Cartoon artwork by classmate Lou Asner
Cartoon artwork by classmate Lou Asner

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BOB DEANE
Pete Lorenz telephoned Peggy Sept. 20, 2017 and wants all to know that interment/services will be Sept. 29th  2PM Highland Park Cemetery 38th and State Kansas City  for Bob Deane's ashes.  For further information you may telephone Pete Lorenz 816-830-1988

We have received word from Pete Lorenz that Bob Deane's brother Carl informed him that Bob Deane died (believe 12-1-2016) in Thailland.  Pete says as soon as Carl gives him his obit he will share with us.  We  send our condolences to his wife Mayo from our  1957 class.

update:  Pete Lorenz just informed Peggy (4-26-2017) that there is no obit ashes to come from Thailland and then be buried here in Kansas City. 

 
Letter from classmate Don Mason that was read at 60th reunion Sept. 9th, 2017  Thank you Don  we enjoyed your letter and look forward to seeing you at our 65th.

August 19, 2017
Class of 1957
Shawnee Mission North High School

Dear Classmates,

I am truly saddened to be missing this reunion, but my overcoat has a few rents in it which I am choosing to have repaired in a few days.  The surgeon who will be making the repairs observed that I appear to be a youthful 78 and then added that he thought I should have at least "another 6 to 8 years"..  Not so, I have more miles to ride, pictures to paint, and high school reunions to attend.

My grade school/high school years were both the best and worst of times.  Alcoholism marred my early home life and though I knew I was loved there was no joy there.  That darkness was compensated for by the warmth and security I experienced at Prairie and Shawnee Mission.  I don't recall ever wanting to skip a class.  My classes were stimulating, fun, and often so  very memorable.  Who could forget Russell Anise rushing thru the door for morning English class with an electric razor cord wrapped round  his waste to hold his pants up - or - Coach Reed, with one of his big Florsheim shoes planted on a desk top, announcing that he had a "knuckle sandwich" for those who continued to clown around in his class.  It was also Coach Reed who endorsed my Pep Club skit performances by counceling me to consider a career in Hollywood.  For me that senior year of Friday Pep Club assemblies was like being awarded an Olympic Gold Medal.  Nothing topped performing before 1500 cheering laughing classmates.  I went on to college, married, joined the Peace Corps, raised a family and had a satisfying career as a clinical  social worker.  (I do sometimes wonder how my life would have been different had I traveled out to Hollywood.  So many paths in life that could have been taken.)

I share my story with you because I believe it was the experiences I had growing up with you in Johnson County that provided the durable foundation I needed for the challenges and opportunities that have been my life since.  Every one should be so fortunate as to  be showered with the affection and support of their teacchers and friends as I  was.  It is said that we never know when we are making a memory.  You made so many happy memories for me.  I  can honestly say that knowing you made my childhood and teenage years the best of times.

Thank you!

