SM North '60 Visitors

Thank you for visiting.

Bob Fanning:
My wife and I have moved out of the Colorado high country to the Denver area.
New address is 8136 S. Tempe Ct. Aurora, CO 80016
Telephone is 303 680 7634, Cell is 970 390 1843.

Don Davis:
I just received an e-mail from Mary Jo Dickson Kvern. Her cousin and our classmate, Terry Taton is dying from ALS. She says he has a few weeks to live. She is asking for any of you, who knew Terry, to send e-mails to her about what you remember about Terry. She is going to visit him next week and will take the comments with her. Please send to nmjkvern[at] Also, does anyone know where Tom Sawyer is? Mary Jo was asking as he and Terry were good friends and the phone I had for Tom is disconnected. Thanks,

Sharon McCain (now Sheri Kanke):
It seems Mark Twain and I had something in common - the reports of our deaths were greatly exaggerated. Thanks to Don Davis, I have been resurrected in the records of smn60. My e-mail is anudawn[at] I currently live in Las Vegas, Nv and do hope to make it to the 50th. Thanks to everyone involved in setting up and keeping this very functional web site maintained. Sharon McCain (now Sheri Kanke)

Kathy Rowe Ridgely:
What a great site. I hope to connect with Judy Reinhardt, Jeanette (Dee) Robertson, Sylvia (sorry can't remember your last name), and Jo Lynn Talbot for starters. This is Kathy (Rowe) Ridgely. My email address is: kridgely[at] I live in northern Michigan and would love to hear from you.

Pat McDuffie Anderson:
I know it will surprise many classmates to discover that I am the Queen of the Xtal Set Society. Most know me as one of the very short girls who formed a chorus line Sr year and was in plays. My site is listed below and back when I was known as Pat McDuffie.
In case you wonder, these are crystal radio enthusiasts and the 405 number comes from my daughter in Norman OK
Patricia, The Crystal Queen
Xtal Set Society, Inc
P O Box 3636
Lawrence KS 66046

Alan Hendricks:
Alan Hendricks here. Still young, only 66 years old. New address as of 10-8-08 is 49 East Broad Oaks Drive, Houston, Tx, 77056. Hope to attend the 50th. Linda McC give me a call. Still the same phone number.

Jacque Cockrell:
It is great to be in contact. You have my email..My address is 2394 Baronsmede Ct, Winter Garden, Fl, 34787

Gary Brock:
I'm wanting to reconnect with SMN classmates, so add me to the list for the 50th reunion. Here's the information you need:
Gary Brock
2077 S. Pin Oak Drive,
Springfield, MO 65809

I hope some of the people I sang with, ran with, and tackled are still around.
Gary L. Brock, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus
Missouri State University

Lanny Ellis:
Here is the latest contact information for me. My home address is 2123 North 31st Terrace – St. Joseph, Missouri 64506. I will look forward to keeping posted on plans for the 50th reunion.

Lanny Ellis
Home (816)233-4180
Cell (816)262-0924
E-mail olellis[at]

Sharon Koch Stephens: Hi, everyone! Just wanted to let you know that I have a new address. We are still at Lake of the Ozarks, but have moved. New address is 819 College Blvd., Osage Beach, MO 65065. Cell number is 573-280-7860. Email is gmastep[at] Leo and I are proud grandparents of four (Collin, 7 years and Cora, Cami, and Carter, 3 years in November. Yes, triplets. Looking forward to the 50th. Sharon Koch Stephens

Leslie Crocker:
Dear SM North Class of 1960,

It is with deepest regret that I inform you that my mother,
Gina (Rajenia Feagan) Ashner passed away in July of this year.
I know she would have loved to be there for the reunion.
Leslie Crocker

John Nickels: I've been living in this area for the last 45 years, and had a brief sojourn before coming here for good, when I worked for NASA at Cape Canaveral/Kennedy, on the Apollo moon program, as a computer programmer---back when a 60K memory unit was about the size of a shoebox. I'm now teaching at Shawnee Mission East, and in my 45th year of teaching. During this span, I've taken 56 groups of students on study trips overseas, to China, Japan, Russia, Costa Rica, North Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Alaska, and every European country several times over. No more trips, as I'm getting kinda slow on the giddyup, and those high school kids keep me pretty busy/tired! My address is: 7949 Colony Lane, Lenexa, KS 66215. My email is: jnickels[at] . My phone number is 913---888-4043. I never married, except to my job...

Ken Thomas: I have finally retired - well semi-retired. I decided to move back to the Kansas City area and have purchased a house in Pleasant Hill, MO. We moved in about two weeks ago and we are still unpacking. It is nice to be back in the area of KC again. I look forward to hearing from friends.
Ken Thomas
713-898-6959 (cell)

Patricia (Henry) Mattoon: Want to let everyone know that our mailing address has changed.
It is: 6 Coyote Run Rd., Alamogordo, NM 88310.
This is actually our physical address where we live right now but we are
selling our place to our daughter and she will handle our mail.
We're finally taking the plunge and will become full-timers.
We thought we better do it while our health is still good.
So everything fell into place and we're actually going to do it!!
So we may see you all down the road sometime!

