KU honors Class of 1955 members on Gold Medal Weekend
Citations for members of the Kansas University Class of 1955 who were planning to attend this weekend’s Gold Medal Weekend activities. Citations were provided by the Kansas Alumni Association.
Eleaner Ormond Adams, Biology ’55
After graduating in bacteriology, Eleaner Ormond Adams earned degrees in art and chemistry. Her life has been just as diverse, from teaching English in Siberia to being a ballroom dancing instructor. She married fellow Jayhawk Will Adams, Graduate School ’54. Following them to KU were their two sons. Eleaner gardens and dotes on her three grandchildren from her home in Liberty, Mo.
Donna Francis Anderson, Fine Arts ’55
Design major Donna Francis Anderson served as the first female editor of The Jayhawker yearbook. After college, she was vice president of the family real estate business while rearing a flock of Jayhawks: three daughters and a son. From their home in Evergreen, Colo., she and husband John tour the United States in their motor home and enjoy their four grandchildren.
John L. Anderson, Class of ’55
As a varsity basketball player, John Anderson found the 1955 dedication of Allen Fieldhouse particularly memorable. Team captain under Coach Phog Allen, he later was an assistant coach for Wilt Chamberlain’s freshman year. John also played KU football and later coached several Little League football players who grew up to play pro ball — all this while working in real estate and rearing four future Jayhawks with his wife, Donna Francis Anderson.
Sue Anschutz-Rodgers, Education ’55
President and executive director of the Anschutz Family Foundation, based in Denver, Sue Anschutz-Rodgers also owns a cattle ranch. The University’s Anschutz Sports Pavilion and the Anschutz Library are only the most visible signs of the generous support to KU from Sue; her father, Fred Anschutz, ’33; and brother Philip Anschutz, Business ’61. Her three daughters graduated from KU. Nine grandchildren offer hope for a fourth Jayhawk generation.
Margaret “Peg” Newton Armstrong, Nursing ’55
Margaret Newton Armstrong is only semi-retired as a school nurse with the Shawnee Mission school district, a position she has held since 1969. She married Albert Armstrong, Business ’53, and two of their three children followed them at KU. Peg has two grandsons and keeps busy with several organizations in Leawood.
William R. Arnold, College ’55
Student leader and Summerfield scholar Bill Arnold returned to KU to join the faculty in 1968 and for 44 years taught sociology. He shared this unique perspective on KU with his wife and fellow faculty member, Margaret Smith Arnold, Class of ’56. Their three children joined them on the Hill. The Arnolds are enjoying their eight grandchildren and travel in retirement.
Georgia O’Daniel Baker, Journalism ’55
Georgia O’Daniel Baker is professor of theatre arts at Towson University in Baltimore. The former KU advertising major is a costume designer and artist. Georgia is mother to a son and a daughter.
Kenneth L. Beardsley, Business ’55
After college, Kenneth Beardsley served a year with the U.S. Army in Korea. Then he and his wife and classmate, Marcia, settled down in Overland Park to rear their two daughters while Kenneth enjoyed a career as district sales manager for Harcros Chemical Co. Since retirement, they have visited six continents.
Marcia Hininger Beardsley, College ’55, Education ’57
Marcia made the most of her KU education in home economics and elementary education as a mother of two and a teacher for more than 30 years. One daughter earned multiple degrees; the other daughter became a K-State Wildcat. Though traveling extensively in retirement, Marcia finds time to remain active in Kansas City civic organizations and spoil her four grandchildren.
Hal J. Berkley, Accounting ’55
Hal Berkley is one in a flock of Jayhawks that includes six siblings and three children. He retired as chairman of the board at the Bank of Tescott after 43 years. Hal also has been a mainstay of the Tescott Volunteer Fire Department and the Lions Club. Among his nine grandchildren is a KU freshman.
Mary Eversull Blanchard, Education ’55
Mary Eversull Blanchard found housewife and homemaker to be a great occupation. She married classmate Bob Blanchard, who died last June. A former KU pingpong champ, Mary lives in Northbrook, Ill., where she stays active with family, sports and bridge.
Gene C. Bockelman, Architecture ’55
Architect Gene Bockelman worked for Kivett & Myers, which merged with HNTB, a leader in sports facilities. Gene was project architect for Royals Stadium in Kansas City and the remodeling of Fenway Park in Boston. He has served for more than a decade on the Prairie Village Planning Commission and related boards. Gene married June Gerber, Nursing ’57, and they have one son.
Mary Beall Porch Brakeman, Nursing ’57
After a break from nursing to rear her children, Mary returned to work in administration. She ended her career with a decade as executive director of the San Francisco Boys Chorus. She and husband Roy have a daughter, two sons and seven grandchildren.
Margaret M. Breinholt, College ’55, Law ’71
Margaret Breinholt returned to KU to study law after 13 years working for Boeing in Wichita. Since 1971, she has been with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, where she is assistant general counsel in its litigation division. Meg resides in Annandale, Va.
John O. Brown, Finance ’55
John recently retired from Commerce Bank in Kansas City, where his 44-year career included serving as chairman of the board. He and his wife, Peggy, have four children, including a Jayhawk son. John enjoys an active life in Leawood of travel and time spent with his seven grandchildren.
Karen Hilmer Herrington Brown, Journalism ’55
Karen Hilmer Herrington Brown has worked for 20 years in the investor relations and publications department of the Sherwin-Williams Co. to produce its annual report. She lives in Lakewood, Ohio, where she is active in P.E.O. and Alpha Chi Omega, and volunteers with high school students and social services for the elderly.
Beverly Sue Wright Brownlee, Education ’55, Graduate ’58
Garden club, P.E.O. and being an elder in the Presbyterian Church keep Beverly busy in retirement in Prairie Village. Her career was in teaching. Her husband, Alden Brownlee, Business ’57, died in 1992. Beverly enjoys spending time with her daughter, son and four grandchildren.
