Archive for Sunday, April 23, 2006

KU honors Class of ‘56 on Gold Medal Weekend

April 23, 2006

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Citations for members of the Kansas University Class of 1956 who were planning to attend this weekend's Gold Medal Weekend activities. Citations were provided by the Kansas Alumni Association.

Paul James Adam Jr., Engineering '56

Since KU, Jim has traveled the world designing power plants for Black and Veatch. After a 44-year career, he retired in 2000 as chairman and CEO of the company. An industry leader, he also served as chairman of the U.S. Energy Assn. and the World Energy Council. He and wife Barbara Mills Adam, Class of '57, remain devoted to the University. Jim served as chair of the KU Alumni Association and as a trustee and adviser to the KU Endowment Association, School of Engineering and Edwards Campus. He received KU's Distinguished Service Citation in 2005. He lives in Overland Park and has three children, including one Jayhawk, and nine grandchildren.

Patricia Campbell Atwood, Education '56

Pat taught art before striking out on her own. Since 1980, she's owned an interior design business. Along with her business, Pat served on the P.E.O. North Carolina State Board and as her local chapter's president. She's also E.C.W. president of the Trinity Episcopal Church. She has two children. Her daughter is a 1989 KU Journalism graduate.

Martha Ohmsieder Baker, Nursing '56

Martha continued her education after KU and received her master's from the University of Nevada in 1970. She was honored in 1979 in Who's Who in American Women. She retired in 1996 after a successful 25-year career as a professor with Baylor University. Martha had one daughter with her late husband, Russell. In Carrollton, Texas, she enjoys bridge, travel, volunteer work and her nature artwork.

Martha Lois Balding Jenkins, Education '56

Martha left Miller Scholarship Hall to teach reading to the students of U.S.D. 501 in Topeka for 30 years. She reared two boys with her late husband, Gerald. Son Steven, Medicine '92, completed his residency at KU. Lois still lives in Topeka, where she is active in the Women's Christian Organization. She also enjoys spoiling her two grandchildren.

Fred Ball, Business '56

After school, Fred married Jayhawk Jo Ann Young Ball, Class of '57, and took over his family's two grocery stores. Fifty years later, Ball Food Stores boasts 30 locations in the Kansas City area. Fred also increased sales tenfold as chairman of the Associated Wholesale Grocers. In addition to his professional success, Fred was the K.C. Chamber's Man of the Year in 2002. He has worked closely with the charity Kaw Valley Center for Children. His three children all attended KU, and he hopes his seven grandchildren are future 'Hawks.

Donna Spotts Blackburn, Education '56, Graduate '62

Donna taught physical education in Portland, Ore., Topeka and Shawnee Mission. She married in 1959. Her husband, Harold, Graduate School '61, is now deceased. They reared two Jayhawks. Donna has one grandson and lives in Overland Park, where she is active with her local church.

Douglas L. Beene, College '56

Douglas stayed at KU and developed oil and gas databases at the Kansas Geological Survey for 46 years. He also stayed up to date with KU men's basketball and worked the bench crew for 42 years. Now retired, he's been active in Habitat for Humanity and the Relay for Life. Last year, Douglas celebrated 50 years with wife, Virginia, College '72. They have four children two are Jayhawks and stay busy with their 10 grandkids.

Richard R. Brummett Sr., College '56, Medicine '64

After graduation, Richard saw patients at family practices in Neodesha and Salina. Later, he served as a medical director and taught at the KU Medical Center. Richard and his wife, Marti Peterson Brummett, Class of '61, are now enjoying their retirement near Lake of the Ozarks in Camdenton, Mo. They have four children, three who graduated from KU, and he's working on his 10 grandchildren.

John Bev Buller, Business '56

A former KU football player, Bev made his home in Sandusky, Ohio, with his wife, Jody. He retired in 1997 as the director of purchasing after a 41-year career with Sandusky International. Locally, he served his community as a board member of the Sandusky Jaycees, YMCA, Chamber of Commerce and United Way. Bev is the proud father of two boys and enjoys hunting, fishing, golf and racquetball in his retirement.

David V. Burgett, Business '56

After two years of active Naval duty, David toured Europe and met his wife of 47 years, Betsy. They returned to Los Angeles, where David took a job with what's now Price Waterhouse Coopers. He bounced back and forth between the East and West coasts for the company, before settling back in Los Angeles as a partner. David retired in 1996 to Santa Ynez, Calif. He has two children.

Robert H. Bussard, Engineering '56

Following graduation, Robert was posted as a naval officer in Hawaii. Afterwards, he worked on the Apollo Space Program for General Electric. Today he lives in Kingwood, Texas, where he developed process control translation software for Exxon. He enjoys offshore sailing and racing, cabinet making and cruising with his wife, Peggy.

Donald G. Carpenter, College '56

Life after KU for Don was spent in the pursuit of "black gold." He worked for Amoco before starting his own venture, Rainbow Resources, which he continues to operate under its new name, Carpenter and Sons. Donald resides in Jackson, Wyo., where he's a father to three and grandfather to five.

Sondra Long Chesky, College '56

After graduation, Sondra worked as a research assistant at the KU Medical Center. She spent 27 years in a Houston suburb before retiring to Halstead, where she lives with her husband, Frank, College '55, Medicine '59. They have four children and six grandchildren. Sondra keeps busy with the Treble Clef Club, the Club Amicarum and the Halstead Historical Society.

Lynn G. Clawson, Education '56

Lynn managed to do the impossible and worked with her late husband, Jack, Class of '56, for 36 years. She served as vice president of the company he started, Digital Electronic Machines. Before that, she taught elementary school in Texas, Michigan and Italy. While overseas, Lynn visited Russia, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Europe and was on the last flight into East Berlin before the wall went up. Lynn has one adopted son. She lives in Leawood and still meets with eight of her sorority sisters once a month.

Philip W. Coolidge, Architecture '56

Following graduation, Phil traded his cap and gown for a Marine uniform. Four years later, he returned to Topeka and opened Coolidge Architectural Services. He's a past president of the Kansas Society of Architects, Topeka Rotary Club and Native Sons of Kansas and served on the KU School of Architecture's advisory board and the Topeka Boys Club board. Phil and his wife, Collette Peterman, College '57, reared two KU grads. They have one granddaughter.

Robert D. Conn, College '56, Medicine '60

Robert specializes in sports cardiology at Kansas City's St. Luke's Hospital, and teaches at the University of Missouri, Kansas City. Throughout his career, he has taught in Illinois and Washington and was a scholar for the American Heart Assn. and American College of Physicians. Robert and his wife, Rogene Edminster Conn, Class of '57, live in Leawood. They have three children, two of whom went to KU, and 11 grandchildren.

Kenneth F. Crabtree, Engineering '56

Ken retired from a long and successful career with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. In his retirement, he enjoys camping, genealogy and fishing. He and his wife, Violet, live in Kansas City, Mo. They have two daughters and try to keep up with their two grandchildren.

Robert A. Creighton, College '56, Law '60

Now retired, Bob practiced law in Atwood for 45 years. He's been actively involved in the political life of the small town and served as mayor, city treasurer, chamber president, county attorney and director of the Lake Atwood race. Bob was a member of the Kansas Board of Regents. On the University level, he volunteered for the KU Alumni and Endowment associations and reared two Jayhawks with his late wife, Barbara Wilson Creighton, College '59. He has four grandchildren and remains in Atwood with his second wife, Lavina.

