Archive for Sunday, April 28, 1991


April 28, 1991


Members of the Kansas University class of 1941 were welcomed Saturday to the Gold Medal Club, which honors alumni who graduated from KU 50 or more years ago.

The new club members received their Gold Medal Club Citations during a brunch in the Kansas Union, which was attended by more than 170 alumni who have received the distinction.

The Gold Medal Club gathering was part of the events scheduled during KU's Alumni Weekend, which coincides with KU's 125th anniversary.

Donna Neuner, director of membership services for the KU Alumni Association and organizer of Alumni Weekend, said planning for this year's event began immediately after the 1990 Gold Medal meeting.

"Everything has gone well so far," Neuner said. "The response has been very enthusiastic."

Club members, seated in the Kansas Union ballroom beneath banners of past KU graduating classes, were serenaded by members of the KU Marching Band who performed KU fight songs, including "I'm a Jayhawk."

MARJORIE Stacy Nation, Gold Medal Club president and a member of the class of 1933, asked for all to join in the singing, but was not sure if anyone remembered the words to the song the KU band did not.

"I know the verse," said Clarice Sloan Belden, Topeka, class of 1933. "I used to be in the glee club."

Jessamine Jackson Arnold, class of 1934, said she attended the event to see her brother, a member of the 1941 graduating class and a new member of the Gold Medal Club.

"This is the first time I've been back (for a Gold Medal reunion)," she said. "This will probably be my first and only, unless I make it to my 75th anniversary as a KU graduate."

After the brunch, Chancellor Gene Budig, his wife, Gretchen, and Del Shankel, acting executive vice chancellor, presented 50-year pins and citations to the new Gold Medal Club members.

Following are sketches of Lawrence-area residents who were registered for the Class of '41 reunion and Gold Medal Club activities at KU this weekend. The sketches were prepared by the KU Alumni Association.

VERNA "RUBY" ASHLAND ADAMS, Lawrence, liberal arts '41. She trained as a medical technologist at the KU Medical Center and the University of Michigan. During World War II, she worked for the Agriculture Department in Washington, D.C., where she married Mel Adams, Class of '47. She later worked as a medical technologist in Kansas City and Iowa, and for more than 20 years in the KU microbiology department. Her husband is a KU professor emeritus of journalism. One child is a Jayhawk; the other attended Emporia State University. They have one grandchild.

CHARLES BAER, Lawrence, engineering '41. Charles served four years in the Army, returned for a master's degree and became a KU professor of civil engineering. The co-author of three engineering textbooks, he also has served as chairman of the Lawrence Traffic Safety Commission and president of the Kiwanis Club. He retired in 1983. He and Molly Tanner Baer, Class of '42, have two daughters, one a KU alumna, and four grandchildren.

AGNES RUSKIN BARNHILL, Lawrence, fine arts '41. A design department secretary during her student days, Agnes continued her career in the registrar's office, beginning as a temporary employee in 1944 and retiring as assistant registrar in 1977. The wife of the late Ellis Barnhill, Classes of '40 and '41, she is the mother of two, both KU graduates, and grandmother of four.

CHARLES M. BURROWS, Lawrence, business '41. He served as state auditor for Kansas for 20 years and returned to KU as associate comptroller. He retired in 1981. Since retiring, he has been treasurer for his church, the Lawrence Kiwanis Club and the KU Retirees Club. He and his wife, Beverly, have four children, all KU alumni, and one grandchild. He has also served as associate director of the Tax Counseling for the Elderly Program.

MILDRED CLODFELTER, Lawrence, business '41. Mildred enjoyed a 47-year career with KU five years with Watkins Memorial Hospital as a student and another 42 years with the KU Alumni Association. Her tenure at the alumni association begin in 1944, when alumni secretary Fred Ellsworth asked her to help out during commencement, and ended when she retired in 1986. The association established the Mildred Clodfelter Alumni Award to recognize alumni and friends for service to KU in their home communities. She continues to volunteer for the Alumni Association and many other organizations.

BEULAH TALBOT DUNCAN, Lawrence, Class of '41. She was a junior high school teacher in New Mexico, then joined the Coast Guard Spars, where she was commissioned as an officer and worked in naval intelligence and air-sea rescue. She married William Duncan, Class of '42, in 1948 and has two sons, both KU graduates. She is a 20-year veteran of the Division of Continuing Education and a member of the KU Women's Hall of Fame. She now coordinates educational activity at the Brandon Woods Retirement Community in Lawrence.

HAROLD D. EVANS JR., Lawrence, business '41. Harold worked more than 30 years in the investment securities business and lived in San Diego. He retired in 1986 and now lives in Lawrence. He has a son and daughter, both KU graduates, and two grandchildren.

