Archive for Sunday, April 22, 2001

Longtime alumni welcomed into KU Gold Medal Club

April 22, 2001


The Kansas Alumni Association bestowed its Gold Medal Award on these Kansas University alumni Saturday.

This list, provided by KUAA, includes award winners who had registered for reunion activities as of 11 a.m. Friday.

Marcene Dameron Grimes

Marcene Dameron Grimes is executive director of the Alzheimer's Assn., Topeka chapter. She lives in Tecumseh, in the lake home she and her late husband, James Grimes Jr., built following the 1966 tornado in Topeka. She is an avid reader and acts as the historian for the Topeka Jazz Workshop. Marcene has two sons and one grandchild.

Bromleigh S. Lamb, Liberal Arts, Graduate School 1953

Bromleigh Lamb received his juris doctorate after leaving the university and advanced to an appointment as an administrative law judge for the State of Oregon Employment Relations Board. Bromleigh and his wife and schoolmate, Mary Boyer Lamb, live in Salem, Ore. They have five children and five grandchildren.

Karin Marie Winn, Liberal Arts

Karin Winn is retired from teaching in Kansas City, Mo., schools. An active member of her community, Karin serves on the board of the League of Women Voters and the Westport Historical Society. Since her retirement, she has traveled throughout the United States and abroad. She has three children and three grandchildren, one of whom currently attends KU. Karin lives in Overland Park.

Robert A. Nash, Liberal Arts, Graduate School, '55

Bob is currently the medical director of the Wyoming State Hospital. He and his wife, Barbara Clarke Nash, moved to Evanston, Wyo., in 1992 to enjoy the "good life" in the mountains. Bob has three children and two stepchildren, three of whom are KU alumni. He has one grandchild.

Corlyn Holbrook Adams, Liberal Arts, '48

Before her retirement, Corlyn owned and operated four nursing homes along with her husband, Henry. An avid writer, Corlyn has published several articles and books on the subject of genealogy. She has one son and two grandchildren. She lives in Fort Worth, Tex.

Mary Gosney-Lancaster, Liberal Arts, Graduate School, '53

Before her retirement, Mary Gosney-Lancaster worked as a medical technologist and laboratory supervisor for 40 years. Mary and her husband, Everett, are enthusiastic golfers and enjoy extensive travel. She has a daughter and two grandchildren and lives in Long Beach, Calif.

Marjorie Shryock Courtney, Liberal Arts '47, Graduate School, '50

Marjorie Courtney resides in Clayton, Mo., and has worked as a school librarian in her community for many years. In addition to extensive travels, her favorite volunteer activity is recording books for the blind. She has one daughter and two grandsons.

Alice McDonnell Robinson, Liberal Arts, '44, Graduate School, '47

Alice received a Ph.D. in theater from Stanford University after leaving KU. She went on to teach in the theater department at the University of Maryland Baltimore County for more than 30 years. Alice published two books with the Greenwood Press and has traveled extensively in Europe, Egypt and Australia. She now lives in Caldwell.

Marianne MacCurdy, bachelor of science

Marianne MacCurdy is active in the Presbyterian Church and enjoys traveling with her husband and schoolmate, George. A second generation Jayhawk herself, Marianne sent two of her daughters to the Hill for their education. Marianne and George delight in their family and spend as much time as they can with their three daughters and six grandchildren. They reside in Leawood.

Goulding E. Sanderson, Liberal Arts, Graduate School,'59

Goulding Sanderson, known as "Sandy" to his close friends, returns to the Hill this year as his grandson, Tony, prepares for graduation from KU. He retired from teaching science in 1988 and has traveled widely in the subsequent years. Goulding has four daughters and nine grandchildren. He resides in Newton.

Betty DeLisle Stevens, Liberal Arts

Betty Stevens is retired from teaching and enjoys volunteering her time as library board president in her community. Betty and her husband of 51 years, Dr. Philip L. Stevens, have six children, four of whom are KU alumni. They enjoy going on cruises and spending time with their twelve grandchildren. Betty and Philip live in Tonganoxie.