Sincerly yours,

Don  
Master of Ceremony Ron Abbott 60th Class Reunion Sept. 9, 2017
Master of Ceremony Ron Abbott 60th Class Reunion Sept. 9, 2017
Peggy Willis Sherard. John Sherard Rosemary Abbott, Linda Wilson, Carol Gradinger Scott, back row Ron Abbott, John Mitch
Peggy Willis Sherard. John Sherard Rosemary Abbott, Linda Wilson, Carol Gradinger Scott, back row Ron Abbott, John Mitchell, Marilyn Moyer Mitchell, Fred Scott
Rosemary and Ron Abbott with Kay Holzmann
Rosemary and Ron Abbott with Kay Holzmann
#100 Seated Bill and Bo Stueck, ?, ?, Standing ????
#100 Seated Bill and Bo Stueck, ?, ?, Standing ????
#101 Standing Reunion Bill Penland, Darleen McMillen Penland, Seated ?, ?, ?,, ?, ?
#101 Standing Reunion Bill Penland, Darleen McMillen Penland, Seated ?, ?, ?,, ?, ?
Marriott Hotel Banquet Room 60th Class Reunion
Marriott Hotel Banquet Room 60th Class Reunion
#102 photo
#102 photo
Sheron Gould George and Dave George Marriott Hotel Sept. 9th, 2017
Sheron Gould George and Dave George Marriott Hotel Sept. 9th, 2017
Sheron  Gould George, Dave George  background  Lenora Prosser Graham and maybe Steve Bostwick
Sheron Gould George, Dave George background Lenora Prosser Graham and maybe Steve Bostwick
John Martin, Patti Browder, Peggy Lorey Bysel Marriott Hotel Sept. 9th, 2017 60th Class Reunion
John Martin, Patti Browder, Peggy Lorey Bysel Marriott Hotel Sept. 9th, 2017 60th Class Reunion
#106 photo
#106 photo
#107 Photo Standing ?, ?, Bill Garrett, Dee Garrett, ?, Seated ?, Lenora Prosser Graham, Carol Culp Bybee, Terry Bybee
#107 Photo Standing ?, ?, Bill Garrett, Dee Garrett, ?, Seated ?, Lenora Prosser Graham, Carol Culp Bybee, Terry Bybee
#108 photo
#108 photo
#109 photo
#109 photo
#110 photo Shawnee Mission 60th Class Reunion
#110 photo Shawnee Mission 60th Class Reunion
#111 Photo
#111 Photo
#112 Photo
#112 Photo
#113 Photo
#113 Photo
Jerry Johnson, Barbara Scholtens Johnson, Kay Page Thomas, Mary Thompson Riney, Waverly Anderson Lewis Sept. 9th, 2017 M
Jerry Johnson, Barbara Scholtens Johnson, Kay Page Thomas, Mary Thompson Riney, Waverly Anderson Lewis Sept. 9th, 2017 Marriott Hotel Shawnee Mission 60th Reunion
#115 Photo  Raymond Haguewood in white Pat Haguewood in  black
#115 Photo Raymond Haguewood in white Pat Haguewood in black
#116 photo
#116 photo
Standing Hugh Myers, Sigrid August Myers,   Seated Dave George, Sheron Gould George, Joanie Phillips Qualls, Bill Qualls
Standing Hugh Myers, Sigrid August Myers, Seated Dave George, Sheron Gould George, Joanie Phillips Qualls, Bill Qualls Marriott Hotel Sept. 9th, 2017 High School 60th Reunion
Dave Hendricks and Nancy Crummett Kalodner
Dave Hendricks and Nancy Crummett Kalodner
#118 Nancy Crummett Kalodner and David Hendricks
#118 Nancy Crummett Kalodner and David Hendricks
Steve Bostwick, Lenora Prosser Graham, Judy Kay Walter, Mary Thompson Riney, Terry Bybee  Sept. 9th, Marriott Hotel Shaw
Steve Bostwick, Lenora Prosser Graham, Judy Kay Walter, Mary Thompson Riney, Terry Bybee Sept. 9th, Marriott Hotel Shawnee Mission 60th Reunion
#120 Reunion photo
#120 Reunion photo
Seated Dave George, Sheron Gould George, Joanie Phillips Qualls, Bill Qualls standing Hugh Myers, Sigrid August Myers, J
Seated Dave George, Sheron Gould George, Joanie Phillips Qualls, Bill Qualls standing Hugh Myers, Sigrid August Myers, Jim Dukelow Marriott Hotel Sept. 9th, 2017
#122 S.M. 60th reunion
#122 S.M. 60th reunion
#123 Reunion Photo
#123 Reunion Photo
#124  reunion
#124 reunion
#125 Photo
#125 Photo
#33   Barbara Scholtens Johnson and Kay Page Thomas
#33 Barbara Scholtens Johnson and Kay Page Thomas
Judy Kay Walter and David Hendricks
Judy Kay Walter and David Hendricks
