Loren Brady is a "new-age' business student that the late SHS business teacher Anne Gee wou
SHENANDOAH, Iowa – Loren Brady, who is the first recipient of a Gee Family Scholarship from the Shenandoah Iowa Education Foundation, is just the sort of new-age business student that the late SHS business teacher Anne B. Gee would have loved.
The $2,000 scholarship was awarded earlier this month. It was made possible by a $20,000 donation that Gee’s daughters Jill Gee Polk and Carol G. Zarbock, both of Redmond, Washington, made to the education foundation after their mother’s death at the age of 95 in July, 2017.
Brady, a 2015 SHS graduate who is now a junior at Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, Mo., says she hopes eventually to run her own business, using the double degrees she is earning in computer science and computer engineering.
Her outstanding academic record has helped her land amazing internships in her college summers, first with General Electric Aviation in Cincinnati, Ohio, and Clearwater, Florida, and this summer in Lenexa, Kansas, with a division of Cboe Global Markets. That’s a company “offering cutting-edge trading and investment solutions to investors around the world,” as it explains.
Loren Brady outside her alma mater.
What all her studies and experiences mean, she said, “is I’m not worried about finding a job,” when she graduates from Missouri S&T in December, 2019. She anticipates starting her career with a large company – she’s liking all the Kansas City area has to offer – but “eventually I’d like to start my own business. We’ll see what that turns into. People in my fields do a lot of contract work for other companies. One of my favorite things about my degrees is they’ll give me the freedom to work in almost any business anywhere – other states, even other countries.
“I like the idea of working for myself,” she continued. “I like the thought of making my own business decisions. I know with that will come a lot of risk and responsibility – managing employees, managing buildings and equipment – but those are all just challenges that you learn to deal with in business.”
She learned that watching her parents, both of them veterinarians, handle their own businesses. Her mother Dr. Margaret Fischer-Brady owns and operates Healthy Trails Retreat in Shenandoah, and her father is Dr. John Brady , who owns Shenandoah Animal Hospital.
Loren’s brother Jack Brady graduated from Shenandoah High this past spring and is now headed to Northwest Missouri State University.
As she was picking her college, Loren said she felt she was inclined toward science or engineering. She toured the programs at Iowa State, the University of Iowa and Northwest Missouri, but felt like she found a home when she visited Missouri S&T in Rolla.
The school was once known as the Missouri School of Mines, with an early focus on serving the coal industry and other kinds of mining. It has evolved, though, to become the primary engineering university in the Missouri state system, offering 18 engineering disciplines. It has an enrollment of about 6,900 in the town of 19,500, located in the south central part of the state.
It’s been a good fit for Loren Brady, who played tennis in high school and was active in both vocal music and band. In college, she’s been involved in student activities and “picked up a couple more musical instruments – mainly guitar – although I haven’t taken any music classes.”
Star Ann Kloberdanz, member of the board of the Shenandoah Iowa Education Foundation, presents a $2,000 check for the scholarship to Loren Brady.
Two members of the education foundation’s scholarship committee both agreed that Brady also fits well as the first winner of a Gee Family Scholarship.
“I first met Loren when she was a fourth grader at Shenandoah Elementary School,” said Star Ann Kloberdanz, a retired teacher. “I remember her as a young lady who devoured books. Awarding her the first Gee Family Scholarship demonstrates the foundation’s support for Shenandoah graduates who are committed to and have a plan for establishing careers in business. Loren’s resume establishes her ability to set goals as she pursues her desired career. She will make it happen.”
Duane Rexroth, another retired teacher and coach, said the foundation is “very fortunate to have a candidate with strong Shenandoah roots. Loren sets a great standard to measure the future candidates. She gets us off to a great start. And, for Carol and Jill, they should be so proud of their mom.”
During Anne Gee’s 35-year teaching career in Shenandoah, she started out teaching typing, secretarial skills and general business. A lifelong learner, she earned a master’s degree and took additional graduate-level courses to transition into the computer era, and taught computer science late in her career. After retiring, she also served a three-year term on the Shenandoah Board of Education.