Norman Benteman, Pharmacy

Norman Benteman owned and operated a pharmacy with his wife, Myrene, for 30 years before semi-retirement. Norman is Lions president in his community, and also serves as VFW commander. In addition to their community activities, the Bentemans enjoy golfing and travel. Norman and Myrene have two children, both KU graduates, and seven grandchildren. They live in Concordia, Mo.

Nancy Moore Boozer, bachelor of science

In 1972, Nancy had the distinction of becoming KU's first women's golf coach and a "driving" force behind the organization of that program. She and husband Warren Boozer, a retired faculty member, have three daughters who graduated from KU. The Boozers have four grandchildren and live in Las Cruces, N.M.

Dolph C. Simons Jr., Journalism

Dolph Simons Jr. is the publisher of the Lawrence Journal-World newspaper and the president of The World Company. In addition to his service as former president of the Kansas Alumni Association, Dolph currently serves as chairman of the KU Endowment Association. He has been recognized for outstanding service to the university with both the Association's Distinguished Service Citation and the Fred Ellsworth Medallion. Dolph and his wife, Pamela, have four children, all of whom are KU alumni. The Simonses have eight grandchildren.

Lynwood Smith, bachelor of science, Graduate School, '60

In the years since Lynwood Smith left the Hill, he's enjoyed a long and successful medical career at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Lyn and his wife and schoolmate, Marty Waddell Smith, retired in Lawrence, where he helped found the New Generation Society, an organization that involves retired alumni and friends of KU in the university community. Lyn also serves on the Alumni Association's national board of directors. The Smiths have four children and four grandchildren.

Bob Orr, bachelor of science

After his time on the Hill, Bob attended Harvard Business School and went on to a successful career in the computer and telecommunications industry. Bob and his wife, Karen, a 1953 graduate, are active volunteers for their community's homeless shelter. They have two children and five grandchildren. The Orrs live in Dallas.

Marjorie Newell O'Reilly, bachelor of science

Marjorie has retired from her work as a library media specialist and now serves on the library board of trustees in her hometown of Ralston, Neb. In addition to rearing three children, she received a graduate degree in education. Marjorie recently enjoyed a trip to Britain with her husband and fellow KU graduate, Bob. The O'Reillys spend as much time as they can with their 11 grandchildren.

Kenneth Smith, Geological Engineering, '50

Kenneth Smith recently retired from a career in oil exploration and production activities. His wife and 1950 classmate, Donnaleen Jones, Smith have two children and four grandchildren. The Smiths live in Denver.

Donnaleen Jones Smith, bachelor of science, '50

Donnaleen is known as "Donnie" to close friends and has many special memories of her days at KU. In Donnaleen's role of homemaker, she reared a son and a daughter with husband and classmate, Kenneth Smith.

Fred Bosilevac, MD, Liberal Arts, '41, Graduate School, '44, '49

Fred retired in 1994 after 50 years of practice as an ophthalmologist. An avid hunter, Fred has undertaken two big-game hunting expeditions to Kenya, Tanzania and South Africa, which hold a special place in his memory. Fred has four children, three of whom attended KU. He lives in Mission Woods.

Phil Hawkins, bachelor of science, Graduate School, '56

During his service to the U.S. Navy as a captain, Phil saw duty in the United States, Mediterranean and Western Pacific. His career included the command of an aircraft squadron and two ships. Phil and his wife, Patricia, retired in 1982, and now live in Gleneden Beach, Ore.

Lane Harold, Chemical Engineering, Graduate School, '55

Lane is a retired chemical engineer living in Independence, Mo. He and his wife, Ruth, owned a bed and breakfast for four years, and Lane is now volunteer editor of his church newsletter. Lane has fond memories of KU in its "glory years" right after World War II. The Harolds have two children and four grandchildren.

H.H. "Sandy" Beels, Commercial Art

Sandy Beels retired from a long career in advertising that allowed him to represent some of the country's top corporations. He's the chairman of his church's board of deacons and enjoys golf and fly fishing in his spare time. He and his wife, Charlene, live in the hills west of Austin, Tex.

