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Richard Schott
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Professor Married 2

After Shawnee Mission, I attended Stanford (’61) and Johns Hopkins (’64), then worked for a year in Vermont with a nonprofit student exchange organization. I then joined the Foreign Service and was posted to Bonn, London, and Washington, as a cultural affairs officer. I resigned in 1969 partly because of Vietnam and also the realization that the Foreign Service was not my cup of tea.  I went on for my doctorate in public affairs at Syracuse University, and was recruited to the new LBJ School of Public Affairs in Austin, where I have been on the faculty ever since.  My major interest is human behavior in large organizations from the perspective of psychology.  I have two children from my first marriage, both of whom are married and pursuing careers. I have been happily remarried for 20 years to a wonderful Hispanic woman from Austin -- Mary Jane. And we just learned that our daughter is expecting, so there is a grandbaby in the offing. I find time for a number of hobbies, among them archaeology, astronomy, sailing, and music; I play in a big-band (shades of the past) and also have studied pipe organ performance in Germany and built an organ in my home.  I am greatly looking forward to this reunion, especially as it is the first one I will have been able to attend.

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Carol Gradinger (Scott)
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Kudos to the website developers and to Pat Hanlon for her creative contribution! It's a challenge to summarize a half century in a few sentences . . . At top of my list are two wonderful daughters and my good-natured husband of 25 years! I attended SMU in Dallas for three years, married, and finished my bachelor's, plus postgraduate work, at UMKC. In my fifties I returned for a master's degree in counseling psychology at Avila. My training in sociology was great background for my years as marketing research manager at two ad agencies and as a free-lance research consultant. After completing my master's I worked as a program coordinator at CASA. Now my focus is volunteer work and writing. Also, now that we're both retired we hope to travel more. Looking forward to seeing classmates in September . . . Send Carol a MessageSend Carol a Message
Joe Seibert
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Retired Agricultural Statistician Married 3
50 years - lots of water has run under the bridge...Degree from K-State, Army Commission, Army Service, met and married current wife, Elaine, three daughters, worked for USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service 1958 - 1995 in Topeka, Phoenix, Portland, Ore, and Sacramento.  In Sacramento since 1972.  Two granddaughters.  Operated small Iris nursery. Worked for & managed plant nursery for a couple of years.  Now work part time for National Association of State Departments of Agriculture under contract to USDA NASS.  It's been good.  The only thing I would change is Elaine's health, which is not good. 

Went to her 50th High School reunion in Harford County, Maryland in June.  It was enjoyable and created a lot of new memories....But --- there was a lot of old people there.