Westwood View Grade School Reunion  Front Row  Betsy Lyon Hamm, Susie Lane Heese, Nancy Crummett Kalodner, Marilyn Moyer
Westwood View Grade School Reunion Front Row Betsy Lyon Hamm, Susie Lane Heese, Nancy Crummett Kalodner, Marilyn Moyer Mitchell, Ron Abbott Back Row: Pete Lorenz, Dave Hendricks
Sept. 8th, 2017 Bill and Bo Stueck's tent
Sept. 8th, 2017 Bill and Bo Stueck's tent
Peggy Willis Sherard and husband John Sherard Sept. 8th, 2017 at Bill Stueck's
Peggy Willis Sherard and husband John Sherard Sept. 8th, 2017 at Bill Stueck's
Joanie Phillips Qualls and husband Bill 60th Reunion Sept. 2017
Joanie Phillips Qualls and husband Bill 60th Reunion Sept. 2017
Marilyn Moyer Mitchell  and group at Bill Stueck's Sept. 8th, 2017
Marilyn Moyer Mitchell and group at Bill Stueck's Sept. 8th, 2017
another table  at bill stueck's sept.  8th, 2017
another table at bill stueck's sept. 8th, 2017
Lou Asner, Doris Atherton, Mary Thompson Riney, Janet Powell Sept. 8th, 2017 60th Reunion Bill Stueck's
Lou Asner, Doris Atherton, Mary Thompson Riney, Janet Powell Sept. 8th, 2017 60th Reunion Bill Stueck's
Judy Kay Walter, Ed Walter, John Mitchell (standing) Lynda Dick Feuerborn Sept. 8th, 2017 60th Shawnee Mission Class Reu
Judy Kay Walter, Ed Walter, John Mitchell (standing) Lynda Dick Feuerborn Sept. 8th, 2017 60th Shawnee Mission Class Reunion
Mary McCoy in  pic at reunion with others
Mary McCoy in pic at reunion with others
three classmates
three classmates
blue shirt classmate with lady classmate
blue shirt classmate with lady classmate
two ladies at bill stueck's one with dark blue jacket  sept. 8th, 2017
two ladies at bill stueck's one with dark blue jacket sept. 8th, 2017
middle is Barbara Scholtens Johnson  Sept 9th, 2017 Marriott Hotel High School Reunion
middle is Barbara Scholtens Johnson Sept 9th, 2017 Marriott Hotel High School Reunion
lady with two male classmates at bill stueck's sept. 8th, 2017
lady with two male classmates at bill stueck's sept. 8th, 2017
bill stueck standing talking to a table at his reunion sept. 8th, 2017
bill stueck standing talking to a table at his reunion sept. 8th, 2017
Darlene mcmellan penland and maybe her husband at bill stueck's sept. 8th, 2017
Darlene mcmellan penland and maybe her husband at bill stueck's sept. 8th, 2017
Bill Stueck, Tom Holzmann,Tom  Johnston at bill stueck sept. 8th 2017
Bill Stueck, Tom Holzmann,Tom Johnston at bill stueck sept. 8th 2017
Classmates at Bill Stueck's Sept.  8th, 2017
Classmates at Bill Stueck's Sept. 8th, 2017
Prairie Grade School Reunion  Jay Hansen, J.W. Overman Perkins Restaurant
Prairie Grade School Reunion Jay Hansen, J.W. Overman Perkins Restaurant
Prairie Grade School Get Together  Myra Lewis  Lawson, Sheron Gould George, Sandra Harris Ragan  Perkins Restaurant Sept
Prairie Grade School Get Together Myra Lewis Lawson, Sheron Gould George, Sandra Harris Ragan Perkins Restaurant Sept. 9th, 2017
Prairie Grade School Reunion Dave Trump, Steve Bostwick, Bob Alderson  Perkins Restaurant Sept. 9th, 2017
Prairie Grade School Reunion Dave Trump, Steve Bostwick, Bob Alderson Perkins Restaurant Sept. 9th, 2017
Prairie Grade School reunion Sept. 9th, 2017  Jim Dubelow
Prairie Grade School reunion Sept. 9th, 2017 Jim Dubelow
Mary Thompson Riney, Janet Powell Dillman, Doris Atherton Ranck
Mary Thompson Riney, Janet Powell Dillman, Doris Atherton Ranck
Prairie Grade School Reunion Sept. 9th, 2017 Bud Benjes
Prairie Grade School Reunion Sept. 9th, 2017 Bud Benjes
Prairie Grade School Reunion Sept. 9th, 2017  Joanie Phillips Qualls
Prairie Grade School Reunion Sept. 9th, 2017 Joanie Phillips Qualls
CLASSMATES ATTENDING MARRIOTT DINNER SEPT. 9TH (start time 6PM)

