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Edith Morgan Donath, Class of 1940

Donald Donath, Honorary High School Diploma

Donald and Edith Donath spent their lives doing almost everything as a couple.‭ ‬It would be difficult to acknowledge one spouse’s accomplishments without recognizing the involvement of the other.

Edith Morgan graduated from Smith-Cotton High School in‭ ‬1940.‭ ‬She attended Central Missouri State Teacher’s College for two years and began teaching in rural schools in Pettis County.‭ ‬She resumed taking college courses at night,‭ ‬during the summer,‭ ‬and by correspondence to receive her Bachelor of Science in Education with a Music Major.‭ ‬She later went on to receive a Master of Science in Education with a Music Major and a Specialist Degree in Elementary Administration.

She taught music in the Sedalia School District from‭ ‬1953‭ ‬to‭ ‬1986‭ ‬at Whittier and Washingtion Elementary schools as well as sixth grade music at Sedalia Middle School.‭ ‬Mrs.‭ ‬Donath has played violin with the Sedalia Symphony for over‭ ‬75‭ ‬years.

Edith and Donald W.‭ ‬Donath were married in‭ ‬1947.‭ ‬During that year she was teaching at the Bothwell Rural School.‭ ‬John Bothwell had left instructions that the teacher of the school should be a‭ “‬married person‭” ‬and provided a small home,‭ ‬the‭ “‬Teacherage,‭” ‬adjacent to the school for the teacher and spouse to live in.‭ ‬Mrs.‭ ‬Donath describes it as their‭ “‬honeymoon house.‭”

Mr.‭ ‬Donath withdrew from Smith-Cotton High School on December‭ ‬12,‭ ‬1941‭ ‬to enlist in the military.‭ ‬With the assistance of Janet‭ (‬Moriss‭) ‬Sloan the appropriate paperwork was completed for Mr.‭ ‬Donath to receive his honorary high school diploma for Missouri veterans.‭ ‬On June‭ ‬25,‭ ‬2013‭ ‬he received his diploma from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Missouri Veterans Commission.‭

Mr.‭ ‬Donath served in the Army as Staff Sergeant‭ ‬20th Armored Division.‭ ‬He completed his service as a tank commander in the‭ ‬20th Tank Battalion of Patton’s Third Army.‭  ‬He returned to Sedalia in‭ ‬1946‭ ‬and apprenticed at the Missouri Pacific Shops,‭ ‬but then decided it was time to begin classes at Central Missouri State Teacher’s College.‭ ‬He took and passed the GED without ever completing any classwork.‭ ‬He later received his Bachelor of Science in Education with a major in Physical Education,‭ ‬a Masters of Education in Elementary School Education,‭ ‬and a Specialist Degree in Physical Education all from Central Missouri State University.‭ ‬He received his Doctorate of Education from Oklahoma State University.

At Smith-Cotton High School,‭ ‬Mr.‭ ‬Donath taught Driver’s Education.‭ ‬He taught sixth grade at Horace Mann Elementary.‭ ‬He taught Physical Education at Washington,‭ ‬Heber Hunt,‭ ‬Whittier,‭ ‬and Mark Twain.‭ ‬He also offered PE during the evening hours at Jefferson Elementary and Hubbard School.

In‭ ‬1970‭ ‬Mr.‭ ‬Donath was contacted by the CMSU Physical Education Department chairman asking him to join the teaching staff as an assistant profession.‭ ‬From‭ ‬1970‭ ‬to‭ ‬1986‭ ‬he supervised and observed Physical Education students in their student teacher experience.

The Donath’s considered square dancing their hobby and shared their talents with many by providing lessons throughout Mid-Missouri.‭ ‬In‭ ‬1993,‭ ‬Mr.‭ ‬Donath was inducted into the Missouri Federation of Caller and Cuers Hall of Fame for‭ ‬46‭ ‬years of calling and‭ ‬41‭ ‬years of cuering.

The Donath’s were presented with the Distinguished Alumni Award on October‭ ‬5,‭ ‬2013‭ ‬at the Heckart Performing Arts Center.‭  ‬Mr.‭ ‬Donath passed away on June‭ ‬6,‭ ‬2014.

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