You guys have your act together - the web site leaves little if any room for improvement and obviously a lot of time and thought have gone into getting this show on the road as a class act.  I probably won't be there, but this site makes me kind of wish I could.
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Peggy J Willis (Sherard)
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January 18, 1939 Retired Married 2
I feel I have had a great life! Married John T (Class of 55) in 1958. We have 2 wonderful children and 4 grandsons. We were able to see a lot of America traveling in our RV and were full timers for about 7 years. Our Children live close to us and we get to see a lot of them. My hobbies are geneology, clowning for a few years (that was quite an experience), traveling in our RV. I look forward to the reunion in 2007 and renewing friendships. Send Peggy J a MessageSend Peggy J a Message
Judy Hosch (Shoemaker)
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artist www.judyshoemaker.com Married 3
After graduation I went to college on the west coast. I earned a degree in art and began to teach. Five years ago I decided to get serious about my painting. It has been fun and very rewarding. We have five grandchildren who also make life worth living all over again. Looking forward to renewing old friendships next September! Send Judy a MessageSend Judy a Message
Elbert Smith
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Pediatrician, just retired Married 4
Married for 38 years to Marcie. Four kids: Pam, Laura, Matthew and Elizabeth. Seven grandchildren. I went to KU for my undergraduate degree and medical degree. I had my internship at Children's Hospital in Buffalo, NY. 44 inches of snow that winter drove me back to KC for my residency at the Children's Mercy Hospital. I then served two years in the Army Medical Corp. Luckily the call for Pediatricians in Nam wasn't very great. I joined a great guy by the name of Don Blim and we formed Pediatric Associates here in KC. That group now numbers 12 Pediatricians. I retired July 1, 2006. I golf, do my own gardening, walk a lot, read alot and am just getting used to not knowing what day it is. I hope, this being our 50th year reunion, that everyone who is able, will attend. See you then, Elbo Send Elbert a MessageSend Elbert a Message
Jack Smith
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Retired Colorado District Court Judge Married 3
My family moved from Fairway to Omaha in 1954, so I didn't graduate from Shawnee Mission; but I have been able to keep in touch with KC folks through Karen Robb and Elbert Smith. I got a law degree at Michigan in 1965, and Nancy (Saginaw, MI) and I were married the following year. We have lived in Denver since 1966. Nancy owns the Great American Quilt Factory, a retail quilting business, and allied businesses. I served as a county judge, then district court judge until 2003, and have now retired to part-time dockets. Our three grown daughters each have one son, so we are busy with grandchildren. In retirement, I have continued my work as coach of an inner city high school mock trial team, and indulging my passion for playing Irish and Appalachian traditional music on banjo, guitar, autoharp, and pennywhistle. I'm really looking forward to seeing all the Roesland Grade School gang at the reunion. Please let me hear from you! Send Jack a MessageSend Jack a Message
Richard (Dick) Spears
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I really look forward to seeing everyone, although I hope we have name tags--I wouldn't even recognize myself. We spend a few months each years running around the country in a motor home. After 26 years as a linguistics professor and 10 years in publishing and writing, I finally found something I do really well. Send Richard (Dick) a MessageSend Richard (Dick) a Message
Roy Strong
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Whats to say? I dropped out of school at the start of my senior year and went into the military where they sent me back to school for 52 weeks. If I wanted to get away from schooling I sure picked the wrong way to do it. I have worked in electronics for over 40 years. Three years ago I lost my wife of 43 years to cancer. Our home on 10 acres which, along with house work (I really had no idea how much time that requires!) maintenance of vehicles, house, land etc. makes me wonder how I ever had time to go to work for 40 hours! I have dated but have discovered that I am 67 going on 17. It's all new to me and I am relearning to dance and was told that in that respect I rated AAA, awful, atrocious and abysmal. I look forward to seeing classmates at the reunion but will refrain from dancing, don't want to cripple anyone. Send Roy a MessageSend Roy a Message
Ronald Sundelin
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Retired physicist Married 2
After graduating from Shawnee-Mission, I attended MIT for a BS in Physics, then went to Carnegie Tech (they changed the name to Carnegie-Mellon immediately after I graduated) for a MS and PhD in Physics. While in grad school, a 6‚€™8‚€¬Ě friend‚€™s car was broken down, and he needed a ride to a Tall Club party; the minimum height for men is 6‚€™2‚€¬Ě, so he invited me (if I drove). That was where I met my wife of 40 years, Esther (Frew), who worked as a nursing supervisor, homemaker, and nursing educator, and is now retired. This reunion will change the number of states she has been in from 49 to 50. After a couple years as a post-doc at Carnegie-Mellon doing elementary particle research, jobs for physicists were scarce, and I had only two job offers: a troubleshooter at a charcoal factory and a research scientist at Cornell University (I chose the latter). At Cornell, where I worked for 18 years, I specialized in accelerator physics, and led a group which developed superconducting accelerating cavities (like microwave ovens, except that they push particles to higher energies rather than heat things up). These cavities were used to accelerate electrons and positrons (anti-electrons, used to collide head-on with electrons) to energies over a billion electron-volts. These cavities turned out to be just what were needed to build a new accelerator at a new laboratory in Newport News, Virginia, so I ended up at Jefferson Lab as Associate Director, with a joint appointment as Professor of Physics at Virginia Tech. I worked at Jefferson Lab for 15 years, retiring in 2002. Esther and I have 2 children, Beth (1969; a homemaker and first grade teacher) and John (1974; a systems engineer who works on satellites and rockets). Beth has two children, Eric (1999) and Grant (2002), both of whom are lots of fun (Grant asks me questions such as ‚€œWhat‚€™s infinity plus infinity?‚€¬Ě). Our house in Yorktown has a lot of history: Washington‚€™s troops dug a road into the hillside down to a tidal creek, and built a pontoon bridge to haul artillery for the siege of Cornwallis at Yorktown; McClellan built two crib bridges behind the lot to attack the Confederates at Yorktown (unlike Cornwallis, they left); and the house was built by one of three NASA engineers credited with solving the final problem of getting astronauts to the moon and back by having a separate lunar orbiter. Hobbies include canoeing, motor boating (30‚€™ Sea Ray), inventing (electronic shelf labels), investing (3 days a month using computer programs that took me 4 years to write), studying astrophysics, old cars (recently bought a 1967 Olds ‚€˜98 with 24,000 miles on e-Bay to replace a rusted-out 1967 Olds ‚€˜88, with 205,000 miles, that I bought new), and traveling (just got back from 4 weeks in Newfoundland and Labrador). Send Ronald a MessageSend Ronald a Message
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