Thomas Foster, Chemical Engineering

Thomas Foster spent 42 years with Mobil Oil Corp. before retiring in 1993. He and his wife, Margie, have enjoyed traveling in Europe and Southeast Asia since his retirement. Thomas volunteers his time with Meals on Wheels, and was named volunteer of the year in 1999. The Fosters have two children and two grandchildren.

Marjorie Crane Schnacke, Liberal Arts

Marjorie Schnacke retired from a career as the executive director of development for the Kansas State Historical Society. She is a past president of the Native Daughters of Kansas and a former member of the Kansas Arts Commission. Marjorie and her husband, Donald, have two sons, both KU alumni, and two grandchildren. They live in Topeka.

Donald W. Giffin, Liberal Arts, Law School, '53

Since his retirement from a successful legal career with Spencer Fane Britt & Browne, Donald has chaired the Metropolitan Kansas City Salvation Army Advisory Board, participated in the KU Law School Development Committee and traveled extensively with his wife, Esther. He has four children, one grandchild, and four stepchildren.

Phyllis Jean Noah Englert, bachelor of science

Phyllis and her husband, DuWayne, have traveled a great deal since his recent retirement. Phyllis donates her time as the Memorial Hospital of Carbondale Auxilliary president and takes part in the University Women's Club. The Englerts have two sons and they live in Carbondale, Ill.

Sally Stepper Wilkenson, Liberal Arts

After leaving the Hill, Sally lived in both Washington, D.C., and San Francisco. In addition to rearing her daughter, Sally held several administrative positions. Her hobbies include travel and writing poetry, and she is a member of the International Society of Poets. Sally lives in Concord, Calif.

Nancy J. Haffner Pratt, Interior Design

Nancy and her husband, Dick, a Class of '50 graduate, are enjoying their retirement in Topeka. They've visited every country in Europe; they'd like to visit Africa and Asia next. The Pratts have three children, all of whom are alumni. Two of their five grandchildren attend KU.

MaryAnna Ward Anschutz, Liberal Arts

Since her retirement from teaching in Russell, MaryAnna has enjoyed several trips with the Flying Jayhawks. She is an active member of the Kansas Reading Assn. as well as her church. MaryAnna has one daughter and two grandchildren whom she admits to spoiling shamelessly.

Dwane Crowl, Mechanical Engineering

Dwane recently retired from a career as director of projects for Imodo International. Dwane has three children and five grandchildren. He lives in Northridge, Calif., with his wife, Joye.

Gerald Waugh, bachelor of science

Jerry recently retired from a career in coaching, most recently with the KU women's golf team. He has been a rules official for both junior and senior golf events and enjoys playing the game as often as he can. Jerry has three children who are alumni, and his granddaughter, Erin, is currently a KU student. He and his wife, Dolores, live in Lawrence.

William J. Hausler Jr., Liberal Arts, Graduate School, '53, '58

Bill recently retired from a busy career on the University of Iowa faculty. In addition to work as an administrator, he was a professor in two separate areas of specialization. In his retirement, he volunteers his time on the editorial boards of several medical journals. He has four children, three of whom are KU alumni, and 13 grandchildren. He lives in Iowa City.

Helen Amyx Wilson, Liberal Arts

After graduation from the university, Helen enjoyed working at Watson Library until her son, Eric, was born. She stayed active in the community through volunteer work, and enjoys gardening. Helen lives in Lawrence.

Thomas J. Porter, Pharmacy

Tom is a pharmacist at St. John's Regional Medical Center in Joplin, Mo. He has enjoyed rearing four children, and now delights in his eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. In his spare time, Tom plays the French horn with several area orchestras. He lives in Cherryvale with his wife, Helen.

Faye Wilkinson VanDoren, Journalism

A second generation Jayhawk herself, Faye VanDoren has many special KU memories. Faye's career in journalism began after graduation when she worked in the public relations office at KU. She and her husband, Max, a 1957 alumnus, live in Arcadia, Calif.

John F. Eulich, bachelor of science

John is chairman and owner of The Vantage Companies. He lent his business expertise to the Alumni Association as a former member of the association board of directors. He and his wife, Virginia, donated the Adams Alumni Center Centennial Jayhawk in 1983 to celebrate the opening of the building.The Eulichs live in Dallas.

