Peggy Willis Sherard is contacting all classmates. We are updating our class master list. If your email/address/phone changes please email Peggy firstname.lastname@example.org so master list can be updated
It is official Shawnee Mission High School has changed mascot from Indian to Bison.
Elbo Smith has created a page for classmates on facebook. It is called Shawnee Mission Class of 1957 and we would love to have you join.
We do plan to have a 65th reunion September 2022. Peggy is creating a new up to date email list so we can keep you informed as to date/time/place.
Sorry to have to report that Barbara New Smith died April 27, 2022 attended Overland Park grade school lived in Overland Park, Kansas
Mary Ann Price Adams
Warren Richards Haskin
Warren and I laughed when paying our monthly bills, on Jan 31st, seeing that Feb 2nd would be 2-2–22. We decided to do something to make that unique date memorable. Little did we know that following an afternoon of robust and joyful phone conversations with our daughters and other family members, Warren would fall ill that evening. He wanted to sleep it off, but by morning I knew it was serious. EMS came. The wonderful paramedics, doctors and nursing staff at St. David’s South Hospital did everything they could, professionally and lovingly. I will be forever grateful for their kindness and great care.
Warren joined his mother, father and brother in Heaven in the early hours of 2-2-22. Those who knew him or simply encountered him undoubtedly have stories to tell about their experience. He was truly larger than life, inspiring and encouraging others to recognize and achieve their best selves. He lived his philosophy and never stopped growing, which made him a fun and stimulating partner, always envisioning better ways and reaching out to others. In the last decade of his life he wrote three novels about two of his great passions, baseball and inspiring kids. They are available on Amazon Books under the names Metal Spikes I, ll, III, by Warren Haskin. He incorporated foundational elements for success in life, sports, business and relationships within those stories.
Warren never wanted a traditional funeral; he adhered to the verse in the Bible that one should mourn at birth and celebrate at death, so we will be holding a celebration of his life with family and close friends in Kansas City on July 4. His only brother passed on January 4 of this year. The Fourth of July was always the brother’s very favorite holiday. Both of them were veterans and served proudly. We will raise the flag in their honor at Bob’s home where his wife Cindy still resides.
If you wish to do something in Warren’s memory, he would be most pleased if you did something to encourage or help a child, either your own or someone else’s. Warren believed that his father’s involvement and encouragement for his participation in team sports, specifically baseball, and his mother’s teaching about Jesus gave him the confidence and vision to lead an inspired and happy life. It would also please him, if you’ve never read the Bible, to find a copy of a modern translation of the New Testament and read Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. There are many free BIBLE Apps, now. Warren built the last 50 years of his life on the teachings of Jesus. I will miss most our nightly prayers. We would come together for five or ten minutes at bedtime to thank God for His love and the care of each other and His provision and then intercede for the needs of others we knew and our world as a whole. If you are in a relationship, I encourage you to pray together. Very special things happen when you come together before our Father in Heaven, lay down your relationship and needs before him and give thanks for your blessings.
If you want to do something for me, tell me a story of how he impacted your life or send me a joke or something funny. One of the reasons I married Warren, he was the first man who made me belly laugh on a consistent basis. He had great wit and a quick sense of humor. I love to laugh and will miss laughing with him over silly things dozens of times a day.
Thank you for your calls of support and your messages of love.
Phillip D. McManus, 82, passed away peacefully at home on January 31, 2022. He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas F. McManus and Ruth McManus Metz. Phil spent the summers of his early years on the farms of his mother’s family in Great Bend, KS. He graduated from Shawnee Mission High School in 1957. One of Phil’s major accomplishments was graduating from Kansas State University after 9 years of fun filled studies. Phil spent the majority of his career in sporting goods sales. He thoroughly enjoyed an adventure and spent many years canoeing rivers across the country. Sharing his stories with occasional embellishment was one of Phil’s favorite past times. And, his prolific story telling led to his election as the first mayor of Westport. Phil left remarkable impressions on his many friends. On October 1, 1983 he married Janet Latz and was immediately embraced by her loving family. A celebration of Phil’s life will be held on Saturday, February 12, 2022, 2:00-4:00 p.m. at Kelly’s Westport Inn.