Steve McNees: Just wanted to let you know that my
winter address has changed to
2465 E. Creek Cove,
Dripping Springs, TX 78620.
(My summer address remains,
PO Box 112, Belgrade Lakes, ME 04918.)
Steve McNees

Mike Lightcap: Just a note to change my address from Orlando, Florida to the
mountains of Western North Carolina. After living in Orlando since the summer after
graduation from SMN, it's time to leave the heat and hurricanes of Florida and move
to the cool clean air of the mountains around Asheville, NC. My new address is:
Mike Lightcap
138 Fortress Ridge
Weaverville, NC 28787
I have been doing art shows and festivals for the last eleven years (glass art)
and I will be doing the Plaza Art Fair '09 this year and would love to see anyone
that might remember me. The last time I was in the KC area was for the 25th
reunion in 1985. The show dates for the Plaza Art Fair are September 25, 26 and 27.
I still can't believe it's been almost 50 years!!!! Mike Lightcap

Susan (Aitken) Johnson: Just a note of new address and new e-mail address
P.O. Box 565, Tucumcari, NM 88401 and SMEJ42[at]
Missed 45th but looking ahead for 50th. Became widow 2008.

John Shea '60: John.A.Shea[at]
Same address: 5 Mont Vernon Rd. New Boston, NH 03070-0507
See ya next year - WooHoo...

Just writing to let you all know, I am still in KC, and have a current e mail address of: lyd_hbry[at] I did sign up to be on the reunion committee again for the 50th, but have not heard from anyone yet. Maybe that is because I have moved, and have only a cell phone now. I am still willing, and available to help.
Lydia (Paul) Hoobery SM Class of 1960
Nov. 1, 2008

Hello Classmates,
Just heard from Barb Malcolm McAllister (with a nice donation). Her new address is: P.O. Box 1629, Koloa, HI 96756.
Her email: thatswhat1[at]yahoolcom.
Her donation will help with future expenses. Several of our classmates have listed new addresses since our 45th reunion. Thank you.
If you know of others who have moved and have not left a new address with us, please remind them to do so.
Our SMNorth 1960 post office address is: SMN 1960 Reunion, PO Box 613, Shawnee Mission, KS 66201.
Stay in touch.
Linda (Sell) McConwell

Here's a prayer request for Milton Molleson. He has recently been diagnosed with bladder cancer. Don Davis

Hi, this is Donna Storms-Lowry, I have moved to : 644 E. Main St., Fairchild, WI 54741 Telephone: 715 533 0699 email:chickenlegs(at) Thanks, hope to see you in 2 years.

I want you to know that Allen Welch, history teacher and Pep Club sponsor, passed away on March 19th. You can read his obit on the D W Newcomer's/Floral Hills website.
Barbara Dickeson Leabo
April 23, 2008
Greetings ’60 folks, Wonder if anybody knows how to reach JOYCE KOPMEYER and BECKY FRANK? I swapped Emails with Joyce a couple of years ago, but lost track of her, since retirement (hers). You guys all look great, as do we…
Tom Dailey (“Peanuts” back then)
SMN ‘61
PS – Yeah, I finally grew

Tom Dailey daileyservices[at]
April 16, 2008
Hello- I just found a smnorth 1960 diploma in an old box. My mom was Diane Whitacre. She died in 1977. I would love to talk to anyone who knew her or see old year book photos. If you can help me at all, please write back and cc it to my home email at gowest1230(at) Or call at 417-224-1903. Thank you SO much- I never really knew her and would love to hear stories about who she was in high school.
Cindy Dodson

Hi. Hope to get into the loop on what’s going on. Bill Overend. Moved to Charlotte, N.C. in January. Address is 6016 Derry Hill Place, Charlotte, N>C., 28277. Phone is 704-443-5109. e-mail is woverend[at] Is there anybody out there?????????????
Bill Overend
Charlotte, N.C. June 19, 2007 woverend[at]
My name is Pam Hudson and I am from the class of '60 at SM-East, which means I attended North my sophomore year (when it was just Shawnee Mission High School--period). I also attended Overland Park grade school during kindergarten-2nd grade, so there are a few folks at North I feel like I've known for a very long time and have some truly fond memories.
Wanted to let you know that I check the North site from time to time and really do enjoy it. It's fun to learn what folks have been doing over the years and how things have turned out. By the way, do you happen to have a list of the names of the folks in the group photo from the 45th Reunion? My memory for faces is not as great as I'd like after all these years.
Although I live in Atlanta, GA now, I've managed to attend all of East's reunions, as well as some of their smaller gatherings, and have always had just a ball. From what I can tell on your site, y'all have shared a lot of the same kind of fantastic experiences and I always get a kick out of reading about them.
It seems to me that as a whole, the North and East classes of those years were a special group of young people fortunate enough to live during a magical time.
Please pass along my best to everyone and keep up the good work.