Peggy Willis and John Sherard (Kansas) Hickory Grove Grade School
David P (Pete) Lorenz & Denny (Kansas) Westwood View GS
Raymond Haguewood and Patricia (Kansas)
Steve Bostwick and Lenora Prosser Graham (Colorado)Prairie & Hickory GS
Vivian Westhoff Wilkerson (Kansas)
Ron Wyancko and Doris Ann Pye (Virginia) Prairie GS
Louis Asner & Vicki (Kansas) Roesland & Hickory GS
John Mitchell and Marilyn  Moyer Mitchell (Missouri) Prairie & Westwood View
Alvah (Bud) and Rose Young (Kansas) Shawnee Grade School
Tom and Carolyn Holzmann (Texas)
Carol Culp Bybee and Terry (Texas) Hickory Grove Grade School
Linda Wilson  (Mexico) Hickory Grove Grade School
Peggy Lorey Bysel (Kansas) Shawnee Grade School
Jim Losher and Marilyn (Colorado) Roesland GS
John Shriner and Mary (Missouri) Merriam GS
Janet Powell Dyson Fleemer & Merle Dillman (Indiana) Hickory Grove 
Lynda Dick Feuerborn (Kansas) Roesland GS
Waverly Anderson Lewis and her two sisters Georgeann Anderson Mai & Jana Rae Anderson Corbin  (Kansas) Hickory Grove 
Bill Stueck and Bo (Kansas) Corinth GS
Bud Benjes and Diane (Colorado) Prairie GS
Ron Abbott & Rosemary (Kansas) Hickory & Westwood View GS
Roger Pulley and Jacque Becker (Missouri) Prairie GS
Frank Smith (Kansas)  Shawnee Grade School
Mary Childers Foster  (Kansas) Merriam Grade School
Susan Cooper Bonjour (Kansas) Merriam Grade School
Bud and Linda Maskill (Kansas)
Phil McManus  (Kansas) Roesland Grade School
Betsy Lyon Hamm (Kansas) Westwood View Grade School
Doris Atherton Ranck (Kansas) Hickory Grove & Roesland GS
Roger & Pat Bell (Kansas)
Barbara Scholtens & Jerry Johnson (Kansas)
Robert & Julie Smith McLean (Neb.) (Bob Shawnee GS)
Herb Ashner (Kansas) Hickory Grove Grade School
Dave Trump (California) Prairie Grade School
Bob and Ruth Ann Alderson (Kansas)  Prairie Grade School
 Kay Page Thomas (Colorado) Merriam Grade School
Myra Lewis and Jim Lawson (Oregon) Prairie Grade School
John Overman (Kansas) Prairie Grade School
Corrine Rolfs Moulton (Missouri)
John Martin and Patti Browder (Missouri) Shawnee GS (Only 8th grade)
Bill and Dee Garrett (Tenn.) Hickory Grove Grade School
Sandra Johnson Dobras and Victor (California) Prairie GS
Judy Fields Howard (Texas)
Dave Hendricks (Texas) Westwood View GS
Hugh Lybarger (Kansas) Corinith GS
Judy Gillespie Shaw and Larry (Kansas)
Gordon Kauffman (Kansas) Overland Park GS
Carol Gradinger Scott and Fred (Kansas) Roesland GS 
Paula Pachlhofer North (Missouri) Hickory Grove GS
Warren & Sherry Haskins (Texas) Hickory Grovve GS
Sandy and Jan Bergeson (Missouri) Merrriam GS
Sherron Gould George and Dave (Texas) Prairie GS
2 guests
George (Herb) Mensch and Linda (North Carolina)
Suzanne Talbot Baker (Kansas) Hickory Grove Grade School
Tom and Rhetta Johnston (Kansas) Hickory and Cornith)
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Mary Thompson Riney (Iowa) Hickory Grove GS
Marlene Johnson Hales and Mike (Kansas)
Hugh Myers and Sigrid August Myers (Minn.) Hugh Prairie GS
Joanie Phillips Qualls and Bill (Ks) Prairie GS 
Jim Dukelow (Wa.) Prairie GS
Susie Lane Heese and David Heese (Neb.) Westwood View GS
Nancy Crummett Kalodner (Mass.) Westwood View GS
Ray and Janet Johnson  (Co.) Merriam & Hickory 3rd grade
Mary McCoy (Ks.) Hickory Grove GS
Darleen McMillen Penland and spouse Bill (Ks.) Roesland GS


