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newt jones
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I attended Kansas University for five years, graduating in 1962 with a degree in architecture. If you have a lot of time and are a good listener, I'll try to tell you how I continued in school, graduating from UMKC with a DDS after my name. 

Married, with one child, I landed in Atchison, KS,  where I practiced dentistry for thirty-five years. My wife and I had two more children and entered fully into the life of our wonderful community. Sadly, Lynn died at an early age. Happily, I raised three great kids who have gone on to make their father very proud. My daughters are both in the Washington DC area, and my son lives in Portland, OR. I have five grandchildren, all of whom are very special and very bright, of course!

I retired in 2005, and moved to Kansas City and was fortunate to find a terrific condominium just east of the Plaza. I truly feel kike I;ve returned home. 

I'm sorry that I will not be with the SMH crowd inSeptember. My college fraternity brothers will be at my house that same weekend celebrating our 50th year, also. I know that a great time will be had by all.

Best wishes to everyone, and a special "thanks" to those who have worked so hard to make this reunion a reality.
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Sara Lynn Thompson (Jones)
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Larry and I have been happily married for more than 45 years, living in Kansas City.  We have 2 children.  Brud and his wife, Lauri, live within walking distance here in Mission Hills.  Their two children, Abbey and Spencer, can ride their bicycles to our home.  How lucky can Grandparents be! Our daughter, Patience, and her husband, Bill, lived in Kansas City for several years; however, they have been in northern Virginia, just outside Washington DC, for the past seven years. They have three children, William, Thompson, and Hayden. Even with the distance, we find reasons to visit frequently. 

We spend most of our time in Kansas City and part of the winter in Indian Wells, California, playing some golf and enjoying the milder winter weather.

The Shawnee Mission Reunion committee has done an outstanding job, from the planning of the events to everything on the website.  The Roesland Grade School pages are wonderful and a surely a “walk down memory lane”.  Thank you to everyone for the taking the time to make all this happen. 

Looking forward to a special weekend and renewing friendships!

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Nancy Crummett (Kalodner)
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In Brief: After KU, on to New York City and a Master’s Degree from NYU where I also worked in the advertising world for several years. Married in the mid- 60’s to an NYU law professor, we were in one of the first waves of the brownstone-renewal movement in Park Slope, Brooklyn while our summer getaway cottage in the Berkshires providing the needed respite for summers and weekends.    Our son, Joel, was born in 1971 and by the time he was ready for school, I decided I’d much prefer to raise a country kid than a city-smart one. Joel went through pre-school through 9th grade here in the Berkshires of Massachusetts; high school at Andover, college at Haverford and got his law degree at U. Michigan. He’s a world traveler and occasional lawyer. Meanwhile, his father and I went our separate ways, and I became a full-time member of the Monterey, MA community … as a Mom, real estate broker with my own firm and active in the cultural world here. I’m currently serving on several Boards: Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival; The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center; Community Access to the Arts and IS 183 Art School. Real estate has been a terrific career for me, and from 1985-2002 I was traveling all over the country … several times teaching/training in Professional Standards for (among many others) the Kansas, Nebraska and the Missouri Associations of Realtors. I was named the Massachusetts State Realtor of the Year, the Educator of the Year, and was the National Chairman of NAR’s Professional Standards Forum in the 1999. I still work whenever I’m in the county … and it’s still just plain Fun.
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C. Robert Keeley
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Well what to say after 25 and 50 years?  Don't get up set about the picture it is only one I have had take in the last 15 years. Hampton provoked me into posting a picture. What can I say.

I hope attend the reunion in September but I'm not sure, depends on the weather. 

As some of you know I have two daughters one of which has made me a grandfather three times over.  The grandchildren are all girls and I get to spoil them at every opportunity.

See you all soon.
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Thomas Kirby
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Well, its 50 years later.  I'm a husband, father and grandfather.   I met my wife, Evelyn Patterson, while in college at what is now New Mexico State University.  We have one daughter, Jennifer Kirby, who married a wonderful Canadien reseach scientist and both work at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.  Jennifer is the Chief Resident at the UVa Hospital.  They have two wonderful boys, Thomas and Henry Lysiak, 5 years and 7 months old, respectively.  Evelyn and I are both retired from our 'real' jobs and  Evelyn is deeply involved in quilting and I am an artist, a painter.

After Shawnee Mission, I joined the 'Sputnik era' cadre of future engineers and scientists and went off to New Mexico to attend school (1958) and work as a co-op at what is now White Sands Missile Range near Las Cruces, New Mexico.  Because of the physics class schedules, I had to leave the coop program if I wanted to graduate in a reasonable time.  I began working as a student in planetary astronomy at New Mexico State University for Clyde Tombaugh, famed for discovering Pluto.  I worked for him through my bachelor (1965) and master's (1970) degrees in physics and astronomy until 1975.  During that period, among other adventures in astronomy, I had the opportunity to work on some of the early Mars Mariner space missions at JPL as part of the imaging team.

