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OGILVIE, JEAN (Jean Mary Ogilvie)
United Kingdom
Born 21 June 1911
Died circa September 1994
Married Peter Ralph MacKinnon, 14 December 1933 in London, England

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JASTER, CONNIE
United States
Born 20 May 1942 in Brea, California
Married Frederic C. James on 11 July 1970.
[Active 1960-1967]

Attended Fullerton College from 1960 to 1962, where she played tennis and was the head cheerleader. She was undefeated in collegiate mixed doubles with Stan Kudla. At Cal State Connie was on the team with Billie Jean Moffitt (later King).

In 1963 her hometown of Brea raised money to send her to Wimbledon. She could hold her head high afterwards, as she reached the quarterfinals in doubles. She and Carol Loop were a formidable doubles team. Doubles was Connie's forte.

In 1964 Jaster was ranked #6 in doubles and #19 nationally by the USTA.

She would later become the first woman in university history to become the head coach for the men’s tennis team at Drake University. Now Mrs James, she stays involved in the sport by teaching in Brea.

Titles

Washington State

in last pic, with Connie on the left and at right doubles partner Carole Loop



Sources:


[A brief 4 minute video interview and profile]


http://fullertoncollegecentennial.com/alumni-stories/connie-jaster.html



www.ancestry.co.uk (source for date of birth and marriage]


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SHERBECK, LORI
United States
Born 1954
Married McMahon
[Active in the 1970s]

Playing in the ten & under division, Lori Sherbeck-McMahon won her first tournament at the Balboa Bay Club. She would then go on to win all of the ten & under tournaments in Southern California.
When she was twelve years old, Lori was ranked No. 1 in Southern California and No. 7 nationally in singles and No. 2 in doubles. She would be nationally ranked in the top ten throughout her teens.
In 1969, Lori went to El Dorado High where she was the No. 1 High School State player until she graduated in 1972. In 1973 she attended Fullerton College where she became a nationally ranked junior college player after winning the State Title at Ojai. This enabled her to qualify to play in the NCAA tournament in Alabama where she traveled with her coach Ann Read. At this tournament, Lori placed 5th nationally in women’s collegiate tennis.
In 1975, Lori was offered a full tennis scholarship to the University of Utah. Women were not receiving college tennis scholarships as of yet in California. At the #1 singles position at the U. of U., she captured the Intermountain Championship title, was All-American and the Western Athletic Champion. She was also ranked 4th in the nation after competing in the NCAA Championships in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
With her college days behind her, Lori went on to play professionally on the Avon Pro Circuit. In 1978 she made it to the U.S. Open in Mixed Doubles with former pro, Jim Osborne. Lori continued to live in Salt Lake City, Utah and started teaching tennis as a certified USPTA teaching professional. She continued to play in National Senior tournaments and placed 5th in the nation in the Women’s 35’s.
Lori is the daughter of legendary football coach Hal Sherbeck whose thirty year winning record as the Head Football coach at Fullerton College is unsurpassed in the nation.
Lori attributes her love of the game and many of her successes in life and tennis to her mother Dona. “She will always be my dedicated life-long coach, friend and inspiration. She was an incredible influence with so much joy, love and strength that she gave unselfishly to all of us. I miss her so much. She sings in my heart each and every day.”





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http://fullertoncollegecentennial.co...-sherbeck.html
 

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EVANS, “CONNIE” ( Mary Constance Evans)
United States
Born 06 July 1884 in Virginia
Died 28 December 1958 in Suffolk, Virginia
Married Willard Parker Sullivan (1880-1937) on 29 June 1910 in Birmingham, Alabama
[Active 1902-1914]

Daughter of a Virginia pastor, she entered her first event in 1902.

She entered the US Nationals in 1910 as Mrs Sullivan, reaching the QF of the singles and the semis of the mixed. Connie made the QF again at the Nationals in 1914. Her overall singles record in the US Nationals was 5 wins and 3 defeats.

She won the Old Dominion Championships in 1907, '10, '11 and '13 (and was RU in '09 and '14) and the Virginia State Championships in 1905, '06, '07 and '08 (and was RU in '09).

Coached the Randolpoh Macon men’s college team from 1948, leading it to to a championship in 1952. She was also active in gold, heading the Women’s National Association for a year.

The Sullivans appear to have been childless.

Sources:

Our History ? Women's Southern Golf Association [includes a photo]

http://news.google.com/newspapers?ni...g=1003,5659341

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IRWIN, NINA (Nina G Irwin)
United States
Born 26 June, 1927 in New York
Died 13 April, 1999
Married Lester H. Russell Jr. (April 08 1923-), circa 1949
[Active 1942-1953]

She was daughter of Natasha (maiden name unknown) a tennis player born in Russia circa 1906 and married to Nichols Irwin. Her mother took tennis lessons from Dr Johnson, mentor of Althea Gibson. Nina was one of the few white members of the integrated Cosmopolitan Club. She lost to Althea Gibson in the 1942 final of the Cosmopolitan Club Championships.