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RSVP'S FOR SEPT. 8TH  FRIDAY AT BILL AND BO STUECK'S
 
2  Joanie Phillips Qualls and spouse Bill                                
2  Peggy Willis Sherard and spouse John  Yes coming
1  Judy Fields Howard
2  Jim Losher and spouse Marilyn
2  Bill Garrett and spouse Dee
2  Bud Maskell and Spouse Linda
1  Robert Stulz
1  Peggy Lorey Bysel
1  Susan Cooper Bonjour
1  Mary Thompson Riney
2  Bob Alderson and spouse Ruth
2  Warren Haskin and spouse Sherri
2  Pat Taylor Yulich and spouse Bob of class of 55
2  Darleen McMillen Penland and spouse Bill  (8-3-yes confirmed coming says will send check for  sat. night) 
1  Herb Ashner
2  Pete Lorenz and spouse Denny 
2  Ray Haguewood and spouse Pat
2  Jeneane Hubert Ismert and spouse Gene
1  Ethel Withers Morse
2  Pat Hanlon Hammond and spouse Bob
1  Luella Wilkinson Powers
2  Dick Hammond and spouse Carol
1 John Overman
2  Myra and Jim Lewis
2  Sue Callies Spencer and spouse Tom
1  John C Martin
2?  Jim Hixon and spouse Nancy
2  John Mitchell and Marilyn Moyer Mitchell
2  Sara Thompson Jones and spouse Larry
1  Ron Abbott (Rosemary isn't able to attend)
2  Lou Asner and spouse Vicki
1  Steve Boswick
1  Lenora Prosser Graham
1  Doris Atherton Ranck
3  Waverly Anderson Lewis &sisters Jana Anderson Georgeann Anderson Mai
1  Jim Dukelow
1  Mary Sue Childers Foster
2  Tom Holzmann and wife Kay 
2  Alvah (Bud) Young and wife Rose
1  Betsy Lyon Hamm 
1  Linda Wilson
2  John Shriner and wife Mary
2  Carol Culp Bybee and husband Terry
1  Lynda Dick Feuerborn
2  Carol Gradinger Scott and husband Fred
2  Judy Gillespie Shaw and husband Larry
2  Jay Hansen and wife Mary Ann
1  Suzanne Talbot Baker
2  Julie Smith McLean and husband Bob McLean (both of our class)
2  Sandy Johnson Dobras and husband Victor
1  Roger Pulley
1  Phil McManus
2  Janet Powell Dyson Fleemer Dillaman and Merle
1  Frank Smith
2  Bud Benjes and Diane
1  Dave Hendricks 
1  Gordon Kauffman
1  Dave Trump
2  Barbara Scholtens Johnson and spouse Jerry
2  Dr. Roger Bell and spouse Pat
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2  John Martin and Patti J. Browder
1  Corrine Moulton
2  Sheron Gould and Dave George
2  Herb Mensh and spouse Linda
2  Guests
2 Marlene Johnson Hales and spouse Mike
2  Tom and Rhetta Johnston
2  George (Herb) and Linda Mensch
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2  Hugh Myers and Sigrid August Myers  (both of our class)
2  Harry House and wife Carolyn
2  Verla Fern Robert Baker and spouse James W. (Overland Park GS)
1  Nancy Crummett Kalodner  (Mass.) Westwood Grade School
2  Susie Lne Heese and husband David (Neb.) Westwood View GS
2  Ray Johnson and spouse Janet (Co.) Merriam GS and Hickory 3rd grade
1  Paul Diehn  (California)  Roesland and Linwood GS
2  Henry (Hank) Krug and wife Ann (Ks.)  Prairie Grade School
1  Mary McCoy (Ks.) Hickory Grove GS
2  Pat Hanlon Hammond and husband Bob  (Mo.) Roesland GS
2  Ron Wyanko and his wife Doris Ann Pye Wyanko

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Tom and Kay Holzmann June 2017
Tom and Kay Holzmann June 2017
WHEE!  What a great mini-reunion we had this past Friday, October 30th at the Nelson-Atkins Art Gallery.  We came together as a class to celebrate the fact that our class gift to our school - "Utah Highlands" painting by Thomas Hart Benton -- is now on permanent loan to the Gallery.  The painting may be viewed anytime in the American Art Gallery section of the museum.  Note:  there is a sign posted next to the painting telling that it was, indeed, our class that gave this gift.

Our celebration occurred in conjunction with the current Thomas Hart Benton exhibit "American Epic" which will be on view until January 3, 2016.  We met for an exceptionally delicious lunch in the Rozelle Court and had plenty of time for fellowship and photos.  Then we went over to the Bloch building where we met docents who guided us through the exhibit. We ended up in the American gallery where our painting is on display. 

Our day passed too quickly and many indicated that they would love another reunion in time for our 60th anniversary.