Pamela K. Hudson
Atlanta, Georgia Feb. 07, 2007
i.Bill Overend, now living in Marin County and retired from the LA Times,thinking seriously about moving back Realtors????What do you think. Good idea. Bad Idea. Who is there who knows what houses go for in some of the old niehgbohoorhoods like Westwood, etc. Hope you are all all well and spray and in good health. Cheers.
Bill Overend
Marin County, CA Nov. 07, 2006 williamoverend[at]
Joni & I are now residing at 5130 ABC Road in Lake Wales, Florida 33859 Phone 863-537-4605 Looking forward to seeing everyone at the "50th"! Larry Strotheide
Larry Strotheide
Lake Wales, Fl USA - Wednesday, August 02, 2006 at 13:43:01 (PDT)
Dear Classmates:

After checking the current messages, I wanted to send my greetings to you. Hope this finds you well and happily remembering our last reunion. So many of our classmates contributed to the day. Charlie Plumb did a great job being our emcee for the events. Bob Cathey was cordial as he welcomed us as our ranking class officer. Dick Myers was interesting and impressive as he shared with us and answered questions. Phyllis LaFollette Bell entertained us after dinner with a first-class musical show. They brought back memories of our time at SMN and each served as a vivid reminder of the journeys we've all traveled since 1960. Saturday morning's events at North began with an opening welcome from Charlie, a greeting from the current principal Tony Lake (Max Jordan's son-in-law), the StuCo members leading tours and featured Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Dick Myers sharing his insights on current events and answering our questions. (Although not the work of the Reunion committee, the afternoon party sponsored by Hocker Grove alums for the Class of 1960 was a huge success, too.) The shelter house at Antioch Park was available for people to congregate in the afternoon.

A small committee of four met for months planning and implementing the design for a "mini-reunion". The goal of the Reunion Committee was to provide time and a place for class members to re-connect. Although there were several ideas proposed, the committee felt a "mini" reunion would be more manageable by a small committee in a short time. We worked hard to create the best possible options for a day-long reunion. We felt using our own classmates in the program was the way to go. Not many classes have the "stars" we have. We continued to work on locating class members. Don has become the Super Sleuth in finding missing classmates. Patty Watt Bays, Sharon Mayes Bagg, Don Davis, Patty Righter Trump and I were on the committee. Larry Newlon, Lydia Paul Hoobery, Ellie Dyke Mowery, Charlie Plumb, Bob Cathey and Phyllis LaFollette were indispensable with advice and support.

If one can judge success as being the opportunity to see old friends and have the time to visit with them, then the Reunion was a success. From the time we gathered in the morning at North to the closing of the Reunion when Ellie led us in singing "God Bless America", it was a day filled with memories, conversation, hugs, smiles and a few tears. Thank you to each of you who attended and added your warmth and friendship to the day.

At the 45th Reunion, several classmates signed a list to volunteer to be on the Reunion Committee. In this way we will have a representative group with new ideas planning the events for the 50th Reunion. If you are interested in helping and did not have a chance to sign up at the Reunion, let me know. Several out-of-towners expressed interest in helping. (Ellie lives in Oklahoma and did the name tags. Charlie, Bob, Phyllis and Dick all live out-of-state. They communicated by email.) It is a committee made up of friends who wish to remain friends. A lot of discussion, sharing of ideas and compromising takes place.

Thanks are due Larry Newlon for keeping the website updated all through the planning stages of the last Reunion. He continues to bring us messages from one another. If you move, please keep in touch by forwarding your new address, phone number, email address, etc.. Also, keep looking for our "Missing" classmates. If anyone has photos of the reunion to share on the website, would you be able to add them to the ones already there? It would be appreciated. Suanne and Sam where taking lots of pictures. Can you post any? If you contact Larry, he can give you instructions.

Have a beautiful summer. Be watching for a notice of a Reunion Committee social.

Linda (Sell) McConwell

Linda (Sell) McConwell
Shawnee Mission, KS USA - Sunday, July 16, 2006 at 07:22:18 (PDT)
Just want to let everyone know that I have a new laptop along with a new e-mail address. It is: hikebluff[at] Hopefully we can use it when we travel in our RV. You can still contact me on my cell web: hikebluff[at] Love to hear from any and all. Sure enjoyed seeing everyone at the reunion. Pat (Henry) Mattoon and John Mattoon
Pat (Henry) Mattoon
USA - Monday, February 20, 2006 at 06:47:50 (PST)
I was sorry to have to miss the 45th reunion. We retired last year and moved to Kingston WA and are in the process of becoming successfully transplanted midwesterners. We love the Pacific NW. I continue to teach at the University of Michigan Biological Station during the summer, however, which means that we still retain some midwestern roots.

Our new address is: 23250 Jefferson Pt. Rd. NE, Kingston, WA 98346.

We will make every effort to make it to the 50th.

Ted R. Anderson

Ted Anderson
Kingston, WA USA - Sunday, January 01, 2006 at 16:16:34 (PST)
Our newspaper last week ran an obituary for June Baker VanMeerhaeghe. Here's a link to her obituary:

I thought perhaps you could post it on the website.

John Beal

John Beal
Shawnee, KS USA - Sunday, December 04, 2005 at 06:53:10 (PST)
I'm sorry I missed the 2005 reunion, but hope to make the next one. I made it to the 10-year reunion in 1970, but have missed all the others.

After college and a tour in the service after graduation, I drifted into the newspaper business, and have spent most of the last 37 years doing journalism, with a few detours and interruptions. Right now I'm editor of weekly newspapers in Bonner Springs and Shawnee.

My wife and I live in Shawnee, and divide our time between antiquing and visiting our children and grandchildren.

John Beal, Class of 1960

John Beal
Shawnee, KS USA - Sunday, December 04, 2005 at 06:46:56 (PST)

If you had told me on a hot night, in 1960, sitting in the middle of the football field, at SM North, that we would still be here in the year 2005 thinking about our 50th reunion in 2010, I would have said you're crazy!

Well, here we are!

