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William Paronto
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After Graduation I did some summer theatre. Then enrolled in University of Wichita, Theater major. But they wanted me to do math, english, etc. Did not want to do that so I headed for CA. Car broke down south of OK border, Highway patrol friends got me home. Mom said, "Why?" I said, "because I wanted to go to KU where Dad went to school." Mom said, "OK." But they wanted that math and stuff stuff too. So I headed for CA. Went thru Wichita to say bye to girl friend. Saw recruiting stations. Went to 1st one, Air Force. Said, "I want to be a language specialist in the Air Force." Sergeant said, "OK, boy sign here and we will call you in 90 days." I said, "I'll go next door to the Army." He said, "Wait a minute, sign here." Two days later I was in Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. Spent little over 4 years in the Air Force. Got out went back to college. Joined ROTC, got a commission. Made a career of the military. Promted to Lieutenant Colonel. Got out and joined Civil Service. Promted to GS-13. Retired from Army. Had buidling named after me. Retired from Civil Service. Retired from newspaper. On Social Security. Own properties in Kansas and California. I do what I want, where I want, when I want. It's a great life. Send William a MessageSend William a Message
Leon Phillips
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After graduating high school Sylvia (Sylvia Rockwell class of 1960) and I were married in 1960. Soon after marriage I joined the army and went to El Paso TX. to school for 1 years. I was then sent to Germany to work on the Nike Hercules warhead team. I worked in Mengen Germany, a small town in the southern part, about 30 kilometers from the Swiss border. We were not far from the Swiss Alps, so we spent a lot of the winter learning to snow ski in the Swiss and Austrian Alps. After returning to the U. S. Sylvia and I went to work for AT&T and stayed with them for the next 30 plus years. After 4 miscarriages our only child, Tara Lea was born in 1974. Tara also attended SM and graduated in 1992. Tara loved sports and participated in basketball, volleyball and fast pitch softball while at SM. They won the state championship for softball in 1991 & 1992. She received a four year scholarship in softball and academics to Washburn U. majoring in sports medicine and graduating in 1997. After retiring in 1994 we spent a year looking for a place to build our retirement home, finally ending in Springfield MO. Our daughter came home from college to live with us and went to work at one of the local hospitals. In 1998 Tara and Andy Jenkins were married and now have one daughter named Kaelin, who we enjoy very much. Sylvia and I enjoy boating, traveling, photography and playing golf. We try to spend part of the winters in the gulf area to get away from the cold winters. We enjoy sightseeing in that area, visiting the old forts and some of the old southern mansions and plantations. I have also spent the last five years restoring a 1966 Mustang convertible. Just last week finished putting on the new upholstery and my arms and hands are still sore. Don’t think I will restore another. “Getting too old “. I still have fond memories of the Shawnee Mission area. Going to the drive-in movies in the summer and then going to Allen’s or Winsted’s and sitting around eating our high priced hamburgers and cokes. Those were the good old days, at least we thought so. Looking forward to the reunion and hoping to see someone we know. Send Leon a MessageSend Leon a Message
Roger (Rocky) Plumley
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Business owner Married 1
It doesn't seem like 50 years . . . the memories are too vivid. Most of them good - friends, parties, football games, dances, the prom (the first and only time I've ever worn a powder blue jacket) and a few less so - standing in the snow waiting for the school bus, high temperatures and higher humidity, homework, final exams and the severe limitations of not having my own car. Between then and now my life has followed a pretty familiar path - we moved to California (Burbank), I graduated from college (business major), military service (medic), marriage (to Carolyn for 42 years), family (a daughter Stefanie who lives close by with her husband) an assortment of jobs (some interesting others not so much) and finally 25 years ago starting my own company (plastics). I still own the company, I'm still working full time and have no plans to retire any time soon. Over the years we've traveled the world, made some wonderful friends and hopefully done a few good deeds along the way. Since high school I've changed only a little . . . a little more waistline, a little less hairline and I got my own car. See you in September. Send Roger (Rocky) a MessageSend Roger (Rocky) a Message
Marian Soergel (Poynter)
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Retired teacher Married 2
I only attended SM for a year and a half, so I don't remember many of you. I was a homemaker for fifteen years after marrying my husband, Jim, and then taught in the gifted education department at Peachtree High in DeKalb County, Ga. I'm an avid reader and bridge player. My fondest memory of SM is being the only girl in my Trig class! I'll get my granddaughter to send you a "NOW" photo. You may show my THEN" photo if you have it. I don't. Send Marian a MessageSend Marian a Message
Joanie Phillips (Qualls)
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This photo of Bill & I was taken July 2005 at his Lee's Summit High School Reunion. Many of you will recognize him when I dated him my senior year in high school (whenever he was in town from the Air Force). We will be married 50 years the 6 months following our SM reunion (March 22). We have lived almost 36 of those years in rural Wellsville, Ks (25 miles south of Olathe), in order to live on land to keep an airplane (a major interest). We are blessed with two children; Karen & Brent, and their spouses and our terrific 6 grandchildren (the oldest are fun 19 year old identical twin boys). I am Mom and Grandmom at heart and will never retire from that, but as Bill retired from his job in 1998, we have traveled more. The majority of the time now, we enjoy going back to the lakes near Branson, an area we have loved for years and made friends there. We also enjoy together time spent in several areas of our Christian faith! At this "Season of Life" my motto;-( and yours too I bet),- is to relax--- have good fun ---and enjoy each other!!!!!!! (Reminds me of what we did together at beloved SM! How about calling ourselves "recycled teenagers" !) Send Joanie a MessageSend Joanie a Message
Terry Reuland
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November 27, 1939 retired physician Married 6
After graduating, I completed a Masters in Chemical Engineering at Cornell University. There I met and married a Kappa from upstate NY and was recruited to Cincinnati by P&G. After several years there, I shifted gears and obtained an M.D. degree from Univ. of Cincinnati and a Pulmonology specialty and practiced in Cincinnati until 2000. After that I was a medical director with the Mercy's in Cincinnati until last year. Debbie and I were married in 1988 after we both lost our first spouses to cancer.  We have a combined family with 6 children and 5  grandchildren. We enjoy sailboat racing at our summer home on Lake Geneva, WI, golfing and traveling often to visit grandchildren or to Arizona or Florida to visit friends and avoid the winter.  I am looking forward to renewing old friendships, making new ones and trying to recognize faces after 50 years. Send Terry a MessageSend Terry a Message
Henry Reynolds
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Retired hsreynolds.com Married 2
After graduation I attended Baker University for two years. I really did not enjoy college so in an attempt to try something new I joined the Army for three years. Then thinking that I could have more fun I transferred to the Naval Air Reserve for eight years. These tours of duty enabled me to complete my under graduate degree at Roosevelt University. I have been married for 43 years. My wife’s name is Jennifer and we have two children., Campbell and Stephanie. This last August, 2006, we were blessed with our first grand daughter. I retired from IBM in 1995 as Director of Research and Development Voice Products. We wintered in Florida for the next eight years. Then in 2004 we moved to Sarasota, Florida where we now live. Jennifer and I look forward to seeing you all in September 2007 Send Henry a MessageSend Henry a Message
PAULA LEHMANN (ROOD)
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Married 2