Lela Lehning Woodard Daymond, Education '56

Except for a year in California and another in England, Lee has lived in Wichita since leaving the Hill. She teaches business education for Wichita schools and reared three Jayhawks. She's hoping that some of her five grandchildren will also venture to the Hill. Lee is married to Scott and volunteers with the Stephen Ministry Leadership in her spare time.

D. Wendell Dickey, Business '56

After graduation, Wendell spent 47 years with the Robert O. Dickey Company, 37 of which as president. Now retired, he and his wife, Carol, import European antiques to their Kansas City shop, Country Life Antiques. They live in Mission Hills and also keep a home in Carmel, Calif. One of their six children and one of their 11 grandchildren have attended KU.

Jocelyn Dougherty, Education '56, Medicine '67

Jocelyn lives in sunny Corona Del Mar, Calif., with her husband, Fred Henzig. She's a neurologist and has her hobby of classical piano on the brain. Jocelyn's also active in Pi Beta Phi.

Patricia Pierson Dowers, Education '56

Pat bounced around as a military wife to Texas, Florida, New York and, later in life, to Arizona and Colorado. She also has a bounce in her step and taught fitness classes for 20 years. Settled in Overland Park with her husband, Harold, she's a Junior Leaguer and started the Designer Showhouse. Her family produced three KU generations; three of four daughters and one of 10 grandchildren are 'Hawks.

Jim P. Elliott, Business '56

Jim left KU to work for Gulf Oil, Rubbermaid, MCI and finally Collins Bus, where he's the vice president of sales. He resides with his wife, Shelia, in Hutchinson, where you're likely to find him on the golf course. Jim has two children, one who attended KU, and four grandchildren, for whom he has high hopes.

LeRoy W. Felzien, Engineering '56

LeRoy worked at Southwestern Bell for 30 years and retired as a division manger. He is active in the Raytown Rotary, Blue Ridge Trinity Lutheran Church and Boy Scouts of America, from which he received an award of merit. LeRoy lives in Raytown, Mo., with his wife, JoAnn Hyder Felzien, Class of '57. One of their three sons and one of their nine grandchildren attended KU.

Charles T. Franklin, College '56

Charles lives in Lafayette, Calif., with his wife, Terry. They have three children and one grandchild. He works for Rail Car America as an executive vice president. Charles is active in the local Rotary and school board. A former basketball player himself, Charles gave area students the opportunity to improve their game when he founded the Lafayette-Moraga Youth Assn., which has 5,000 participants today.

Marjorie Heard Franklin, Engineering '56

Marjorie still works for the company she started with her husband, Bill, Engineering '56. During her career, she pioneered a waste materials flow methodology that is widely published and used today. Marjorie volunteers on several KU committees. The School of Engineering honored her with a Distinguished Service Award in 2003. She lives in Prairie Village and has two children and four grandchildren.

William E. Franklin, Engineering '56

Bill and his wife, Marjorie Heard Franklin, Engineering '56, founded Franklin Associates in 1975. Their inventive approach to life-cycle assessment guided improvements in the manufacturing industry. Bill served as city councilman, mayor and county commissioner. In 2003, he received the Distinguished Engineering Service Award. Bill lives in Prairie Village. He has two children and four grandchildren.

D. Allen Frame, College '56, Law '62

Class president Al left Mount Oread for Kinsley, where he has practiced law ever since. In addition to his work as an attorney, Al's a cattleman. He lives with his wife, Sally Wilson Frame, Class of '59. They are the proud parents of five Jayhawks and passed on their KU pride to at least one of their 10 grandchildren.

Carol Mather Frisbie, Education '56

Carol taught world history and English to Lyons High School students. Now retired, she serves enthusiastically on boards for the local hospital, Chamber of Commerce, and housing authority, Streetscape Project and Habitat for Humanity. Carol and her late husband, Larry, Education '57, had two children, including one KU grad. She enjoys golf, travel, gardening and her two grandchildren.

Michael H. J. Getto Jr., Class of '56

Mike spent the last 50 years in the hotel industry. His work has taken him all over the world as the president and chairman of the School of Hospitality Business at Michigan State University and currently as the director of development of Guest House International. He has five children, two of whom are Jayhawks, and five grandchildren. He lives in Santa Barbara, Calif., and enjoys collecting presidential biographies.

Mary Berkshire Glenn, Education '56

After KU, Mary moved overseas to Austria. While there, she taught English and nurtured her two boys, one of whom sang with the renowned Vienna Boys Choir. Back in the states, Mary volunteered with the Reading is Fundamental program and taught elementary school. Today, she's a resident of the Brighton Garden retirement community in Prairie Village, where to the delight of fellow residents, she plucks out golden oldies on the piano regularly. Her and her late husband, Richard, Engineering '56, reared two 'Hawks.

Dean W. Graves, Engineering '56, Graduate School '63

Dean garnered national acclaim with Ginny, College '57, for their innovative education foundation, CUBE, which transforms historical neighborhoods into classrooms for young students. Dean calls Prairie Village home, where he works as an architect. A history buff, he has held positions in the Historic Kansas City Foundation, Historic Mount Oread Fund and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. One of his two daughters attended KU, and one of his three grandkids will start next fall.

Alice Wiley Hall, College '56

Alice lives in sunny San Francisco, where she owns an interior design boutique. An active Junior Leaguer, she also volunteers at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Raphael House. Alice has traveled the world with her husband, Peter. They have two children and 10 grandchildren.

William M. Hancock, Fine Arts '56

Bill left the Hill for the battleship and served his country for seven years in the Navy. Today, he owns a residential construction firm in the Washington, D.C., area. His hobbies include handcrafting American period furniture, sailing, golf and world travel. Bill resides in Germantown, Md., with his wife, Louise. They are parents to three University of Maryland grads and a bunch of grandchildren.

James E. Hathaway Jr., College '56

Jim landed in Little Rock, Ark., after working for IBM in Wichita and Lexington, Ky. He spent two years with Pathfinder Life before he started The Hathaway Group, a real estate company, in 1976 and later co-founded The Shearin Hathaway Group. He's also the co-founder of the Arkansas Realtors Political Action Committee and is the past president of the Business Committee for Public Education and the local Realtors Assn. Jim is married to Gay. He has three children, three step-children and six grandchildren.

Doris L. Haun, College '56, College '57

Doris received her certificate of medical technology from KU after graduating with a degree in bacteriology. She used her degree as a clinical medical technologist. Doris returned to Lawrence after 32 years in San Francisco. She's remained in the city for the past six years.

Charles L. Hedrick, Engineering '56

During his 40-year career, Charles designed, built and operated power plants for Zurn Industries. He retired as vice chairman in 1995 and lives with his wife, Dorothy Lee Sorrels Hedrick, Education '57, in St. Petersburg, Fla. They have two daughters and four grandchildren. In his free time, he volunteers for SCORE, a nonprofit organization, and enjoys running, golfing and traveling.