Virginia Walsh Eulich, Liberal Arts

Virginia, known as "Ginny" to her KU friends, is a longtime participant in hospital board activities in her community. She chairs the Dallas Women's Club and is active in several volunteer projects. The Eulichs have four daughters and enjoy their ten grandchildren.

J. Eugene Balloun, bachelor of science, Graduate School, '54

Gene has had a long and successful legal career and was elected to the American College of Trial Lawyers. Now living in Overland Park, Gene and his wife, Sheila, have been foster parents to 29 children, two of whom they've adopted as well. His youngest daughter, Hannah, came into their lives at six weeks old and is now 2 1/2 years old. He plans to retire when she's out of college.

James Lowther, Advertising

Jim recently retired from Citizens National Bank. He served Kansas as a state representative from 1975 to 1996, and he is a past president of his local Rotary club. He and his wife, Virginia, have two children and they live Emporia.

Paul Coker Jr., Drawing and Painting

Paul feels lucky to have spent his entire working life doing something he loves: drawing cartoons. Many of you will remember his memorable illustrations for The Jayhawker. Since he left Mount Oread, Paul has worked for clients such as Hallmark, Mad magazine and Rankin/Bass television productions. He and his wife, Rosemary Smithson, live in Santa Fe, N.M.

Barbara Fletcher Wintermote, Interior Design

Barbara enjoys seeing her two children and four grandchildren as often as possible. For several years, Barbara was a pledge adviser to her sorority, and served as a volunteer decorator for Lawrence Memorial Hospital. The Wintermotes are eager to have their grandson, Matthew Preston, in town when he starts KU as a freshman in fall of 2001. The Wintermotes live in Lawrence.

Dick Wintermote, Political Science

As longtime executive director of the Alumni Association, Dick, became widely known for his superior dedication to the university and its alumni. Under his unique and innovative leadership, the association expanded its membership dramatically. Dick hosted countless KU events and led many fellow alumni on Flying Jayhawk tours. For his outstanding service to the university, he received the Fred Ellsworth Medallion in 1989. He and his wife, Barbara, look forward to visiting with their grandchildren as often as possible.

Bruce M. Browne, Civil Engineering

In addition to his work as a consulting engineer, Bruce enjoys golf and fishing in his spare time. He was a member of the Kansas State Health Planning Council for more than 20 years, and takes part in his community Rotary Club. Bruce and his wife, Norma, live in Shawnee. The Brownes have a son and two grandchildren.

Mary Reschke Cashman, Graduate School

Mary had a long and successful career helping children improve their language skills as the reading specialist for the Shawnee Mission school district. She wrote a children's book titled "Toby the Friendly Turtle," under the pen-name Grandma Mary. She has four children and four grandchildren and lives in the Shawnee Mission area.

Soey Bow Bong, Liberal Arts

Bob is proud to have sent all three of his sons to KU. He returned to Indonesia after graduation, where he was always invited to play tennis at the American Club in Jakarta. He and his wife, Sylvia, emigrated to the United States in 1969, and became citizens in 1976. The Bongs have two grandchildren and live in Lawrence.

William W. Adams Jr., Liberal Arts, Graduate School, '54

Will may have retired from a 34 years teaching political science at William Jewell College, but he hasn't slowed his pace one bit. Since his retirement he's taught in Siberia, Estonia and Prague, and has put his expertise to work as a political campaign consultant. His hobbies include performing as a jazz pianist and teaching ballroom dance. He and his wife, Eleaner Ormond Adams, a 1955 graduate, have two sons who are alumni and three grandchildren. They live in Liberty, Mo.

Patricia Jansen Doyle, Journalism

Patricia Jansen runs her own consulting services firm that specializes in strategic and financial analysis and planning, primarily for nonprofit organizations. The university recognized her as an Outstanding Woman in Journalism, and she spent nearly 20 years working for the Kansas City Star. Patricia lives in Cleveland.

H. Lee Sturgeon, bachelor of science

Lee heads three bio-tech companies in Colorado that are involved in advanced cancer research, including studies at the Mayo Clinic and Johns Hopkins University. In his spare time, Lee enjoys golf. He and wife, Vinita, a 1953 alumna, have two children and two grandchildren. They live in Boulder, Colo.