Marianne Sloan Bruner, Education ’55
Marianne Sloan Bruner taught before and after rearing children and retired in 1998 as a teacher in the Omaha public schools. Marianne’s mother graduated from KU, as did her daughter and son. Her five grandchildren include a granddaughter on the Hill.
Frank Chesky, Bacteriology ’55, Medicine ’59
Frank returned to KU to earn his doctorate of medicine. After a psychiatric residency at Walter Reed Army Hospital and work at the Menninger Clinic in Topeka, he maintained a private practice in Houston from 1979 to 2000. Although he has been around the world, he treasures the beauty of the KU campus and loves to recall the glory of the ’52 NCAA championship game.
Sue Hughes Collins, College ’55
Sue Hughes Collins and her husband, Jack, began married life in Belleville, returned to Lawrence for 20 years, and are now retired in Belleville, where they have remodeled a 100-year-old house. All three of their children were Jayhawks.
Karen Gerber Courtright, Music Education ’55
Karen Gerber Courtright combined her loves of music and education into a fulfilling career as a vocal music teacher in western Kansas for a decade, then relocated to Colorado and worked in telecommunications for 25 years. She played viola with the KU Symphony and the Arapahoe (Colo.) Philharmonic. Now widowed, Karen has a daughter, two sons and three grandchildren.
Jeannine DeGroot Dalton, Music Education ’55
Jeannine DeGroot Dalton traded teaching music and French for motherhood. She and her dentist husband, Standlee “Bud” Dalton, College ’56, lived in France for two years but are long-term residents of Hays. They have two daughters, and their son is a Jayhawk.
Patricia Davis DeGoler, History ’55
Patricia Davis DeGoler stays busy with her church and organizations in Mission where she lives with her husband, Jim DeGoler, Pharmacy ’56. Their daughter and son are both Jayhawks, and six grandchildren offer the potential for a third generation.
Maria Griffith DeLongy, College ’55
Maria Griffith DeLongy works part time with the Phoenix Convention and Visitors Bureau and lives in Scottsdale. She has one daughter and four grandchildren.
Emily Wolverton Denney, Music Education ’55
Emily Wolverton Denney played clarinet one season for the Tulsa Philharmonic Orchestra and has been a California resident since 1958. She retired in 1998 as executive secretary for a CPA firm. Now widowed, Emily has a son, a daughter and three grandchildren.
James C. Detter, College ’55, Medicine ’62
Chemistry major James Detter returned to KU to earn his medical degree. He is professor emeritus in the department of laboratory medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Jim married Carol Rogers Detter, Nursing ’60. They are parents to two sons and a daughter and grandparents to five.
Betty Bubb Dicus, Business ’55
Betty Bubb Dicus has been a vital community volunteer in Topeka while rearing two children with her husband, John. With her husband, she has been a major supporter of the university and the Alumni Association. Betty’s parents attended KU, as did her son and daughter, and the recruitment of her six grandchildren is under way.
John C. Dicus, Business ’55
John C. Dicus has served in numerous leadership and fund-raising roles with the Endowment and Alumni associations, for which he received the Fred Ellsworth Medallion in 1990. Chairman and CEO of Capitol Federal Savings, where he has worked for 46 years, John has tirelessly supported higher education, the university and Topeka institutions. He and his wife, Betty, have two children who are both Jayhawks, and six grandchildren.
Elizabeth Wohlgemuth Duckers, Journalism ’55
Elizabeth Wohlgemuth Duckers’ work life ranged from insurance to public relations and helping her husband, Keith Duckers, run St. John’s Military School in Salina. Though theirs was a “mixed marriage,” because Keith was a K-State grad, their two sons and daughter all went to KU.
Betty Lu Gard Duncan, Education ’55
Betty Lu Gard Duncan’s community activism has encompassed serving as mayor of Mission Hills and taking the lead in the restoration of Shawnee Indian Mission. The former teacher reared a Jayhawk son and a daughter with her husband and classmate, James Duncan. Betty and Jim have three young grandchildren.
James F. Duncan, Engineering ’55
James Duncan found time from his work as a trial attorney to serve as reunion chair. The Harvard Law graduate is with the firm Armstrong Teasdale and lives in Olathe with wife and classmate Betty Lu Gard Duncan. They are parents of a son and a daughter and grandparents to three.
Catherine Campbell Dunmire, Music Education ’55
After marrying classmate Fred Dunmire, Catherine Campbell Dunmire became homemaker and mother to two. Her active community life in Overland Park includes 25 years of ringing English handbells. Her son and her daughter are Jayhawks, and five grandchildren keep her busy.
Fred A. Dunmire, Business ’55
Fred Dunmire is chairman of the board and president of the State Bank of Spring Hill. He married classmate Catherine Campbell Dunmire, and they have two children and five grandchildren. Fred is active in Rotary, other Overland Park civic organizations and golf.
Ruth Longwood Dyerly, Education ’55
An experienced scuba diver and shell collector, Ruth co-authored the 1998 book “Tropical Seashells.” Her active pursuit of skydiving and other aerial sports at retirement age was profiled in Kansas Alumni magazine. Earlier she left teaching to rear her three children with husband Rod Dyerly, Law ’58. The Indiana residents are grandparents to six.
Judith Crane Elliott, Education ’55
Judith Crane Elliott was director of development for St. Andrew’s Episcopal School and now enjoys retirement with husband and classmate Bob Elliott in Chevy Chase, Md. She has volunteered with the National Gallery and numerous school and community events. She has two daughters and three grandchildren.
Robert H. Elliott Jr., Business ’55
Robert Elliott Jr., a graduate of the University of Michigan law school, is retired as an international tax attorney with Caplin & Drysdale. His community involvement includes 25 years as chairman of the Chevy Chase Village Tree Committee. He is married to Judith Crane Elliott, Education ’55, father of two and grandfather to three.
John F. Elvig, Engineering ’55, Graduate ’59
John F. Elvig’s career was in computer software sales. He lives in Houston with fellow Jayhawk Ruth Robertson Elvig. In retirement, Jack is farming hay and volunteering in promotions for the tiny town of Round Top, Texas. He and Ruth have four children and 11 grandchildren.
