Alumni Profiles

Keith Weber ’76

“The liberal arts education, I believe, trained me to view the world in a very holistic manner.”
Keith Weber ’76 still remembers how it felt to be a new student at Crossroads. “People like Sara Sherman-Levine and Annie Schardt made sure I was instantly at home. Crossroads was family and still is.”

Keith, who entered Crossroads as a sophomore in 1973, fondly recalls his teachers during those early years of the School. Biology teacher Teri (Darrow) Redman, in particular, left an indelible impression on young Keith. As he remembers it, she lived in an ashram (which he and a few of his classmates helped paint) and “actually attended Woodstock!” He reflects, “she had a rare ability to be a friend while maintaining an authority which kept us all in line.”

Keith shares, “Crossroads was a small and very inclusive community. It was a time of high ideals and possibilities.” Among Keith’s other cherished memories from that era are how much he enjoyed his welding class; playing football with coach Rich Makoff; and studying English with Steve Morgan. “And, of course, Rhoda Makoff, Paul and Mary Ann Cummins and Kathy Specktor.”

Keith’s friendships extended beyond the four walls of the classroom. “I majored in rock concerts,” jokes Keith, who went with his peers to see Led Zeppelin, Jethro Tull, The Who, The Kinks, David Bowie, Steppenwolf, Jimmy Cliff, James Taylor, Neil Young, Crosby Stills & Nash, Donovan, Chicago and Jackson Browne—to name just a few. He adds, “We also were regulars at the ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’ live performances at the Roxy Theatre in Hollywood.” Now, with five grown children and four grandchildren in the San Diego and Seattle areas, Keith moves at a pace that is somewhat slower, but no less enjoyable, than before.

Today, Keith is a lecturer of management information systems at Rochester Institute of Technology. He remains grateful for his educational experience at the School, noting, “The liberal arts education, I believe, trained me to view the world in a very holistic manner.”

Looking back, Keith says his time at Crossroads was “the longest (in a good way) three years of my life. Crossroads was a gold mine of lifelong friends.”