tribute to Miss Volpe

I was a student at WFB 1961-65 and went on to a successful academic career (I teach at Columbia
Journalism School) and I remember many teachers from high school — most of them fondly. 

One of them has come to mind recently I would love to send a note of thanks to if there’s any way to reach
her. She was the speech therapist at least for a year or two — 1963-64 or 1964-65. I had seen several
speech therapists for my lisp through elementary school, made no progress, gave up in high school
and when Miss Volpe (I do not know her first name) came I thought I would try once more. And in a matter
of 2 or 3 months, I no longer had a lisp. Maybe I was just ready. Maybe I just wanted to please her —
she was young and good-looking and  — I think I remember this correctly — had a slight Southern
accent. Why wouldn’t a 17 year old boy want to please her? For whatever reason, to be freed from
my lisp made a huge difference in my life. Did I ever thank her? I don’t know.

My guess is that there’s no way records nearly 60 years old are long gone or, even if they remain,
tracking down Miss Volpe will be near impossible. She would be in her 80s now. But I at least wanted
to ask.

Best wishes to you and to Whitefish Bay High,

Michael Schudson

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  • Gary Samenfeld
    commented 2023-04-25 07:23:33 -0500
    I was in the class of 1967. I had a very serious stuttering problem. The speech therapist that I had was Miss Munson. If it was not for her I would not have been able to stand up and deliver my speexhes in Speech Class. Practicing my speeches with her made a huge difference. I made it through every speech without even one stutter, all because of Miss Munson. Gary Samenfeld
  • Demaris Kenwood
    published this page in Alumni Stories 2023-04-08 13:29:02 -0500