WINIFRED HILL GALLUP, Lawrence, fine arts '41. She married Al Gallup, Class of '38, and settled in Lawrence. She has been an organist for the First Presbyterian Church since 1940. She also has accompanied KU faculty and students at hundreds of performances and the Lawrence Civic Choir on two tours through Eastern Europe. Her two daughters are KU graduates. She and Al have six grandchildren.

CHARLES ROGER HODSON, Perry, liberal arts '41. He served in World War II, married Margaret Brown, Class of '43, and returned to KU for a law degree 1950. He has practiced law, farmed and participated in community events, serving the past 30 years as Perry city clerk and 25 years as Sunday school superintendent. He and Margaret have four children, all KU graduates, and have grandchildren.

MARGARET OGDEN MIESSE, Lawrence, liberal arts '41. She has worked as a federal civil servant, high school teacher and librarian. In 1977, she and her husband Max moved back to Lawrence, and she worked several years at the public library. Max died in 1989. Mrs. Miesse has remained active traveling and pursuing interests in wildlife conservation and volunteering for the Douglas County Senior Citizens Center. She has one son.

RAY STONEBACK, Lawrence, business '41. Ray joined the executive training program for B.F. Goodrich, interrupting his career to serve with the 14th Air Force (Flying Tigers) in China. He returned to Lawrence after the war to manage a B.F. Goodrich store. From 1958 until his retirement, he owned and operated his own appliance and television store here. He was married 42 years to Martha Jane Miller, Class of '43. He has one daughter, who is a two-time graduate of KU, and two grandsons.

LAURETTA GERSTENBERGER TRABANT, Eudora, Class of '41. She married Carlyle Trabant, who had a career as a Navy officer, followed by a supervisory career in a chemical plant. They have two sons, one of whom lives in Denver and the other in Fairbanks, Alaska. They have four grandchildren. She retired in 1971 as a registered medical secretary. She served as a church organist for many years and still serves as an assistant. Since retiring, she has served on the board of the Douglas County Senior Services and is a Hospice volunteer.

RICHARD F. TREECE, Lawrence, Class of '41. Dick spent five years in the Navy and then traveled throughout Kansas as a salesman of school supplies and equipment. For the next 18 years, he worked for KU's Division of Continuing Education, organizing conferences, institutes and classes. He has been married since 1944 to Mary Beth Lindsey, Classes of '70 and '74. Their three children also followed the Jayhawk tradition, and they have four grandchildren.

CHARLES WRIGHT, Lecompton, fine arts '41. Charles had a career in advertising, politics and insurance. From 1947 to 1954, he was assistant to the advertising director of Standard Oil Co. (Indiana), and when he returned to Topeka, he formed the Patterson-Wright advertising agency. He was commissioner of streets and public improvements from 1960 to 1965, and then was mayor of Topeka for two terms. He then became an insurance agent, retiring in 1989. His hobbies now include growing Christmas trees and publishing "the world's leading Christmas tree magazine." He and his wife Sally have a daughter, two sons and six grandchildren.

The following non-Lawrence residents were registered to take part in Class of '41 and related Gold Medal Club activities at KU this weekend:

Curtis Alloway, Kansas City, Mo.; Harley L. and Geneva W. Anderson, Prairie Village; Tom and Jean Ann Arbuckle, Hutchinson; John O. and Marguerite Baeke, Leawood; Dane and Polly Bales, Logan; Pat A. and June Barelli, Mission Hills; Herman and Frances Barkmann, Sante Fe, N.M.; Kenneth Barnett, Mesilla Park, N.M.; Lloyd E. and Leona Hall Bell, Atchison; Irene Nordstrom Bellman and Raymond Bellman, Manhattan; James H. and Marjorie Bernard, Kansas City, Mo.

Larry and Dottie Blair, Manteca, Calif.; Josephine C. Vandiver Boone and William W. Boone, Kansas City, Kan.; Eunice Nielson Bruce, Atchison; Hugh H. and Maxine Patterson Bruner, Prairie Village; Mrs. Robert V. Bullock, Little Rock, Ark.; Richard "Dick" and Erma Burdorff, Olympia, Wash.; Richard O. Burgess, Goodyear, Ariz.; Bill and Jennie Byerley, Valley Center; Rose Etta Carr Calvin, Albert Lea, Minn.; Grace Schroetter Caps and James W. Caps, Tullahoma, Tenn.; Del and Dottie Case, Newington, Conn.; Edna Givens Cheatham and George M. Cheatham, Tulsa, Okla.