Thanks to Ron Abbott (and his wife Rosemary) as well as to his committee consisting of Bill Harsh (Connie), Tom Johnston (Rhetta), and Peggy Willis Sherard (John) for all their hard work in pulling this event off!
Tom Johnston, Warren Haskins, Bill Harsh
Tom Johnston, Warren Haskins, Bill Harsh
Ray Haguewood
Ray Haguewood
Peggy Willis Sherard, Sandy Grubb Chapman, Mary Thompson Riney, Carol Culp Bybee Oct. 2015  Thomas Hart Benton Mini Reun
Peggy Willis Sherard, Sandy Grubb Chapman, Mary Thompson Riney, Carol Culp Bybee Oct. 2015 Thomas Hart Benton Mini Reunion
Ray Haguewood's wife Pat
Ray Haguewood's wife Pat
From left - Dave Hendricks, Susan Cooper, Bill Qualls, Sim Yeomans, Steve Boswick, Lenora Prosser Graham, Nancy Crummett
From left - Dave Hendricks, Susan Cooper, Bill Qualls, Sim Yeomans, Steve Boswick, Lenora Prosser Graham, Nancy Crummett Kalodner, Gordon Kauffman standing in back ---
Peggy Willis Sherard, Sandy Grubb Chapman, Carol Culp Bybee and husband Terry Bybee
Peggy Willis Sherard, Sandy Grubb Chapman, Carol Culp Bybee and husband Terry Bybee
Tom Johnston, Connie Harsh, Rhetta Johnston, Sue Callies Spencer, Tom Spencer, Bill Harsh
Tom Johnston, Connie Harsh, Rhetta Johnston, Sue Callies Spencer, Tom Spencer, Bill Harsh
View of Olivia and Dave Trump, Denny and Pete Lorenz
View of Olivia and Dave Trump, Denny and Pete Lorenz
View of Rozelle Court with Dave and Olivia, Pete and Denny Lorenz in foreground.
View of Rozelle Court with Dave and Olivia, Pete and Denny Lorenz in foreground.
View of Tom Holzmann, Sim Yeoman, Sheron Gould George, Joanie Phillips Qualls, Dave George, Bill Qualls
View of Tom Holzmann, Sim Yeoman, Sheron Gould George, Joanie Phillips Qualls, Dave George, Bill Qualls
View with Betsy Lyon Hamm and daughter Amy
View with Betsy Lyon Hamm and daughter Amy
View with Steve Bostwck, Lenora Prosser Graham, Carol Gradinger Scott and husband Fred Scott
View with Steve Bostwck, Lenora Prosser Graham, Carol Gradinger Scott and husband Fred Scott
View with Doris Atherton Ranck, Lou Asner, John Martin, Patti Browder, Susan Cooper
View with Doris Atherton Ranck, Lou Asner, John Martin, Patti Browder, Susan Cooper
Judy Newell Bernard & husband Dan, Rosemary Abbott
Judy Newell Bernard & husband Dan, Rosemary Abbott
Lenora Prosser Graham viewing the Thomas Hart Benton painting
Lenora Prosser Graham viewing the Thomas Hart Benton painting
Viewing Utah Highlands
Viewing Utah Highlands
Thanks Peggy . . . family and friends are thankfully fine. Luckily we were far enough away from the attacks. We've been hearing from a lot of people and it is nice to know that we (and France) are in your thoughts. I thought John Oliver on the HBO Last Week Tonight Show had a very nice take on it -- well, 'nice' is perhaps not the right word! You should check it out if you haven't seen it! All the best, and thanks for your concern.

this was sent to Peggy Willis Sherard Nov. 19, 2015 by Judith Pierce Fogels who attended Prairie Grade School but only in the 8th grade and graduated with us in 1957.  Judy lives in suburb of Paris. 
1953 SM HS Football
1953 SM HS Football
Bella Blue and Elbo
Bella Blue and Elbo
Brandy Sebron-Kelley
Brandy Sebron-Kelley
Herb Ashner with daughters Kelley and Leslie
Herb Ashner with daughters Kelley and Leslie

Peggy Willis Sherard with daughter Jeanne and grandson colin  3 generations
Peggy Willis Sherard with daughter Jeanne and grandson colin 3 generations
Peggy Willis Sherard swimming with the dolphins in Hawaii Jan. 2013
Peggy Willis Sherard swimming with the dolphins in Hawaii Jan. 2013
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Lets Parttay in September :)

"Bob White & Judy Gablehouse plan on returning to Overland Park in September for Bob's class of 57, 55th re-union."
We are planning on staying at the Inter-Continental Hotel in the Plaza area, come join us, let's have a "pre-reunion PARTAY".
 

