Norman R. Arnold, Business '57
Norm attributes his success to his KU education and experiences, which helped him focus on his goals. In 1957, Norm left the hallowed Jayhawk halls behind for a career in the oil business. He retired from Atlantic Richfield Oil Company in 1986 and has played the real estate game as an agent and a broker ever since. He calls Overland Park home with his wife, Iola. One of their two children attended KU, and they have high hopes for their three grandchildren.
Joan Hill Arterburn, College '57
After a trip to the campus guidance counselor, Joan found her place in the physical therapy field, where she has thrived for the past 50 years. Throughout her career, she helped modernize the Veterans Administration and served on the examining committee for the State Board of Healing Arts. In Topeka, she still works part-time at the Lexington Park Nursing Facility and recently was honored as the Volunteer of the Year by United Way and the Distinguished Clinical
Service recipient by the Kansas Physical Therapist Association. She and her late husband, Chester, College '56, Law '61, had one daughter.
Joan Ryan Ball, Education '57
After teaching the kindergarten crowd for 37 years, Joan considers herself blessed. Among her successes, she also counts her three children and five grandchildren. From her Shawnee Mission home, she has volunteered with her church, a children's theatre, a nursery school for children with disabilities and as an officer of the Junior Woman's Philharmonic.
Ruth Taggart Barker, Education '57
A proud KU graduate, Ruth strived to make a difference in the lives of the students in her care as she pursued a career in physical education as a teacher and a coach. After 14 years, she retired from Washburn University. Today, she and her husband, Bob, make their home in Hutchinson, where she's active in the Kansas Native Sons and Daughters, Children's Service League and Hutchinson Town Club. They reared two Jayhawks and are working on their six grandchildren and three step-grandchildren.
Harold R. Beaver, College '57, Engineering '67
Harold has never forgotten his time at KU. A true-blue believer, he left Mount Oread to work as a petroleum geologist and started his own civil engineering company after receiving his second degree. Today, he serves as president of Beaver Engineering Inc. and his 1982 venture, Saint Joseph Petroleum, in Nashville, Tenn., where he lives with his wife, Pat. They have two children and five grandchildren.
Doloris Alpert Benjamin, Business '57
Doloris spent the better part of 50 years in the accounting field. Recently she has dedicated her time to the St. Luke's Hospital Foundation. She has also served as president for the Tax Executives Institute and the American Lung Association's Western Missouri chapter. She enjoys traveling to Europe and returns to her home in Overland Park. She has two step-children with her late husband, Alan, including one Jayhawk, and two step-grandchildren as well.
Judy Howard Billings, Education, '57
Since graduation, Judy and Rich, College '57, haven't missed a Homecoming, making the annual pilgrimage to the Hill from their Colorado home each year. They have two children, including one Jayhawk; four grandchildren; and one
step-grandson. Throughout the years, Judy has volunteered in their community of Lakewood, serving organizations such as the Central City Opera Association and Denver Alliance. She also has given generously to her alma mater, establishing a scholarship, donating to the Dole Institute of Politics and serving on the School of Education's advisory board.
Richard A. Billings, College '57
After graduation, Rich earned his law degree from the University of Denver. He went on to real estate and joined the Ridgewood Realty firm in 1960. In 1969, he struck out on his own, founding Skyline Realty and today serves on the board and as CEO of Billings Investments. In his community, he has served as president of the Jefferson County American Cancer Society, YMCA and Rolling Hills Country Club. Rich and wife, Judy, Education '57, have not forgotten their KU roots. They attended their 50th Homecoming last fall, established a scholarship and gave funds to the Dole Institute of Politics. They are the proud parents of two children, one of whom is a KU grad, and proud grandparents to four grandchildren and one step-grandson.
Harvey S. Bodker, Business '57
Harvey credits KU for his success since leaving the Hill. For the past 37 years, he has worked in the real estate industry, establishing his own commercial firm, Bodker Realty. Along with his work, he has served countless organizations in
Overland Park, including the Kansas Real Estate Commission, Overland Park Planning Commission, Heart of America Boy Scouts, Overland Park Children's Farmstead and Kansas City Symphony. He and his late wife, Beverly, have two children and three grandchildren.
Richard L. Bond, College '57, Law '60
Richard has dedicated his post-college life to public service. He spent 25 years behind the Congressional scenes serving as chief-of-staff for three U.S. representatives. In 1987, he took up the cause himself as a Kansas state senator, a position he held for 14 years-four as senate president. Currently, he sits on the Kansas State Board of Regents. For the University, he has faithfully participated in KU Alumni Association events and the Edwards Campus Advisory Board. With his remaining hours, he volunteers on boards for Youth Friends, the Medical Advancement, Shawnee Mission Hospital and Johnson County Community College. For his public service, he received KU's Distinguished Service Citation in 2001. He calls Overland Park home with his wife, Sue, College '58. They count one Jayhawk among their two children and three grandchildren.
Marilyn Mundon Breidenthal, Education '57
After 50 years in the design industry, Marilyn says she still works hard, plays hard, parties hard and enjoys every minute. After graduation, she taught 11 years before pursuing her passion for fine fashions, first as the owner of a boutique and then as a trunk show designer. In her free time, Marilyn stays busy on the KU Medical Center and Hospital Advancement board, at the Gamma Phi Beta Alumnae Center and as a member of the Moderate Republican Party. She makes her home in Leawood. With late husband, Dick, College '56, she has two children, including one Jayhawk, and four grandchildren.
Jayne Callahan Brooks, College '57
A member of the debate team at KU, Jayne went on to earn a master's degree in history at John Carroll University, specializing in Russian history and terrorist groups. Most recently she was vice president of Kinney Brooks Co. She is active in the Children's Guild, the Cleveland Women's Duplicate Club and the Cleveland Women's Golf Association. She also judges speaking contests for inner city youth. She and her husband, Arthur, had four children (one of them a KU graduate) and "every pet known to man." She has eight grandchildren.
