Robert Ballinger

Profile Updated: December 23, 2010
Residing In: Cuyahoga Falls, OH USA
Spouse: Virginia
Occupation: Teacher of French and English (retired)
Children: Rose Louise Ballinger who died at birth in 1980. In 2009, I began funding a scholarship in her memory More…at St. Mary's University, a Marianist university in San Antonio, Texas, called the Rose Louise Ballinger Memorial Language Scholarship. The first scholarship was given in 2010 to two students who are preparing themselves to be language teachers. The 2010 Honoree is Bro. Mel Meyer, S.M. who was my freshman high school art teacher and who inspired me to become a French teacher and photographer.

Erik Larson (step-son) who lives with his wife Tracey in Daytona Beach, Forida. Their son Miles (b. 1989) lives in Columbus, Ohio.

Kim Schneiberg (step-daughter) who lives in Shaker Heights, Ohio with her husband Jerry and their four children: Ella (b. 1995), Ben (b. 1999), Kate (b. 2002), and Ian (b. 2006). We moved to Cuyahoga Falls to be near the grandchildren in whose lives we are greatly involved.
School Story:

I taught six classes of French during the 1967-68 school year. I was a Marianist brother at the time. 1968 was a tumultuous time for the country, for St. Louis, for the Catholic Church, and for me. In August, I decided not to renew my temporary vows. In doing so, I was not permitted to continue teaching at McBride High School. I found a teaching position in Allendale, a small rural town in down-state Illinois. In 1969 I took a teaching position in Lemont about twenty miles southwest of Chicago where I taught French and English until 1975. In 1974 I met Ginny who was living in Upper Arlington, a suburb of Columbus, Ohio. In 1975 we married and I found a teaching position in Worthington, another suburb of Columbus. I taught there until I retired in 2002.

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Feb 24, 2020 at 4:06 PM

I just read the notification that John Ray (Jack) Sanders has recently died.

Last year, when I was giving thought to attending the annual class reunion of McBride graduates, I noticed that a "Jack Sanders" was also receiving an invitation to attend. I wasn't sure it was the Jack Sanders who was teaching at McBride High School during the year I was teaching French in 1967-68, so I wrote to the Jack Sanders whose email address was included in the invitation to attend the reunion. In response to my query, the Jack Sanders who answered my email was rude, claiming he didn't even know me. I just figured he was a different Jack Sanders, who had a common enough last name.

However, when I read the notice of Jack's passing, I realized that, yes, indeed, he was the Jack Sanders I taught with at McBride! Perhaps, he was already suffering from Alzheimer's at the time when I contacted him last year and evidently did not recognize me. I am so sorry I missed connecting with him during the past year.

Jack was three years older than me. I was starting my second year of teaching, having started the previous year at Assumption High School in East Louis, IL. Jack and I were brothers in the Marianist order. But Jack was also like an older sibling to me. We spent hours in conversation on all manner of subjects. I was his "movie buddy." Almost every weekend we would go see the latest blockbuster like "Easy Rider."

I will forever treasure his friendship.

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Jul 26, 2019 at 3:53 PM

Bonjour, Susan,
I taught French at McBride High School for one year (1967-68 academic year). Ordinarily I ignore announcements of new sign-up to the McBride website, but when I saw your name, I wondered, "Did McBride H.S. become co-ed between 1968 and 1975? If so, in which year? What percentage of the students were girls?" Just curious!
Then, I noticed your birthday which is one day before my wife's son's birthday of April 22, 1965. Such a coincidence!
Best wishes,
Bob

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