Harold D. Hein, Business '56

Before retiring, Harold was a partner at the CPA firm Ernst and Young. He also was a president of the Colorado Society of CPAs and served on national and state boards of accounting. Harold lives with his wife, Martha Olson Hein, Education '56, in Arvada, Colo. They have four children and nine grandchildren. In his retirement, he continues to be active in the local Lions Club and Lions Club Eye Institute Foundation.

Francile Aronhalt Hill, Education '56

Francile spent two years following her graduation in Rio de Janeiro. She and Harold, Business '57, count four Jayhawks among their five children and 13 grandchildren. In the states, she taught and supported her kids as competitive water-skiers. Daughter Kristi was once ninth in the world. In Gravois Mills, Mo., she's active in the Alternate Tuesday Study Club. She's also a docent for the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

Robert B. Hobbs, Business '56

Robert left the Hill to work in the U.S. Navy Supply Corps. Returning to Leawood, he married Nancy Harbes Hobbs, Education '59. One of their two children graduated from KU, and they have six grandchildren. Robert started his investment career with Merrill Lynch and retired as chief trust investment officer from Johnson County Bank in 2002. He now works as the senior vice president of Financial Counselors Inc.

Peggy Whitney Hobbs, Education '56

Peggy resides in Bethlehem, Pa., with her husband, James, Graduate School '57. They have two children. In the 50 years since graduation, Peggy has traveled to Finland, Poland, Switzerland, Norway and for a year in New Zealand. She's a passionate artist and works in fibers. In 2004, she was recognized for her outstanding service to the local arts community. She's an adjunct curator for the Lehigh University gallery and organized exhibits for the non-profit Luckenbach Mill gallery.

Forrest E. Hoglund, Engineering '56

After the Hill, Forrest made a name for himself in the fossil fuel industry, working for top national companies. He's currently the chairman of Forest Oil and SeaOne Maritime corporations. In Texas, Forrest led philanthropic campaigns for the M.D. Anderson Cancer Foundation and the Houston Museum of Natural Science. For the University, Forrest also headed the KU First campaign, which raised $653 million. His many contributions to KU include a brain imaging center, engineering lab and baseball park. For his efforts, he received the Distinguished Service Citation in 2005, the Fred Ellsworth Medallion in 1996 and the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award in 1992. Forrest lives in Dallas with his wife, Sally, College '56. They have three children and 10 grandchildren.

Sally S. Hoglund, College '56

Sally settled in Dallas, where she's heavily involved in the community service scene. She serves on numerous boards including the Easter Seals and Texas Children's Cancer Center. Sally's remained devoted to the University. She and her husband, Forrest, Engineering '56, donated funds for a brain imaging center, engineering lab and baseball park. She's also given generously of her time. Sally served as a KU Endowment trustee and co-chairs the Women Philanthropists for KU. In 2005, the University recognized Sally's extraordinary efforts with a Fred Ellsworth Medallion. Sally is a mother to three and grandmother to 10.

Patricia Felzien Hoit, Nursing '56

After college, Patricia worked as a nurse in Jefferson City, Mo. She now lives in Denton, Texas, with her husband, Stanley. They have two children. Patricia enjoys traveling, square dancing, quilting and painting. She volunteers in her church and community.

Larry D. Horner, Business '56

Larry started with KPMG in 1964. After a 27-year international career, he retired as chairman and CEO. He now serves on six boards for national companies, including Conoco Phillips and New River Pharmaceuticals. His charity work is extensive and includes among the many organizations the United Way and American Lincoln Center Institute. For the University, he established a professorship, served as a board member of the KU Alumni Association and received the Distinguished Service Citation in 1993. Larry lives in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico, with his wife, Donna. He has five children and nine grandchildren.

Bruce M. Hotchkiss, College '56

After receiving his economics degree on Mount Oread, Bruce continued his education. As an attorney, he specialized in criminal defense in the San Francisco Bay area. Bruce has one son and lives in Daly City, Calif.

Joan Sherar Hunt, College '56, College '57, Doctor of Philosophy '83

After finishing her Ph.D. in immunology, Joan stayed at the KU Medical Center as a faculty member. Twenty-two years later, she's still working as a senior associate dean and a distinguished professor. Her research under an $18-million dollar grant from the National Institutes of Health aims at developing the field of cell and development biology throughout the state. Joan has two grandchildren and one son, who finished his residency at the KU Medical Center. She lives in Prairie Village.

Sue Harper Ice, Education '56

Sue retired from Prairie View Hospital in 2002. She and her husband, Ted, College '56, Law '61, reared three Jayhawks and are converting their three grandchildren. They live in Newton, where the city honored her as an outstanding citizen. KU also honored her with a Mildred Clodfelter Award in 1994 for her service on the KU Alumni Association board and as a 21-year Kansas Honors Program coordinator.

Theodore B. Ice, College '56, Law '61

Ted lives with wife, Sue Harper Ice, Education '56, in Newton. They have three children, all Jayhawks, and three grandchildren. Ted practiced law for 25 years before serving as a Kansas District Court Judge for 15. He retired in 2002 and follows the KU men's basketball team religiously. Ted volunteers extensively in his local community. The City of Newton recognized him as an outstanding citizen in 1997.

Donald A. Johnston, Business '56, Law '66

After a successful career, Don returned to Lawrence, where he's president of Intrust Bank. In the community, he has volunteered extensively and has been a staunch supporter of KU. He received the Mildred Clodfelter Award in 1992 and spearheaded the local Campaign Kansas efforts. Don was a KU Alumni Association board member, currently sits on the Hall Center of Humanities board and most recently chaired the 1956 reunion committee. He has reared three KU grads with his wife, Alice. They also have four grandchildren.

David R. Kane, Business '56

David and his wife, Nancy, live on a horse farm in Paron, Ark. He's retired five times, none have stuck, and he currently works at the company he founded, Humble Energy Inc. In his political life, David has been an Arkansas state representative and an aid to Governor Dale Bumpers. In his personal life, David is a 10-time super senior team tennis winner. David's family life includes six children and 11 grandchildren.

John F. Kane, Engineering '56

After KU, John returned to Bartlesville, Okla., with his wife, Elizabeth Burke Kane, College '59. They have five children, two of whom are Jayhawks, and 12 grandchildren, including three Jayhawks. In Oklahoma, he founded successful businesses in the oil and gas and cattle industries. Over the years, John has volunteered for state and national cattlemen's boards and has not forgotten his alma mater. He led the Alumni Association as national president and served as a trustee of the KU Endowment Association. For his support of KU, John received the Fred Ellsworth Medallion in 1991.

Ralph B. Kelley, Engineering '56

Ralph works on the Avenue of Americas in New York City. He practices law with Sonnenschein, Nath and Rosenthal and lives with his wife, Betty, in Norwalk, Conn. One of his two daughters attended KU. He's hoping some of his four grandchildren will also follow her path to the Hill.

Jerry L. Kindig, Engineering '56

After KU, life for this former track star continued at lightning speed. Jerry joined the U.S. Marine Corps following graduation. During the course of his career, he worked at the York Company in Chicago, General Heating and Cooling and finally as president of Heaven Engineering until 2004. Jerry lives in Leawood. He's married to the Queen of the Kansas Relays, Coe, Class of '58. They have two children and four grandchildren.