Mary Ann Scramlin Bryan, Education '57
After KU, Mary earned her master's from Hunter College. She calls the Garden State home and has worked as an antique dealer in New York and New Jersey for the past 18 years. A self-described computer geek, she volunteers extensively with the Association of Antique Dealers of New Jersey, YMCA and the Tribute to Women in Industry organization. She has two children, five grandchildren and no Jayhawks, although she still holds out hope one will choose the school that she recognizes for her mastery of the English language.
Coralyn Stayton Bugg, College '57
Coralyn found contentment living with her husband of 49 years in the hills of Kentucky. Her highlights since KU include two children, four grandkids and countless adopted kids from her 27 years in the classroom. A retired English and German teacher, she remains active through the Kentucky Retired Teachers' Association and Delta Kappa Gamma. In the past, she has also given her time to the Kentucky Education Association, public library and foster care review board.
Rachael A. Chambers, College '57, College '58, Graduate '67
A Prairie Village resident, Rachel has pursued her artistic endeavors for the past 50 years as an elementary art teacher and a children's creative art exhibit designer and director. She has also owned her own business while enjoying life's journey. Although her KU education was long ago complete, she says she's still learning, loving and laughing.
Larry Coker, Business '57
Larry retired as an Army colonel after a long career in themilitary and other federal service. He completed his master's degree at Webster University in 1982. He and his wife, Pauline, now live in San Antonio, where they enjoy their seven grandchildren, community service and, as Larry says, "dancing only the slow ones," since he had both hips and a knee replaced. He recalls Commencement and his Army Commission ceremony among his KU memories, and gives thanks for an "incredible journey" through life. He and Pauline have three children, two of whom are Jayhawks.
Grant T. Cookson, College '57
After a short stint at Callery Chemical, Grant turned his attention to teeth, graduating from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Dental School in 1963. Retired from a 31-year practice in oral surgery, he enjoys cruising, gardening and bird watching-especially the Jayhawks. He resides in Parkville, Mo., with his wife, Linda, and is thankful for her, their four children and two grandkids.
Collette Peterman Coolidge, College '57
Collette worked with her husband, Phil, Architecture '56, in his Topeka firm before retiring in 1999. Their extensive travels have included trips to Europe and Nassau, an African safari and a celebration in Hawaii of their 50th wedding
anniversary. Both of their children graduated from KU. Collette is a 20-year member of the Altar Guild at Grace Cathedral and an officer on the Stormont Vail Hospital Auxiliary Board. Her most cherished KU memories include football games, late-night Mortar Board meetings and Joe's Bakery.
Pamela J. Barron Darnell, College '57
From the Hill, Pam ventured into the physical therapy field before opening an art gallery in her hometown of Prairie Village. The past 50 years have taken her around the world to China, Alaska and Mexico. She has also volunteered at length and done auxiliary work at St. Luke's Hospital. Pam summers in Red Stone, Colo., with her husband, Dale, College '55, Medicine '59. They have three children, including one Jayhawk, and five grandkids.
C. Kay Nelson Davis, Fine Arts '57
After living for 30 years in Colorado Springs, where she was active in two vocal groups and her church choir, Kay in 1988 returned to Lawrence, where she directed KinderCare Learning Center. Now retired, she spends time with her three adult children, all of whom graduated from KU and make their homes in Lawrence, and her eight grandchildren, who range in age from 6 to 17.
Majorie Vrbsky Davis, College '57
Semi-retired, Marge still works as a registered physical therapist. She's also a past member of the American Physical Therapy Association and served the Czech Republic as an envoy for the Olympics. In her home of Monroe, Ga., Marge is also actively involved in her church, loves traveling and describes herself as a "faithful follower" of KU men's basketball and football. She has three sons, five grandchildren and three step-grandchildren.
Janice Johnson Dawson, Education '57
Janice and Gerald, Business '55, the Jayhawk she married 51 years ago, live in Palm Desert, Calif. Among her many careers and activities, Janice directed a nursery school, owned a quilt store and sold real estate. She and he husband have three sons and four grandchildren, and they share an enthusiasm for world travel, local philanthropy, hiking, art shows and music and theatre performances.
Janet Dodge Denning, Education '57, Graduate '76
Janet and her husband, Dennis, who earned his PhD at KU in 1966, make their home in Salina, where she continues to work as a consultant for Smoky Hill Educational Service Center. Janet has three children and seven grandchildren,
she is an active volunteer and board member for numerous civic organizations and, with many hours of practice, she maintains a sharp game of bridge.
Beverly Warner Dixon, Education '57
Bev, who has worked as a travel agent and physical education teacher, has traveled with Don, her husband and classmate, to all 50 states and 87 countries. They have three children, all KU alumni, and five grandchildren, who range in age from 5 to 13. Bev and Don continue to live in Leawood, though they also have enjoyed a second home in Breckenridge, Colo., for 35 years.
Donald D. Dixon, Business '57
Don and his Jayhawk bride, Bev, reared three children in their Leawood home, and all are Jayhawks. Don retired as chairman and general counsel of Black & Veatch-Pritchard, a petrochemical,engineering and construction arm of Black & Veatch. His travels have taken him to 113 foreign countries, and Bev has accompanied him to 87.
L. Carl Elliott, Engineering '57
Carl continued his education at the University of Houston, earning his master's degree in engineering. He has worked as a chemical engineer ever since. He and wife, Joyce, Education '58, also a Jayhawk, make their home in Pasadena, Texas.
Richard W. Fanolio, Fine Arts '57
Richard is retired from a 43-year career with Hallmark Cards, where he was a master artist, art director and photographer. He and his wife, Jill Marie, have two children, both of whom are KU graduates. The Fanolios continue to make their home in Mission Hills, where Richard is active in civic and church organizations. He also serves on the KU School of Fine Arts advisory board, and he urges classmates to create opportunities for future Jayhawk generations by
remembering KU in their planned giving.
Lynne G. Flanders, Education '57
After KU, Lynne moved to Shawnee Mission, where she continues to reside today. She retired from the school district after 20 years as a special-education teacher. Her hobbies include the Leawood Singers, bridge and gardening, and she remains close to her Alpha Chi Omega sorority sisters. Two of her three children graduated from KU, and her five grandchildren keep her busy.