We were so sorry to hear that our classmate Roger Bell passed away January 17, 2021. Roger lived in Lenexa, Kansas.
So many classmates have already commented on what a very nice friend he was to all.
Robert Morgan "Bob" Kroenert
We are sad to share that Bob died December 12, 2020 age 81 Centennial, Colorado. Bob attended Westwood View Elementary and graduated from Shawnee Mission High School in 1957. He was a Corporate defense trail lawyer here in Kansas city, Missouri.
PHILLIP AUSTIN ENLOW
With heavy hearts, we announce the death of our classmate Phil Enlow born in Kansas City, Missouri. Phil graduated in 1957 from Shawnee Mission North High School and attended Shawnee Grade School. It is so sad he died of Covid. He lives behind his wife Vickie, his son Eric (Jennifer) and his great grandchildren Coleson, Cooper and Hannah.
Carole A. Grimm Faltermeier
Carole 81 of Shawnee, Kansas passed away Tuesday November 10, 2020 at her home. She is survived by her husband Albert.
Robert (Bob) Alderson Jr.
We received word that Bob died June 5, 2020 of cerebral hemorrhage in Topeka, Kansas. Bob attended Prairie Grade School and was born June 24, 1939.
Carol Ann Troutz Bennett
We are sorry to have to report Carol died December 20, 2019 here in Overland Park, Kansas.
Bob Dean Hamlett
We received word that Bob died April 6th, 2020. So far an obit has not been found. We plan on contacting his wife to convey our sorrow and ask if she might have information on how to locate his obit.
March 28, 2020 from Dave Trump Hunkered down here in Redondo Beach, CA. Olivia and I are well and hopeing for a few more years together. Thanks to great friends and neighbors we have keep our kitichem well supplied. Wish our children were closer but we stay in touch every day. Tnank God for FaceTime! I think of all my SMHS classmates frequently. Sure wish we could all be together again. Take care and stay safe. Love to all, Dave Trump
We are concerned about all our classmates!! We welcome all to log into the Guest Book section of our site and let us know how you are and what you have been doing during these past terrible days. We pray you stay safe and well.
Robert David Stulz
With sadness we have to report Bob died Feb. 3, 2020. He lived in Kansas City, Missouri :(
So sorry to hear Pat Hammond died January 8th, 2020 after a short illness. She attended Roesland Grade School
Alice (Bob Gallagher's Widow kindly sent Bob's obit to us)
Robert N Gallagher, age 79 of De Sota KS passed away on April 2, 2018. Bob was born in Kansas City, KS on February 14, 1939. He moved to Mission with his parents in the 1940's and later to Overland Park. He graduated with the class of 1957 Shawnee Mission High School. He met his wife, Arlice, at the University of Kansas in 1960. They were married in 1962. in 1967 Bob purchased a die cutting business with a partner which he operated for about 35 years. In 2002 Bob sold the business and retired to his little farm near De Sota. Bob loved his family and was interested in all the civilities of his grandchildren. Bob is survived by his wife, Arlice, four children, 19 grandchildren (another grandchild preceeded him in death) and 9 great grandchildren.
Gail Bannon SuddarthWe have been notified by a classmate and confirmed by Tall Grass Creek Overland Park, Kansas that Gail Bannon Suddarth died June 7th, 2019 at Tall Grass Creek. Gail attended Hickory Grove Grade School and many classmates remember her from Troop 47 Thelma Grubb's Girl Scout Troop.Ctrl/Cmd+V
Obit was in July 7th, 2019 Kansas City Star Newspaper
We received sad news from Alvah (Bud) Young that his wife Rose died March 31st, 2019 after a long battle with cancer.
