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Cindy Cox (Cramer)
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Retired Married 2
Ken and I met in Boulder, Colorado and have been married 44 years. We've lived in Dallas most of that time so we feel like natives. Our two children are grown and married, so now we have fun spoiling the grandchildren. We're both retired and love to travel, so we do as much of that as we can afford. Looking forward to travelling to Kansas City next September! Send Cindy a MessageSend Cindy a Message
Betsy Proudfit (Dalton)
retired Windsor Financial Group Married 3

SPOUSE'S OCCUPATION:  
 retired pension plan administrator, KC, KS Board of Public Utilities
GRANDCHILDREN:  3 girls and 3 boys
Daughter Pam and her husband Hanns live on a ranch in Spain near Malaga..good visiting.  Randy and wife and three children live in Desoto. Major Chris Dalton just finished his second tour in Iraq and now is at Naval War College in R.I.
George volunteers at St. Joseph's Hospital and I keep busy with bridge, Alpha Chi alums, DAR and PEO.  We enjoy traveling and being with the grandkids. 

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Robert Deane
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Briefly, I attended Harvard University, joined the Marine Corps, avoided Vietnam, obtained a Ph.D. in Economics from UCLA, married, had 5 children, divorced after 24 years of marriage, lost my oldest son just after the Persian Gulf War (he was a Marine), retired from my position as Chief Economist of the American Health Care Assn., moved to Thailand, took up golf, and remarried. I am presently waiting for the last of my children to marry and I am trying to get my handicap into single digits. Send Robert a MessageSend Robert a Message
Larry Derks
RETIRED! Married 5
After graduating from SMHS I spent some time working then joined the Army. After my stint with Uncle Sam, I went to work for Western Electric. I spent 35 years there and retired in 1996. My wife, Connie, and I have been blessed with 80 acres of wooded property in Buffalo, MO and we moved down there in March of 1998. Retirement is what life is all about! Connie and I have 5 children; Kurk who lives in Connecticut; Tammy Lea who lives in Floriday; Tonya who lives in New York; Ed who lives in Lee'sSummit and Tammie Sue who lives in Florissant, MO. We also have 14 grandchldren. Send Larry a MessageSend Larry a Message
Jim Dukelow
risk analyst and mathematician -- semi-retired Married 1
My wife, Kathryn, and I live outside the Tri-Cities, WA in the Ever-brown corner of the Evergreen State. I am semi-retired from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and do some part-time consulting and part-time teaching at the local campus of Washington State University. Kitty is just retired from PNNL and breeds and shows Rhodesian Ridgeback dogs. My daughter, Anne, lives in Roslyn, WA (if you have seen Cecily, Alaska, you have seen Roslyn) where she uses a broadband connection to continue her cottage business of creating web-site content. You used to have to know how to weld, etc. to make a living in the mountains. I play duplicate for fun, swim for exercise, and live the Navaho admonition, "Walk in Beauty", from our Red Mountain home. Send Jim a MessageSend Jim a Message
Dennis Dunklee
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University Professor Married 2
After spending 25 years as a school administrator in Topeka and completing my Ph.D at Kansas State University, I accepted a position as a professor at George Mason University (think final 4) outside of Washington D.C. I just completed my 20th year in the Education Leadership Department at GMU and am the author of 9 published textbooks on school law and leadership and over 100 professional journal articles. Wouldn't G. Merlin,""Pop" Snodgrass and Florence Huber be surprised? Oh, yes!!! And... Lorna Westfall (SM class of '57) and I have been married for 47 years and have 4 grandchildren. Send Dennis a MessageSend Dennis a Message
Lorna Westfall (Dunklee)
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After graduation from what is now Wichita State Univ, I taught junior high art in Topeka, KS for three years, and "retired" from that when the kids came along. Later I went to work at the Topeka Public Library for about 8 years until we moved to Virginia in 1986. In Virginia, I had a varied career...information desk at the State Department in Washington DC, front desk at a Reston, VA dental office, and finally, library assistant in the Fauquier County, VA public library system. I retired from that position in 2004, and am enjoying doing pretty much whatever I want to do...primarily working on our family's genealogy and getting lots of reading done. I do volunteer at the local neighborhood library one evening a week, just to keep my hand in. My husband Denny and I have two children...a son, Rich, who has just taken a job in the Kansas City area, and a daughter, Kelly, who has recently remarried after divorcing in 2005, and is now living in Florida with her new husband and is going through the process of blending two families. Our kids each have two children. Denny and I just celebrated our 48th wedding anniversary in June 2007. We love our house in the mountains west of Washington, DC Send Lorna a MessageSend Lorna a Message
John Durrett
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I spent my professional life as an Aerospace Engineer.  The first 20 years were in the U.S. Air Force, retiring as a Lt. Colonel.  The next 17 years I worked for various aerospace companies. 

