More than 400 Kansas University alumni took part in reunion activities this weekend, including the annual Gold Medal Club meeting and brunch Saturday in the Kansas Union.
The club, which consists of KU alumni who graduated 50 or more years ago, has met at annually for nearly 50 years, said Donna Neuner, director of membership services for the KU Alumni Association.
"We had about 215 people attend today's meeting," she said. "They came from all over."
This year's master of ceremonies was Ernest Gilles, Leawood. Gilles is president of the Gold Medal Club and is a graduate of the KU class of 1939, which had about 1,000 members, Neuner said.
In addition to the Gold Medal Club's meeting, about 220 members of the KU class of 1940 attended a separate luncheon Saturday, as part of that group's reunion activities.
Following are sketches of Lawrence area residents who were registered to attend the Class of 1940 reunion and Gold Medal Club activities at KU this weekend. The sketches were prepared by the KU Alumni Association.
VIRGINIA KASPAR DOLEZAL, Pharmacy 1940 After graduation, Virginia returned to her hometown of Wilson, married classmate Joseph Dolezal, and helped operate the family pharmacy, which she and Joseph owned for more than 20 years. In 1981, after Joseph's death, she moved to Lawrence. Her daughter is also a KU pharmacy graduate, and her son has two KU degrees. She has three grandchildren.
CHESTER FLEMING, Law 1940 Chester held several positions before joining the Social Security Administration, where he worked for 26 years until retirement. From 1970 to 1989, he practiced law in Eudora with his son, Carl, a 1969 KU Law School graduate. He also has a daughter and eight grandchildren. One grandchild has finished KU and three are still in school, one planning to make a fourth generation of KU lawyers.
VIOLET GERSTENBERGER FLEMING, Class of 1940 Violet married Carl while still in school and, in addition to rearing a son and daughter, managed public housing projects as a Certified Public Housing Manager. Her projects have included Babcock Place in Lawrence. Since retiring, she has joined the board of the Eudora Historical Society and has written a history of Hesper, a nearby Quaker community.
MARTHA JO IRWIN GARRARD, Liberal Arts 1940 After graduation, Martha worked for the Santa Fe Railway in Topeka, married Leonard Garrard, a 1939 Vanderbilt graduate, and moved to his hometown of Columbus, Ga. In addition to rearing three children, she as worked as business manager and accountant for a private psychiatric hospital, where she continues as personnel manager. She and Leonard have five grandchildren.
LESTER E. HEY, Engineering 1940 Lester graduated from the first KU flight squadron and, during World War II, designed and tested aircraft engines. In 1947, he formed his own company, Hey Machinery Inc., where he manufactured wheel rims for use on farm equipment. He retired in 1981 and now lives in Baldwin. He and his wife, Anna, have four children and 10 grandchildren.
BETTY BLACKBURN KENNEDY, Pharmacy 1940 Betty married the late Cecil Kennedy, Class of 1939, and worked in a pharmacy in New Mexico while he served in the war. Then they bought the Rexall Drug Store in Plainville, and operated it for 16 years. They retired in 1965 and moved to Lawrence, where Betty continues to reside. She has a daughter, a son and one grandson.
PAULINE RICHARDS LINDELL, Business 1940, Education 1962 Pauline worked in the accounting department of Cities Service Corp. and Kansas Power & Light Co., then returned to school to earn an elementary education degree. From 1963 to 1984, she taught in Lawrence, retiring from Riverside School in 1984. She and her husband, Charles, have one daughter, also a KU graduate.
RUSSELL A. MOSSER, Liberal Arts 1940, Graduate School 1944 Russell co-founded Centron Films, a Lawrence film-making company. He has received more than 400 national and international film awards and, in 1970, was nominated for an Academy Award. In addition, he has served as Lawrence city commissioner and mayor and has helped lead many civic groups. He and his wife, Lorene, Class of 1969, have three daughters, two of them KU alumni, and three grandchildren.