Bill passed at 7am Wed. Aug. 22, 2018 peacefully at his home in Tennessee. His wife Dee says cremation.
Celebration of Life will be September 16, 2018 2 - 4:30 pm at Rarity Bay Club.
Bill lived at 257 Osprey Circle Vonore, Tennessee 37885 I am sure cards to Dee would be welcome.
Judy Kay Walter
Marilyn Moyer Mitchell has told us she believes Judy Kay Walter died Sunday Aug. 12, 2018. We believe a memorial service will be in Sept. As soon as I find as obit I will post it and let you know when the memorial service is scheduled for.
Arlice (Bob Gallagher's wife) shared with us that Bob died 4-2-2018. Bob was a Hickory Grove Classmate and lived in Desota, Kansas. We are so sorry to have received this news.
ALAN AL HEITSCHMIDT Alan "Al" Heitschmidt, 78, passed away on Thursday, May 17, 2018 at Delmar Gardens of Overland Park. Alan was preceded in death by his father, Elbert; mother, Winnie; and brother, Bob. He is survived by his sister, Sherry; brother-in-law, Bill; nephews, Mike and Chris; sister-in-law, Pat; and goddaughter, Dominique. Alan worked for the US Postal Service his entire career, however his legacy was the young people he mentored throughout his life. He loved all things KC sports and KU basketball. In lieu of flowers, Alan's request was for any contributions to go to the Alzheimer's Association in memory of his mother. Blessings to his physician team, his caregivers along the way, and in the end, to KC Hospice and Delmar Gardens. Visitation will be held from 9-10 AM followed by a funeral service at 10 AM on Saturday, May 26th at Old Mission United Methodist Church, 5519 State Park Road, Fairway, Kansas. Graveside service to follow at Johnson County Memorial Gardens, 11200 Metcalf Ave, Overland Park, KS 66210.
Dear relatives and friends,
Thank you so much to those of you who joined us for deAnn’s celebration of life & visitation plus your many wonderful sympathy cards & emails. The flowers we received were beautiful. The donations to her charities were very much appreciated and meaningful.
A little side note to some of you who admired her wooden casket. The casket was hand made by Trappist Monks of the Mellery Abby in in Peosla, Iowa, which was established in 1849. The casket was blessed by Friar Allser of the Abbey. deAnn & I preferred the simple wooden caskets when we purchased our plot 15 years ago at the Resurrection Cemetery in Lenexa, Kansas . Her mother, Dorothy Johnston Crabb and her husband Bill are buried near by in the same cemetery. All of us feel blessed to have so many who knew & loved our sweet deAnn. She will be missed very very much by all of us!
David and Nancy
Derek and Jennifer
Our classmate DeAnn Johnson Moore's Information
Thursday, January 25th
Overland Park Funeral Chapel
8201 Metcalf Avenue
Overland Park Kansas
Friday, January 26th
Village Presbyterian Church
6641 Mission Road
Prairie Village Kansas
We will have a short burial service at the cemetery after the funeral
followed by a luncheon reception at Overland park Funeral Chapel.
For more information on deAnn and arrangement details, please visit her
Legacy page https://www.overlandparkchapel.com/notices/Carolyn-Moore
Best Regards, Sam, David and Derek
BART EVERETT 8-24-39 - 1-9-2018
A service and celebration of life will be held Saturday, January 13th, beginning at noon at St. Martin of Tours Church, followed by a gathering at his home. We welcome you to join us.
St. Martin of Tours Church...