In 1975, Evelyn, Jennifer and myself, left New Mexico and came to Maryland.  I was offered a position at the National Security Agency and we settled down in Bowie and have lived here ever since.  I immensely enjoyed my work at the Agency and had a wonderful time.  I retired in 2004 and have been working primarily as a painter in watercolor, oil and acrylics.  I got hooked around 1980 and have been wielding a brush since then.  Now I'm at it full time.
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Jacques (Buster) LaFrance
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It will be great to see all of you, those I knew in high school and those I didn't get a chance to know. Either way I believe we have changed enough in 50 years that I don't now know those I used to know and it will be great to get to know you again. After high school I spent a lot of time in college, 12 1/2 years, getting two bachelor's degrees, a Kansas teaching ceritificate, a master's degreee and a Ph. D. Since then I have spent most of my life so far (it is not over yet!) teaching Computer Science at different schools: Wheaton College, Oral Roberts University, Oklahoma State University, Southwestern Oklahoma State University, and Southeastern Oklahoma State University. The latter two were one year visiting professor positions after I had retired. Now I am retired again and developing a tutoring business. Except for seven years with a company in Tulsa developing artificial intelligence software I have concentrated on teaching others. I met my wife in 1964 and we were married in 1965 when I started at the Unviersity of Illinois where she was working on a Ph.D. in educational psychology. Our daughters were born in 1970 and 1972. One is in Natick, Massachusetts, and the other in Lawrence, Kansas. Neither is married yet. My wife was murdered in 1995 and the next year I remarried a widow whose husband had also died tragically. Now we enjoy living outside of town with lots of nature around us. But we may move to a retirement center in the next few years. I gave up running after I developed foot problems and an embarrassing unmentionable problem. Now I ride my recumbent bicycle as much as I have time for and the weather permits. I switched from a touring road bike to a recumbent eight years ago and have been impressed with how comfortable and natural it is. Those other bikes are an archaic design! Besides bicycling I enjoy nature study and am a volunteer naturalist with the Oxley Nature Center in Tulsa. I try to keep up with some of what is happening in all fields of science and have especially enjoyed studying cosmology. From the cosmos to the microcosms, we live in an incredible universe. How can one look at all these marvels of science and not be in awe of the Creator. His love for us is absolutely amazing when we see what he has made for us and then to have paid the ultimate price on our behalf so we can enjoy his creation forever. WOW! Take good care of yourselves so I can see you in September. I am staying healthy so I can be there. Cheers! Send Jacques (Buster) a MessageSend Jacques (Buster) a Message
Robert Langham
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I left KU after two years and joined the Air Force. I was able to qualify for Avaition Cadet Navigator Training in Harlingen, Texas. Received my commission and navigator wings in March 1961. Married Joan (Folds) Langham March 11, 1961. We have a Boy and a Girl and two Grandsons. I spent the next 22 years in the Air Force and retired as a Lt. Col. in 1982, just in time for our 25 reunion. I went on to become a consultant business owner and manager for the next 18 years and retired in 2000 to Florida. I am currently racing at least once a month (no big suprise right) and driving a school bus to keep busy and pay for my race tires. My wife of 46 years is a Florida Master Gardner and has continued as an Artist. Send Robert a MessageSend Robert a Message
Myra Lewis (Lawson)
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Joanie Phillips Qualls told me to look at this, and I finally did on a rainy Christmas night on the Oregon coast. This is Fun. I'll BE there on Sept. 21! Oh, and Merry Christmas to all. Send Myra a MessageSend Myra a Message
Pam Morton (Lester)
November 20, 1939 retired Married 2
Love watching this web site.  It will be fun seeing all SM classmates in September

I missed the 50th because of a family illness but will certainly attend the 55th (God willing and the creeks don't rise).  All is well with me & my family here in good old Wichita, Ks.  I am lucky to have both daughters and their families here.  
Let me know if I can help track down anyone in and around this area.
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Linda Wittlake (Lewis-Taylor)
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Since early retirement from college teaching in San Jose, Ca. in 1995, I have been living in the little mountain of Nevada City, Ca and loving it. My wonderful husband died last year which was quite a big blow. We were both heavily into photography (re: my web site) and I miss him terribly. Now I spend a great deal of time with my draft horses, both riding and driving them. I have a Shire mare and a Norwegian Fjord mare, both wonderful friends. I do a lot of equine photography and participate in numerous CDE horse driving events. I bet nobody else from our class does this. Anyway, the rest of the time is spent traveling and playing tennis. My son is relatively nearby in Morgan Hill, Ca and we are very close. Send Linda a MessageSend Linda a Message
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