We just had a wonderful 45th reunion but to make our 50th everything we want it to be, we must start planning now and we will need to start booking locations in 2007 or 2008 at the latest. This last October, we tried to book locations for the 45th only to find everything we had talked about was already booked. Fortunately, we were able to book the country club but that will not be big enough for our 50th. We will want to book blocks of rooms for those coming from out of town as well as the sites for the reunion itself. We will want to let our classmates know as soon as the sites and dates are chosen so they can start planning.

We, also, need to start a buddy system right now to contact those classmates that we were close to and stay in contact with them by letter, by phone and/or by e-mail to encourage them to participate in our 50th. I have talked to a lot of these people but, in many cases, they did not know who I was. It would mean much more for you to contact them if you knew them. You can find the latest addresses we have for them on our web site at:

Here are other ways you can help!

1) Help on the Reunion committee. A new committee is being formed. Probably fewer than 15 people (for now). They will need with your input to:

choose the location
select the theme
finances/expenses, ie, postage, PO Box, web site, supplies, events
mailings and invitations

2) Help locate and keep in contact with our classmates. If you call, or write, or e-mail a classmate; let us know if the information we have is correct. If it is NOT correct, please let us know that also (maybe you know of their siblings, children, parents that might lead us to the correct information). I am more than willing to update our directory and I, then, send it on to Larry and he updates the web site. Please use our web site more...send pictures...leave messages...look for updates.

3) Help prepare the "Book of Memories" for our 50th. This could be 3-5 people, who enjoy working on projects. It would involve contacting classmates, getting information from them, choosing a format and producing copies for classmates. This process would need to begin so that a budget of expenses could be presented to the Reunion committee.

4) Help choose a gift for the school. This would need to be done in the next 12-24 months so that funds can begin to be accumulated. This could probably be five people. One idea could be a plague of some sort to Merlin Gish as part of the new stadium.

5) Make plans for an annual get-together. Perhaps a group could continue the informal get-togethers on a regular basis such as the successful ones planned for the American Bandstand by the 2 Karens. Space would need to be reserved and word would have to get out to the class. Everyone would pay their own expenses at the time of the event with no reservations, no pre-payment, no hassle. The fun would be in coming up with some interesting/different venues for the parties. And, a time to discuss the needs for the 50th.

Please remember to help us keep in contact with you. If your name, address, phone number or e-mail changes (or that of a classmate you know) please send us a card or e-mail.
Mail to: Shawnee Mission North Class of 1960, PO Box 613, Shawnee Mission, KS 66201-0613
E-Mail to: or you can leave a message with our webmaster, Larry Newlon on our web site at:

Don Davis
KS USA - Wednesday, October 05, 2005 at 08:50:32 (PDT)
What a great day we had this last Saturday!

Everyone I talked to was very pleased with the day and the only negative I heard all day was where were all the other classmates especially those in the metro area?

We started in the morning with a tour of the school. Some people even remembered the numbers of the classrooms they had been in during their years at school. Dixie Pennington Creason didn't remember some aspects of the school but we decided that she was probably to busy talking to have noticed them. There have, of course, been additions to the school in the last 45 years. They built a competitive swimming pool in 1969 (Dave Housh remembers a small pool that was there when we attended but we all know how the mind plays tricks on us over time). They have a small theater now. They remodeled the cafeteria by taking out the hall and a few rooms between the cafeteria we knew and the main entrance. Now you can look out the window in the cafeteria and see the walkway leading to the main entrance. Unfortunately they took out my locker when they took the hall out, oh well, I could never remember the combination anyway. The industrial arts room (we called it the drafting room) now has a computer on each desk so they can design on line rather than do drawings by hand and have to finish them in India ink. They closed in the area between the school and the gym, where we caught our buses, and have pop machines and snack machines. And, as Sam Keeley said, they now have a library. The old stadium has been completely torn out and they are building a new one which they hope to have completed in time the graduations ceremonies in May '06. The place looked pretty good and is home to about 1900 students. We also found out that the current principal is Tony Lake. He coached basketball at North then moved to another SM school as Associate Principal and now is back at North as the Principal. But, the most important thing about him is that he is the son-in-law of our own Max Jordan.
We returned to the cafeteria and were fortunate enough to have the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, our own Richard M. Myers, or as we know him as Dick Myers from Merriam, Kansas, speak to us about the positive attitude of our armed forces throughout the world and their desire to finish the job they are part of at this time. We learned how, Sam Keeley, Dick Myers and Bert Cooper, (and another classmate, whose name I did not hear), learned everything they knew from studying "Pogo" together.

In the afternoon, we could go to Shawnee Mission Park for a get together or to American Bandstand in Overland Park where the Hocker Grove alums were hosting a mini reunion. Thanks to Karen Kaserman Woods, the Hocker Grove party was also a success. Many of our classmates came and the highlight was having a former teacher of theirs, a Mrs. Leonard (I believe that is her name), who is 100 years old was there to greet her former students.