B. Allen Lay, Business '56

Allen is the mayor of Rolling Hills, Calif., where he lives with his wife, Dorothy. They're proud parents to two and grandparents to three. Since KU, he found success in the computer and investment industries. Early in his career, he was president of two publicly traded computer companies, one of which he founded. In 1982, his brainchild, Southern California Ventures, was born. Semi-retired, he still consults and serves on boards for the Palos Verde Art Center and the Historical Collections Council of California.

Richard D. Love, Business '56

Richard flew in the Air Force for three years after his graduation. He finished his career as a partner of KPMG, an international CPA firm. Now retired, he lives in Leawood with his wife, Barbara. Richard enjoys consulting, volunteering and golfing. His only son also attended KU.

W. Max Lucas, Engineering '56, Graduate School '62

After a tour of duty with the U.S. Navy, Max returned to campus to join the KU faculty. Retired since 1997, Max enjoyed a successful career as a professor, director, dean, department chair and assistant to the Chancellor. He has remained active on the Hill and served as the retired faculty club president. Max and his late wife, Jane Vaughn Lucas, Education '58, Graduate School '76, had three girls, all KU grads. He also has five grandchildren.

Elizabeth Moran Loweth, Education '56

Elizabeth is a retired schoolteacher. She worked for 30 years in Prince George's County, Md. Elizabeth keeps busy in her retirement as president of the Women of St. Barnabas and the assistant manger of the Barnabas Thrift Shop. She enjoys water aerobics, yoga, needlework, swimming, reading and spoiling her 19 grandchildren with her husband, Hugh. They live in Annandale, Va., and also have three children.

Howard L. Lydick, Law '56

Howard works as an attorney in Dallas. In 2002, he was presented the William N. Plymat Temperance Award by the American Council on Alcohol Problems. He's also advocated as the vice chairman of the Prohibition Party National Committee and the chairman of the United Methodist Church Independent Committee on Alcohol and Drugs. Howard has two children with his wife, Eleanor.

Barbara P. Lukert, College '56, Medicine '63

Barbara practiced for five years in Kansas City before heading to Manchester, England, for a fellowship. She returned to KU as a faculty member in 1971 and has researched the effects of steroids on calcium and bone metabolism and osteoporosis. She's a past president of the Wyandotte County Medical Society and served on the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research council from 2000 to 2004.

Sanford M. Markham, College '56, Medicine '60

Sanford served his country for 21 years in the Air Force. As a doctor, he taught at Georgetown University, Johns Hopkins University and now the University of Iowa. Sanford is the father of three; John, Class of '87, is now deceased. Sanford lives in Iowa City with his wife, Ruth Stensrud Markham, Class of '58.

Donald D. Martin, College '56

Following graduation, Don piloted planes for the U.S. Marine Corps. Since leaving the service, Don has built a successful business and more than 8,000 homes in six different states. A leader in his field, Don was the president of the National Association of Homebuilders in 1998 and was named to the Hall of Fame in 2003. Don has made his home in Albuquerque, N.M., with his wife, Willa. They have one daughter, and one of their two grandchildren will start at KU this fall.

Beverly Jackson McCain, Education '56

Beverly works as an office manager for a neurology group in Little Rock, Ark. She's the treasurer of the Junior League of Little Rock and Trinity Episcopal Cathedral Vestry. She counts among her lifelong accomplishments combining her family with her husband, Ross's. In total, they have six children, 13 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Marilyn J. McCrory, College '56, College '57

Marilyn lives in Overland Park. She's retired from a career as a medical technician at the KU Hospital. Marilyn volunteers at the Village Presbyterian food pantry and clothes closet and is a 50-year member of the Delta Gamma sorority.

Charles E. McDonald, Business '56

Charles is retired from owning an oil business in Hutchinson. With his wife, Anna, the McDonald family produced three generations of 'Hawks. They have three children, all KU grads, and eight grandchildren, two of whom are on campus this year.

John R. McFarland, Business '56

Following graduation, John attended the University of Missouri, Kansas City. He graduated as a dentist in 1961 and spent the next 40 years protecting patients' smiles in Topeka. Now retired, he remains in the Kansas capital with his wife, Karen. They have three children two are Jayhawks and two grandsons.

Jack M. Metz, Business '56

Jack lives in Wichita with his wife, Shirley Cox Metz, Class of '56. They've visited Europe and much of the United States. He's retired from Procter and Gamble, where he worked in pharmaceutical sales. In the community, Jack's involved in Habitat for Humanity, his church, youth organizations and the retired golfers organization. He has four children, and one of his 10 grandchildren has carried on the KU tradition.

Shirley Cox Metz, Class of '56

Lawrence native, Shirley headed south to Wichita with her husband, Jack, Business '56, after graduation. They've traveled to Europe, Alaska and much of the continental U.S. In Wichita, they're active in their church, youth organizations, Habitat for Humanity and retired golfers organization. Shirley has four children, all Wichita State graduates. One of her 10 grandchildren graduated from KU.

James B. Miller, College '56

After graduation, James joined the Boy Scouts of America as a professional administrator. Twenty-two years later, he started his second career in the financial industry. In 1992, he retired from Allianz Insurance. He also served six years in the U.S. Army Reserves. He lives in Overland Park and is busy rearing one of three grandchildren with wife, Helen. They have two daughters. James is active in his local church.

Susan Montgomery Morrison, Education '56, Graduate School '57

Susan taught second-graders for six years and substituted for 15 more. She's a 50-year member of P.E.O. and volunteers at the Village Presbyterian Church. Susan has a talent for printmaking and has participated in Renaissance Festivals and art shows. Susan lives with her husband, Richard, Medicine '60, in Prairie Village. All three of her children attended KU, and she hopes her three grandchildren will keep the tradition.

Charles T. Munson, Architecture '56

After KU, Bud settled in Milwaukee. He is a retired Navy commissioned officer and civil transportation planner. Back in Kansas, he lives with his wife, Joyce, and serves on the Leawood City Planning Commission and as the chapter president of the Military Officers Association of America. He still works as a recruiter and development consultant. Bud is the father of four, including one KU grad, and grandfather to one.

Courtney H. Nason, College '56

Corky has lived a life of travel-first with the Navy and then with the aviation insurance company he founded. He served his country 28 years and launched Nason Associates in 1980. Corky also established the Aviation Insurance Assn., an international organization, which honored him with its highest award in 1997. In his free time, he's an avid downhill skier and tennis player. He lives with his wife, Phyllis Ann Adams Nason, Education '56, in Lake Quivira. They have two children who attended KU, as well as five grandchildren.

Phyllis Ann Adams Nason, Education '56

Phyllis made her home in Lake Quivira with her husband, Corky, College '56. She continued the fourth-generation KU legacy with her two children, who both attended, and she's currently converting her three grandchildren. In addition to her two children, Phyllis has given her time to KU in the Elizabeth Watkins Society. Her considerable skills include gourmet cooking, for which she trained in France.

Wilfred W. Nicklin, Education '56

Willie devoted 29 years of his post-graduate life to teaching Topeka High School students the art of basketball.

