2014 Alumni Inductees
  • Lynda (Bobbitt) Burgman  -  Nelson Weber  -  Kathleen (Holtgrewe) Weber


     

Lynda (Bobbitt) Burgman - Class of 1961

  • Lynda Bobbitt Burgman, Northwest High School Class of 1961, is being honored as a Destinguished Alumnus. After graduating from Northwest High School, Lynda studied at the Art Institute of Chicago’s Goodman Theatre and Southeast Missouri State University before beginning her work in the non-profit world. Hosting a fitness program for KMOX radio and writing a wellness column for the Suburban Journals led to a 26 year career with the YMCA of Greater St. Louis as Sr. Vice President. Her work at the “Y” included supervising corporate operations, international relations, construction projects, program and financial development.

    Retiring at age 55, Lynda spent the next 10 years as a consultant helping many non-profits in the St. Louis region including raising money to build the new Ranken Jordan Pediatric Specialty Hospital, helping the Pregnancy Resource Center, Lydia’s House, Harrison’s Hope, Agape House, Independence Center, Places for People, The Wilson School, Missouri Humane Society, Schaeffer Aquatic Center for the Disabled to just name a few of the many charities she helped.

    In 2006 after hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Lynda founded her own charity “Kindness In A Box” an international non-profit organization that provides humanitarian aid for the education, health and well-being of impoverished, indigenous Quechua children in the Andes Mountains of Maras, Peru. In October 2006 Lynda’s charitable work was recognized by the “Oprah Winfrey Show” and Oprah’s “Pay It Forward Project”.  

    After seven years, Lynda’s charity now feeds over 200 Quechua children through a school lunch program, provides school supplies to all 300 pre-schoolers in Maras and gives micro loans for the Quecha women to raise chickens for food and profit. Last year under Lynda’s leadership, two community “Kindness Centers” were constructed to provide resources for over 1,200 families in the Maras Province.

    As an avid “outdoorswoman”, Lynda has hiked, biked and canoed all over the world. She has summited Mt. Whitney, canoed 800 miles through the Artic Circle, hiked Viedma Glacier in Patagonia, the Alps and has had many adventures in-between. She is married to Dale Burgman, retired DeSmet Varsity Basketball Coach, the mother of three daughters, a grandmother and great-grandmother.

Nelson Weber - Class of 1957

  • Mr. Nelson Weber is a Distinguished Alumnus of Northwest High School Class of 1957. After high school, Nelson went directly to work for McDonnell Aircraft. After a year and a half of working in the shop, he decided to attend college in Rolla at the former University of Missouri- Rolla now Missouri Science and Technology.

    Nelson earned a degree in mechanical engineering. He returned to McDonnell Douglas and enjoyed a 35 year long career working on space and missile programs as well as with fighter and passenger aircraft .

    Mr. Weber retired from McDonnell Douglas in 1994 and began his own engineering consultant business.  As a consultant, he was contacted by The Ministry of Defense in Israel to assist with designs. Additionally, he traveled to both Israel and Malaysia as a part of his consulting work. In 2003, he received a patent for a small diameter missile.

    Beyond engineering, Nelson’s unique interests and technical abilities led him to pursue the history of the Steamboat Montana which sunk in 1884 in St. Charles, Missouri. He has conducted extensive research on the steamboat and wrote a book “The Legendary Montana Riverboat” in 2006. His efforts were recognized by local historians and he has been a guest speaker on the topic at historical clubs in the St. Louis area.

    Still looking for more ways to fill his time, Nelson Weber turned his time and attention to his alma mater and earned a spot on the Northwest R-1 School Board of Education which he currently holds. He is a resource to the school and can often be found in the hallways of Northwest High School. He speaks to students in a variety of science classes, giving special attention to the engineering students. Teachers relate that Mr. Weber is not the typical guest speaker at the front of the room, rather he is up and down the rows, working side by side with students challenging them on their projects. He works on computers with students to solve design problems, teaching students to look for redundancies in systems. Science teacher Mr. Mike Horn stated “I appreciate Mr. Weber’s help and expertise. He not only provides engineering insight, but he encourages character development in our students as well, and challenges them to take risks.”

    Nelson Weber resides in High Ridge with his wife Carol of over 30 years. He has two sons and one daughter. He is a motorcycle enthusiast as well as a car collector. Nelson’s most recent project was installing solar panels at his home to offset electrical costs.  It is clear that Mr. Nelson Weber has enjoyed a successful career and now rich retirement years. He is an ambassador of the Northwest Community.

Kathleen (Holtgrewe) Weber - Class of 1972

  • Kathleen Holtgrewe Weber is a 1972 graduate. She is being honored for her years of service and contributions to the Northwest High School Alumni Association. Kathy volunteered to be a part of the Alumni Association in 1987. After just one year with the organization she became president. Kathy took this leadership role and ran with it. Kathy was intensely driven as she worked to better the Northwest Community. Kathy chaired the Northwest Craft Fair for sixteen years. This was a time-intensive project that involved year-round planning. She physically mapped out each space of the old high school literally inch by inch, coordinated with vendors, and problem-solved with rival crafters year after year. Eventually the craft fair grew to one of the largest in the St. Louis area with over 200 crafters participating.

    Kathy also spear-headed a number of other Northwest Alumni Association fundraisers. She chaired the fireworks stand for five summers and organized the golf tournament for four years. Kathy was always passionate about the association and the good that could come for students through the hard work of the association.

    Kathy Weber is a life-long resident of the Northwest area. She grew up in House Springs and enjoyed playing softball through the Khoury League. She was active in her church youth group at St. Martin’s United Church of Christ in Dittmer. Kathy played the oboe in the high school band, beginning her 7th grade year under Mr. Cliff Zehrt. After graduation, Kathy married Don Weber of High Ridge in 1975 and they built a home in High Ridge where they have now lived for thirty-nine years.

    Professionally, Kathy worked for St. John’s Hospital in the Patient Accounting and Finance Department for eleven years. Kathy then left St. John’s to work for the American Association of Orthodontics in the marketing department.

    Kathy Holtgrewe Weber has left a long-standing impression on the Northwest Community and the Alumni Association through her 18 years of service. It is estimated that she organized the fundraisers and mobilized the manpower to raise over $300,000 all of which went directly to school improvements and programs for students including thousands of dollars in college scholarships. Kathy Weber has left her mark on our community and has done Northwest Proud; she is truly a Distinguished Alumnus!