Saturday evening we met at Milburn Country Club for our dinner and time together. Charlie Plumb was our emcee and included an inspiring talk of his time as a POW in Viet Nam, where with God's planning, he ended up with a fellow POW, who had graduated from Shawnee Mission in 1958, as his roommate. Our own Phyllis LaFollette Bell, who has performed in Las Vegas, New York, etc. entertained us. Jim Royer was presented with his long overdue $5. for perfect attendance during his three years at North. (It was worn and tattered from age and there was no interest added.)
Thanks to Linda Sell McConwell for spear heading this reunion. Without her leadership, it would have not happened. Many of us wanted to have a reunion at this time because we are losing so many classmates but it was her desire and determination that kept it going to it's completion. Thanks to Patty Watt Bays for heading up the decorations helping keep Linda for stressing out and for greeting us everywhere we went. Thanks to Sharon Mayes Bagg, for compiling the information from the questionnaires and arranging the continental breakfast. Thanks to Pat Righter Trump, for designing and making our programs. Thanks, to Charlie, Dick, Phyllis and Bob Cathey, for making our program a success. Thanks to Ellie Dyke Mowery for the great name tags and those lovely pictures. Thanks to Mickey Masterson, Associate Principal at North for working with our committee to make the school tour happen and for providing a group of wonderful students to guide us through the school. Thanks to Larry Newlon for his tireless efforts to keep our web site current.

Thank you to those of you, who attended our 45th and to Bob Bucher, who would have been here but for the airport in Houston being shut down Friday. (We have many classmates in the coastal area but as far as we know they are ok!) I, personally, would like to thank all of you, who had such nice comments to me for my work on the e-mail and the class list. I don't do it for the thanks but it is still great to hear. Thank you again.


Don Davis
KS USA - Wednesday, October 05, 2005 at 08:25:52 (PDT)
We have 126 reservations as of Sept. 13. We're expecting more.
The Reunion Committee
Shawnee Mission, KS USA - Monday, September 12, 2005 at 22:15:51 (PDT)
Hello Classmates: We hope everyone will be coming to the Reunion on Sept. 24 but if you can't be there, would you write to us? Send us a note or letter. We plan to have a large bulletin board to display your communications. We already have several. Those attending can read them at their leisure that evening. If you are interested in buying a copy of the class picture taken at the 45th Reunion, send us $15 prior to Sept. 21 so we can order one for you. (No orders will be placed without a check.) You'll have to figure out who is "who" on your own! We are not doing a Memory Book this time. Classmates' names and addresses have been painstakingly compiled by Don Davis and posted on the web sight. Don and our Web Master, Larry Newlon, are constantly updating the information. (Some of you have joined "Classmates" but have not responded to our communications. You might check your mailbox there.) The Reunion is going to be lots of fun! It will be great to see you or at least hear from you! ‘Til then, Your hard-working, fun-loving 45th Reunion committee
45th Reunion committee
Shawnee Mission, KS USA - Tuesday, September 06, 2005 at 06:39:58 (PDT)
Thanks for all the work putting web site together and maintaining it. Lots of work and time. Sorry, I won't be attending reunion this time. Sounds like it will be a great gathering. I will check back for photos and updated notes afterwards. Thanks, again Donna (Fitzpatrick) Pauler
Donna (Fitzpatrick) Pauler
USA - Monday, September 05, 2005 at 10:57:14 (PDT)
I regret that my wife Peggy and I will be unable to attend the reunion later this month. I appreciate all the work that everyone has put into this effort. If I may assist in the costs of all the correspondence please let me know. Thanks for all your work to make this event possible. Chuck Chuck Adams Military Representative International Bible Society 1-800-266-6364
Chuck Adams
USA - Sunday, September 04, 2005 at 20:03:23 (PDT)
We now have 94 reservations for the dinner, with more promising to send in their checks! The school has contacted me about the tour and Mr. Masterson sounds enthusiastic about our visit. Lookin' good!
Linda (Sell) McConwell
USA - Thursday, September 01, 2005 at 06:58:43 (PDT)
I've just visited the SMNorth site and you have done a wonderful job! I will not be attending for various reasons, even though I still live in the area. I noticed that my email address is incorrect on the site and if you have a chance I would appreciate it if you would update it. It should be johnandjody(at) Thanks for all your hard work. I will continue to follow the "page." I hope everyone has a wonderful time! Jody Wade Stewart PS--Thanks, Linda and Ellie for your notes.
Jody Wade Stewart
KC area, USA - Wednesday, August 31, 2005 at 21:15:34 (PDT)
My husband Gary and I decided over Memorial Day Weekend when we were out visiting my 93.5 year old mother, Louise Wallace, (still on Belinder Road and doing fine-- all things considered! I wish I had her figure!) that since she won't come and see us, outside Washington, D. C. in northern VA, that we need to go and check on her a little more frequently. We decided that the reunion and my birthday weekend were reason enough to go to K.C. I retired 2/1/05 from Fairfax County Public Schools and my husband a year ago from the Justice Department. We are enjoying a little slower pace and being able to travel when we want. Look forward to seeing you there. I'm sure glad I was on the list of those "somebody" on the committee remembered and wanted to see!
Barbara (Wallace) and Gary Allen <>
USA - Saturday, August 27, 2005 at 21:11:57 (PDT)
Hi, sorry can't make the 45th. Already have plans hosting our annual neighborhood dinner. Hope to make the 50th.
Frank Lovan
USA - Saturday, August 27, 2005 at 07:11:41 (PDT)
I was most likely the smallest person in the whole school (at the time). Carl Deane was my protector, and Carolyn Richmond was the heartthrob of the time. Two very good friends were Joyce Kopmeyer & Becky Frank ('60)... Anybody know where Becky is? On the occasions of visiting KC, I still can see where Carolyn R. lived, as back when we pitiful underclassmen rode the bus to OM, we waited for it just up the street, from her house. I recently visited OMJHS, courtesy of the principal, and it was indeed memory-lane. The corridors smell the same, and the display windows in the shops are still lighted. The only thing missing was that heady scent of those wonderful yeasty rolls, that were produced each day... by hand. Oh - and thanks to the US Navy and a "little" exercise, I finally grew a foot... 12 inches vertically, that is. Tom
Tom "peanuts" Dailey - '61
Denver, CO USA - Thursday, August 25, 2005 at 21:56:29 (PDT)
Will Be there for the 45TH!!!!!
Carol M. Cox
Columbus, Ms. USA - Thursday, August 25, 2005 at 21:54:17 (PDT)
Looking forward to seeing a lot of old people at the reunion.
Gary S. Anderson
Moorpark, CA USA - Thursday, August 25, 2005 at 15:44:40 (PDT)
I have Jim Crummett's email - he's on the lost list. We still play golf together when he visits his daughter on the west coast. Jim is an attorney in the Philadelphia area and lives in NJ on a gentleman's farm.
Jo Lynne Talbott Jones

