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JIM LOSHER
REALTOR/RETIRED Married 3
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Judy Von De Linde (Marks)
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Retired-Exec. Dir. Public Schools Foundation Tippecanoe County Married 3

I have led a diversified life. I started college when my youngest was six months old, attending Memphis State Univ., University of Missouri and Purdue Univ. My husband, Jay (Classof ’55), is Professor Emeritus from the Food Science Dept. of Purdue Univ. As executive director, I ran the education foundation for 35 schools in Tippecanoe County, Indiana. For twelve years, I was the town manager for the Town of Battle Ground where I currently live. For a short time I was the President and COO of a title company. In 2003 I was appointed by the govenor of Indiana as a "Sagamore of the Wabash".  The highest honor bestowed by the govenor of the state.  Between my three children and seven grandchildren, I seem at a loss to get everything done. I live in a 150 year old Victorian house which takes care of any time or money I might have.  I will miss seeing everyone but must be home with my husband, who has cancer.

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Pat Martinson
Retired Single
My education is BS in Education, CMSC, MO; MS in Education, KU, KS.  Girl Scout Camp Counselor 10 summers in Missouri and Wyoming.  Teacher/Coach, Missouri 2 years and California 13 years.  Caregiver for mother in Kansas.  50+ fitness instructor, Kansas.  Head Gymnastic Coach/Gym Director in Missouri (worked with USGF/USAG Age Group Programs (boys & girls) and classes--continued teaching classes after retiring until gym closed) Active at church and I enjoy reading, gardening and crafts.
Don Mason
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Social Work 3
My wife, Charlotte (Dohrmann) Mason '58, and I are therapists in private practice working with children, adolescents, and families. May 30th I am supposedly retiring from my position with an adolescent residential treatment center, but am embarked upon creating a horticultural therapy program there which is just getting underway. I love my life! I am just completing a Master Gardner class with the County Extension Service. Gardening is one of my passions. Our three children live nearby, so we are delighting in being grandparents. I tell and write stories for them and sometimes for others. (Sandy Grubb edited a book of therapeutic stories for me which was published 10 + years ago.) Charlotte and I are buying an old farm house in southern Ohio for weekend and vacation use. Some year we will move there. What else? Charlotte is a Curves regular. We volunteer at the Animal Protective League and have two cats and two dogs of our own. I am a life long bicyclist. (In our garage are a recumbent, a tandem, and a city bike.) Last year we cycled across Nebraska. Heat, hills, and wind! Perfect for denying advancing age! That's all for now. Take care, Don Send Don a MessageSend Don a Message
Nancy Harter (Maxwell)
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Retired Divorced 2
I graduated from the university of Pennsylvania  in 1961, taught secondary English and History for 12 year's in a suburban High School.  I had married in 1959, son Richard born in 1964, divorced in 1966, and returned to Oklahoma in 1972.  Worked for the State of Oklahoma in Child Protective Services for almost 30 years, retired in 2001.  Had remarried in l974, daughter Melissa born in 78, divorced in 1998.  Master's in Human Relations from University of Oklahoma in 1988 and finished the course work for a Ph. D. in Human Development at OSU but had a massive heart attack in l992 and did not finish the program. Supervised Child Abuse investigations, Foster Care, and Adoptions in 16 different counties, became an "Okie". Son Richard and wife and four kids were in Stillwater as were Melissa and I until 2001, when I retired, and son's family moved to Amarillo, where he was an Engineer for Pantex.  Melissa took me on a Caribbean Cruise for  "quality mother daughter bonding time." She had completed two years of college, the divorce was a nightmare, and she thought we needed "away" time.  We boarded the maiden voyage of the Sea Princess in Orlando on January 28, 2000.  Within ten minutes we attended a "safety" meeting with instructions about lifevests, boats, etc.  I realized she was talking to someone, turned around, and she said "Mom, this is my new freind, Joshua Caldwell from Blackfoot, Idaho!"  Changed her lfe, and mine, forever!  Josh was there with two sets of grand parents, parents, two aunts and uncles and two sisters, so it was very easy for me to assess this beautiful family.  Within three days I knew this was no casual infatuation, and by the time we disembarked in Orlando, they were planning trips to Idho and Oklahoma.  On July 1st of 2000 Josh moved her, her earthly possessions, her Saturn, and her Great Dane with her head out the sunroof like the flying nun, to Idaho.  She worked for a year (drove an 18 wheeler in the potatoe harvest 10 days after she arrived) to establish Idaho residency, went back to school at Idaho State Univesity, they were married in May of 2002, she graduated in May of 2005, and they live in Blackfoot, about 30 miles north of Pocatello.  In 2004 I could see no reason to remain in Stillwater, had no money to travel as I had in the past, had visited Idaho several times, and decided to move to Pocatello, which is in the middle of 7 National Wildlife Refuges and a dozen more WMA's, day trips to the most beautiful places on earth.  I was doing contract training for the University of Oklahoma (CWS workers and foster parents) after retirement,and continued to do that through ISU for Idaho Child Welfare Research and Training for about two years after my relocation.
I live in Historic Old Town, a "Crooked Little House" which I love, built by the Union Pacific Railroad as a crew house in 1914, with ad hoc additons.  A lifelong conservationist, I am active in Audubon, the Nature Conservancy, and edit a Newsletter for Camas National Wildlife Refuge, my favorite place on earth next to the reef of Belize.  I have my 9th German Shepard, 104 pounds of exhuberance, and he is the best companion I could ask for. Would love to hear from or see anyone!
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Mary McCoy
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Professor, Biology Single 1
Autobiography for Mary Margaret McCoy
 