Lois Wilson Claflin, Kansas City, Kan.; Ed and Peggy Cooper, Fresno, Calif.; Eugene N. and Ruth Crabb, Boca Raton, Fla.; Jean Dooley Curry and Clark "Pinky" Curry, Pine Bluff, Ark.; Viola Knoche Davidson, Paola; Lane and Sue Davis, Iowa City, Iowa; Loretta Osborn Doepke and Howard S. Doepke, Milwaukee; Darrell "Duke" Donnelly, Independence, Kan.; Marjorie Siegrist Ebling, Shawnee Mission; Cecil King Eidson and Robert Eidson, Bethesda, Md.; Lloyd Elliott, Topeka; R. Glenn and Marjorie Schroeder Elliott, Fairway.

Fran Hanson Evans and Al Evans, Theodosia, Mo.; William P. and Mary Ann Foster, Tallahassee, Fla.; Faye Anderson Franks, Seattle; F. Russell Frink and Margaret Frink, Cocoa Beach, Fla.; Barbara Smith Geery, Burlington; Jane Crouch Geiger and Dwight Geiger, Mission; Chester and Ruth Gibbens, Glendale, Ariz.; Richard W. Gunn, Kansas City, Mo.; James E. Gunn, Kansas City, Mo.; Ken and Teresa "Teddy" Hamilton, Overland Park; Helen Markwell Hartman and Van Hartman, Hays; Jerry Hellings, Kansas City, Mo.; Virginia Shirck Hess, Alma.

Mary Jane Sharty Hickcox and J. Cole Hickcox, Mesa, Ariz.; Ethel Wristen Hoke and Ralph E. Hoke, Prairie Village; Lee Huddleston and Roberta Walker Huddleston, Mission Hills; Hal Jackson, Tulsa, Okla.; Maurice and Barbara Jackson, Virginia Beach, Va.; Margaret Hyde Jennison, Camp Springs, Md.; Eleanor Swan Jones, Gaithersburg, Md.; Ilse Nesbitt Jones, Shawnee Mission; Jean Boswell Jones and Edward S. Jones, Overland Park; Marjorie Hetzel Jones, Kincaid; Louise Rayl Kirk and Bill Kirk, Hutchinson; Margaret Horbaugh Klawuhn, Broomfield, Colo.; John F. and Esther Tippen Laidig, Holmdel, N.J.; Clarence A. and Carolyn Lakin, St. Joseph, Mo.

Al Leonard and Jean E. Leonard, Beaverton, Ore.; O'Thene Huff Leonard and Wilbur Leonard, Topeka; Ken Lewis, Des Moines, Iowa; Roland and Lorriane Loewen and Lois Wade, Baytown, Tex,; Mary Jo McCann, Kansas City, Kan.; Laura Holste McGuire, Portales, N.M.; Russell L. and Emmy Jane Harbin Miller, Oklahoma City; T. Herbert and Blanche Smith Morrell, Owatonna, Minn.; Charles O'Bryon, Frederick, Md.; Lillian Taylor Orme and Powell Hill, Kansas City, Mo.; Jean Robertson Orr, Prairie Village; Alice Ayers Schmidt Otten, Helena, Mont.; Margarette A. Parker, Brookville; Bob and Dorothy May Pine, Boulder, Colo.

Helen Van Dyke Price, Sunnyvale, Calif.; Bill and Marynell Reece, Scandia; Rosalys McCrerey Rieger and Leslie Rieger, Manhattan; Martha Sharer Roniger and Pascal Roniger, Burdick; Lois Ross, Wilmette, Ill.; Wanda Jo Reade Ryan, Kansas City, Mo.; Leonard I. and Patricia Schroeter, Seattle; Katherine Eberhardt Selma, Bernard G. Selma and Margaret Eberhardt Shanklin, Kansas City, Kan.; Maxine Miller Sifers and Samuel Burr Sifers, Shawnee Mission; Sara Fair Sleeper and Alan Roy Sleeper Jr., Alden; Les and Kathryn Sperling, McPherson; Betty Ann Leasure Steinman, Kansas City, Mo.; Ruth Wiedemann Stephens and Clarence Stephens, St. Petersburg, Fla.; Alice-Ann and Wayland A. Stephenson, Santa Barbara, Calif.

Donn and Pat Stephenson, Santa Fe. N.M.; Herb and Betty Stewart, Topeka; Mildred Ellsworth Thompson and Gail R. Thompson, Overland Park; Dorothy Hendrikson Thorman and H. Carl Thorman, Altadena, Calif.; Charlotte Steel Tuttle and Paul E. Tuttle, Colorado Springs, Colo.; Frances Metzger Weeks and William W. Weeks, Leawood; Larry and Joan Winn, Prairie Village; George R. and Virginia K. Wiseneauckas, Bartlesville, Okla.; Loren and Carol Withers, Durham, N.C.; Geraldine T. Woods-Bragg and Thomas F. Bragg, Leavenworth; Virginia Ruse Wright and Fredrick Wright, Sewickley, Pa.; Ray York, Syracuse, N.Y.; and Freda Zimmerman, Kansas City, Kan.

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