Entered the US Nationals 4 times, making the 2R in 1946 and the 3R in 1947. Overall her singles record at Forest Hills was 3-4. 1947 was a highlight for her, as Nina upset #6 foreign seed Joy Gannon of Great Britain 6-8 7-5 6-3 in the opening round. she won her next match to advance to the 3R, where she was dispatched by #4 seed Pat Todd.

Her last slam result was in the 1949 US Nationals. American Lawn Tennis calls her “a pretty miss from New York.” Ranked #10 in the Eastern US sectional rankings in 1949, and still listed as Miss Irwin.

If we have the correct Nina Irwin she was married in late 1949 and had the following children:

Children of Lester H Russell Jr and Nina Irwin are:
i. Nina M Russell, b. September 26, 1950, Florida.
ii. Paul L Russell, b. December 08, 1951.
iii. Leslie M Russell, b. August 20, 1955, Bermuda.
iv. Robert G Russell, b. October 08, 1957, England.

She possibly took up entering local events after the births of her children, as we find a Nina Russell participating in the Northern Virginia Hardcourts in 1962.

According to Tigerkitten36 Nina G. Irwin passed away in 1999 and her family sold this property in 2002

Sources:

http://www.ancestry.com/1940-census/...ha-Irwin_k84zy
http://books.google.it/books?id=jemg...tennis&f=false
http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com.../UHP-0083.html

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MYERSCOUGH, JOY (nee Joy Cunningham)
United Kingdom / Ireland
Born 03 March 1912 in Paddington, London
Died 18 January 1996
Married Cyril Frederick Myerscough (died 1985) on 9 July 1936 in St Margaret’s Church, Westminster, London
[Active 1937-1941]

Cyril F. Myerscough was an Irish stockbroker. Joy made the 1938 Irish QF-losing there to Helen Wills-Moody. Joy also competed at Wimbledon in 1937 and 1938-losing in the 1R both times.



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http://www.myerscoughkin.com/cyril-frederick--joy-myerscough.html

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SMITH, EDNA
United States
Born 13 October 1911 in Cleveland, Ohio
Died 2 December 2014 in Coral Gables, Florida
Married James Abraham Shalala on 24 August 1939 in Cleveland, Ohio
[Active from at least 1933 to 1945.]

A collegiate champion at Ohio State University, she was ranked the No. 1 ladies player in Cleveland and Northeastern Ohio from 1933 to 1945 and was a representative to the National Parks Tournament from 1933 through 1952. Between 1936 and 1938 she won championships in Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Vermont and Wisconsin. She was the National Public Parks Doubles champion (with Irene David) in 1936, the U.S. Clay Court champion in 1938 and qualified for national tournaments at Forest Hills in 1937, 1938 and 1939. She was ranked first in Northeastern Ohio Women’s Doubles (with Beverly Ramseyer) as late as 1971.




[Her obituary]

Edna C. Shalala Passes Away

Centenarian was an accomplished lawyer, tennis champion, and mother of UM President Donna E. Shalala.
UM News

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (December 02, 2014) — During more than a century of living, Edna Shalala witnessed a multitude of milestones achieved by women—from the ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920, which gave women the right to vote, to Sally Ride’s historic flight aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger in 1983, making her the first American woman in space.

Diminutive in size but a giant in her accomplishments, Shalala also made history of her own, becoming the first female attorney of Syrian-Lebanese descent to practice law in Cleveland, Ohio.

The mother of University of Miami President and former Clinton cabinet member Donna E. Shalala, Edna Shalala passed away on Tuesday, December 2. She was 103.

“A true icon” is how Stuart A. Miller, chair of the UM Board of Trustees, described Edna Shalala, saying that the entire University community is saddened by her passing. “She led a tremendous life and was supportive of so many elements of our community. Her vibrancy at age 103 was an inspiration to all who knew her.”

Marriage and family life

Edna C. Shalala was born Edna Smith on October 13, 1911. She married James Abraham Shalala in 1939, and two years later, the couple had twin daughters: Donna and Diane. James was a prominent leader for Cleveland’s Lebanese-Americans, urging them to become politically active and send their children to college.

The couple encouraged their daughters to maintain ties with Lebanese relatives who lived in the neighborhood.

Distinguished law career

Edna Shalala was an Ohio State Buckeye, Class of 1933. She was one of the first Arab-American graduates of the university. She majored in physical education and held down four jobs to make it through school: tennis instructor, restaurant worker, cloakroom attendant, and nanny.

She was a teacher for many years. When she was 38, she went to law school while teaching and raising her daughters.