Robert W. Franklin, Engineering '57
After leaving the Hill, Bob earned an MBA from Harvard Business School, spent 17 years in international operations for two poultry companies, then traveled the world for 22 years as a World Bank consultant specializing in poultry production for the developing world. He and Genie have two children and two grandchildren. They continue to make their home in Connecticut, and they share an enthusiasm for breeding and competing with Jack Russell Terriers.
Charles R. Garrett, Business '57
Chuck and his wife, Sandra, Fine Arts '58, make their home in Eudora. Chuck owned and operated CRG Farms and JPC Farms, and worked as an industrial engineer for Western Electric. He and Sandy have one daughter, who graduated from KU, and a young granddaughter, and they enjoy domestic and foreign travel. Chuck volunteers for the Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens and the Prairie Dog Chapter Camping Club.
Otis D. Gouty, Engineering '57
After a long career as an engineer, Otis earned a Master of Divinity degree and began work in the ministry, most recently as seniors' pastor for Abundant Life Assembly of God in Punta Gorda, Fla. He and his wife, Jean, have three children and 10 grandchildren, and they live in Royse City, Texas.
Ginny Ward Graves, College '57
After earning her art history degree, Ginny began working as a docent at Kansas City's Nelson Art Gallery, which proved to be just the start of a full career of involvement with the arts and historic preservation. Among their numerous projects and honors, Ginny and her architect husband, Dean, Engineering '56, Graduate '63, in 1969 created The Center for Understanding the Built Environment (CUBE), which helps teachers nationwide develop curriculum in such varied subjects as art, architecture, history and preservation. Ginny has two daughters, one of whom attended KU, and three grandchildren, the oldest of whom is a fifth-generation student on Mount Oread. She and Dean continue to make their home in Prairie Village.
John D. Greiner, Engineering '57
After graduation, John spent a short time at the Kansas Highway Commission before taking a position at HNTB in Kansas City, Mo. fourteen years later, he joined Delich, Roth and Goodwillie Engineers, and in 1997, he retired from the firm. He is a life member of the Association of Civil Engineers and the National Society of Professional Engineers. He resides in Lenexa with his wife and fellow Jayhawk, Anna Mae, Education '58, Graduate '65. They enjoy traveling and have one son. He also enjoys gardening and fishing.
Delmont C. Hadley, College '57, Medicine '64
After earning his undergraduate degree, Del served three years in the U.S. Navy, and in 1960 he returned to KU to study in the School of Medicine. Del worked as a family physician in Ottawa and is now retired and living in Overland Park with his wife, Helen. They have three children, one of whom graduated from KU, and one grandchild.
Pamela Hutchinson Hanson, College '57
Pam lives in Leawood, where she is an organist and singer with civic and church groups, leads the Overland Park and Kansas City Women's golf associations and chairs the St. Luke's Auxiliary Surgical Waiting Room. She and her husband, Karl, College '55, Medicine '58, have three children, one of whom graduated from the KU School of Law, and four grandchildren.
Marshall A. Havenhill II, College '57, Medicine '61
Marshall and his wife, Ann, Education '58, live in Emporia, where they reared three children, all of whom graduated from KU. They also have seven grandchildren, and the oldest is a KU freshman. Marshall left the U.S. Army Medical Corps in 1969 with the rank of major and until 2000 maintained a medical practice in Emporia. He continues to serve as athletics physician and adjunct faculty at Emporia State University. He participates in numerous local clubs and causes, including Sunrise Rotary and the Emporia Public Library.
Barbara Butler Hazen, Education '57
After KU, Barbara worked in Denver as a home economist and later with the county extension service in Marshall County, Kan. In 1971, when her husband, Donald, Class of '57, took a sabbatical to complete his doctoral dissertation, Barbara went to work at Marshall Field department stores in Chicago, planning to stay one year. She stayed for 35 years, winning three trips to Europe for posting the highest sales in the crystal department. She still enjoys travel and European vacations. She has two children.
Dorothy L. Sorrels Hedrick, Education '57
On June 4, Dorothy and her husband, Charles, Engineering '56, whom she met on a blind date, will celebrate the 50th anniversary of their Danforth Chapel wedding. After teaching in Texas, Ohio and Pennsylvania, Dorothy accompanied Chuck on business travels throughout the United States and Europe. They are now retired, with homes in Florida and New York, and they frequently visit their two daughters and four grandchildren in Texas and New Jersey.
Ronald E. Hill, Engineering '57
Ron is president of HEMCO Corporation in Independence, Mo., and he and his wife, Sue, continue to make their home in nearby Lee's Summit. They have three children and three grandchildren and enjoy golf, skiing, sailing and traveling with the Flying Jayhawks.
Leila Ratzlaff Hinderliter, Education '57
Leila and her husband, Richard, Engineering '58, lived in New Jersey for more than 40 years before moving back to Gladstone, Mo., in 2000. Leila continues to pursue painting, a serious avocation, as well as gardening and travel. She is president of the Northland Art League and a member of Northland Exposure Artist Gallery. She and Dick have four children and nine grandchildren.
F. Blaine Hollinger, College '57, Medicine '62
Blaine is a professor of virology and epidemiology at Houston's Baylor College of Medicine, where he also directs the Eugene B. Casey Hepatitis Research Center and Diagnostic Laboratory. Blaine is active in numerous professional, civic and church organizations, and he enjoys international travel with his wife, Judy. They have four children and four grandchildren.
Jane Ausherman Horttor, Education '57
Jane lives in Topeka, where she is owner and manager of the Olaf Company, a residential property firm. She and her Jayhawk husband, Donald, College '53, Law '59, have two children, both of whom graduated from KU, and three
John I. Hughes, College '57
After retiring from a 38-year career with Hallmark Cards Inc., John now works for his own business, specializing in estate sales. He has dedicated many years of service to community and church organizations in Lawrence, including the Junior Chamber, Sertoma, Frontier Community Credit Union and First Presbyterian Church. He and his wife and classmate, Ruth, have three children, two of whom graduated from KU, and 10 grandchildren.