 After Shawnee Mission, I went to the University of Kansas, where I got a B.S. in Aeronautical Engineering and then joined the Air Force.  The Air Force sent me to get my Masters in Aero Engr and later my PhD in Aerospace Engineering Sciences from the University of Colorado. (I loved those hardship tours...) 

My work ranged from flight planning on the X-15 rocket research airplane and other experimental aircraft in the 1960’s (really great assignments for a 2nd Lt.) to teaching Astronautics at the U.S. Air Force Academy in the 1970’s.  In the 1980’s I retired from the Air Force and went to work for Martin Aerospace (now Lockheed Martin) in Denver, Colorado designing and building classified satellites.  In the 1990’s I headed back East to the Washington D.C. area and supported the Pentagon on their Ballistic Missile Defense program.   In the mid-1990’s I transitioned to some classified space programs where I had my greatest professional rewards.

I retired in 1999, and am now living with my wife and our toy poodle in a retirement community in the suburbs of Phoenix, Arizona.  My wife and I celebrated our 31st Wedding Anniversary this summer.  Our children are doing well professionally: one as an attorney in Olathe, Kansas, and the other as an engineer for a telecommunications company in Dallas, Texas.  I am active in our community with the local computer club and have led groups in finance and digital imaging processing.  I teach online computer courses (7 total) in Photoshop (a digital imaging program) at myjanee.com.  I also consult on general computer problems with members of our retirement community.  I am looking forward to seeing my fellow classmates at this reunion. 

 

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Connie George (Elting)
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I met my husband, Gary, while I was at KU. We have been married 48 years. We have two sons and two grandsons who are just great! We taught in the Independence, MO Schools for 20 years. After the last of our parents died, we jumped ship and moved to Estes Park, CO where we lived our dream for 18 years. When Gary retired from Rocky Mountain National Park, we discovered it was very expensive to be retired and live in the mountain - so - back to Missouri. I am still involved in music - St. Joe Symphony, a string quartet and teaching privately. I look forward to seeing all of you in September. Send Connie a MessageSend Connie a Message
Richard Emanuel
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Wow -what a great website....and how quickly these 50 years have gone by!  To update everyone on what happened in my life -- After SMHS graduation I headed off to the University of Kansas on an NROTC scholarship.  Four and half years later, and in the course of two short weeks I graduated with an electrical engineering degree, married Joann - we met on a blind date in my junior year - and was commissioned in the Navy.  Our honeymoon was a cross country drive in February to San Diego, where it was off to the races; four years of sea duty in the amphibious fleet with duty stations in San Diego, Pearl Harbor, the Phillipines and Vietnam.  Following the Navy I stumbled onto industrial automation and have been working as an automation engineer, project manager and other sundry related occupations, all centered around automation and information systems, ever since.  Gizmos and projects were always a fascination and this career suited me perfectly.  We spent nearly seven years in Massillon OH working in the chemical industry, adopted our daughter Melanie there, witnessed the rust belt decline, and decided to head for sunnier climes in Colorado where we've been ever since;  well, except for a two year assignment in Sydney, Australia - what a great place to work and it included a fantastic three months at a very remote outback site in the Northern territory; seven years "temporary" assignment in Orlando, three years "temporary" assignment in San Francisco; you get the idea.  But it was always back to Colorado for us.  I'm still working for a great company - CH2M HILL, an environmental and industrial consulting firm which has recently been making it onto the Fortune list of best companies to work for.  As long as the projects are interesting and fun, and all the other things Joann and I want to do can also happen, I'll probably keep on, at least on a part time basis. 

What a great preparation Shawnee Mission high provided for these last 50 years.  I often think of the many great teachers we had, the quality of education that SHMS provided, and how the four years of SMHS have paid back over and over again.  I only wish all of the current crop of high schoolers could have the same.  And of course, all the great relationships, friends and "non-educational" experiences that went with ithe high school years.  

We are hoping to make it back for the celebration but are sorting out some work and scheduling conflicts.  Joann also has a 50th year reunion in Iowa the week before.  

Many thanks to those  who have organized such an outstanding way to share with each other and did all the hard work getting this and the upcoming events together.

My best to all - Rich SMHS '57!
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