The Liberty Memorial High School Class of 1944 is gearing up for its 50th reunion this weekend.
Expected to attend are about 76 members, some with local and regional notoriety, said Clifford McDonald, president of the class of 1944 and organizer of the reunion.
Of 162 member in the graduating class, 33 have died, McDonald said. About 53 members have not been located and about 31 are unable to attend, he said.
"Some of them are ill, some of them have vacations planned and the rest we're unable to locate," McDonald said.
"The reason they're hard to find is because this was during the war. Some of them didn't come back to Lawrence and so we lost track of them," he said.
Among those who will be attending activities are George Brown, former lieutenant governor of Colorado, McDonald and Alice Kasold. Kasold Avenue and McDonald Drive in the city were named after the graduates' families.
Scheduled activates this weekend are:
- Registration from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday at the Lawrence Holidome, 200 McDonald Dr. An informal gathering will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the American Legion, 3408 W. Sixth.
- Continuing registration from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Holidome. A social hour will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the hotel, and a buffet and will be held at 6:30 p.m. Later, a band will provide music for dancing.
No events are scheduled for Sunday.
"Saturday afternoon was purposely left open so that people (from out of town) can visit here with people in Lawrence, plus there are so many other reunions," McDonald said.
For more information about the reunion, call Margarett Starkey, 842-3305.