Darrell D. Fanestil, B.S. ’55, Medicine ’58
Darrell Fanestil retired in 2001 from 31 years teaching nephrology as professor of medicine at the University of California-San Diego. Son Brad Fanestil is a 1987 graduate of KU School of Medicine. Darrell and his wife, D. Ann, have another son, two daughters and nine grandchildren.
Dorthy Ann Smith Fanestil, Education ’55
La Jolla, Calif., is the home base for the retirement and world travel that D. Ann Smith enjoys with her husband, Darrel. Their two sons and two daughters didn’t attend KU, but hopes are high for the nine grandchildren.
Martha Johnson Fee, College ’55
Serving as vice president for the area Boy Scouts board is only the latest in Marty’s extensive community service in Hutchinson, where she enjoyed 49 years of marriage with Class of 1954 Jayhawk James Fee, now deceased. Four of their five children attended KU. Marty shares her love of tennis and swimming with 10 granddaughters and eight grandsons.
Donald H. Franklin, Speech Pathology ’55
Donald Franklin followed college with service in the Marines, which took him as far away as Japan. He then settled in Santa Ana, Calif., where he built a successful real estate business. Don’s late wife, Joan Rolleen Elliott Franklin, was a 1956 KU nursing graduate. Together they had four sons and a daughter, as well as an active civic life and 46 years of marriage.
James W. Frederich, Pharmacy ’55
In addition to owning six each of medical and full-line pharmacies, James W. Frederich served terms at the helm of several professional organizations. Now retired, James and his wife, Sue, live in Parkville, Mo. They are parents to four and grandparents to 12.
Joyce Reusch French, Education ’55
Joyce left teaching after 10 years to rear her two children and returned to work as an administrative assistant. In retirement, she is grooming a fourth generation of Jayhawks in her six grandchildren. Joyce’s mother and two brothers graduated from KU, as did her daughter. Joyce lives in Prairie Village with her husband, Larry.
Ruth Mirick Fuller, Social Work ’55
Appropriately for a social work major, Ruth Mirick Fuller’s favorite KU professor was Esther Twente. Upon graduating, Ruth worked at Menninger in Topeka, then married Bob Fuller, a ’54 Jayhawk, and reared a KU daughter and a son. Now they enjoy their retirement home in the capital city and one grandson.
Menno P. Gaeddert, Business ’55
Menno P. Gaeddert owns a Denver insurance agency that for 30 years insured churches and now specializes in assisted living centers. Previously he lived three years each in Germany and Taiwan in service to the Mennonite Church. Menno lives in Lakewood, Colo., with his wife, Jessie. Their twin sons attended KU through graduate school. Menno has two other children and six young grandchildren.
James J. Given Sr., Engineering ’55
In a 31-year career with the Federal Aviation Administration, James worked in both Vietnam and Iran. The electronic engineer retired in 1987 from the Office of Civil Aviation Security. He makes his home in Rockville, Md., with wife Martha. They are parents to two daughters and a son and grandparents to five.
Peggy Hughes Leoni Glazzard, Education ’55, Graduate ’75, Law ’85
Peggy Hughes Glazzard created a unique career path from first-grade teacher, to special education, practicing law and owning a fudge shop in Branson, Mo. After retiring to Surprise, Ariz., with her husband, Don Glazzard, she took up golf at age 70. One son is the sole Jayhawk among three children, four stepchildren and 10 grandchildren.
Barbara Swisher Glenn, Music Education ’55
Barbara Swisher Glenn is a homemaker and community volunteer in Wichita. She and her husband, Dwight, have a son, a daughter and three grandchildren. Their son is a KU law graduate.
Constance White Glenn, Fine Arts ’55
Constance White Glenn was founding director of the University Art Museum at California State University-Long Beach, where she is now an emerita professor. She has been a trustee of the Association of Art Museum Directors and reviews institutions for accreditation by the American Association of Museums. She has two daughters, a son and seven grandchildren.
Nancy Neville Glick, Journalism ’55
After a long career in journalism, Nancy Neville Glick is writing as a freelancer for Orlando area publications. She created a successful city magazine for Orlando in 1973 and later moved into public relations work for two hospitals. She was president of the Florida Magazine Assn. She has two daughters, a son and six grandchildren.
Betty Hauck Goolsbee, Nursing ’55
Retired as a pediatric nurse practitioner, Betty Hauck Goolsbee volunteers to help children at Mercy Hospital. She and husband Bob Goolsbee live in Shawnee Mission, where they keep up with KU basketball, their two daughters, and four grandchildren. One of their daughters is a KU medical school graduate.
Mary Demeritt Gordon, Education ’55, Graduate ’68
Mary Demeritt Gordon’s 40-year teaching career included three decades working with blind and visually impaired students in the Lawrence public schools. Now retired, she is president of the Lawrence Noon Lions Club. Her daughter is a Jayhawk, and she has two grandchildren, including a granddaughter who plans to enter KU in the fall.
Larry E. Greiner, Business ’55
As a professor at Harvard Business School and the University of Southern California and a published author, Larry Greiner has been influential in the field of organizational behavior. His current responsibility at USC is to run the Shanghai MBA program. Larry and his wife, Marta, have two daughters and four grandchildren.
Thomas L. Hall, College ’55
A petroleum geologist in Venezuela for four years, Tom Hall then spent 28 years with IBM in various locations. Now Tom and wife, Dee, are retired in Leawood, where he flies his Stearman biplane for fun. Both daughters graduated from KU. Tom is grandfather to five.
Dianne Miller Hamilton, Education ’55
Dianne Miller Hamilton is in her fourth term in the New Mexico House of Representatives. Winning her first election ended a 23-year career in talk radio. Dianne lives in Silver City with her husband, John Hamilton, Engineering ’53. They have a son and three daughters, one of whom is a Jayhawk.
Stanley W. Hamilton, Journalism ’55
Retired after 47 years in Washington, D.C., working in journalism, government public affairs and lobbying, Stanley Hamilton, author of an acclaimed biography of “Machine Gun” Kelly, has returned to Lawrence and to freelance writing. He and his late wife, Anne, were parents to two daughters and two sons; Stan is grandfather to four.