A sad update from DeAnn Johnson Moore's husband Sam
A brief note to let you know that we had to place deAnn in the hospital on Christmas eve and today she was transferred back to Brighton Gardens. She is not doing well at all and don’t think she will survive to much longer. Her quality of life is just about to the end. I am doing what I can, but the boys and I have decided not to extend her life by any artificial means. We are having hospice to come in to lend what assistance they can. Sorry to make this so brief, but I struggle with typing a very long message. Will let you know more later, but her prognosis is not good! God Speed, Sam
Pete Lorenz telephoned Peggy Sept. 20, 2017 and wants all to know that interment/services will be Sept. 29th 2PM Highland Park Cemetery 38th and State Kansas City for Bob Deane's ashes. For further information you may telephone Pete Lorenz 816-830-1988
We have received word from Pete Lorenz that Bob Deane's brother Carl informed him that Bob Deane died (believe 12-1-2016) in Thailland. Pete says as soon as Carl gives him his obit he will share with us. We send our condolences to his wife Mayo from our 1957 class.
update: Pete Lorenz just informed Peggy (4-26-2017) that there is no obit ashes to come from Thailland and then be buried here in Kansas City.
Letter from classmate Don Mason that was read at 60th reunion Sept. 9th, 2017 Thank you Don we enjoyed your letter and look forward to seeing you at our 65th.
August 19, 2017
Class of 1957
Shawnee Mission North High School
I am truly saddened to be missing this reunion, but my overcoat has a few rents in it which I am choosing to have repaired in a few days. The surgeon who will be making the repairs observed that I appear to be a youthful 78 and then added that he thought I should have at least "another 6 to 8 years".. Not so, I have more miles to ride, pictures to paint, and high school reunions to attend.
My grade school/high school years were both the best and worst of times. Alcoholism marred my early home life and though I knew I was loved there was no joy there. That darkness was compensated for by the warmth and security I experienced at Prairie and Shawnee Mission. I don't recall ever wanting to skip a class. My classes were stimulating, fun, and often so very memorable. Who could forget Russell Anise rushing thru the door for morning English class with an electric razor cord wrapped round his waste to hold his pants up - or - Coach Reed, with one of his big Florsheim shoes planted on a desk top, announcing that he had a "knuckle sandwich" for those who continued to clown around in his class. It was also Coach Reed who endorsed my Pep Club skit performances by counceling me to consider a career in Hollywood. For me that senior year of Friday Pep Club assemblies was like being awarded an Olympic Gold Medal. Nothing topped performing before 1500 cheering laughing classmates. I went on to college, married, joined the Peace Corps, raised a family and had a satisfying career as a clinical social worker. (I do sometimes wonder how my life would have been different had I traveled out to Hollywood. So many paths in life that could have been taken.)
I share my story with you because I believe it was the experiences I had growing up with you in Johnson County that provided the durable foundation I needed for the challenges and opportunities that have been my life since. Every one should be so fortunate as to be showered with the affection and support of their teacchers and friends as I was. It is said that we never know when we are making a memory. You made so many happy memories for me. I can honestly say that knowing you made my childhood and teenage years the best of times.
