Robert B. Oakley – Class of 1948, Parent of Alumni
Robert B. Oakley was born in Dallas, raised in Shreveport, and attended Southfield School. He graduated from South Kent School in South Kent, Connecticut, and Princeton University with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and history. He served as a U.S. Naval Intelligence Officer in Japan. After military service, he attended Tulane University and entered the Foreign Service.
He is perhaps best known for his service as the President’s Special Envoy for Somalia. He had a long and distinguished career in the Foreign Service, including an assignment as Ambassador to Pakistan. He was awarded the State Department Meritorious Award and the State Department Distinguished Honor Award.
Josephine G. Carmody
Honoree Josephine Carmody is a life-long Shreveporter, leaving only for her college years at Marymount College in New York state. She holds her master’s degree plus 30 hours in education and psychology, attending classes for many years while teaching at Southfield School, thus demonstrating the “joy of learning” that was her philosophy to instill in every child.
Teaching a year of kindergarten and two years of second grade, followed by 38 years as a first grade teacher, Miss Carmody touched the lives of many children with her encouragement, sensitivity to individual needs, and spirited approach to learning.
Hazel Kytle The Headmistress of Southfield from 1941 until 1966, Hazel Kytle laid a strong foundation at Southfield School by enriching the curriculum with French, music, physical education and the study of ancient civilizations.
Underlying her every effort was her desire to instill in every child a “love of reading.” To that end, she frequently read to students herself, she encouraged each teacher and parent to make reading an important part of every day, and she assisted in the development of the “Book Fair” which continues to be a Southfield tradition.
Janet Bliss Butcher
Mrs. Janet Bliss Butcher began teaching kindergarten at Southfield School in 1946. She taught for three years, took a 13-year hiatus and then returned to Southfield to teach second grade from 1962 until her retirement in 1993. During those years, Mrs. Butcher became well-known for the annual building of “Electric City,”