Paul L. Nelson, Pharmacy, Graduate School, '55, '62

Paul recently retired from his work as a pediatrician. He and his wife, Peggy, now take part in widespread travel with Rotary service programs. They participated in campaigns to feed the hungry in Panama, as well as journeying through Argentina and Brazil.

Elizabeth "Peggy" Scott Nelson, Liberal Arts

Peggy's husband credits her with putting him through medical school, in addition to rearing their three children. As a "Miller" girl, she looks forward to talking with her fellow residence hall alumnae and reminiscing. The Nelsons have three children and three grandchildren and live in Concordia.

Phillip A. Godwin, Liberal Arts, Graduate School, '55

Phillip retired from a career in medicine, and now enjoys his work as the president of the Douglas County Historical Society. He's active with events at his church, and enjoys bass fishing as well. Phillip and his wife, Phoebe, have three children who are KU alumni and three grandchildren. The Godwins live in Lawrence.

Tom Hitchcock, Pharmacy

Tom operated his own drugstore for 25 years, and has also served as the executive director of the state Board of Pharmacy. Now retired, he enjoys golfing and is a loyal KU basketball fan. Tom and his wife, Marge, have three children and four grandchildren. They live in Lawrence.

Shirley Esplund Rice, Music Education

Shirley retired from a career in music education with the Greensburg school district, where she still lives. She enjoys many civic events in her community and puts her musical background to work directing her church choir. Shirley has four daughters and sixteen grandchildren.

Chester F. Fee, Liberal Arts, Graduate School, '52, '56

Chester retired in 1989 from a long and successful career as an orthopedic surgeon. Chester's wife, Ardyce, is a class of '54 graduate. The eldest of their nine grandchildren, Elizabeth, is a freshman at KU this year and was featured in the Kansas Alumni magazine's Jayhawk Generations feature this year as a fourth generation 'Hawk. The Fees live in Overland Park.

Gair M. Sloan, School of Engineering

Gair owns and operates his own design and drafting service. One of the highlights of his design career was his work in New York at House Beautiful magazine from 1956 to 1962. Gair is active in the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy and his county historical society. He lives in Leavenworth.

Lois Virginia Walker, Liberal Arts, bachelor of science, '54

Though Lois retired from teaching several years ago, she's been as busy as ever working as an artist, poet and freelance teacher near her home in Amityville, N.Y. The highlights of her life since leaving the Hill are attending Breadloaf Writer's Conference and reading her poetry at literary events. She's won grants to many prestigious art colonies, and finds that traveling fuels her artistic sensibilities. Her other hobbies include visits to the Big Apple to hear the New York Philharmonic.

Marilyn Gibson Blincoe, Liberal Arts

Marilyn has a soft spot in her heart for children in need. After rearing her own six children, Marilyn and her husband, Robert, have been foster parents for 40 years. In addition to the care she's lavished on children, Marilyn has been a community college teacher for foster parents and students. The Blincoes have 18 grandchildren and live in Lodi, Calif.

Terryl W. Francis, Liberal Arts

Terryl has enjoyed a long career as an attorney. In his retirement, Terryl has taken up bike riding, walking and life as a vegetarian. He's an active volunteer in the Democratic Party. He and his wife, Peggy, have four children and ten grandchildren.They live in Glen Carbon, Ill.

Alita York Cooper, Liberal Arts, Graduate School, '72

Alita retired from 44 years on the faculty of the human development and family life department at KU. She has been active in the Kansas Association for the Education of Young Children and enjoys service training for child care providers. Alita has four children and three grandchildren. She lives in Lawrence.

Patricia Cameron Hass, Liberal Arts

Patsy has retired from her work as claims secretary for Ohio Casualty Insurance Company. She now enjoys singing in her church choir. In addition to spending time with her grandson, Mark, she loves travel. Patsy and her husband, Frank, have traveled to Italy, Austria and England. The Hasses live in Overland Park.

Janice Broadsworth Luther, Music Education

Janice feels lucky to have spent 36 years as a music teacher in Kansas public schools. In her retirement, she has been co-chairperson of the McCormick School Museum in Wichita. Janice and her husband, John, have two children and four grandchildren. They live in Valley Center.