CLASSMATES ATTENDING MARRIOTT DINNER SEPT. 9TH (start time 6PM)
Peggy Willis and John Sherard (Kansas) Hickory Grove Grade School
David P (Pete) Lorenz & Denny (Kansas) Westwood View GS
Raymond Haguewood and Patricia (Kansas)
Steve Bostwick and Lenora Prosser Graham (Colorado)Prairie & Hickory GS
Vivian Westhoff Wilkerson (Kansas)
Ron Wyancko and Doris Ann Pye (Virginia) Prairie GS
Louis Asner & Vicki (Kansas) Roesland & Hickory GS
John Mitchell and Marilyn Moyer Mitchell (Missouri) Prairie & Westwood View
Alvah (Bud) and Rose Young (Kansas) Shawnee Grade School
Tom and Carolyn Holzmann (Texas)
Carol Culp Bybee and Terry (Texas) Hickory Grove Grade School
Linda Wilson (Mexico) Hickory Grove Grade School
Peggy Lorey Bysel (Kansas) Shawnee Grade School
Jim Losher and Marilyn (Colorado) Roesland GS
John Shriner and Mary (Missouri) Merriam GS
Janet Powell Dyson Fleemer & Merle Dillman (Indiana) Hickory Grove
Lynda Dick Feuerborn (Kansas) Roesland GS
Waverly Anderson Lewis and her two sisters Georgeann Anderson Mai & Jana Rae Anderson Corbin (Kansas) Hickory Grove
Bill Stueck and Bo (Kansas) Corinth GS
Bud Benjes and Diane (Colorado) Prairie GS
Ron Abbott & Rosemary (Kansas) Hickory & Westwood View GS
Roger Pulley and Jacque Becker (Missouri) Prairie GS
Frank Smith (Kansas) Shawnee Grade School
Mary Childers Foster (Kansas) Merriam Grade School
Susan Cooper Bonjour (Kansas) Merriam Grade School
Bud and Linda Maskill (Kansas)
Phil McManus (Kansas) Roesland Grade School
Betsy Lyon Hamm (Kansas) Westwood View Grade School
Doris Atherton Ranck (Kansas) Hickory Grove & Roesland GS
Roger & Pat Bell (Kansas)
Barbara Scholtens & Jerry Johnson (Kansas)
Robert & Julie Smith McLean (Neb.) (Bob Shawnee GS)
Herb Ashner (Kansas) Hickory Grove Grade School
Dave Trump (California) Prairie Grade School
Bob and Ruth Ann Alderson (Kansas) Prairie Grade School
Kay Page Thomas (Colorado) Merriam Grade School
Myra Lewis and Jim Lawson (Oregon) Prairie Grade School
John Overman (Kansas) Prairie Grade School
Corrine Rolfs Moulton (Missouri)
John Martin and Patti Browder (Missouri) Shawnee GS (Only 8th grade)
Bill and Dee Garrett (Tenn.) Hickory Grove Grade School
Sandra Johnson Dobras and Victor (California) Prairie GS
Judy Fields Howard (Texas)
Dave Hendricks (Texas) Westwood View GS
Hugh Lybarger (Kansas) Corinith GS
Judy Gillespie Shaw and Larry (Kansas)
Gordon Kauffman (Kansas) Overland Park GS
Carol Gradinger Scott and Fred (Kansas) Roesland GS
Paula Pachlhofer North (Missouri) Hickory Grove GS
Warren & Sherry Haskins (Texas) Hickory Grovve GS
Sandy and Jan Bergeson (Missouri) Merrriam GS
Sherron Gould George and Dave (Texas) Prairie GS
George (Herb) Mensch and Linda (North Carolina)
Suzanne Talbot Baker (Kansas) Hickory Grove Grade School
Tom and Rhetta Johnston (Kansas) Hickory and Cornith)
94 Marriott Dinner
Mary Thompson Riney (Iowa) Hickory Grove GS
Marlene Johnson Hales and Mike (Kansas)
Hugh Myers and Sigrid August Myers (Minn.) Hugh Prairie GS
Joanie Phillips Qualls and Bill (Ks) Prairie GS
Jim Dukelow (Wa.) Prairie GS
Susie Lane Heese and David Heese (Neb.) Westwood View GS
Nancy Crummett Kalodner (Mass.) Westwood View GS
Ray and Janet Johnson (Co.) Merriam & Hickory 3rd grade
Mary McCoy (Ks.) Hickory Grove GS