            Family-wise: I married Jack Makepeace, also Class of 1957, during our senior year of college.  We began dating when we were both 14 years old!!! The marriage was not notably long, but we produced a very wonderful daughter, Laura, who is now a veterinarian in Oregon.  We have two delightful granddaughters, Leah and Natalie, 15 and 12 years old.  I have not remarried, but I dote on my offspring, who bring me much happiness.
 
            Career-wise:  My career has centered on academia.  I studied at Colorado College and then at the University of Kansas.  I earned Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Ph.D. degrees at K.U. in Zoology and Entomology.  I worked at K.U. and then , for the last 30 years, at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas, where I made it to Professor. I am currently in the last year of phased retirement there.  I have taught all the fun courses at Washburn (zoology, entomology, parasitology, nature writing, etc.).  My most life-changing career event has involved seven trips to the tropical rainforests in Central and South America, where I studied tropical biology.  I love these forests, and they have shaped me as a biologist and as a person.
 
            Person-wise: I am basically the same person I was at twelve, when I collected tropical fish, watched animals in the woods, and drew.  As an adult I have been fortunate to continue in those interests, having swum with the giant manta rays, watched ocelots in Belize, and continued my artwork.  I am passionate about teaching and about the protection of ecosystems and their species for future generations.  I enjoy writing poetry and am focusing my artwork on fused glass.  I have had a stimulating, richly complex, and satisfying life.
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Marie Meyer (McDermed)
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August 03, 1939 retired Librarian Widowed
I have been reading all this for quite a while and just now realized that I was not on the list. Attended Emporia, taught just one year. Got my dream job as Children's Librarian with Kansas City Mo Public Library and stayed 41 years. Retired from the Plaza Branch. Widowed since 1999. Very busy with my Mom, family and church volunteering. Send Marie a MessageSend Marie a Message
Richard McLaughlin
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Physician/retired Married 4
After SMHS, I attended Oklahoma University and Kansas State University and then the University of Kansas Medical School, graduating in 1965.  After completing my OB-GYN residency in 1969 , I spent two years in the Air Force, stationed at Vandenberg AFB in California.  In September 1971, I moved to Springfield, MO and began the practice of Obstetrics and Gynecology.  This continued until my retirement December 31, 2006.  I am currently adjusting to my new life.  My wife of 19 years, Leanna, and I have seven grandchildren and the eighth is expected in December.  I have enjoyed our class website for several months now.  Thanks to all involved for your fine work in the planning of our up coming reunion.  See you in September.  Send Richard a MessageSend Richard a Message
George H (Herb) Mensch George H (Mensch)
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January 03, 1939 Retired Married 2
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Jane Thoe (Meyer)
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After four wonderful years at Shawnee-Mission, I went off to KU to major in Elementary Education.  I even student taught at Hickory Grove where I had attended 8th grade.  In spring of my senior year, a team from Pan American World Airways came to town.  In a stroke of great good luck they hired me as a "Stewardess."  I went to New York in April of 1962 for training and flew out of what became JFK for eight years.  I flew to Europe and the Middle and Far East for 8 years.  I saw wonderful places and met interesting people.  I even met the man who later became my husband, Fred, in Bankok.  He lived in San Francisco and I in Kew Gardens NY.  We managed to meet here and there in between.  Finally, in 1970 I received my transfer to San Francisco where I had always hoped to live.  We were married in 1973 in Carmel, California, a beautiful spot.  I was then flying to London, the Far East, and South Pacific.  We took advantage of our travel benefits from Pan Am and took many great vacation trips. I took early retirement from Pan Am in 1986 after 24 years then, I travelled back and forth to Mission to care for my mom and later to prepare her house for sale in 1990.  It was nice to be home in Mission during that time, but great to get back to San Mateo and home. Since it was time to get another job, I was fortunate to fin one first time out in records management at Franklin Trust Company (later Franklin Templeton), where I learned lots of interesting new skills. Then after eight years they transferred our department out of town and I was jobless again.  Again I was lucky as I found a position as an assistant to a friend from Pan Am who was an American Express Financial Advisor (more interesting new learning). She retired two years ago and I was laid off again so I retired too. Now I do some volunteer work, read a lot, and go to art and wine festivals. In August my husband and I go to Delmar, CA and Saratoga Springs, NY for the horse races.  We used to own and race some. We live on an island 25 miles South of San Francisco with a beautiful view up the Bay to San Francisco, the Bay Bridge and Oakland. We had no kids, but have good friends and 3 cats. It doesn't seem possible--50 years! Time sure goes quickly when you are having fun.  See you soon at the reunion.
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