Roger G. Heiskell, Engineering ’55
Roger Heiskell served in the U.S. Air Force, earned an MBA and brought those skills to a 27-year career with IBM. Retired in 1987 as a project manager, he and wife Tish live in Wayne, Pa. They have a daughter, a son and three grandchildren.
Constance M. High, Fine Arts ’57
Constance High relocated with her soldier husband, so graduation from KU was delayed, but her heart is with the Class of ’55. Constance taught art first in Wichita and then for 30 years with Clark County, Nev., schools. She has three sons and three grandsons. Constance is a full-time artist and grandmother and part-time international folk dancer in Las Vegas, where she exhibits her watercolor and oil paintings.
John C. “Jack” Hoerath, College ’55
Dental school and a 20-year career with the U.S. Air Force followed KU for Jack Hoerath, now retired from private practice in Boulder, Colo. Jack credits his parents and the university with starting him on the path to a life blessed with abundance. He has one son; his late daughter was a Jayhawk.
Jay S. Holstine, Business ’55
Jay Holstine has been president of both the board of education and the Chamber of Commerce in Newton, where he owns an auto dealership. Before settling there with wife, Ginny, he served in the U.S. Air Force. Their son and daughter are both Jayhawks.
Duane T. Houtz, Business ’55
Duane Houtz was on the court at the first basketball game in Allen Fieldhouse 50 years ago, in a halftime performance. Becoming a pilot for the U.S. Air Force and graduate studies in hospital administration followed. He retired as president of the Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater, Fla., where he lives with his wife, Margaret.
Duane L. Hubbard, College ’55
Now retired to San Antonio, Duane Hubbard has called many places home, including the RV that he and wife Carol traveled in full time for five years. His work was with the Department of Energy in nuclear weapons acceptance. He is father to two daughters, one deceased, and a son, and has six grandchildren.
Shirley A. Hurt, Education ’55
Having lived many places between California and Michigan, Shirley Hurt now resides in Emporia, where she retired as professor of art from Emporia State University. Her son and daughter followed her to KU.
Lowell W. Johnson, Engineering ’55
Lowell Johnson retired from Raytheon Corp. after 34 years designing chemical, food and pharmaceutical plants. He lives in Tinley Park, Ill., with his wife, Pat, where he enjoys consultant engineering work and travel. They are the parents of seven.
Vernon K. Johnson, Engineering ’55
Vernon Johnson retired as president of his own engineering firm and in retirement enjoys working with the Friends of Sacred Spaces. Vern and his wife, Vicki, are parents of two sons, one of whom is a KU grad; and a KU daughter. Six grandchildren round out the family.
Opal Lea Smith Keefer, College ’55
Opal Smith Keefer traveled the world accompanying her career-Army husband. Opal and fellow Jayhawk husband, Robert, now are retired in Colorado Springs. They have three children and four grandchildren.
Harold L. Kendig Jr., College ’55
Harold Kendig traveled and consulted internationally in his marketing career and still likes to travel in retirement. Hal and wife, Regi, live in Westport, Conn. They are parents to a son and a daughter.
Lloyd L. Kirk, Business ’55
Lloyd Kirk retired from a career with Moore Business Forms Inc. He and wife Millie Kirk, Graduate ’81, live in Prairie Village, where they keep busy with church, their two children and five grandchildren.
Stuart A. Knutson, Engineering ’55
Stuart Knutson ran his own highway bridge construction company and in retirement finds more time for activities such as bungee jumping and spending time with his grandchildren. He lives in Kansas City, Mo., with his wife, Hazel. They have a son, a daughter and three grandchildren.
Harold G. Kraus, Business ’55
A naval aviator after college, Harold Kraus farms near Hays. He serves on the Kansas Soybean Commission and the National Biodiesel Board and was an Ellis County commissioner. Harold’s daughter and four sons with his wife, Virginia, include one Jayhawk. They have 13 grandchildren.
Robert L. Lamb, Engineering ’55
Robert Lamb served in the U.S. Air Force and made his career with the Empire District Electric Co. in Missouri, where he retired as president. He also served on the Missouri Southern State College Board of Regents and as president of the Missouri Chamber of Commerce. Bob and his wife, Pat, are parents of a son, now deceased, and a daughter. They have eight grandchildren.
William Latimer, Engineering ’55
William Latimer is CEO of Latimer Sommers & Associates in Topeka; the engineering firm designs mechanical and electrical building systems. Bill received a U.S. patent for a design and is past president of the Kansas Engineering Society. Bill and his wife, Elinor Karen, have three sons, all KU graduates.
Rolla E. Layton Jr., Pharmacy ’55
Rolla E. Layton Jr. sold his Coffeyville pharmacy five years ago and is enjoying retirement with his wife, Patricia. They have four children, including one KU Jayhawk, and six grandchildren.
Dana A. Leibengood, Journalism ’55, Graduate ’59
Lawrence native Dana Leibengood worked for the Journal-World and KU Continuing Education prior to 37 years with the KU School of Journalism. In retirement he serves as executive secretary of the William Allen White Foundation. Dana’s wife, Judy Cox Leibengood, attended KU, as did their four children. They are grandparents to four potential Jayhawks.
Frances Hanna Lenser, College ’55
Frances Hanna Lenser is corporate treasurer on the board of directors for her husband’s petroleum engineering firm and an adviser locally and nationally for her sorority. She and Ronald Lenser, Engineering ’56, live in Houston and have two daughters.
Geraldine Walterscheid Liebert, Pharmacy ’55
Geraldine Walterscheid Liebert is a pharmacist in Coffeyville and active with the Red Cross. She and husband, Al, are parents to three daughters and have four grandchildren.
Letty Lemon Linhart, Journalism ’55
A longtime resident of Florida relocated to southern California, journalist Letty Lemon Linhart most recently was a reporter for the North County Times, San Diego County. Letty is widowed, the mother of three daughters and grandmother to 11.