Ruth Roney Hughes, College '57
Ruth works as a free-lance travel consultant for Travellers of Lawrence and for 20 years owned Holiday Travel. She and her classmate and husband, John, will celebrate the 50th anniversary of their Danforth Chapel wedding on June 5. She is active in numerous civic and church organizations in Lawrence, including Pi Beta Phi Alumnae, P.E.O., Van Go Mobile Arts and First Presbyterian Church. She and John have three daughters, two of whom graduated from KU, and 10 grandchildren, and they continue to enjoy travel whenever possible.
William J. Hurley, Engineering '57
During a 35-year career as a geophysicist in the petroleum industry (including 24 years with Mobil Oil), William traveled to the Gulf of Mexico, the South China Sea, Indonesia and Cameroon. Now retired in Louisiana, he still enjoys travel, especially by cruise ship; his most recent trip took him from New Orleans to Rio de Janeiro. He also volunteers for the AARP and delivers Meals on Wheels. He married Coleen in 1991 and became a grandfather. A step-grandchild now attends KU.
Allan J. Hurst, Business '57
Allan taught for many years at the college level and now serves as president of the management consulting firm Quorum Ltd. His days at KU-which included playing basketball for Phog Allen in Hoch Auditorium-provided many of the anecdotes he has used in more than 3,500 speaking engagements around the world. He has been active as a senior assemblyman for the California Senior Legislature and as a member of several boards. For the past 10 years, he has served as an announcer at the PGA Bob Hope Chrysler Classic. A daughter graduated from KU in 1979, and a grandson is now a freshman on the Hill.
Lowell D. Janzen, Engineering '57
Lowell retired from Mobil Oil in 1987, then spent four years in Nigeria as a consultant for the Nigerian National Oil Company. His work in various engineering, finance, planning and executive positions allowed him to travel throughout Latin America, Africa and the Far East. He and his wife, Fay, remain avid travelers in retirement, with Italy as their favorite destination. At KU, Lowell was a proud member of nine different Big 7 championship track teams. He volunteers for the Aransas County Texas EMS and other local civic groups and enjoys spending time with his three grandchildren.
Ann Straub Jett, Education '57
Ann taught elementary school in Salina and has been active with the Salina Charities League, Salina Education Foundation and the First Presbyterian Church, where she serves as an elder and deacon. In addition to her busy volunteer schedule, she enjoys tennis, travel and reading. She and her husband, Harry, met at KU, where she recalls fun times at the Pi Phi house and football and basketball games. Two of her five children graduated from KU, and she has four grandchildren.
Harry J. Jett, College '57
Harry lettered in men's basketball at KU, where he was a teammate of Wilt Chamberlain on the 1957 Final Four team. After earning his degree in zoology, he went on to found a successful dental practice, retiring in 2000. He met his wife, Ann, at KU, and they have five children, two of whom are Jayhawks. He has been active in Rotary International and many other community groups, and among his many interests are gardening, travel, sporting clays and spending time with his four grandchildren.
Joseph Lee Johnson, Engineering '57
Joseph enjoyed a long career as a civil engineer, working most recently with Raytheon Corporation, designing and testing missile defense projects in the Marshall Islands. He also designed many water and wastewater treatment plants,
including one in Makati, Philippines. He enjoys cruises with his wife, Judy, and spending time with their eight children and 18 grandchildren. Two children and four grandchildren are KU alumni.
Gregory J. Kallos, College '57
Greg owned United Micrographic Systems, an imaging, printing and publishing business. He is past president of several organizations, including the American Management Association, and is currently active in the Downtown Kansas City Rotary Club, the Kansas City Club and Blue Hills Country Club. He is a current member and past board chair of Alphapointe Association of the Blind. His special KU memories include fraternity life, the Dine-A-Mite and the 1952 NCAA basketball championship.
William T. King, College '57, Medicine '61
After earning his degree in chemistry, William went on to graduate from KU School of Medicine in 1961 and built a successful career in obstetrics and gynecology in Great Bend. His active retirement includes time for snow skiing, golf, travel and volunteer work for church, medical and civic organizations-this past year he served as a district governor for Rotary International. He and his wife, Mary, Education '59, have four children, three of whom graduated from KU, and five grandchildren.
Roberta Hinds Robertson Kitzmiller, College '57
Roberta taught third and fourth grade for 29 years, and she volunteered for many civic and religious groups, including the Presbyterian Church. Highlights of her extensive travel include a peacemaking mission to Palestine in 1999, golfing trips to Mexico, Scotland, the Bahamas and Bermuda, and a trip to Japan as part of a summer teaching exchange. Attending musical programs, marching band concerts and sports events (including Wilt Chamberlain's basketball games) are among her favorite KU memories. She calls her four children and eight grandchildren her number one priority and source of pride.
Diane Hawley Knight, Class of '57
An art major at KU, Diane returned to the visual arts after a successful career in real estate. She has won many awards for her painting and photography, and she travels the country to exhibit her work and serve as an advocate for arts
organizations. Vice President of her freshman class, she has kept in touch with many of her classmates and remains a staunch Jayhawk supporter amid a family of Missouri fans. None of her three children and four stepchildren attended KU, but she notes that all are exceptionally brilliant and good-looking.
Maryanna Wuttke Kurtz, Education '57
Maryanna, who was active in Alpha Chi Omega sorority and choral music at KU, lives in Havre, Mont. Her late husband, Gene, was also a member of the Class of '57, as well as the School of Medicine's Class of '61.
I.M. Mazie Johnson Long, Business '57
A homemaker and past president of the Leawood Women's Club, Mazie supported KU. She is a member of KU Endowment's Chancellors Club and the Alumni Association's Jayhawk Society, has volunteered for the Rock Chalk Ball for more than a decade and currently serves on the Edwards Campus Advisory Board. She and her husband, Robert, Business '57, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary in June. Both of their children earned KU degrees.
