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ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: August charles Edward "ace" Backus '49

August Charles Edward "Ace" Backus - (Class of 1949, Received Award in 2003)

August was a social worker and community activist for civil rights and open housing.

Tuition student in Shorewood from Fox Point; member of choir, debate club, square dance club and first president of the ski club . . . degree in social psychology from UW Madison . . . worked in Milwaukee at Neighborhood House as a social worker and as a block organizer for the ShermanPark Community Association . . . beginning in the 1960’s, Backus was very active in civil rights organizations; he supported gay rights and opposed guns and violence; member of the Wisconsin Fair Housing Council and United Community Services, volunteer for MPS . . . he was born into a privileged Milwaukee family, but gave his life to public service . . . Backus, his wife and six children always lived in the areas where he worked.

District Calendar

    • WedApr04 SHS Linkage 7:15 PMSHS Conference Room #116
    • ThuApr05 Shorewood Library, Senior Center, Connects, and Historical Society Linkage 1:00 PMSHS Conference Room #116
    • ThuApr05 SIS Linkage 6:45 PMSHS Conference Room #116
    • TueApr10 Student Linkage 12:00 PMSHS Auditorium
    • TueApr10 School Board Meeting 7:00 PM
    • ThuApr12 Special Education Info Session 6:00 PMSHS Library
    • WedApr18 BID/Realtors Linkage 9:00 AMCommittee Room at Village Hall

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