Frances Henningson Lintecum, Education ’55
Teaching and raising two future Jayhawks filled the life of Frances Henningson Lintecum. Frances’ husband was fellow classmate Dean Lintecum, Architecture ’55, now deceased. Following them to KU were their daughter and son. Frances recently welcomed her first grandchild into the family.
Charles R. Littell, College ’55
Charles R. Littell served 11 years with the U.S. Army and worked as an optometrist in Hugoton for three decades. The amateur pilot earned his license at age 60. Charles and his wife, Virginia, have a son, a daughter and seven grandchildren.
George W. Lund, Architecture ’55
George Lund was an Air Force pilot before starting his own architectural firm, from which he retired in 2004. He lives in Overland Park with wife and classmate Jann Duchossois Lund. George has served on the Planning Commission and supports the local Heritage Foundation and other civic groups. He has two daughters and a KU son. George has 10 grandchildren.
Margaret Jann Duchossois Lund, Education ’55
Jann Duchossois Lund taught school before and after rearing her children, and later retired as a vice president of Myron Green Cafeterias Co. She married classmate George Lund and they had three children, including one Jayhawk. They have 10 grandchildren.
Alice Joan Worthington Markman, Education ’55
Joan Worthington Markman taught elementary school for 40 years in the Shawnee Mission school district. She married fellow KU graduate William Markman. Their son is a Jayhawk, and one of their two grandsons will enter KU in the fall.
Muriel Nannette Pitman Martin, Music Education ’55
Nannette Pitman Martin was a librarian faculty member at Emporia State University for 28 years and retired as head of the government documents department. This summer she will celebrate 50 years of marriage with Loren Martin, Education ’57. They are parents to a son and a KU daughter, and grandparents to two.
Leon V. Mason, Business ’55
Leon Mason went into the U.S. Air Force and then had parallel careers in the Air Force Reserve and with IBM. Having finished in executive management for IBM and retired as lieutenant colonel, Leon works part time in his own teaching and consulting firm from his home base in Boulder, Colo. Leon has three sons and two grandchildren.
Robert McClean, College ’55
Robert McClean attended seminary and then served as a minister for United Methodist churches in western Kansas before retiring after 28 years with the United Methodist Office for the United Nations. He chaired the National Interreligious Service Board for Conscientious Objectors. In retirement, Robert and his wife, Marilyn, have homes in Mattoon, Ill.; New York City; and on Maui.
James D. McClure, Engineering ’55, Graduate ’60
James McClure finished his engineering career as senior member of technical staff at Sandia National Laboratories, U.S. Department of Energy. He is married to classmate Pat Powers McClure and they live in Albuquerque, N.M. A leader in Boy Scouts of America for 35 years, Jim reared four Eagle Scout sons. He and Pat also have a daughter and six grandchildren.
Patricia Powers McClure, Education ’55
Patricia Powers McClure is a retired language arts teacher with the Albuquerque public schools. Her husband is classmate James McClure. Pat stays busy with church, community involvement, five children and six grandchildren.
Guy D. McCoy II, Education ’55
Guy McCoy’s career was with the U.S. Army in medical records administration. He retired at the rank of lieutenant colonel and lives in Drake, Colo., with his wife, Victoria. They have a daughter and son.
Theodore N. McCoy, College ’55, Medicine ’60
Retired physician Theodore McCoy paints and enjoys art magazines. He and his wife, Anne Miller McCoy, College ’58, live in Cheyenne, Wyo. They reared two sons.
Kathryn J. Siler McCune, Education ’55
Kathryn Siler McCune taught third grade before becoming a mother and has been a homemaker and caretaker since then. In December she will celebrate her 50th wedding anniversary with classmate George McCune. They live in Wichita. Kathryn and George have a KU son and daughter and two granddaughters.
Richard E. McEachen, Business ’55
Service in the U.S. Air Force and then law school followed KU for Richard McEachen. He retired after a decade with a law firm in Overland Park; prior to that he worked in bank trust department management for 30 years. Richard is married to Judith Gray McEachen, College ’61, Education ’63. They have two sons, one of whom is a Jayhawk.
Alberta Johnson McGrath, Speech Pathology ’55
Alberta Johnson McGrath was a speech pathologist in Kansas City area schools before turning to motherhood and public service. Her husband, Donald E. McGrath II, College ’51, is deceased. They established the Donald and Alberta McGrath Scholarship Fund in the KU School of Fine Arts. Her extensive support for the arts includes more than 40 years as a docent at the Nelson-Atkins Museum and a term on the Kansas Arts Commission. Her two daughters are Jayhawks.
R. Holland McIntosh, Business ’55
R. Holland McIntosh’s career was with Employers Reinsurance Corp.; he retired as vice president. The ardent fly-fisherman lives with his wife, Peggy, in Mission. All four daughters earned KU degrees.
Carolyn June Hereford Mendenhall, Education ’55
Second-generation Jayhawk June Hereford Mendenhall is a community volunteer in Sedan. Her father was Richard Hereford, Engineering ’33, and her mother, Nancy, also attended KU. June married Roscoe Larry Mendenhall Jr., College ’54; he died in 1979. Two of their three children attended KU. June is grandmother to nine.
Lou Ann Schuetz Millard, Class of ’55
Lou Ann Schuetz Millard retired as a preschool Montessori teacher after 17 years. She is married to John Millard, College ’54, and they divide their time between Overland Park and southern California. Lou Ann and John had one son, who died as a teenager, and four KU daughters. They have 10 grandchildren.
Edward J. Miller, Business ’55
Retired from a career in apparel manufacturing, Edward J. Miller serves as a board member of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas. He lives in Iola with his wife, Betty. Among their five children, four attended KU. The oldest of six grandchildren will enter KU this fall.
Roger B. Miller, Pharmacy ’55
Retired from Miller Pharmacy in Bonner Springs, Roger is an ardent magician. He is a past president of state and national pharmaceutical organizations and is president-elect of the International Brotherhood of Magicians. He and his wife, Sheila, have three children, all KU graduates. Their five grandchildren include a KU junior and member of the Spirit Squad.
