ritter) Bast

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Posted on: Sep 05, 2017 at 9:32 AM

I don't know if anyone remembers my mother, Ruth Ritter. She survived my father by 35 years and I took care of her for the past 16 years. My brother and I held a 100th birthday part for her, attended by almost all of our extended family, and still Mom lived on--in mostly good health, though increasingly frail and almost blind--for another 4-1/2 years, passing away on April 15, 2017 at age 104. Her obituary is here: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/gainesville/obituary.aspx?pid=185369312

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Posted on: Mar 13, 2017 at 12:05 PM

Mary - have a wonderful birthday and many more.

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Aug 15, 2015 at 12:33 PM

Walt was a good friend in high school, always ready with a joke. Then I saw him again at the PAHS reunion in 2000 and we had a long talk, catching up on more than forty years of living. I'm shocked and sad to know he's gone and that this happened in November 2014. Sending belated blessings to his family.

There's a wonderful photo gallery of Walt's life at http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/washingtonpost/obituary.aspx?pid=173070126.

 

Aug 15, 2015 at 10:29 AM

I just found out that Walt Ligon died in November 2014, and have posted a photo of Walt, me, and Ron Davidson at the 2000 PAHS reunion in Washington, D.C. Farewell and blessings, Walt.

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My two beautiful Burmese babies, Beau and Bella.
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While isolated for a year, I colored hundreds of mandalas during mantra meditation, then decided to create collages from mandala pieces.
Posted: Mar 26, 2021 at 12:51 PM
My painting of Lake Rosa in Melrose, FL, behind my brother Chuck Ritter's place where he's been a champion camellia grower for 35 years since retiring from a government job.
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2014 photo
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Second husband Dick, trip to Ireland 1986.
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First husband Dave, California 1964
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Graduation photo, 1956
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Garmisch, Christmas 1955