ALF T.H. OLESON, Pharmacy 1940 Alf married Dorothea Davidson, served in the Navy and settled in Eudora, where he operated his own pharmacy from 1946 to 1970. He then organized the Eudora Development Co., which constructed and owns the Eudora Nursing Center. He continues to be active in his profession and recently received the A.H. Robins Bowl of Hygeia Award, honoring excellence in pharmacy and community service. His daughter is a 1972 KU graduate; he also has a son and two grandchildren.
FRANK S. OWEN, Business 1940 Frank managed food service at the Kansas Union for five years and was an accountant with the KU Business Office for 37 years. He retired in 1977 as assistant comptroller. He and his wife, Milly, have one daughter, a 1968 KU graduate.
ALICE BODMAN SPRAY, Liberal Arts 1940 Alice worked as a secretary for five years, married classmate Chet Spray and reared two daughters and a son. Now retired, she enjoys bridge, church activities and many other hobbies.
CHESTER B. SPRAY, Business 1940 After serving in the Navy, Chet managed a tire store in North Kansas City until 1955, when he took over management of the family farm outside Lawrence. He and his wife, Alice, continue to live on the farm, where he raises poultry as a hobby. They have three children, two of them KU alumni, and three grandchildren.
J. MILTON SULLIVANT, Liberal Arts 1940, Law 1942 Milton served in the Navy, practiced law in Paola and Kansas City and, in 1970, was appointed to the federal bench. He served first as a U.S. bankruptcy judge and then as U.S. magistrate, retiring in 1985. His first wife, the late Marie Grosdidier, was a graduate of the Class of 1931. She died in 1987, and he later married Doris Brandt. He has a son and daughter, both KU alumni, and four grandchildren.
HARRIET STEPHENS WILSON, Liberal Arts 1940 Harriet pursued graduate work and taught briefly in the KU English Department. She then married Paul E. Wilson, Class of 1937 and a KU law professor, and reared four children. From 1975 to 1980, she helped operate a family bookshop in Taos, N.M. She continues to enjoy collecting and selling used and rare books. She and Paul are also active in historic preservation in Lawrence. They have seven grandchildren.
The following non-Lawrence residents were registered to take part in Class of 1940 and related Gold Medal Club activities at KU this weekend:
Frank S. Bangs, Wichita; Margaret Wilson, Wichita; Robert H. Barnhart, Griffin, Ga.; Merle M. Hall Beech, Long Beach, Calif.; Leona Mae Hall Bell, Atchison; Ernestine Nichols Bennett, Mercer Island, Wash.; Eugene E. Billups, Los Angeles: Donald C. Brain, Kansas City, Mo.; Marianna Bantleon Bramwell, Colorado Springs, Colo.; Helen Pierce Bredehoft, Sun City Center, Fla.; William D. Bright, Paola; Laura Thompson Brown, Wenatchee, Wash.; Wilma Brink Bunn, Melbourne, Fla.; Eldreth K. Calwalader, Leawood; Wallis L. Campbell, Arvada, Colo.; Ruth Linck Carr, Overland Park; T. "Ken" Cedarland, Mount Dora, Fla.; Lyle E. and Julia Eidson Christenson, Wichita; Bertha Mendenhall Coffin, Council Grove; L. Earl Colburn, Overland Park; Jean W. Coleman, Newton; Grace Hausam Cooper, Fresno, Calif.; David P. Corkill, Nortonville; Ole Cram Jr., Larned;