Althea Rexroad Monson, Education ’55
Althea Rexroad Monson lives in Phoenix with her husband, Morton. She has two daughters and two sons from a previous marriage; one of her daughters is a Jayhawk. Althea is grandmother to seven.
Albert L. Mulliken, College ’55
Albert L. Mulliken still works in his dental practice in Roswell, N.M. He and his wife, Jodene, are parents to five and grandparents to 11. Their eldest daughter is a KU graduate.
William M. Nofsinger, Engineering ’55
An engineer of chemical process plants, Bill Nofsinger retired as president of Nofsinger Inc., a division of Burns & McDonnell. He is a past district governor of Rotary International and still active in the service organization. Bill and his wife, Bonnie, live in Kansas City. They are parents to two daughters and five grandchildren.
Ludwig Pack, MBA ’55
Ludwig Pack completed his 30-year teaching career in German universities as professor of business administration at the University of Konstanz. He lives in Kreuzlingen, Switzerland. He has two children and one grandchild.
Gary W. Padgett, Business ’55
Gary Padgett is chairman of Citizens National Bank in Greenleaf. He is a former Alumni Association board member and a winner of the Fred Ellsworth Medallion for his service to KU. Gary married Sue Summerville Padgett, Fine Arts ’56. Their two sons are KU alumni, and they are grandparents to six.
Peggy Jones Parker, Education ’55
Marriage and family are central to Peggy Jones Parker’s post-KU life. She has taught preschool and coordinated homemaking classes for disadvantaged adults. Peggy is widowed and lives in Centennial, Colo. She has four children and four grandchildren.
Kay Scott Pemberton, College ’55
Kay Scott Pemberton is a homemaker and community volunteer in Lampe, Mo. In retirement, she and classmate Lee Pemberton Jr. enjoy traveling and community service. All five of their children attended KU and their 14 grandchildren include a KU senior and two freshmen.
Carolun Husted Phillips, Education ’55
Carolyn Husted Phillips has returned to Lawrence in retirement, with her husband and classmate Lewis Phillips. Formerly a real estate agent, Carolyn is a docent at the Spencer Museum of Art and active with the New Generation Society of Lawrence. She is mother to three and grandmother to two.
Lewis A. Phillips, Engineering ’55
Graduate school at MIT followed KU for Lewis Phillips, whose career was with Georgia-Pacific. He is married to Carolyn Husted Phillips and they have retired in Lawrence. They have three children and two grandchildren.
Patricia Erickson Pierson, Fine Arts ’55
Patricia Erickson Pierson has given her talents and support to numerous social and service organizations in Johnson County. An organ major in college, she played for the Episcopal Church and gave private lessons while rearing her family. Her son and a daughter attended KU. Patricia is grandmother to three.
Orval L. Postlethwaite, Business ’55
Orval L. Postlethwaite worked 28 years as a government auditor reviewing aircraft engine proposals at General Electric. He now enjoys seasonal employment in the finance department at Paramount King’s Island theme park near his Ohio home. Orval’s wife, Dessie Mae, is deceased. They had two sons. Orval has two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Rameshchandra Premji, Engineering ’55
Rameshchandra Premji is an active partner in his timber and furniture manufacturing firm and a supporter of educational and social organizations in Hyderabad, India. He and his wife, Rajkumari, have three children and six grandchildren.
James R. Retter, Pharmacy ’55
James R. Retter’s career as a clinical pharmacist included a term as president of the Northwest Missouri Pharmaceutical Assn. The active outdoorsman lives in Savannah, Mo., with his wife, Marjorie. They have a son, four daughters and a dozen grandchildren.
Thomas L. Richmond, College ’55
Tom Richmond did a European tour as first lieutenant with the U.S. Army, then founded a self-titled corporate public relations firm that he built into the 10th largest PR firm in New York City. Now retired in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., Tom enjoys golf and water sports.
Kay Lowis Rodgers, Pharmacy ’55
Kay Lowis Rodgers was at home as a pharmacist for Jayhawk Pharmacy in Wichita, but then married and relocated several times. Her three sons were born in Kansas, Washington state and Connecticut. Kay and husband Bill have lived for 20 years in Edmond, Okla., where she is vice president of an investment club.
Richard D. Ross, College ’55
After 23 years in the U.S. Marine Corps, Richard D. Ross enjoyed a career in emergency management. He directed the Missouri state agency and was president of the National Emergency Management Assn. He remains active with the Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium. He and Loretta Pound Ross, Allied Health ’59, have two daughters and live in Columbia, Mo.
Monty L. Rowe, Chemistry ’55
Monty L. Rowe was a U.S. Air Force pilot and later an analytical chemist, retiring as technical director of a synthetic fibers unit of Allied Signal Corp. He lives in Sanford, N.C., with Barbara Seymour Rowe, College ’55. They have four children and six grandchildren.
Edward F. Ruese, Engineering ’55
Edward F. Ruese retired after 25 years with the U.S. Navy designing and building secure computer systems. He then became a computer security analyst. Now living in Cincinnati, Ed is a motor home traveler and past national senior vice president of the Family Motor Coach Assn. He and his wife, Patricia, have six children.
Pete A. Rush, Business ’55
Pete Rush was a navigator with the U.S. Air Force for three years after college and then joined the insurance business in Dallas. He is an insurance broker with a large regional agency. Pete and his wife, Donna, have twin sons, a daughter and five grandchildren.
Carol Stutz Schmidt, Education ’55, Graduate ’69
Carol Stutz Schmidt lived in Germany, Holland and England before retiring as a business executive in Kansas City. She now lives in rural Topeka with husband and fellow Jayhawk Eugene Schmidt. She is a docent for the public library’s Sabatini Gallery. Carol gained three stepchildren, all Jayhawks, with her marriage. Her six grandchildren include a set of twins.