James E. Hathaway Jr., College '56

Jim landed in Little Rock, Ark., after working for IBM in Wichita and Lexington, Ky. He spent two years with Pathfinder Life before he started The Hathaway Group, a real estate company, in 1976 and later co-founded The Shearin Hathaway Group. He's also the co-founder of the Arkansas Realtors Political Action Committee and is the past president of the Business Committee for Public Education and the local Realtors Assn. Jim is married to Gay. He has three children, three stepchildren and six grandchildren.

Doris L. Haun, College '56, College '57

Doris received her certificate of medical technology from KU after graduating with a degree in bacteriology. She used her degree as a clinical medical technologist. Doris returned to Lawrence after 32 years in San Francisco. She's remained in the city for the past six years.

Charles L. Hedrick, Engineering '56

During his 40-year career, Charles designed, built and operated power plants for Zurn Industries. He retired as vice chairman in 1995 and lives with his wife, Dorothy Lee Sorrels Hedrick, Education '57, in St. Petersburg, Fla. They have two daughters and four grandchildren. In his free time, he volunteers for SCORE, a nonprofit organization, and enjoys running, golfing and traveling.

Harold D. Hein, Business '56

Before retiring, Harold was a partner at the CPA firm Ernst and Young. He also was a president of the Colorado Society of CPAs and served on national and state boards of accounting. Harold lives with his wife, Martha Olson Hein, Education '56, in Arvada, Colo. They have four children and nine grandchildren. In his retirement, he continues to be active in the local Lions Club and Lions Club Eye Institute Foundation.

Francile Aronhalt Hill, Education '56

Francile spent two years following her graduation in Rio de Janeiro. She and Harold, Business '57, count four Jayhawks among their five children and 13 grandchildren. In the states, she taught and supported her kids as competitive water-skiers. Daughter Kristi was once ninth in the world. In Gravois Mills, Mo., she's active in the Alternate Tuesday Study Club. She's also a docent for the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

Robert B. Hobbs, Business '56

Robert left the Hill to work in the U.S. Navy Supply Corps. Returning to Leawood, he married Nancy Harbes Hobbs, Education '59. One of their two children graduated from KU, and they have six grandchildren. Robert started his investment career with Merrill Lynch and retired as chief trust investment officer from Johnson County Bank in 2002. He now works as the senior vice president of Financial Counselors Inc.

Peggy Whitney Hobbs, Education '56

Peggy resides in Bethlehem, Pa., with her husband, James, Graduate School '57. They have two children. In the 50 years since graduation, Peggy has traveled to Finland, Poland, Switzerland, Norway and for a year in New Zealand. She's a passionate artist and works in fibers. In 2004, she was recognized for her outstanding service to the local arts community. She's an adjunct curator for the Lehigh University gallery and organized exhibits for the non-profit Luckenbach Mill gallery.

Forrest E. Hoglund, Engineering '56

After the Hill, Forrest made a name for himself in the fossil fuel industry, working for top national companies. He's currently the chairman of Forest Oil and SeaOne Maritime corporations. In Texas, Forrest led philanthropic campaigns for the M.D. Anderson Cancer Foundation and the Houston Museum of Natural Science. For the University, Forrest also headed the KU First campaign, which raised $653 million. His many contributions to KU include a brain imaging center, engineering lab and baseball park. For his efforts, he received the Distinguished Service Citation in 2005, the Fred Ellsworth Medallion in 1996 and the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award in 1992. Forrest lives in Dallas with his wife, Sally, College '56. They have three children and 10 grandchildren.

Sally S. Hoglund, College '56

Sally settled in Dallas, where she's heavily involved in the community service scene. She serves on numerous boards, including the Easter Seals and Texas Children's Cancer Center. Sally's remained devoted to the University. She and her husband, Forrest, Engineering '56, donated funds for a brain imaging center, engineering lab and baseball park. She's also given generously of her time. Sally served as a KU Endowment trustee and co-chairs the Women Philanthropists for KU. In 2005, the University recognized Sally's extraordinary efforts with a Fred Ellsworth Medallion. Sally is a mother to three and grandmother to 10.

Patricia Felzien Hoit, Nursing '56

After college, Patricia worked as a nurse in Jefferson City, Mo. She now lives in Denton, Texas, with her husband, Stanley. They have two children. Patricia enjoys traveling, square dancing, quilting and painting. She volunteers in her church and community.

Larry D. Horner, Business '56

Larry started with KPMG in 1964. After a 27-year international career, he retired as chairman and CEO. He now serves on six boards for national companies, including Conoco Phillips and New River Pharmaceuticals. His charity work is extensive and includes among the many organizations the United Way and American Lincoln Center Institute. For the University, he established a professorship, served as a board member of the KU Alumni Association and received the Distinguished Service Citation in 1993. Larry lives in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico, with his wife, Donna. He has five children and nine grandchildren.

Bruce M. Hotchkiss, College '56

After receiving his economics degree on Mount Oread, Bruce continued his education. As an attorney, he specialized in criminal defense in the San Francisco Bay area. Bruce has one son and lives in Daly City, Calif.

Joan Sherar Hunt, College '56, College '57, Doctor of Philosophy '83

After finishing her Ph.D. in immunology, Joan stayed at the KU Medical Center as a faculty member. Twenty-two years later, she's still working as a senior associate dean and a distinguished professor. Her research under an $18-million dollar grant from the National Institutes of Health aims at developing the field of cell and development biology throughout the state. Joan has two grandchildren and one son, who finished his residency at the KU Medical Center. She lives in Prairie Village.

Sue Harper Ice, Education '56

Sue retired from Prairie View Hospital in 2002. She and her husband, Ted, College '56, Law '61, reared three Jayhawks and are converting their three grandchildren. They live in Newton, where the city honored her as an outstanding citizen. KU also honored her with a Mildred Clodfelter Award in 1994 for her service on the KU Alumni Association board and as a 21-year Kansas Honors Program coordinator.

Theodore B. Ice, College '56, Law '61

Ted lives with wife, Sue Harper Ice, Education '56, in Newton. They have three children, all Jayhawks, and three grandchildren. Ted practiced law for 25 years before serving as a Kansas District Court Judge for 15. He retired in 2002 and follows the KU men's basketball team religiously. Ted volunteers extensively in his local community. The City of Newton recognized him as an outstanding citizen in 1997.

Donald A. Johnston, Business '56, Law '66

After a successful career, Don returned to Lawrence, where he's president of Intrust Bank. In the community, he has volunteered extensively and has been a staunch supporter of KU. He received the Mildred Clodfelter Award in 1992 and spearheaded the local Campaign Kansas efforts. Don was a KU Alumni Association board member, currently sits on the Hall Center of Humanities board and most recently chaired the 1956 reunion committee. He has reared three KU grads with his wife, Alice. They also have four grandchildren.

David R. Kane, Business '56

David and his wife, Nancy, live on a horse farm in Paron, Ark. He's retired five times, none have stuck, and he currently works at the company he founded, Humble Energy Inc. In his political life, David has been an Arkansas state representative and an aid to Governor Dale Bumpers. In his personal life, David is a 10-time super senior team tennis winner. David's family life includes six children and 11 grandchildren.