Lawrence P. David, Topeka; William B. Davis, Tulsa, Okla.; Joseph J. and Victory Hawkey Dickason, Kansas City, Kan.; Lester C. Doerr, Vallejo, Calif.; Jane Schlaegel Dowd, Kansas City, Mo.; Faith Seeley Dumler, Russell; Clement A. Durna, Englewood, Fla.; George Eschbaugh, Wilson; Fred Feezell, Claremont, Calif.; Annette Stringer Flanders, Mission; Marguerite Jones Fraizer, San Mateo, Calif.; Francis D. Franklin, Tucson, Ariz.; Kermit and Faye Anderson Franks, Seattle; Donald Funkhouser, Prairie Village; Martha Jo Irwin Garrard, Columbus, Ga.; Howard E. Garrett, Shawnee; Edna Parks Gasperlin, Avon, Minn.; Robert J. Gilliland, Hutchinson; Walter P. Glancy, Dallas; Inez Rice Goodell, Overland Park; Mary Noel Grant, Shawnee Mission; Stewart S. Gray, Kansas City, Kan.; Melvin E. Griffith, Williamsburg, Va.; John B. Hagan, Leawood; Dr. J. Max and Elsie Lowell Haight, Kansas City, Mo.; Helen Mae Peters Hammond, Battle Creek, Mich.; Mary Lou Green Haslam, Louisville, Colo.; Donald Hayman;
Dr. Robert A. Hedges, Ambler, Pa.; Harold Walter and Ruth Corkill Herbert, Maudlin, S.C.; Louise Grayson Hill, Albuquerque, N.M.; Fern Hill Hogue, Topeka; Col. Maurice C. Holden, San Antonio, Tex.; Betty Kester Holmer, Wichita; Jack W. Huttig, Wichita.; Arnold W. and Bertha Scott Johnson, Topeka; James I. Johnson, Salt Lake City; Stuart S. Keown, Albany, Mo.; Dwight D. Kurth, Overland Park; Dorothy Adair Lane, Springfield, Mo.; Harry I. Linn, Rockwall, Tex.; Ruth Olive Brown Maier, Salem, Ore.; Clyde W. Masheter, Shawnee Mission; Clarence H. McCabe, La Habra, Calif.; Glenn and Helene Zimmerman McCann, Shawnee Mission; Charles A. McDonlad, Wichita; Ray McIntire, Midland, Mich.; Robert B. McKay, New York, N.Y.; Jean Perry Merritt, Leavenworth; Dwight F. Metzler, Topeka; Forrest A. Miles, Shawnee Mission; Betty Sayles Miller, Tucson, Ariz.; Emily Jane Yount Miller, Wichita; Chief Justice Robert H. Miller, Topeka; Dr. Carl A. Moritz, Tulsa, Okla.; Jane Waring Nesselrode, Shawnee Mission; Esther M. Norman, Lenexa; James A. Nottingham, Charlottesville, Va.;
Corinne Harrison Patton, Springfield, Ill.; Barbara Edmonds Peterson-Hauser, Overland Park; Betty Bond Prohodsky, El Dorado; M. Virginia Rodriguez Radford, Horton; John D. Ramsey, Longboat Key, Fla.; Dr. Eugene A. Ramskill, Ocala, Fla.; Betty Boddington Reese, Shawnee Mission; Col. Vincent C. Rethman, Westlake, Ohio; Leslie I. Rieger, Manhattan; John L. Robinson, Overland Park;
Margaret Nanninga Robinson; Marjorie Smith Robinson, Shawnee Mission; Betty Ann Yankee Rogers, San Antonio, Tex.; Flora Kauffman Rowlands, Spring Hill, Fla.; Stafford L. Ruhlen, Corpus Christi, Tex.; Louise Bowen Sheldon, Independence; Patricia Green Sholander, Shaker Heights, Ohio; Samuel Burr Sifers, Shawnee Mission; Agnes Romary Sours, Sacramento, Calif.; Isabel Rice Sparks, Troy; Dr. Wayland A. Stephenson, Santa Barbara, Calif.; Norma Lee Freed Stith, Kansas City, Mo.; Dr. Paul H. Stoner, Bellingham, Wash.
Delson H. Thelen, Belton, Mo.; Janet Wilkinson Sharp Tichenor, Green Mountain Falls, Colo.; Virginia Anderson Townsend, Palo Alto, Calif.; Mary Cosgrove Van Slyck, Tucson, Ariz.; Wyatt L. Walker, Kingwood, Tex.; William K. Waugh Jr., Kansas City, Mo.; Henry T. White Jr., Lompoc, Calif.; Jo Davis White, Long Beach, Calif.; Betty Lou Adair Whitney, Topeka; Ernest E. Wiles, Potomac, Md.; Ruth Warren Wilkin, Topeka; Margaret Strattan Wilson, Weston, Mo.; Arlouine Goodjohn Wu, New York, N.Y.; and Oliver L. Yarham, Park Forest, Ill.