Joy Brewer Scott, College ’55
Joy Brewer Scott taught for one year in Shanghai and lived in Ireland, Greece and Hong Kong. She retired as an instructor at California State University-Chico, where she lives with her husband, Robert Haney Scott, College ’49, Graduate School ’50. Joy has four children and eight grandchildren.
Don S. Sifers, College ’55
Don S. Sifers found success as an innovator in aerosol manufacturing and currently runs Sifers Chemicals. His was the first aerosol company to use an environmentally safe propellant. Don developed the carpet stain remover Spot Shot and sold it to WD-40 Corp. Don lives in Fairway and has a daughter.
Phyllis Sims Selig, Architecture ’55
Architect Phyllis Sims Selig enjoyed a career in design and construction of offices and facilities for Nebraska Public Power. She was international president of her sorority, Alpha Phi. Phyllis is retired in Bella Vista, Ark., with husband, James R. Selig, Business ’51. They have three daughters and three grandchildren.
Donald R. Sneegas, Business ’55
After training as a pilot with the U.S. Air Force, Don Sneegas worked more than 40 years in sales with Lawrence Paper Co. Travel has taken him to China and a cattle ranch in Australia. Widowed for two years, Don was married to KU classmate Carol Miller Sneegas, Education ’55. They have three sons, all KU graduates. Don’s two grandsons represent a possible third Jayhawk generation.
Delores Stritesky Sorrick, Music Education ’55
Retired as operations officer at a Houston bank, Delores Stritesky Sorrick focuses her support and volunteerism on animal and nature organizations. She is a past president of the Docent Council of the Houston Zoo. Delores has pursued her interests in nature and history while traveling with her husband, Jerry.
Alvis H. Stallard, College ’55
Retired environmental geologist Alvis H. Stallard still teaches geology at Washburn University in Topeka. He and his wife, Sara Lou, have three children, one a KU graduate. The oldest of 11 grandchildren are headed toward Mount Oread.
Robert L. Stark, Business ’55
At the end of a 35-year career with Hallmark Cards, Robert L. Stark was executive vice president and president of the Personal Communications Group. He then became the first dean of the KU Edwards Campus in Overland Park. Bob continues his civic and corporate board work from the home in Mission he shares with his Jayhawk wife, Lynne Gerlach Stark, College ’58. They have a daughter and a son with a KU MBA. They are grandparents to five.
Anne Smith Stubblefield, Education ’55
Anne Smith Stubblefield taught food and nutrition classes before rearing her three children and taking leadership roles in civic groups in Kansas City. She married classmate Chuck Stubblefield soon after graduation. They live in Lake Quivira. One son is a KU pharmacy graduate, and their daughter followed her father’s footsteps at KU School of Medicine. Anne is grandmother to seven.
Charles T. Stubblefield, College ’55, Medicine ’55
In his obstetrics/gynecology practice, Dr. Charles Stubblefield provided prenatal care to more than 10,000 women and delivered a set of quintuplets. He retired as chief of obstetrics, Bethany Hospital in Kansas City, Kan. He and classmate Anne Smith Stubblefield celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary this August. Chuck’s daughter and one of his two sons are Jayhawks. He is grandfather to seven.
Lawrence L. Tretbar, College ’55, Medicine ’60
Lawrence L. Tretbar’s career in medicine focused on phlebology the last 15 years. Following KU School of Medicine, he trained as a surgeon, then did research that contributed to development of the first artificial heart implanted in a human. After a year at a London surgical hospital, Larry returned to Kansas City to private practice. He has been clinical professor of surgery at KU Medical Center, holds two medical patents and developed five surgical instruments. Larry has a son and daughter with his wife, Kathy.
Joan Hovey Waller, Education ’55
Joan Hovey Waller taught elementary school, including two years in Spain. After rearing two daughters, she sold real estate, worked for Sprint and finished her career with 11 years at American Century Investments. She and her husband, John, live in Fairway. Joan enjoys singing with the Noteables. She has two daughters and three young grandchildren.
Jay R. Warner, Business ’55
Jay R. Warner’s business career was in insurance; he retired as a vice president with Marsh Inc., a leading risk management firm. Three of Jay’s five children are KU graduates. He is grandfather to eight and lives in Fairway.
Barbara Barnes White, Music Education ’55
Though retired, Barbara Barnes White finds leisure a scarce commodity in her busy life with family and church. She and husband John live in Cherokee, Okla. They have three sons and four grandchildren.
Gayle Gould Wiley, College ’55
Gayle Gould Wiley was a California resident for more than 20 years, but returned to Kansas City, Mo., in 1992 and continues to work in real estate sales with Reece & Nichols. Gayle’s mother was a KU graduate, as is her son. Gayle also has a daughter and two grandchildren.
Maralyn Jean Eyler Williams, Education ’55
Maralyn Jean Eyler Williams taught school for 25 years. She retired as a first-grade teacher with USD 305 in Salina, where she still lives. All three of Maralyn’s daughters graduated from KU; daughter Dana Williams Powell is deceased. Maralyn also has a son and is grandmother to a dozen.
Patricia Ann McPherson Williams, College ’55
Patricia McPherson Williams filled the years rearing two daughters, working for a savings and loan company and operating her own upholstery company. She married Clyde Williams, Engineering ’52, soon after his graduation. In retirement they have enjoyed RV travel to Alaska and elsewhere. They live in Gladstone, Mo., near their six grandchildren.
Paul J. Williams, Engineering ’55
Paul J. Williams retired as chief of operations and management at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Topeka. He lives there with his wife, Dorothy, and remains active in his church. Paul has two daughters and two grandchildren.
Robert M. Worcester, Business ’55
Robert M. Worcester was appointed by Her Majesty the Queen a Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in recognition of outstanding service. Sir Robert moved to London in 1969 and founded MORI, a marketing and opinion research firm. Sir Robert has been adviser to two prime ministers and makes frequent radio and television appearances as a political analyst. Sir Robert and Lady Worcester live at the 13th-century, stone-walled Allington Castle, Kent.