Such an inviting website!  Accolades to those responsible and my thanks  for all your efforts! 

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Roger Root
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January 07, 1939 Telecommunication Manager Married

From Shawnee Mission I went to Hanover College in Indiana, then the University of Kansas followed by the Peace Corps, teaching on a remote island in Thailand and becoming bilingual, then training Peace Corps Volunteers for service in Thailand and South Korea, then to grad school for an MS in Development Economics at the University of Hawaii. My wife and I married in Honolulu.
 
The rhythm of two-year project commitments worked well and I spent two years as a "fed" in Washington, D.C. working on rural development (and living through Watergate), two years with the State of Arizona working on human service reform, then several on-the-ground projects in rural Minnesota on economic development and telecommunications. I'm currently working for the State of Minnesota demonstrating and testing how personal telepresence communication technologies using the internet may enable business and social entrepreneurial opportunities -- including for people who are aging but who wish to continue living independently as long as possible.

Broadband communication on the internet is opening new possibilities for people in how we live and work -- including solutions to problems we may have previously thought unsolvable. I've been encouraging older people to use their knowledge and experience actively and forget about retirement. The internet makes it easy to think such thoughts and act on them.

Thanks to Peggy Willis Sherard for her determination to track me down and remember people in my tribe.

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Richard (Dick) Rundell
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college professor of German & film studies www.nmsu.edu Married 2
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