Darleen McMillen Penland and spouse Bill (Ks.) Roesland GS
RSVP'S FOR SEPT. 8TH FRIDAY AT BILL AND BO STUECK'S
2 Joanie Phillips Qualls and spouse Bill
2 Peggy Willis Sherard and spouse John Yes coming
1 Judy Fields Howard
2 Jim Losher and spouse Marilyn
2 Bill Garrett and spouse Dee
2 Bud Maskell and Spouse Linda
1 Robert Stulz
1 Peggy Lorey Bysel
1 Susan Cooper Bonjour
1 Mary Thompson Riney
2 Bob Alderson and spouse Ruth
2 Warren Haskin and spouse Sherri
2 Pat Taylor Yulich and spouse Bob of class of 55
2 Darleen McMillen Penland and spouse Bill (8-3-yes confirmed coming says will send check for sat. night)
1 Herb Ashner
2 Pete Lorenz and spouse Denny
2 Ray Haguewood and spouse Pat
2 Jeneane Hubert Ismert and spouse Gene
1 Ethel Withers Morse
2 Pat Hanlon Hammond and spouse Bob
1 Luella Wilkinson Powers
2 Dick Hammond and spouse Carol
1 John Overman
2 Myra and Jim Lewis
2 Sue Callies Spencer and spouse Tom
1 John C Martin
2? Jim Hixon and spouse Nancy
2 John Mitchell and Marilyn Moyer Mitchell
2 Sara Thompson Jones and spouse Larry
1 Ron Abbott (Rosemary isn't able to attend)
2 Lou Asner and spouse Vicki
1 Steve Boswick
1 Lenora Prosser Graham
1 Doris Atherton Ranck
3 Waverly Anderson Lewis &sisters Jana Anderson Georgeann Anderson Mai
1 Jim Dukelow
1 Mary Sue Childers Foster
2 Tom Holzmann and wife Kay
2 Alvah (Bud) Young and wife Rose
1 Betsy Lyon Hamm
1 Linda Wilson
2 John Shriner and wife Mary
2 Carol Culp Bybee and husband Terry
1 Lynda Dick Feuerborn
2 Carol Gradinger Scott and husband Fred
2 Judy Gillespie Shaw and husband Larry
2 Jay Hansen and wife Mary Ann
1 Suzanne Talbot Baker
2 Julie Smith McLean and husband Bob McLean (both of our class)
2 Sandy Johnson Dobras and husband Victor
1 Roger Pulley
1 Phil McManus
2 Janet Powell Dyson Fleemer Dillaman and Merle
1 Frank Smith
2 Bud Benjes and Diane
1 Dave Hendricks
1 Gordon Kauffman
1 Dave Trump
2 Barbara Scholtens Johnson and spouse Jerry
2 Dr. Roger Bell and spouse Pat
2 John Martin and Patti J. Browder
1 Corrine Moulton
2 Sheron Gould and Dave George
2 Herb Mensh and spouse Linda
2 Marlene Johnson Hales and spouse Mike
2 Tom and Rhetta Johnston
2 George (Herb) and Linda Mensch
2 Hugh Myers and Sigrid August Myers (both of our class)
2 Harry House and wife Carolyn
2 Verla Fern Robert Baker and spouse James W. (Overland Park GS)
1 Nancy Crummett Kalodner (Mass.) Westwood Grade School
2 Susie Lne Heese and husband David (Neb.) Westwood View GS
2 Ray Johnson and spouse Janet (Co.) Merriam GS and Hickory 3rd grade
1 Paul Diehn (California) Roesland and Linwood GS
2 Henry (Hank) Krug and wife Ann (Ks.) Prairie Grade School
1 Mary McCoy (Ks.) Hickory Grove GS
2 Pat Hanlon Hammond and husband Bob (Mo.) Roesland GS
2 Ron Wyanko and his wife Doris Ann Pye Wyanko
WHEE! What a great mini-reunion we had this past Friday, October 30th at the Nelson-Atkins Art Gallery. We came together as a class to celebrate the fact that our class gift to our school - "Utah Highlands" painting by Thomas Hart Benton -- is now on permanent loan to the Gallery. The painting may be viewed anytime in the American Art Gallery section of the museum. Note: there is a sign posted next to the painting telling that it was, indeed, our class that gave this gift.