Plans for the 45th Reunion are getting pretty exciting. We hope you will be able to join the fun scheduled for Sept. 24. Watch for mail with all the Reunion information and reply promptly. (If you know any of our classmates who may be on the "lost" list, contact them for us. Please ask them to send us a current address. Our PO Box address is on the web sight or contact our terrific web master, Larry Newlon, who will receive and relay information to the Reunion committee.)
Linda McConwell
Overland Park, KS USA - Thursday, April 28, 2005 at 11:52:06 (PDT)
Was so good to hear from someone back home. I am looking forward to seeing you.Will there be a follow up on details of reunion? rsvp, cost ect?
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Springfield, Mo. USA - Thursday, March 10, 2005 at 19:37:54 (PST)
Fun remembering. Thanks for the website.
Duane Orr
Olathe, KS USA - Monday, March 07, 2005 at 13:44:45 (PST)
As a '61 alumni, it's great to be able to access the other classes and see how everyone is after all this time.I have such great memories of being at North and aren't we lucky to live in an age where we can access other classes as well! Cheers!
Eleanore (Ellie) Holt Francis
Austin, TX USA - Sunday, February 13, 2005 at 21:40:44 (PST)
I live with Bill Getz. I was curious so I am checking out everything on this web-site. Thank you for the opportunity to visit. I enjoyed it very much.
Michele Bengert
Kansas City, MO USA - Sunday, February 06, 2005 at 10:34:22 (PST)
Looking forward to the 45th reunion.
Karen Meyer Porter
Cass Lake , MN USA - Thursday, November 04, 2004 at 13:24:06 (PST)
I have moved again and am now living in Richland, Washington. My new e-mail address is:
Kenneth Thomas
Richland, WA USA - Thursday, July 22, 2004 at 17:54:48 (PDT)
Ahhh, the hearthrob of my earlier life - Carolyn Richmond, who used to wait for the bus at 52nd. & Nall, in the company of us slightly post-pubescent under-classmen. Anybody ever hear from Becky Frank? She used to hang out with Joyce Kopmeyer (lives in KC), and they were among very few women who would give me the time of day, back then in those not-so-halcyon daze [sic] of youth and yesteryear. Tom Dailey "Peanuts" (SMN '61) - 4'10" at graduation... yes, I finally grew - thanks to Uncle Sam's Navy & gravity boots
Tom C. Dailey
Denver, CO USA - Friday, July 09, 2004 at 21:35:00 (PDT)
Great site.
Jerry Goddard
Springfield, Mo. USA - Wednesday, June 23, 2004 at 20:57:58 (PDT)
class of 59' great job on your website...looking back at the pictures of Shawnee Grade School were fun..keep it up. Richard Fanning Colo Springs, Colo USA
Richard Fanning
Colo Springs, Colo USA - Monday, April 12, 2004 at 10:39:14 (PDT)
GREAT JOB EVERYONE!!! To all of you who have worked so hard to keep all of us in contact, via this great web-site as well as e-mails. THANK YOU ALL!!!!!!
Karen (Kaserman) Woods
USA - Wednesday, October 29, 2003 at 14:45:51 (PST)
Great, well maintained web site....thanks...
Woodie Webb
Los Angeles, Ca USA - Monday, July 14, 2003 at 23:05:10 (EDT)
Great to be able to keep in touch.
Sally (Melhinch) Harrison
Springfield, Mo USA - Monday, July 14, 2003 at 17:19:38 (EDT)
Thanks so much for keeping us so well informed on what is happening with our Class of 1960.
Maren (Mibby) Bender - Anderson
Sorrento, Fl USA - Monday, July 14, 2003 at 10:17:36 (EDT)
ON THE HICKORY GROVE PICTURE LIST In MsGriffith /Mrs Scott I am 3rd row 3rd fm left; Mr.McNair 3rd row 3rd fr left; Mrs.Buer 3rd row 1st on lt. I sorry I can't fill in any other "?" but I'll think about it.
Alicia (Harris0 Kimberlin
Phoeniz, AZ USA - Tuesday, June 03, 2003 at 16:35:03 (EDT)
I attened school as Norma Albertson
Jeanne McIntosh
Overland Park, KS USA - Monday, March 17, 2003 at 00:01:01 (EST)
Just found this site & hope to keep in touch with fellow '60 graduates.
Larry Strotheide
Arnold, Mo USA - Monday, August 26, 2002 at 14:18:31 (EDT)
Finally had a chance to check out this site and it was great to see you all looking so wonderful. It's obvious you had as much fun at your reunion as we (SME '60) did at ours. Best wishes to everyone.
Pamela K. Hudson
Atlanta, GA USA - Thursday, August 08, 2002 at 16:41:29 (EDT)
The website is looking great. I have one problem. You have my e-mail wrong. I would also like to know if you have set the date for the next reunion? mibby
Maren Irene Bender
Sorrento, Fl USA - Sunday, August 04, 2002 at 00:51:14 (EDT)
Great photos. What ever happened to Dick Vessels?
Judy (Daneke)
Harrisonville, MO USA - Tuesday, June 11, 2002 at 18:13:18 (EDT)
Thanks to Don Davis, I found this web site. I enjoyed reading the guest book entries, and recognized some names that I can't place with faces. Guess I won't blame that on a senior moment, but rather the years that have passed. Sounds like a great reunion. I would love to make the next one!!
Rick Jean
Sequim, WA USA - Thursday, May 16, 2002 at 22:42:48 (EDT)
What a great web site. Keep up the good work. Thanks for letting me know.
Gary D Buxton
Overland, KS USA - Wednesday, May 15, 2002 at 18:17:47 (EDT)
After 14 years of living in Idaho, with its 7-8 months of winter, I decided to change jobs and locations. In July I retired from my job in Idaho and accepted one in Houston. I am enjoying the warmer weather - and the low gas prices.
Kenneth L. Thomas
Houston, TX USA - Monday, December 10, 2001 at 23:51:32 (EST)