John F. Kane, Engineering '56

After KU, John returned to Bartlesville, Okla., with his wife, Elizabeth Burke Kane, College '59. They have five children, two of whom are Jayhawks, and 12 grandchildren, including three Jayhawks. In Oklahoma, he founded successful businesses in the oil and gas and cattle industries. Over the years, John has volunteered for state and national cattlemen's boards and has not forgotten his alma mater. He led the Alumni Association as national president and served as a trustee of the KU Endowment Association. For his support of KU, John received the Fred Ellsworth Medallion in 1991.

Ralph B. Kelley, Engineering '56

Ralph works on the Avenue of Americas in New York City. He practices law with Sonnenschein, Nath and Rosenthal and lives with his wife, Betty, in Norwalk, Conn. One of his two daughters attended KU. He's hoping some of his four grandchildren will also follow her path to the Hill.

Jerry L. Kindig, Engineering '56

After KU, life for this former track star continued at lightning speed. Jerry joined the U.S. Marine Corps following graduation. During the course of his career, he worked at the York Company in Chicago, General Heating and Cooling and finally as president of Heaven Engineering until 2004. Jerry lives in Leawood. He's married to the Queen of the Kansas Relays, Coe, Class of '58. They have two children and four grandchildren.

B. Allen Lay, Business '56

Allen is the mayor of Rolling Hills, Calif., where he lives with his wife, Dorothy. They're proud parents to two and grandparents to three. Since KU, he found success in the computer and investment industries. Early in his career, he was president of two publicly traded computer companies, one of which he founded. In 1982, his brainchild, Southern California Ventures, was born. Semi-retired, he still consults and serves on boards for the Palos Verde Art Center and the Historical Collections Council of California.

Richard D. Love, Business '56

Richard flew in the Air Force for three years after his graduation. He finished his career as a partner of KPMG, an international CPA firm. Now retired, he lives in Leawood with his wife, Barbara. Richard enjoys consulting, volunteering and golfing. His only son also attended KU.

W. Max Lucas, Engineering '56, Graduate School '62

After a tour of duty with the U.S. Navy, Max returned to campus to join the KU faculty. Retired since 1997, Max enjoyed a successful career as a professor, director, dean, department chair and assistant to the Chancellor. He has remained active on the Hill and served as the retired faculty club president. Max and his late wife, Jane Vaughn Lucas, Education '58, Graduate School '76, had three girls, all KU grads. He also has five grandchildren.

Elizabeth Moran Loweth, Education '56

Elizabeth is a retired schoolteacher. She worked for 30 years in Prince George's County, Md. Elizabeth keeps busy in her retirement as president of the Women of St. Barnabas and the assistant manger of the Barnabas Thrift Shop. She enjoys water aerobics, yoga, needlework, swimming, reading and spoiling her 19 grandchildren with her husband, Hugh. They live in Annandale, Va., and also have three children.

Howard L. Lydick, Law '56

Howard works as an attorney in Dallas. In 2002, he was presented the William N. Plymat Temperance Award by the American Council on Alcohol Problems. He's also advocated as the vice chairman of the Prohibition Party National Committee and the chairman of the United Methodist Church Independent Committee on Alcohol and Drugs. Howard has two children with his wife, Eleanor.

Barbara P. Lukert, College '56, Medicine '63

Barbara practiced for five years in Kansas City before heading to Manchester, England, for a fellowship. She returned to KU as a faculty member in 1971 and has researched the effects of steroids on calcium and bone metabolism and osteoporosis. She's a past president of the Wyandotte County Medical Society and served on the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research council from 2000 to 2004.

Sanford M. Markham, College '56, Medicine '60

Sanford served his country for 21 years in the Air Force. As a doctor, he taught at Georgetown University, Johns Hopkins University and now the University of Iowa. Sanford is the father of three; John, Class of '87, is now deceased. Sanford lives in Iowa City with his wife, Ruth Stensrud Markham, Class of '58.

Donald D. Martin, College '56

Following graduation, Don piloted planes for the U.S. Marine Corps. Since leaving the service, Don has built a successful business and more than 8,000 homes in six different states. A leader in his field, Don was the president of the National Association of Homebuilders in 1998 and was named to the Hall of Fame in 2003. Don has made his home in Albuquerque, N.M., with his wife, Willa. They have one daughter, and one of their two grandchildren will start at KU this fall.

Beverly Jackson McCain, Education '56

Beverly works as an office manager for a neurology group in Little Rock, Ark. She's the treasurer of the Junior League of Little Rock and Trinity Episcopal Cathedral Vestry. She counts among her lifelong accomplishments combining her family with her husband, Ross's. In total, they have six children, 13 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Marilyn J. McCrory, College '56, College '57

Marilyn lives in Overland Park. She's retired from a career as a medical technician at the KU Hospital. Marilyn volunteers at the Village Presbyterian food pantry and clothes closet and is a 50-year member of the Delta Gamma sorority.

Charles E. McDonald, Business '56

Charles is retired from owning an oil business in Hutchinson. With his wife, Anna, the McDonald family produced three generations of 'Hawks. They have three children, all KU grads, and eight grandchildren, two of whom are on campus this year.

John R. McFarland, Business '56

Following graduation, John attended the University of Missouri, Kansas City. He graduated as a dentist in 1961 and spent the next 40 years protecting patients' smiles in Topeka. Now retired, he remains in the Kansas capital with his wife, Karen. They have three children two are Jayhawks and two grandsons.

Jack M. Metz, Business '56

Jack lives in Wichita with his wife, Shirley Cox Metz, Class of '56. They've visited Europe and much of the United States. He's retired from Procter and Gamble, where he worked in pharmaceutical sales. In the community, Jack's involved in Habitat for Humanity, his church, youth organizations and the retired golfers organization. He has four children, and one of his 10 grandchildren has carried on the KU tradition.

Shirley Cox Metz, Class of '56

Lawrence native, Shirley headed south to Wichita with her husband, Jack, Business '56, after graduation. They've traveled to Europe, Alaska and much of the continental U.S. In Wichita, they're active in their church, youth organizations, Habitat for Humanity and retired golfers organization. Shirley has four children, all Wichita State graduates. One of her 10 grandchildren graduated from KU.

James B. Miller, College '56

After graduation, James joined the Boy Scouts of America as a professional administrator. Twenty-two years later, he started his second career in the financial industry. In 1992, he retired from Allianz Insurance. He also served six years in the U.S. Army Reserves. He lives in Overland Park and is busy rearing one of three grandchildren with wife, Helen. They have two daughters. James is active in his local church.

Susan Montgomery Morrison, Education '56, Graduate School '57

Susan taught second-graders for six years and substituted for 15 more. She's a 50-year member of P.E.O. and volunteers at the Village Presbyterian Church. Susan has a talent for printmaking and has participated in Renaissance Festivals and art shows. Susan lives with her husband, Richard, Medicine '60, in Prairie Village. All three of her children attended KU, and she hopes her three grandchildren will keep the tradition.

Charles T. Munson, Architecture '56

After KU, Bud settled in Milwaukee. He is a retired Navy commissioned officer and civil transportation planner. Back in Kansas, he lives with his wife, Joyce, and serves on the Leawood City Planning Commission and as the chapter president of the Military Officers Association of America. He still works as a recruiter and development consultant. Bud is the father of four, including one KU grad, and grandfather to one.