Herb Ashner with his Grandchildren
Herb Ashner with his Grandchildren

We are so glad to have heard from a classmate that went to Roesland Grade School and until her Junior year at our High School.
Nancy Middlesworth  Tweddale
She welcomes contact from any classmates that remember her.
616-805-3605
ntweddale@att.net
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Sheron Gould George
Sheron Gould George
Prairie Grade School Halloween Party with costumes taken outside on the playground.  Front row left to right (I think I
Prairie Grade School Halloween Party with costumes taken outside on the playground. Front row left to right (I think I am right) I think it is first grade) Front Row left to right Sue Vinther, Kathleen Kennedy, Tuck Walters, Phoebe Mooney, Sheron Gould George Photo submitted by Sheron Gould George
Elbo Smith   4th hole in one
Elbo Smith 4th hole in one

Class of 56  this is Prom Pic sent by Rich Hampton  Roesland grade school  (click and it should enlarge)
Class of 56 this is Prom Pic sent by Rich Hampton Roesland grade school (click and it should enlarge)

Roesland Grade School prom night
Roesland Grade School prom night

AMAZING STORY!!!!!

     50 some years ago Ro Haren lost her 1957 Shawnee Mission High School class ring at Lake Quivera.  Believe it or not a few weeks ago we were contacted by an amature treasure hunter who had found the ring with his metal detector.  We were able to trace the ring from the initials inside and got it returned to Ro who was delighted to get it back!!!  

Dear SM’57 classmates :

I have been listening to the debate about health insurance reform from here in France where I live.    As it is an important issue, I want to join in the debate and make my voice heard.

Here in France, health insurance is universal (just like schooling) and health care is world class, truly excellent.  The World Health Organisation rates the quality of French health care number one in the world, while the USA --   which spends  much more per capita on health care than France or any other country,  is only 37. The USA is much richer  than  France, and I have never understood why it couldn't do as good a job  as France does:  but now, listening to the debates.  I believe that the reason is fear.  

First of all,  people are afraid of "socialized" medicine and all that it implies.  Yet health care in  France isn't any more "socialized" than schooling, policing or firefighting!!  We are free  to choose our own doctors and have a say in our treatments, exactly like people in the USA.   Yet unlike in the US,  where insurance companies decide who is eligible for coverage and for which treatments,  there is no panel -- private or governmental -- defining what  kind of treatments we can or can't have.  Nor do we lose coverage if we lose our jobs.

Secondly, most Americans are afaid of what insurance reform would cost.  It is true that a system where insurance companies could not prevent people with pre-existing conditions from obtaining insurance, could not drop people when they become chronically ill, could not stop covering people when a certain spending limit had been reached would be costly.  Yet that is exactly the kind of a system that France has at a much lower cost per person than the US system.

For more info on this, read the following two articles.  (1) NYTimes Blog : HEALTH   | September 11, 2009  Prescriptions: Health Care Abroad: France, by Anne Underwood and Sarah Arnquist.  The French health care system melds universal coverage with physician freedom and a private insurance market.  (2) NY Times article by Roger Cohen entitled Get Real on Health Care, dated September 13, 2009.  I’m afraid you’ll have to Google them, I can’t figure out how to do the links! 

Most  Americans believe that the USA offers the best medical treatment in the  world, and indeed it is very good – but the care a person gets in France is at least as good as what he would get  in the USA (if he had insurance that covered what was ailing him).

 So please, keep your mind open during the debate.

All the best.

Judith Pierce Fogels
judithfog@free.fr

SM Class of ‘57 


Julie Turner Ruskin
Julie Turner Ruskin
Many remember Julie Turner Ruskin (spouse Tom/Tommy) as a Hickory Grove Grade School  classmate.  She changed to another High School before 1957.  Julie is a great Jazz singer and a classmate we all are very proud of!!  If you get the opportunity to go  hear her in  Kansas City you will  enjoy  wonderful music.  Julie's husband Tommy Ruskin plays drums and is he good. 

Julie has a web site and on her site are samples of her latest CD music.