Our celebration occurred in conjunction with the current Thomas Hart Benton exhibit "American Epic" which will be on view until January 3, 2016. We met for an exceptionally delicious lunch in the Rozelle Court and had plenty of time for fellowship and photos. Then we went over to the Bloch building where we met docents who guided us through the exhibit. We ended up in the American gallery where our painting is on display.
Our day passed too quickly and many indicated that they would love another reunion in time for our 60th anniversary.
Thanks to Ron Abbott (and his wife Rosemary) as well as to his committee consisting of Bill Harsh (Connie), Tom Johnston (Rhetta), and Peggy Willis Sherard (John) for all their hard work in pulling this event off!
Thanks Peggy . . . family and friends are thankfully fine. Luckily we were far enough away from the attacks. We've been hearing from a lot of people and it is nice to know that we (and France) are in your thoughts. I thought John Oliver on the HBO Last Week Tonight Show had a very nice take on it -- well, 'nice' is perhaps not the right word! You should check it out if you haven't seen it! All the best, and thanks for your concern.
this was sent to Peggy Willis Sherard Nov. 19, 2015 by Judith Pierce Fogels who attended Prairie Grade School but only in the 8th grade and graduated with us in 1957. Judy lives in suburb of Paris.
We are so glad to have heard from a classmate that went to Roesland Grade School and until her Junior year at our High School.
Nancy Middlesworth Tweddale
She welcomes contact from any classmates that remember her.
Grand Rapids, Michigan
AMAZING STORY!!!!!50 some years ago Ro Haren lost her 1957 Shawnee Mission High School class ring at Lake Quivera. Believe it or not a few weeks ago we were contacted by an amature treasure hunter who had found the ring with his metal detector. We were able to trace the ring from the initials inside and got it returned to Ro who was delighted to get it back!!!
Dear SM’57 classmates :
I have been listening to the debate about health insurance reform from here in France where I live. As it is an important issue, I want to join in the debate and make my voice heard.
Here in France, health insurance is universal (just like schooling) and health care is world class, truly excellent. The World Health Organisation rates the quality of French health care number one in the world, while the USA -- which spends much more per capita on health care than France or any other country, is only 37. The USA is much richer than France, and I have never understood why it couldn't do as good a job as France does: but now, listening to the debates. I believe that the reason is fear.
First of all, people are afraid of "socialized" medicine and all that it implies. Yet health care in France isn't any more "socialized" than schooling, policing or firefighting!! We are free to choose our own doctors and have a say in our treatments, exactly like people in the USA. Yet unlike in the US, where insurance companies decide who is eligible for coverage and for which treatments, there is no panel -- private or governmental -- defining what kind of treatments we can or can't have. Nor do we lose coverage if we lose our jobs.
Secondly, most Americans are afaid of what insurance reform would cost. It is true that a system where insurance companies could not prevent people with pre-existing conditions from obtaining insurance, could not drop people when they become chronically ill, could not stop covering people when a certain spending limit had been reached would be costly. Yet that is exactly the kind of a system that France has at a much lower cost per person than the US system.
For more info on this, read the following two articles. (1) NYTimes Blog : HEALTH | September 11, 2009 Prescriptions: Health Care Abroad: France, by Anne Underwood and Sarah Arnquist. The French health care system melds universal coverage with physician freedom and a private insurance market. (2) NY Times article by Roger Cohen entitled Get Real on Health Care, dated September 13, 2009. I’m afraid you’ll have to Google them, I can’t figure out how to do the links!
Most Americans believe that the USA offers the best medical treatment in the world, and indeed it is very good – but the care a person gets in France is at least as good as what he would get in the USA (if he had insurance that covered what was ailing him).
So please, keep your mind open during the debate.
All the best.
Judith Pierce Fogels
SM Class of ‘57
Julie has a web site and on her site are samples of her latest CD music.
Arlice (Bob Gallagher's wife) shared with us that Bob died 4-2-2018. Bob was a Hickory Grove Classmate and lived in Desota, Kansas. We are so sorry to have received this news.