Courtney H. Nason, College '56

Corky has lived a life of travel-first with the Navy and then with the aviation insurance company he founded. He served his country 28 years and launched Nason Associates in 1980. Corky also established the Aviation Insurance Assn., an international organization, which honored him with its highest award in 1997. In his free time, he's an avid downhill skier and tennis player. He lives with his wife, Phyllis Ann Adams Nason, Education '56, in Lake Quivira. They have two children who attended KU, as well as five grandchildren.

Phyllis Ann Adams Nason, Education '56

Phyllis made her home in Lake Quivira with her husband, Corky, College '56. She continued the fourth-generation KU legacy with her two children, who both attended, and she's currently converting her three grandchildren. In addition to her two children, Phyllis has given her time to KU in the Elizabeth Watkins Society. Her considerable skills include gourmet cooking, for which she trained in France.

Wilfred W. Nicklin, Education '56

Willie devoted 29 years of his post-graduate life to teaching Topeka High School students the art of basketball. While there, he won 359 of his 519 games. In his honor, the Topeka High School court carries his name. Willie has four children, two of whom followed him to KU, and six grandchildren.

Ann Williams Overman, Engineering '56

Ann left KU to work as a chemist for Texaco Research in Beacon, N. Y. Life has taken her to the Wyandotte Chemical Corporation in Wyandotte, Mich., and the DuPont Corporation in Newark, Del. Now retired, Ann and husband, Richard, have settled in Bend, Ore. She enjoys traveling and her two grandchildren. She has three children.

Sue Summerville Padgett, Fine Arts '56

Sue lives in Greenleaf with her husband, Gary, Business '55. She's a director of the Citizens National Bank. Over the years, Sue taught school; opened a clothing boutique; helped with recovery efforts after the 1973 tornado; reared two sons, both KU grads; and founded a senior citizens club. For KU, Sue volunteered with the Kansas Honors Program, donated to KU First and Campaign Kansas and received the Mildred Clodfelter Alumni Award.

Alfred L. Polski, Engineering '56

As an aerospace engineer, Al finished preliminary designs for key aircraft weapons systems, including the F-15, F-16 and B-1, while he worked for the U.S. Air Force. He served as an officer for three years and stayed on as a civilian until he retired in 1993. Al fills his retirement with travel, stamp collecting and community work. He lives in Dayton, Ohio, with his wife, Patricia. Their only daughter will marry this summer.

Johanna Price, Fine Arts '56

Johanna lived in Galveston, Texas; Portland, Ore.; Los Angeles; Hawaii; Washington, D.C.; and Japan before returning to Lawrence in 1968. She taught fourth grade and reared her three children, including one Jayhawk. Johanna's active in the League of Women Voters and is a retired docent of the Spencer Museum of Art. She and her husband, Laurance, College '55, Medicine '59, enjoy spoiling their nine grandchildren.

Mary Jo Pugh, Education '56

After graduation, Mary continued her love affair with music. She taught music in schools and still plays the organ and piano for her church. In 1992, she had the honor of playing with the local choir at the Vatican. In addition, Mary worked as a legal secretary for more than 20 years. She and husband, William, have four children and two grandchildren. They live in Stockton, Calif.

Ruby Schaulis Quarterman, Education '56

Ruby left Mount Oread for 'Down Under,' spending a year in Australia on a Rotary Fellowship. Now retired, she taught art to all ages, most recently at Francis Howell High School. Ruby was also active in the League of Women Voters and the American Association of University Women. She traveled extensively with her late husband, George, and lives in Saint Charles, Mo. Ruby has two daughters and a grandson.

Robert D. Ramsey, Education '56, Graduate School '58, Doctor of Education '61

As a veteran educator, Bob has authored 20 books and worked as a teacher, counselor, assistant principal, curriculum director and superintendent. He lives in Minneapolis, Minn., with his wife, Joyce Ann Lundry Ramsey, Education '54. Last year, they celebrated the 50th anniversary of their Danforth Chapel wedding. Their Jayhawk marriage has produced two children and four grandchildren.

Richard R. Raynolds, Business '56

Richard left KU to work in the Naval Supply Office in North Carolina and Maryland. He spent 27 years in the insurance industry and retired early in 1987 from Business Men's Assurance Company as a senior vice president. Richard enjoys his retirement in Prairie Village with his wife of 49 years, Mary Dougherty Raynolds, Nursing '57. They have three sons, all Jayhawks, and seven grandchildren.

Albert W. Rehkop Jr., Class of '56

Al got his start in the hotel business. Since then, he's worked as a stockbroker. His 41-year career includes a vice presidency of Shearson Lehman Brothers and his current position as a senior vice president of VSR Financial Services. Al's a former Rotarian. One of his two sons attended KU, and he has high hopes for his three grandchildren. Al resides in Prairie Village with his wife, Janet.

James K. Rowland, Fine Arts '56, Graduate School '68

After graduation, Jim gave his creative talents back to KU as the chair and faculty member of the department of design. He most recently worked in sales for the stylish San Francisco store Gump's. Retired, Rowland said goodbye to the Pacific shoreline and now lives in Lawrence.

Sue Fair Ryan, Fine Arts '56

Sue met her husband, Gordon, College '58, Law '61, on the law school steps. They live in Oklahoma City, where she works in occupational therapy. Sue volunteers at length in the local arts community. She has two daughters and three grandchildren. They enjoy traveling extensively and taking care of their 11-year-old grandson.

Julianne Keeter Sawyer, College '56, College '57

Julianne lives in Pendleton, Ore., with husband James, College '57, Medicine '61. They've traveled extensively 'down under' to Australia for his work. For her volunteer efforts, she was honored by the City of Pendleton and the March of Dimes. She is the mother of three and grandmother of four.

Donald D. Shaffer, Education '56

After marching in the KU Band, Donald gave the marching orders as a director for 32 years. Last year, he retired from Hallmark, where he also led the company band. Happily married to Shirley, Class of '58, for 50 years, he has three children and five grandchildren. They reside in Lee's Summit, Mo.

Robert L. Shoemake, College '56

Like many of his classmates, Bob left KU for the Armed Forces. He served the Army both on active duty and in the reserves. Life brought Bob to Birmingham, Ala., where he worked as a private physical therapist for 31 years. He remains in the home health care field. He's also active in Kiwanis, the United Cerebral Palsy administrative board and the Alabama Board of Physical Therapy.

Billy I. Shores, Education '56

After KU, Billy taught high school music, owned a drive-in restaurant and worked for the Horace Mann Insurance Company. He retired as an agent in 2002. Bill lives in Galena, Mo., with his wife, Judy. They have seven kids and 12 grandchildren. Bill is active in his local church and serves on a variety of boards including Southwest Missouri Life Underwriters and Lake Country Village Property Owners Assn.

Carol Fluharty Simpson, College '56

Carol remains in Lawrence, where she enjoys traveling with her husband, Bob, Architecture '58, Graduate School '73, also a KU grad. They've instilled KU pride in their four children, who all followed in their footsteps to KU. They're working on their six grandchildren.