Robert A. Long, Business '57
Awarded KU's Fred Ellsworth Medallion in 1990 and its Distinguished Service Citation in 2004, Robert has left his mark on the University and Kansas City through a lifetime of service. The Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, the Civic Council, the Boy Scouts, Children's Mercy Hospital, Midwest Research Institute, the School of Nursing Advisory Board and KU Endowment are just a few of the organizations that have benefited from his leadership. He is chairman of the board and past president of J.E. Dunn Construction Company. He and his wife, Mazie, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary in June.
Eleanor Hawkinson Lowe, College '57
After graduating, Eleanor stayed at KU as an assistant to Dean of Women Emily Taylor for four years before moving to Kansas City, where her late husband, Jim, Education '56, Graduate '59, Law '62, practiced law. A resident of Johnson County since 1964, she devoted time to many church and civic organizations and in the 1990s served on the Mission Hills City Council. Her civic engagement began at KU, where she was Panhellenic Council President, a member of the
Mortar Board, the Student Union Board and other groups. Two of her three children attended KU, and she has three grandchildren.
Gilbert A. Mason Jr., Business '57
After a career in marketing and creative positions at Procter & Gamble, RJ Reynolds and Leo Burnett, Gilbert retired to Santa Fe, N.M., at 55 to pursue his interests in art, travel and Native American culture. With his wife, Billie, he co-chairs "Art and Soul," a fund-raising event he founded to support Faith at Work, a ministry he directs for Santa Fe's needy. He is also co-founder and executive vice president of Buffalo Billie's Wild West Artwear, a Southwestern clothing line. He has eight children-including two sets of twins-and 12 grandchildren.
Lois Miller McCann, Business '57
Lois worked in the Kansas City area for 28 years as a tax auditor and collector for the Missouri Department of Labor. For the past six years she has volunteered at the KU Medical Center. She and her husband, John, enjoy travel and attending jazz festivals. Classes with Wilt Chamberlain and basketball games in Hoch Auditorium and Allen Field House are among her KU memories.
Mary Avison McKean, College '57
Mary spent 25 years as a missionary with HCJB Global (formerly HCJB World Radio) and 21 years as an Air Force wife, living in Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Washington, Hawaii, Colorado, Florida, Ecuador and Spain. She made three mission trips to Johannesburg, South Africa, to work with children at a squatters' settlement, and traveled to many other countries to visit and encourage HCJB missionaries. She volunteers at the U.S. Air Force Hospital and sponsors cadets from the U.S. Air Force Academy. Attending concerts in Hoch Auditorium, preparing communal meals in Miller Hall and soaping the Chi Omega fountain are cherished KU memories. She and her husband, Capt. James (Ret.), Class of '60, have six children and 14 grandchildren.
Kathlene Ann Keck Meyer, Education '57
Since retiring as a reading and materials consultant for the Kansas City School District, Kathlene built her dream home-a log house-on the shores of Truman Lake. She went on to earn two more degrees after KU and has traveled in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, China, Japan, Mexico and Canada. She remains active in many civic and social organizations, including the YMCA, Phi Lambda Theta Honorary Society, Alpha Phi Social Sorority and the National China Painter's
Association. One of her three children, graduated from KU. Her favorite college memories include the Acacia Ambulance, her many friends in the Alpha Phi house and the fun dances and parties.
Phyllis A. Landeene Meyer, College '57
Phyllis is president of the First National Travel Agency in Hutchinson, where she has maintained active support for KU through the Kansas Honors Program and the Chancellors Club. Phyllis and her husband, Nation, a member of the Class of '43, have two daughters and a son who are KU alumni, and a granddaughter, who graduated in 2002.
Joan Payne Moeller, Education '57
For 34 years Joan taught middle-school students, spending the last 28 in the Harrisonville, Mo., schools. She is a member of Cass County Retired Teachers, vice president of Harrisonville United Methodist Women, a volunteer for the Cass Career Center, a singer in the church choir and a Sunday school superintendent. One of her three children graduated from KU, as did one of her eight grandchildren. She counts wonderful teachers, concerts and plays, and creaky old Fraser Hall among her most cherished college memories.
Norma Steinert Moffet, Education '57
Norma retired after working 20 years as city clerk of Overland Park, and she also worked for the U.S. Census Bureau. With her late husband, Bernard, Business '57, she traveled extensively, visiting all 50 states and Europe and Asia. They were married for 49 years. She currently enjoys following KU football and basketball and playing bridge. She sent two of her three children to KU, and she has seven grandchildren.
Ronald L. Montgomery, Pharmacy '57
Ronald owned and operated F & M Drug Co. in Ellsworth for 43 years. Since retiring in 2001, he has devoted time to his town's volunteer fire department, the Chamber of Commerce, the Fine Arts Club and various church committees. He has been a member of the Kansas Pharmacy Association for 50 years and is a lifetime member of the Alumni Association. He and his wife, Marlene, married in 1964, and they adopted two children, Kristin and Drew. They have one grandchild.
John C. Mull, College '57, Medicine '61
After practicing 35 years, John retired as physician in Hutchinson, where he lives with his wife, Jeanette. He's involved his community and serves as a director of the Central Bank and Trust and member of the Prairie Dunes Country Club, Garden of the Gods Club and Thunderbird Country Club. His past service includes the Kansas State Fair Foundation and Rice County Quail Forever Chapter. John's service to KU includes support for the annual Kansas Honors Program in his hometown. Both of his children graduated from KU. He has four grandchildren ages 4 to 8.
Carol Ann Stockham Murray, College '57
After KU, Carol earned a master's degree in English from Wichita State University and taught at Hutchinson Community College for 25 years. She has published poetry and several children's books, and she is a member of the Kansas Authors Club, the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and Pi Beta Phi. She and her husband, Max, Business '54, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary in June. Both of their children graduated from KU, and the
oldest of five grandchildren will be a freshman on the Hill this fall.
Dorothy Battle Parker, Class of '57
Dorothy and her husband and classmate, Phil, live in Chesterfield, Mo. She is retired from a career as a contract officer with the U.S. Army, and she and Phil continue to enjoy world travel, cycling, hiking and birding. When at home in the St. Louis area, she volunteers with the American Red Cross. Two of their children are KU alumni.