This is a new e mail address for me, as I have a new job. I still have not ventured into www-land at home. So glad you all found Susie Aitken. Last time I saw her was when we were both in Columbia, Mo. You will be hearing from me, Susie! How about that Dick Myers! You are in my prayers, Dick.
Lydia Paul Hoobery
Kansas City, KS USA - Friday, August 24, 2001 at 13:22:37 (EDT)

So I missed the reunion again... Well next time I'll just hang out on campus for all of 2010 and wait for someone to wheel me to the festivities!
John Shea
New Boston, NH USA - Tuesday, August 14, 2001 at 09:21:47 (EDT)

How great is this. Sorry I missed the reunion, I had no idea there was a committee to keep track of all of us. This is so much easier. Hope to hear from some of you. We have stayed in Southwest for the past 25 yrs.
Susan Aitken Johnson
Kingman, AZ USA - Friday, May 25, 2001 at 21:41:28 (EDT)

Sorry I wasn't able to make the reunion, but I have really enjoyed the pictures!!
Don Heaton
Dallas, TX USA - Wednesday, May 23, 2001 at 10:38:10 (EDT)

I've really enjoyed the Website - brings back so many memories. The Vietnam/USS Arizona/WW Memorials are very well done and I appreciate all those who've worked to make these such informative sites. My husband and I were just at the Vietnam Memorial in Wasington, D.C. Sept. 28th and understand the pride and reverence felt for those who gave their lives for us.
Roylene Bolen Phillips
Olathe, KS. USA - Tuesday, November 28, 2000 at 11:05:09 (EST)

I'm sorry I missed the reunion but it looks like everyone who attended had a great time. This virtual thing is great for catching up but I assure you, I will make the next one. Great pics!! Congratulations to the committee who worked so hard to set everything up.
Nick Kemp
Davidsonville, MD USA - Sunday, November 26, 2000 at 08:12:07 (EST)

I talked to Allyn Hinton this evening and he ask me to check out your website and say a few words regarding Rex Craig. I was with him the night he died in Viet Nam. He was a forward observer and my unit was taking him to one of our outposts. I have been sitting here for the last half hour and I don't know how to put this in words. If anyone would like more information about what happened to Capt. Craig I would be glad to talk to you. You can reach me at 831-722-6503. Sorry if I disappointed you Mr.Hinton but I don't feel comfortable putting this on a web page.
Jim Wyatt
Watsonville, Ca USA - Tuesday, November 14, 2000 at 22:12:35 (EST)

Greetings, Sorry I did not make the reunion, but even being retired, I had some other commitments that weekend. It would have been fun to see what 40 years have done to us all. I retired from the FBI almost five years ago, live up here in the mountains, work p/t during ski season as a ski instructor at Breckenridge and p/t during summer at the Breckenridge golf course, continue to do some contract work for the FBI and some other agencies and generally enjoy the mountains. If any skiiers plan to visit Summit County this season, give me a call - (970) 468-0708.
Bob Fanning
Silverthorne, CO USA - Monday, November 13, 2000 at 18:34:09 (EST)

Enjoyed all of the pictures and memories
Linda Boles Stair
Hartford , Ks USA - Thursday, November 09, 2000 at 10:33:52 (EST)

I'm sorry I missed the reunion, but this is great!!!
Barbara Dickeson Leabo
Independence, MO USA - Monday, November 06, 2000 at 10:03:40 (EST)

I am so glad I went to all the events over our reunion weekend. Here it is Nov. and I'm still feeling that glow from seeing so many people I had forgotten I missed so much. I especially would like to thank all of those who so freely spent their time and money to make our 40th possible. You did yourselves proud. It sure is a lot easier to stay in touch with e-mail. I don't have any excuses now. I will remember each of you in my prayers for your continued happiness and good health.
Connie McFadden-Wesley
Independence, MO USA - Sunday, November 05, 2000 at 02:49:52 (EST)