Frank G. Spurney Jr., College '56, Law '58

Frank left KU to fly for the U.S. Air Force, where he met and married Lieutenant Jean Asher. Since, he has practiced law in Belleville. There, he is also the Lions Club president, B.P.O.E. exalted ruler and Chamber of Commerce president. He enjoys hitting the links and visiting his three kids, all Jayhawks, and two grandchildren.

Ann Kelly Steele, Journalism '56

Wordsmith Ann has dedicated her career to the art of communication. As the director of publications, she oversees all printed pieces for the University of Missouri, Kansas City. In her civic life, Ann has given her time and talents to the local arts community. She is also an experienced traveler and golfer. Ann lives in Kansas City, Mo., with her husband, Don. They have a son and two granddaughters.

Lila Elaine Stewart, College '56

Lila taught special education for five years in Wichita before she went west to Mukilteo, Wash., with her late husband, Eldon. She has stayed in the state and lives in Edmonds. Lila has two boys. Her five grandchildren keep her busy.

John B. Studdard, Business '56

John retired in 1994 from 18 years of accounting for the State of Kansas. He lives in Lawrence with his wife, Audrey J. Kamb-Studdard, Graduate School '92. They have one son, also a KU alumnus. John fills his retirement with service to his church, the American Legion and on the boards of AARP and Graceland University Alumni Assn. John also enjoys traveling.

Betty Lou Watson Swift, Class of '56

During her time at KU, Betty Lou served as vice president for the freshman class. She holds the same title today for the Central Bank of Denver. As a philanthropist, she works with the Funding Partners for Affordable Housing, the Thorne Ecological Institute, the Denver Housing Authority and the Aurora Planning and Zoning Commission. Betty Lou has four children and eight grandchildren.

Dianne C. Toalson, Business '56

Dianne made her home in Illinois after graduation with her husband, Robert, College '54. She worked as a financial manager of the nonprofit organization Family Service of Champaign for 22 years. Now retired, she doesn't miss a minute of her five grandchildren's lives. Her two children live near her home in Champaign. Dianne's active in her local P.E.O. and works with a publicly funded day care center.

Patricia Norrie Tuohy, Education '56

Following graduation, Patricia worked on and off as a kindergarten teacher. She lived in California for 25 years before returning to Lawrence in 1995 with her second husband, William. She's a mother to three and a grandmother to two. Patricia's hobbies include antiques, reading and travel.

Sally Schober Webb, Fine Arts '56

In 1994, Sally retired from the Armed Service YMCA after 23 years, seven of which were spent working in Germany. Before that, she worked as a craftsman for Allan, Adler and Fithian. Today she resides in Gladstone, Mo., where she enjoys painting and volunteering for the Assistance League of Kansas City.

Betty Jean McCollum Wilkin, Fine Arts '56

After graduation, Betty continued to pursue her artistic endeavors as a children's art teacher and staff member of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, where she's now a docent emeritus. She writes children's stories and travels yearly with her husband, Rodger. They live in Leawood and have two children and four grandchildren.

Henry T. Wittenberg Jr., Pharmacy '56

After saving the Jayhawker Yearbook, editor Henry went on to medical school. He's now chief of staff for the Claremore Regional Hospital and has delivered more than 3,000 babies during his 43-year tenure. In 1977, Henry founded the First Bank of Oklahoma. He's active in his community, and was named the 1996 Physician of the Year and Republican of the Year in 2001. He lives in Claremore, Okla., with his wife, Helen. They have two children and six grandchildren.

Dean C. Banker, Business '50

Dean came to KU after surviving World War II as a prisoner of war. He married in 1965 to Aldean. Carrying on the family tradition, Dean returned to Russell to own and operate Banker's Men's and Women's Clothing and Shoes. Now retired, he's the past president of the local Rotary and Shriner clubs. He has instilled good KU values into three of his four children, and one of his four grandchildren will carry on the KU legacy this fall.

Kenneth W. Becker, Engineering '43

Professionally, Ken lived a life on the move and traveled to 50 foreign countries over the course of his career. As a chemical engineer, he designed and built more than 140 soybean plants. Ken settled into retirement in Yates Center, with his late wife, Celeste. They had two children and three grandchildren. Son Keith, now deceased, attended KU in 1988.

John W. Briery, Class of '51

John patrolled the unfriendly skies of World War II as an Air Force pilot. He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel after 26 years of active and reserve service to his country. After KU, he entered the construction industry as a sales engineer. John and his wife, Marcella, visited all 50 state capitals as well as several foreign countries. They have three children, four grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Harold A. Cunningham, Engineering '51

Harold enjoyed a long career with Phillips Petroleum Company. He spent ten years in Puerto Rico operating a chemical plant before returning to manage a company division in Bartlesville, Okla. In his retirement, he returned to Lenexa. He and his late wife, Dorothy Jeane, had two children, one who attended KU, and four grandchildren, one who is currently on campus.

David N. Grimes, College '52

After graduation, David served for three years in the Navy Reserves. He worked for Union Oil of California before consulting as an independent petroleum geologist. He's an emeritus member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists and has lived in Midland, Texas, for 51 years. David has three children with his wife, Sarah. They also have nine grandkids.

Maizie Harris Jesse, Class of '55

Maizie's varied professional career included 20 years of service to the State of Nevada, a bid for the Lieutenant Governor of Nevada and a weekly column "Nobody Asked Us, but..." She's also credited with the founding of Nevada's second-longest running community theatre troupe. Maizie lives in Carson City, Nev. She has four children and four grandchildren.

Robert F. Peck, Business '52

Robert left KU to serve as an Air Force captain. After the service, his career in hospital administration took off. Most recently he was a surveyor for the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare. Before that, he worked as the president of St. Luke's Regional Medical Center in Sioux City, Iowa. In his retirement, he lives in Boulder, Colo., with his wife, Carole. They have two children and four grandchildren.

Millard C. Spencer, College '50, Graduate School '52, Medicine '55

Fresh out of medical school, Mill worked for the U.S. Army in Liberal. Next his practice took him to the Mile-High City. Following Denver, Mill returned to the Sunflower State. He spent 25 years in Topeka, where he also consulted for the KU Medical Center. After a short stint in Savannah, Ga., he landed back where he started. Mill lives in Lawrence with his wife, Polly. Two of his four children and one of his 11 grandchildren have continued the KU legacy.

Jack Stelmach, Medicine '53

Jack retired as vice president of the Baptist Medical Center in 1998. While there, he founded and directed a residency program. Jack was also the president of the American Academy of Family Physicians, American Board of Family Practice and Family Health Foundation of America. Jack enjoys his retirement in Leawood with his wife, Patricia Scherrer Stelmach, College '45, College '46. Two of their four children and three of their seven grandchildren are Jayhawks.

Patricia Scherrer Stelmach, College '45, College '46

Pat lives with her husband, Jack, Medicine '53, in Leawood, where she's known as a volunteer extraordinaire. Over the years, she's served countless non-profit organizations including the Baptist Medical Center Foundation, the Sigma Kappa Foundation and Woman's City Club. In 2003, she was named the K.C. Panhellenic Woman of the Year. She reared four children two are Jayhawks. She also has seven grandchildren: one's a KU grad, and two are on campus now.

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