Class of 1956
CARMELITA PRANTER KAMMANN
My early years were spent in Houston, Texas, where I attended grammar school and my first two years of high school. In 1954 my family moved to St. Louis, my father’s company having built their new main office on Olive Street Road. I initially attended Soldan Blewett and then we moved to University City where I finished my last year of high school at U City.
Following graduation from U City I went to Washington University for 3-1/2 years and I was on the Dean’s List numerous times and a member of honoraries including Mortar Board. I transferred in 1960 to Louisiana State University with the goal of studying for a Master’s degree in English Literature. Mrs. August Gottlieb and my mother, a former schoolteacher, were my inspirations for this subject. I met Karl Kammann at LSU in 1960 and instead of pursuing my academic career I married Karl, my husband of now 57 years. He received his PhD from LSU in 1962. That year marked the first of several moves in the South and Midwest.
Our family grew as the years passed, and we have three girls and one boy. They all achieved college degrees, and their collective eleven children all aspire to higher education. Our present home is in Baneberry, Tennessee which is 40 miles east of Knoxville, where my husband joined his three brothers in a family golf resort business. This was recently sold but my husband and I are staying here in this small community with friends and family. Our children and grandchildren often visit and have the benefits of golf and other recreation.
Formerly while living in Cincinnati, prompted by my background in dance, I formed a ballet school which I taught for several years. At U City I had enjoyed participating in the Taberna dance club.
Recently I received my Associate Degree in Liberal Arts from Washington University, of which I am very proud. Karl and I are members of the LSU Alumni Club in Knoxville, and both of us are genealogy buffs. As a teenager I had spent summers with my grandmother, Annabelle Lincoln Bayless, a second cousin of President Abraham Lincoln. She told me family stories which planted a seed of curiosity about my past as well as our nation’s history. I also consider that a legacy of my experience at U City is the desire to continually pursue self education.