When Shalala passed the bar exam in 1952, she retired from teaching and, with a fellow female law student, started her own law firm. The two ran a successful probate practice for many years, one that Shalala continued on her own after her partner died in 1968.

She was the first female attorney of Syrian-Lebanese descent to practice law in Cleveland, filing petitions, writing briefs, and representing clients in court for 50 years. She retired in 2002.

“Ahead of her time and an inspiration to all of us” is how Edna Shalala’s daughter, Diane Shalala Fritel, described her. “When she passed the bar, she said she wanted to practice law for 50 years—and she did. She was amazing.”

Often seen at the White House

During her daughter’s tenure as secretary of health and human services in the Clinton administration, Edna Shalala visited the White House on several occasions, once describing her visits as “exciting” in a February 2008 Miami Herald article.

“It was very impressive to see everybody walking in behind the president and getting to go in line and meet the president,” Edna Shalala said.

When Donna Shalala became president of the University of Miami, Mother Shalala, as she was affectionately known by the UM community, spent much of her time in Coral Gables, living with her daughter at the presidential residence on Old Cutler Road, attending UM functions, playing golf, and taking part in many of the institution’s activities, including those at the Herbert Wellness Center and Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

“I do everything a young person does—classes, lectures, water exercises, yoga,” Shalala said in The Miami Herald article.

She was a familiar figure at many UM events, attending talks and lectures by prominent visitors such as the Dalai Lama and Bill Clinton, her daughter’s former boss.

As part of a special birthday celebration in 2005, she received a portrait of herself painted by famous neo-pop artist Romero Britto; the occasion also served as a benefit for UM women’s and men’s tennis, raising $300,000 for the teams.

An accomplished tennis player

Edna Shalala was a nationally ranked tennis player in the 1930s and ’40s, winning women’s state tennis titles in Ohio, Michigan, and Wisconsin. In 1938, she played on Forest Hills’ center court against the top-ranked female tennis player in the nation, Alice Marble.

She remained active in the sport even well into her 80s, playing three or four days a week and competing in several tournaments. In 1980, Shalala was inducted into the Cleveland Sports Hall of Fame. She competed on the senior circuit until suffering a stroke in 1996.

Impactful legacy


Edna Shalala’s legacy will impact many, especially female student-athletes at the University of Miami. The Edna C. Shalala Fund for Women’s Athletics, created to honor her on the occasion of her 100th birthday, helps fund women’s athletics and supports the continued success of women’s athletic teams at UM.

The inaugural Edna C. Shalala 5K Run/Walk, to be held on UM’s Coral Gables campus December 13, will benefit that fund.

She is survived by her sister, Louise McGann (Cleveland, Ohio); daughters Donna E. Shalala and Diane (Robert) Fritel (Wolford, North Dakota); grandchildren and great-grandchildren: Anastasia (Corey) Martin, Claire, Cecelia, and Lydia (Buffalo, Minnesota); Katrina (Thomas) Bueckers, Ariana, Jett, Caiden, and Annika (Cedar Rapids, Iowa); Sara (Douglas) Johnson, RJ and Julia (McLean, Virginia); and James (Kelly) Fritel, Andrew, Matthew, and Grace (Spring Green, Wisconsin); and many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased in death by her husband, James Shalala in 1968, her parents, brothers Fred and George, and sisters Nellie Melito, Florence O’Boyle, Mary Batal, and Pauline Long.

Sources:

http://clevelandsportshall.com/shalala-edna-smith/

http://www.miami.edu/index.php/news/...a_passes_away/


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WIECZOREK, DANUTA
Poland
Born 27 April 1949
Married Szwaj by 1977
[Active 1966-1984]

Wieczorek was a Polish champion in singles 11 times. Her toughest opponent was Barbara Kral - their rivalry on Polish tennis courts lasted more than a decade. Her first Polisg National singles came in 1966. She was also a semifinalist at junior Wimbledon in late 1960s.

Titles came in Cuba, Turkey, Hungary, Bulgaria, the former USSR and Czechoslovakia, the Netherlands, Romania, England, and Italy. Communism limited her opportunities and for the most part kept her behind the Iron Curtain.

She was still tough enough to be a Polish National finalist in 1984.

As a senior she continued to enjoy tennis with her daughter Agnieszka. Danuta has also taught youth in Germany and Poland.

Known Polish Rankings

1969: #4
1973: #2
1977 : #1 (as Mrs Szwaj)
1982: #2





Source:
http://www.gemset.pl/

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VOLKMER, GERTRUDA
Poland
Married Jacobsen in 1934
[Active 1920s-30s.]

She was usually listed just behind Jadwiga Jędrzejowska in Polish rankings since early 1930s until WWII.



in 3rd pic she is on left, with Bokorne
in last pic L to R, first row: Wanda Dubienska, ?, ?, Lisl Herbst, Boniecka, Volkmer





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