Dale Theobald, Mechanical Engineering, bachelor of science

Dale retired from GTE in 1983 and now enjoys his volunteer role of membership chairperson for Mended Hearts. His many good memories of KU include his involvement in the Navy V-5 program. Dale and his wife, Jane, live in Elk Grove Village, Ill., and enjoy their four children and eleven grandchildren.

Richard Sime, Architecture

Dick recently retired from a architecture career with Black & Veatch. Dick enjoys trout fishing and all aspects of photography, whether video, digital or 35 mm. In the past, he has enjoyed trips to Europe with his two daughters.

Rosetta Snow Sime, Design

Rosie has sent both of her daughters to KU. She and her '51 classmate, Dick, enjoy travel and photography together. Her other hobbies include quilting and reading. Dick and Rosie live in Prairie Village.

John E. Swigart, Mechanical Engineering

During his career in the automotive industry, John was involved in the development of automotive airbags, engines and automatic transmissions at DaimlerChrysler and in association with the Army Tank Automotive Command. He is a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers and stays active in his church. He has two children and three grandchildren. The Swigarts live in Bloomfield Hills, Mich.

Naida Craig Perkins, Occupational Therapy

Naida was employed as an occupational therapist and in the real estate industry before her retirement. She is deeply involved in her church, and enjoys the pool, golf and social activities of her gated community. Naida reports that Sun Lakes, Ariz., is a wonderful place to live. She has three children and two grandchildren.

Jack Howard, bachelor of science

Since Jack retired as vice president of Smoot Grain Company, he's been involved in church activities and business groups in Salina. He spent eight years serving on the Salina Library Board, and enjoys golf and travel. Both of Jack's sons attended KU. Jack and his wife, Shirley, have two grandchildren.

Shirley Rice Howard, bachelor of science

Shirley has been involved in many community groups in the Salina area through the years. One of her best KU memories was attending Dr. Ise's classes she prayed he'd never call on her! Shirley worked part-time as a substitute teacher and H&R; Block tax preparer. Shirley and her husband and fellow '51 grad, Jack, are spending their retirement watching their grandchildren grow.

Bill R. Groves, Pharmacy

Bill is semi-retired from his work as a Walgreen's pharmacist. He and his wife, Barbara, recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary surrounded by their three children and four grandchildren. The Groveses enjoy traveling, and embarked on a trip to Ireland in 2000. They live in Wichita.

Lynette Oberg Haines, Fashion Illustration

Lynette worked as a graphic artist before her retirement. She is active in community choral groups and her church. Lynette also loves to volunteer her time for worthy causes in her hometown of Libertyville, Ill. She and husband, Bruce, have two daughters.

Anne Siemers Hula, bachelor of science

Anne enjoyed a long career as a teacher, librarian and language arts media specialist with the Topeka public schools. She retired after 34 years, and now enjoys research in genealogy, reading and travel. Anne has been active in the Boy Scouts, and has lent her leadership to the Topeka Area Retired Teachers Assn. Both of her sons attended KU. Anne and her husband, Harold, have three grandchildren.

Curtis Coffey, bachelor of science

Curtis is hard at work as president of Industria Nacional De Banano, based in Costa Rica. He and his wife and classmate, Sue Boyd Coffey, have three daughters and five grandchildren. They live in Camarillo, Calif.

Margaret Dickinson Schnackenberg, Liberal Arts and Sciences

Maggie fondly remembers visionary professor John Ise, "traying" down the Hill in winter, and reunions through the years with her Gamma Phi sisters. While rearing her three children, she worked part time as a Montessori teacher and a bank trust administrator. Now retired, she and her husband, Jack, live in Northfield, Ill., though they spend lots of time at a second home in Wisconsin. Maggie and Jack have two grandchildren; a third will arrive this fall.

Carolyn Weigand Rader, Liberal Arts and Sciences

Carolyn makes her home in Anchorage, Alaska, where she is past president of the Alaska World Affairs Council and a tutor for the Anchorage Literacy Project. She and her husband, John, Liberal Arts '48, Law '51, enjoy traveling and are proud that their three children carried on the Weigand and Rader families' KU tradition, which this year extended to a fourth Jayhawk generation: Their grandson, John, is a freshman on the Hill.