Philip R. Parker, Engineering '57
Phil and his classmate and bride, Dorothy, live in Chesterfield, Mo. In 1993 he retired from a 36-year career with Monsanto, and, after working as a consultant for another couple of years, he and Dorothy spent several years volunteering for the International Executive Corp. in Russia, Sri Lanka and Egypt. He and Dorothy continue to enjoy travel and active outdoor hobbies.
Donald R. Paxson, Business '57, Law '70
Don calls Topeka home, where he lives with his Jayhawk bride, Betty, Class of '62. A certified public account and attorney, he returned to the Kansas capital in 1981 to join the Columbian Securities Corporation as vice president of finance. Now retired, he continues to practice a limited amount of law and has been a life member of the KU Alumni Association since 1967.
Ted K. Pendleton, Engineering '57
In his Encinitas, Calif., home, Ted has been king of the road. Now retired, Ted counted 1,000 miles of pavement under his care while working as the district engineer for the county of Los Angeles Department of Public Works. He is a life member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and served as a board member of the Pan-American Institute. Ted enjoys travel, church and charity work and reared a daughter with his wife, Marlene. They are the proud grandparents of three.
Patricia J. Ellis Perry, Education '57
Patricia describes life in her home of Seaford, N.Y., as challenging and rewarding. Just a stone's throw from the Big Apple, she has advocated for civil rights as a former board member of the ACLU for New York State and Nassau County chapters. She also has worked for political organizations and a variety of fields, such as teaching, sales and clerical. She and her husband James, Engineering '60, have two grandchildren from their three children-including John, an NYPD officer killed on Sept. 11, 2001.
Jane Jackson Pronko, College '57
After working briefly in physical therapy, Jane focused on her family and the arts. She developed her artistic education at Johnson County Community College and the Kansas City Art Institute and has worked as a painter ever since. She remains active in the Kansas City Artist Coalition and has served the Kansas City Municipal Arts Commission, the Arts Council of Johnson County and the Colonial Church of Prairie Village in the past. Jane reared two Jayhawks and faithfully follows KU basketball with her two grandsons.
Michael M. Randolph, College '57
Life after KU, took Michael to the Air Force and the Army Corps of Engineers. In 1963, he left for the fields of Sioux City, Iowa, where he worked as a public service director. He continued his career in Corvallis, Ore., before settling in as the community development and services director in Pacifica, Calif. In 1986, the American Public Works Association honored him as one of its top 10 people of the year. Outside of his professional life, he served a variety of charities and reared two children. Now retired, he and his wife, Prudy, Education '57, enjoy traveling by motor home and their two granddaughters.
Prudence A. Rowles Randolph, Education '57
The last 50 years have taken Prudy and her husband, Michael, College '57, to Kansas, Iowa, Oregon, California and Nevada. Today, they've made moving a hobby and travel the U.S. in their motor home. After graduation, Prudy continued her education at Skyline College and taught computer software before retiring. Throughout the years, she has served as president of the Sioux City Art Center, coordinator for the Iowa Congressional District and president of the Area
Education District 12. She has two children and two grandkids.
Gretchen Youse Rein, College '57
Since KU, Gretchen has enjoyed good health, good friends and a wonderful family in her hometown of Overland Park. She is the mother of three and grandmother of five. In her free time, she has traveled with the Flying Jayhawks and volunteered as the president of the Gamma Phi Beta Junior Alumnae Group and greater Kansas City Alumnae Association. She also has served as the past treasurer of her local Daughters of the American Revolution and currently
assists at St. Luke's South Hospital.
Diane Dunwoody Rowe, Fine Arts '57
Immediately following KU, Diane married classmate Dean Burton, Engineering '57. They had four sons before she lost him at sea as a Navy pilot. Remarried in 1969, she made Sedalia, Mo., her home for 29 years with her husband,
Marion, and worked as an occupational therapist in the Children's Therapy Center and the Sedalia School System. She currently resides in Tucson, Ariz., and counts six children and five grandkids in her family tree.
Marilyn L. Russell, Fine Arts '57, Graduate '76, PhD '81
Marilyn remained active in KU as life member of the Alumni Association and former instructor of design. Today, she continues to live in Lawrence, where she's a library director and faculty member at Haskell Indian Nations University. She's also a member of the Art Libraries of North America, the American Indian Library Association and the Tribal College Librarians Institute. Over the years, she also has worked at the Institute of American Indian Arts, University of Minnesota and Kansas City Public Library. She has three sons, two of whom are KU alumni, and five grandchildren.
James B. Sawyer, College '57, Medicine '61
James lives in Pendleton, Ore., with his wife, Julianne, College '56, College '57. For 42 years, he worked as a physician and pathologist in his community, excluding two short periods in Australia. Professionally he served as an emeritus fellow of the College of American Pathologists and the American Society of Clinical Pathologists, president of the Oregon Pathology Association and a member of the Pacific Northwest Society of Pathologists. Recently retired, he enjoys traveling, the opera, his three children and four grandkids.
Richard C. Shaw, College '57, Medicine '61
Richard served 15 years in the Army and put in another 10 with the reserves before retiring as a colonel. For more than 30 years, he has helped patients find their inner and outer beauty as a board certified plastic surgeon. Well-respected in his field, Shaw served as president of the Wesley Medical Center Staff and the Medical Society of Sedgwick County. Recently retired from his Wichita practice, he lives with his wife, Ruth, College '58. They have three sons, two of whom followed in his footsteps all the way to KU Med, and five grand-children. The Shaws have continued to support their alma mater through donations and service on the dean's advisory committee for the Wichita campus of the KU School of Medicine and the Chancellors Club.
George F. Sheldon, College '57, Medicine '61
Since KU, George has had the opportunity to become a leader in his field. He served as president of the American College of Surgeons and American Surgical Association and as chair of the American Board of Surgery and the Association of American Medical Colleges. After 45 years, he's still saving lives and holds a professorship and the chair of surgery at the University of North Carolina. George resides in Chapel Hill, N.C., with his wife, Ruth, Education '58. They have three children and two grandchildren.