Barbara Bateman Wunsch, Education ’55
Barbara Bateman Wunsch and her husband, Robert Wunsch, Law ’58, have provided extensive support to their alma mater. Barbara currently serves on the advisory boards of the School of Fine Arts and the Hall Center for the Humanities at KU, along with the Kansas Humanities Council. She and Bob are trustees of the Stephen Paul Wunsch Foundation for Young Musicians, named for their late son. Their daughter is expecting with their fifth grandchild.
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Kermit M. Beal, College ’53, Law ’59
Kermit Beal earned his undergraduate degree in 1953 and graduated from the School of Law in 1959. He has a private law practice in Lawrence. He met his wife, Sue Reeder Beal, Education ’58, Graduate School ’72, on his return to KU. Among their extensive travels is a recent safari to Tanzania. They have two sons and a daughter, all Jayhawks, and four grandchildren.
Shirley Jarrett Bennett, Education ’53
Now widowed, Shirley Jarrett Bennett lives in Prairie Village, where she is active in history and garden organizations. A weaver, Shirley participates in period re-enactments of life in the 1840s. She has two daughters and a Jayhawk son. Shirley is grandmother to seven.
Rebecca Larson Bohon, Physical Therapy ’50
Genealogy, travel and church activities in Overland Park fill the retirement of Rebecca Larson Bohon following a career as a physical therapist. She and her late husband, Herbert, are the parents of one son and two KU daughters. They have two grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Mary Morris Boyd, College ’48
Mary Morris Boyd combined a career in social work with assisting in her family’s real estate firm in Wichita, where she lives with her husband, Jim. Mary was chairwoman of the Greater University Fund for the KU Endowment Association in the record-setting year 1977–78. She is the mother of two sons and a KU daughter, and grandmother to four.
James R. Boyd, Business ’42, Law ’48
Larned native Jim Boyd, a 1942 graduate, served in the U.S. Navy in World War II before returning to KU to earn his law degree. After serving as vice president of Fourth National Bank, Wichita, he practiced law with the firm Fleeson, Gooing, Coulson & Kitch. He and his wife, Mary Morris Boyd, are parents to three and grandparents to four.
Harland B. Cope, College ’44
Harland served in the U.S. Navy at the end of World War II. After earning a law degree, he rejoined the Navy as a lawyer and retired as captain with 33 years active duty. An international lawyer with expertise in the “law of the sea,” Harland traveled the world. He now lives in Aiea, Hawaii, with his wife, Lois. They are parents to two sons and grandparents to two.
William W. Hambleton, Graduate School ’51
William Hambleton worked more than 30 years as a geologist with the Kansas Geological Survey. He retired in 1987 as director and state geologist and as professor in the KU Department of Geology. His extensive community service includes 15 years as a docent at the Spencer Museum of Art. Bill and his wife, Nancy Schnelli Hambleton, class of 1950, have a son and a daughter, both KU grads, and three grandchildren.
Richard E. Jackson, College ’53, Law ’55
Richard Jackson was a lawyer for the Army Corps of Engineers and Farmland Industries before his long banking career in Kansas and Colorado. He was especially involved in the community of Mayfield where he owned the bank. Richard and his wife, Gloria, have a son and a daughter and are retired in Brush, Colo.
Saul D. Kass, Business ’36
Following on his many activities at KU, Saul Kass was a Kansas City civic leader throughout his business career, which included 33 years as vice president and treasurer for Harzfeld’s. He remains active as a consultant to the Branson Scenic Railway. Saul and his late wife, Mildred Ruth Kass, have a daughter and a son, who is a Jayhawk.
Charles S. Lindberg, College ’50, Law ’54
Charles Lindberg retired early from a law career that included 24 years as counsel to Mobil Oil Corp. and work on legal aspects of the Alaska Pipeline. Charley and wife, Dolores June Goad, also a Jayhawk, have homes in Oceanside, Calif., and Brookfield, Conn. They are parents to a son and a daughter and grandparents of three.
Dale H. Luthye, Engineering ’52
Dale Luthye parlayed his electrical engineering education into a 35-year career with Kansas Power & Light. He and his wife, Elma, fill retirement years in Topeka with volunteer service and their four children, two of whom are Jayhawks; nine grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
Harold B. Phelps Jr., Engineering ’46
His civil engineering expertise took Harold Phelps around the world and included 19 years with the CIA, where he specialized in construction and maintenance of military and government facilities. Prior to that career, he served 12 years in the U.S. Naval Reserves. Hal is father to two sons and with his second wife, Maxine, enjoys their 11 grandchildren.
John H. Robinson, Engineering ’49
John Robinson joined Black & Veatch as a design engineer soon after graduation, and he remained with the Kansas City-based engineering firm his entire career, retiring in 1992 after serving 10 years as chairman. He and his wife, Patricia, have lived in Mission Hills for 42 years, and enjoy their second home on the Connecticut coast. They have four children, all Jayhawks, and 12 grandchildren. John is a past recipient of KU’s Distinguished Service Citation and Fred Ellsworth Medallion.
Elaine Carlson Thurn, College ’48
Four years after earning her liberal arts degree in 1948, Elaine Carlson Thurn completed medical technology training at KU Medical Center. This launched a career capped by 31 years in microbiology at Children’s Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, Mo., from which she retired in 2000. All three of Elaine’s children graduated from KU, as did her stepson and her second husband, Alvin Thurns, College ’49, who died in 1984.
Norma Lee Loske Winters, College ’48
Norma has enjoyed a fulfilling life as teacher, wife, mother and civic volunteer in Kansas City, Kan. She and husband George E. Winters Jr., a graduate student in 1951, make their home in Lake Quivira. Following them to the Hill were their daughter and son; their granddaughter is now at KU.
Geldard H. Woerner, Engineering ’45
Gil Woerner merged service in the U.S. Navy with his civil engineering education in a career as a military construction consultant. The Secretary of the Navy conferred on him the Distinguished Civilian Service Award in 1982. Gil enjoys flying, golf and family history from his home in Sanford, N.C. Gil and his late wife, Olga, have a daughter and a son, two grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.