Theodore G. Otto Jr., Business

Ted retired from the Great A&P; Tea Company as vice president and general manager. He and his wife, Eileen, live in Overland Park, where Ted is past president and charter member of the Kiwanis Club and grounds chairman of the Homes Assn. They enjoy traveling and community work. Their two sons are Jayhawks, and they have five grandchildren.

Robert P. Sigman, Journalism

Robert wrapped up 2000 by retiring from a 47-year career with The Kansas City Star Co. As a columnist and member of the editorial board, he wrote for the daily editorial section and the Sunday Opinion Page. During his years with the Star, he also worked as a legislative correspondent and political writer. He continues as a board member of the Kansas City Press Club. Robert lives in Leawood. His two daughters are KU alumnae.

Barbara Hays Duke, Liberal Arts and Sciences

Barbara was a librarian for the UCLA education and psychology library before retiring in Lawrence, where she continues to pursue her interests in reading and discussion, lobbying, travel and tap dancing. She has a son and a daughter and four grandchildren.

Mary Van Houten Conitz, Music Education

Mary played in the KU band and orchestra for Russell Wiley and fondly remembers traveling to the 1947 Orange Bowl. She and classmate, Merrill Conitz, married the day after graduation and reared three children while Mary continued her musical career as a public school teacher and private piano and brass tutor. They spent much of their careers in Moscow, Idaho, but have traveled and worked in Africa, where Mary was dean of music for the St. Mary's Boys School in Nairobi, Kenya, and a music teacher at the International School in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The Conitzes have enjoyed many African safaris, and they continue their love of outdoor sports. They are now tree farmers in Deary, Idaho.

Jane Lyon Truax, Liberal Arts and Sciences

Jane worked as a writer in Kansas City and met her husband, Norman, known as Red. In 1965, Jane writes, Red became "middle-age crazy" and bought a deep-sea fishing charter boat in Biloxi, Miss., where they lived for the next 20 years. Jane taught high school French and other courses during the early days of integration and helped with the fishing operation in the summers. She earned a Coast Guard captain's license, the first salt-water license issued to a woman in the region. She also was first woman member of the Charter Boat Captains Assn. in Biloxi. Jane and Red later sold the boat and moved to Naples, Fla. She taught junior high in a nearby town, working especially with Haitian immigrants. Jane says she now enjoys "goofing off" in retirement.

Zara Zoellner McKinney, Business

Zara remembers being among the few women in her business courses at KU. With her husband, James McKinney, Class of 1948, she lives in Tulsa, Okla. Zara owned a children's consignment shop and was president of Assistance League of Tulsa before retiring. She continues volunteer work and enjoys traveling. Her son is a third-generation KU graduate, and she has two daughters and six grandchildren.

Peggy Circle Edman, Music Education

Peggy married classmate Bob Edman and reared their three children while leading many community activities. She says she has been president "too many times" of her PEO and Alpha Chi Omega Alumnae clubs. She also has volunteered for the Assistance League and her church. Peggy and Bob live in Tustin, Calif.; they have three grandchildren.

Bob Edman, Education

Bob parlayed his considerable "people skills" into a successful career in the insurance industry for 40 years, first with Travelers Insurance Co., where he became a corporate officer, and later as an independent broker. He has participated in Rotary and Sigma Nu Alumni along with numerous other civic causes. He and wife and classmate, Peggy, have visited all 50 states.

Hector H. Gomez, Pharmacy

Hector enjoyed long careers with Eli Lilly & Co. and Miles Laboratories in Mexico and Central America before launching his own business, Impex Quimica, which imports and sells raw materials to pharmaceutical labs. Hector was honored with inclusion in "Who's Who in Mexico" in 1988. He and his wife, Norma, live in Tlalpan, south of Mexico City, and have three children and four grandchildren.

Francis A. Unrein, Pharmacy

Francis continues to make his home in Plainville, where he is retired from his pharmacy, Unrein Drug. He and Bernice have four children, two

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