B. Doyle Simpson, PhD '57
For 28 years, Doyle put his doctorate in chemistry to good use, working for the Phillips Petroleum Company in research, market development, technical service and quality management. Today he works in the spiritual industry as a minister's assistant for the Coastal Plains Area Christian Church and as a hospital lay chaplain. Doyle lives with his wife, Carolyn, Fine Arts '57, in Spring, Texas. They are parents to two and grandparents to four.
Carolyn Strickler Simpson, Fine Arts '57
After KU, Carolyn focused on the healing arts, working as a director of occupational therapy in Aultman Hospital and as an on-call therapist at Akron General Hospital. In her hometown of Spring, Texas, she continues her work as a home health therapist. An active member of her church, she served as the past Ohio State president of Christian Women's Fellowship and works today as a hospital lay chaplain. She and husband, Doyle, PhD '57, have two children and four grandchildren.
Diane Worthington Simpson, College '57, Law '83
From Salina, Diane returned to the Hill in 1980 to study law while three of her four children were also attending KU. As an attorney, she has led her peers, serving as the president of the Douglas County Bar Association in 1994. She has volunteered for KU and served on the KU Memorial Corporation board as the Alumni Association's representative. She is a life member of the Association and a devoted alumna of Pi Beta Phi.
James D. Snyder, College '57, Graduate '60
After college, James lived his dreams. Professionally he worked as a petroleum geologist and explored the Gulf Coast for the black gold. Now retired, he resides in Houston but still pursues a ranching hobby in Cowley County Kan. He and his wife, Laurie, had two children and now count five grandchildren on their family tree.
Marion Peltier Springer, College '57
After graduation, Marion did not leave the Hill behind. She and her husband, Byron, College '54, Law '60, remained in Lawrence and reared three children. They now have six grandchildren. In the past 50 years, she's continued her love affair with KU, serving in leadership positions for the KU Memorial Corporation, Spencer Museum of Art and KU Endowment. The School of Social Welfare and the Douglas County Bar Association recognized her for her work on behalf of children. She is the founding member of the county's Citizen Review Board for children in foster care, and she has participated on the Kansas Action for Children Board.
Ange Butler Stalcup, Education '57, Allied Health '81
In the last 50 years, Ange counts two fulfilling careers. She started her post-college life as an elementary school teacher and earned her occupational therapy degree at the age of 47. Working for the KU Medical Center, she received the Clinical Excellence Award in 1990 and the Fieldwork Educator of the Year Award in 1998. Now retired, she still lives in Lawrence, where she serves on the Alpha Chi Omega Alumnae Board. She is the mother of three, including one KU grad, and enjoys traveling with her 10 grandchildren.
Paul M. Steele, Business '57
Paul put himself through KU in the bowels of Flint Hall as first a printer's devil and then the printer for the University Daily Kansan. After graduation, he spent 40 years as a CPA. Over the years, he has served his community well. Paul was the first chairman of the lottery commission, serving 15 years total. He also sat on the board of accountancy, and in retirement, he's the current Thomas county commissioner. He's also a Rotarian and has been flying high for 44 years as a private pilot. He lives in Colby with his high school sweetheart and fellow Jayhawk, Sharon, College '57. They count one Jayhawk among their three children and seven grandchildren. This fall they will have two generations of
Jayhawks on the Hill, when their daughter and granddaughter come to KU.
Felecia F. Stitcher, Journalism '57
After KU, Felecia devoted her career to the law. As an attorney, she's a member of the State Bar of Arizona and State Bar of California. Outside of her professional life, her interests include the American Contract Bridge League, genealogy and politics. Felecia calls the Copper State home and lives with her husband, George, in Surprise. They have three sons and four grandchildren.
Lawrence W. Stroup, Journalism '57
Larry ran from the KU track field right into a successful banking career. He spent much of his adulthood in McPherson and retired as the senior vice president and director of marketing of the local McPherson Bank and Trust. Larry now makes his home in Overland Park with his wife and fellow Jayhawk, Lorna, College '62. They reared two daughters, both Jayhawks, and are the proud grandparents of four.
Louis Stroup Jr., Journalism '57
Louis lives in Pittsburg with his wife, Corene. Retired as executive director of the Kansas Municipal Utilities, he keeps busy as a board member of Meals on Wheels and the Crestwood Country Club. He also enjoys golf, trout fishing, hunting and his eight grandchildren. One of his six children is a KU grad.
Kay Westrup Suddath, Education '57
Life after KU took Kay to the sunny shores of California. With her husband, James, Class of '59, she moved many times but had no problem securing positions with her KU credentials, most recently as a project director in charge of state and federal programs. She taught elementary school for 33 years and has taught her two children and three grandchildren to love KU. She also has served 4-H faithfully as a leader for 40 years and given her time to her local church, the California Reading Association and P.E.O. Now retired, Kay enjoys traveling and calls Fresno, Calif., home.
L.G. Suelter, Engineering '57, Graduate '62
Len left the green grass of KU's campus for open waters and served in the Navy three years before moving on to Union Carbide. He spent 25 years at the chemical and polymers company. Today he considers himself retired-mostly-from his position as chairman of Nidek Medical Products. Outside of his career, he has served on the governor's advisory board on China and the Firehouse Shelter board. At home in Vestavia Hills, Ala., he lives with his wife, Miki, Class of '59. They have two daughters and four grandchildren-
no Jayhawks yet.
Betty Avison Swenson, College '57
Betty left her alma mater but did not venture far. She worked one year in Kansas City, before returning to work in the Alumni Association office and begin graduate studies. She and husband, Dale, Business '58, Graduate '61, adopted two children and moved across the state line. She has worked as a custom seamstress and pursued her hobby as a master quilter. In retirement, she calls Hannibal, Mo., home, sings in the church choir and enjoys her three grandchildren.
Suzanne Sawyer Thompson, College '57
A bibliophile, Suzanne has spent her professional life in the stacks as the Pembroke Hill School Library department chair and the Upper School librarian. Also a member of the Friends of Johnson County Library and president of the library's foundation, she has given her free time to the cause. Outside of her love of libraries, she has supported the St. Luke's Hospital foundation board and the University of Missouri's Cockefair advisory board. With her late husband, Charles, she instilled in her children a love of KU, rearing four out of six as Jayhawks. She has high hopes for her nine grandchildren.
Sondra Updike-Alden, Education '57
After KU, Sondra worked to transport Chanute residents to the world's wilds as the director of the renowned Martin and Osa Johnson Safari Museum. She also reconnected Allen County residents to their predecessors as the county's
historical society director. Retired, she resides in Topeka, where she's active in 4-H and the Society for Creative Anachronism. She has three children, including one Jayhawk, and four grandchildren.
Kenneth J. Vaughn, Engineering '57, Graduate '63
Ken still remembers the crazy antics of Stephenson Hall, which included nitrogen triiodide explosions in the hallway and a live alligator in the shower. Since graduation, he has behaved himself as an engineer with Larkin Associates.
He retired after 41 years but still consults. Ken is a member of the Kansas State Board of Technical Professions, chair of the Prairie Village Planning Commission and past president of the Kansas City American Society of Civil Engineers and Kansas City Engineers Club. He has three children, including one KU graduate, with his wife, Marilyn. They also have three grandchildren.
Victor E. Viola Jr., College '57
After KU, Victor completed his doctorate at the University of California-Berkeley. Recognized internationally for his work in nuclear fission, he helped affirm the prominent "Big Bang" theory and has held positions at the University of California-Berkeley, the University of Maryland and the University of Indiana-Bloomington. Victor was listed in Who's Who in the Midwest as well as American Men and Women of Science and Who's Who in Technology Today. He received the American Chemical Society Award in Nuclear Chemistry and has been a Guggenheim, Ford Foundation, National Science Foundation and Woodrow Wilson Graduate fellow. Retired, Victor remains in Bloomington with his wife, Nancy. They have three children.
Raymond L. Voskamp Jr., Engineering '57
Ray is married to a "great woman," Jacqueline, and they live in Vista, Calif. Since KU, he has practiced architecture for 38 years, the last eight as managing partner of a 250-person firm. Throughout the years, he has volunteered as president of the Kansas City, Mo., Jaycees, on the board of Research Medical Center, as chairman of the United Way Fund Drive and as a tax counselor for the AARP. Ray counts one Jayhawk among his two children and four grandkids and travel with the Flying Jayhawks among his hobbies.
Galen J. Wahlmeier, Education '57
A former football player, Galen left the gridiron for the teaching field. Now retired from his career in education, most recently with the Estevan School Division, he remains in Estevan, Canada, where he was recognized by the provincial government for his volunteer work. Galen is also a life member of the KU Alumni Association.
Diane Warner, College '57
The world has been Diane's oyster since leaving the Hill, and she has traveled its far reaches in the past 50 years. Now settled in Leawood, she once called our nation's capital home, where she worked for National Geographic, took classes at the Corcoran and attended the inauguration of JFK. She reared two children, including one Jayhawk, and manages farmland as a landlord today.
Shirley A. Witte Weideman, College '57, Allied Health '59
Since KU, Shirley has lived in Kansas, Arizona, Texas, Arkansas, Montana and Colorado and met a lot of wonderful people along the way. She worked as a registered dietitian for 40 years before serving as a secretary for Kansas Legislative Administrative Services. In her personal life, she has enjoyed traveling Europe, sewing, knitting and volunteering with the Colorado Springs Dietetic Association and her church. In retirement, she resides in Berryton with her husband, Harold. They have two children, including one Jayhawk, and two grandchildren.
Marilyn Priboth Wells, Education '57
Marilyn has settled in Wichita, where she lives with her husband, Richard. Among her many hobbies, she includes church, Junior League, Chi Omega Alumnae, travel, gardening and KU basketball. Life for Marilyn is a family affair, as the mother of four Jayhawks and the grandmother of seven potential Jayhawks.
Mary Sharon Cole Wells, Education '57
Since Mount Oread, Mary Sharon has enjoyed three careers as a music teacher in the Denver Public Schools, a mother and a lobbyist and political activist. From her Golden, Colo., home, she has lobbied state, federal and local governments for the Jefferson County Public Schools. She also has served as president of the Gamma Phi Beta Alumnae, as a 25-year member of the Jefferson County Republicans and as the chairman of the state's Build-a-Generation Juvenile Justice Prevention Board. She and her husband, Dave, reared two sons.
Gary T. Westhusin, Education '57
After 50 years, Gary is still swinging and describes his life as "pretty good." Now a resident of Plainville, he spent 27 years-25 in Germany and two in Japan-working overseas for the Department of Defense. During that time, he volunteered in the American Overseas Historical Society. Retired today, he enjoys a garden club, bridge club and church organizations.
Ray T. Williams, Business '57
Ray has cherished every minute of his life since KU. He spent 33 years working for the federal government, one at the Johnson & Johnson World Headquarters when he was selected for the President's Executive Exchange Program. Newly retired as a hospital administrator, he lists the KU Alumni Association, Delta Sigma Pi and Rotary International among his extracurricular activities. He also has served on his city's fire department board, library board, cemetery association board and high school scholarship committee. He makes his home in Almena and is the proud father of one and grandfather of three.
Mary Kearns Woods, Education '57
Mary describes the past 50 years as marvelous and counts her three children and six grandchildren as highlights. She has worked as a reading specialist and currently spends her free time on the board of her local YMCA. She also enjoys traveling, hiking and gardening and resides in California with her husband, Joe, Pharmacy '54, Graduate '57.
Betty Hoffman Wright, Education '57
A retired elementary teacher, Betty taught students in Kansas, Oregon and Virginia before taking her work overseas for the Department of Defense in Morocco, Spain, Italy and Japan. Landing in Lawrence, she still enjoys traveling, along with gardening, quilting and reading. She has two children and four grandkids.