What a grand reunion we had! I continued right on into the next weekend with the East reunion. We still have a lot in common with those who attended North with us our Sophomore year. I'm going to be posting some pictures on our site, and suggest that you do the same. Right now reunion photos would be appropriate; later, other photos of ourselves woulod help us to keep our site interesting and alive! Scan and e-mail them to Larry Newlon or send them to me and I'll do it for you. Sharon (Hand) Ward
Sharon (Hand) Ward
Kansas City, MO USA - Tuesday, October 31, 2000 at 23:50:15 (EST)

It's been wonderful working on the Reunion and the website with so many neat people. I had a great time at our reunion and then continued the next weekend at the SM East reunion. I'm going to try to post some pictures on this site from our reunion, somewhat like they've done on the East site. If you have any, scan and e-mail them to Larry Newlon, or get them to me and I'll do it for you. In between reunions we could post other pictures of uorselves to help keep the interest,in our website, alive! What do you think?
Sharon (Hand) Ward
Kansas City, MO USA - Tuesday, October 31, 2000 at 23:42:40 (EST)

What a fantastic reunion!
Barbara S. Mc Grew Keltner
Shawnee, Ks USA - Friday, October 27, 2000 at 19:03:43 (EDT)

semi-retired, spending a lot of time in Palm Springs, CA.
Newell, Ted
Dallas, TX USA - Thursday, October 26, 2000 at 23:11:30 (EDT)

Hope we can keep the website alive
John Magill
Madison, WI USA - Thursday, October 26, 2000 at 21:23:14 (EDT)

This has been an incredible few months of planning and enjoyment as the Reunion moved from dream to reality. To all of you who were able to attend, thanks for your support. To those of you who couldn't make it, let's keep in touch via e-mail, PO Box address, web page entries, etc. We will do the Reunion-thing again. It just keeps happening every now and then. We had a committee that worked well together. Hopefully, we can build on the past work.
Linda Sell McConwell
Overland Park, KS USA - Tuesday, October 24, 2000 at 09:06:36 (EDT)

Glad to have this as a way to stay in touch. Thanks for putting it together.
Ruth Anne (Brown) Mallory
Emporia, KS USA - Monday, October 23, 2000 at 19:10:32 (EDT)

Enjoyed seeing everyone at the Reunion and am already looking forward to the next one!
Steve Binder
Alpharetta, GA USA - Monday, October 23, 2000 at 18:49:42 (EDT)

Great website Larry. Hope so see some pictures of the reunion on it soon.
Forbes Wieda
Redding, CA USA - Sunday, October 22, 2000 at 19:10:13 (EDT)

I wish I could have attended the 40th reunion it sounded like everyone had a great time renewing memories and friendships. Keep me posted via e-mail and I'll do my best to attend in five years. Don, thanks for tracking me down. It must have been difficult!
John Braun
San Diego, CA USA - Sunday, October 22, 2000 at 14:15:06 (EDT)

It has been so much fun to read all the interesting information. Hope to see you in 2005. Thanks for putting this all together. It is great.
Linda Stacy Laughrey
Overland Park, Ks USA - Saturday, October 21, 2000 at 20:40:50 (EDT)

I hope all of you have a wonderfull time at reunion. I am retired and looking after my grandchildren at this time. I would like to thank Larry for the website and Don for all the hard work.
Carole F. (Holy) Allen
Overland Park, KS USA - Saturday, October 21, 2000 at 00:33:37 (EDT)

Working with the reunion committee was a real joy and made the reunion more interesting.
Gini Whalen Liveley
Gardner, KS USA - Friday, October 20, 2000 at 23:37:44 (EDT)

Such a great way to keep in touch!
Marilyn Odom Boling
Garland, TX USA - Friday, October 20, 2000 at 22:45:32 (EDT)

After graduation, joined the Marine Corps. Then went to K-State. Graduated with a degree in Chemistry. Along the way I met my wife of 34 yeears. I now direct an industrial hygiene laboratory at a DOE laboratory. Certainly enjoyed seeing many of my classmates at the reunion. Write me.
Kenneth Thomas
Idaho Falls, ID USA - Friday, October 20, 2000 at 22:43:24 (EDT)

Thanks for all the hard work. We appreciate it.
Marilyn Nichols Mooney
Shawnee, KS USA - Friday, October 20, 2000 at 22:05:13 (EDT)

I am retired!!! Have golf clubs will travel.
Corky Samuelson
Escondido, CA USA - Friday, October 20, 2000 at 20:31:46 (EDT)

Sorry I could not make the reunion... I hope to make thenext one.
Mike Lightcap
Orlando, FL USA - Friday, October 20, 2000 at 17:53:30 (EDT)

Sunny California greetings in the name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.Hope all of you are well and happy.You know what? I think we are starting to get old!!ha..naahit must be just a rumor..Woodie
Woodie Webb
Valley Village, Ca USA - Friday, October 20, 2000 at 14:31:50 (EDT)

At this point I have no comments
larry wellington
Klamath Falls, or USA - Friday, October 20, 2000 at 12:39:47 (EDT)

I'm sorry to have missed all the "doings"! Maybe next time. I have really enjoyed all information and the web site. Many, many thanks to the committee for pulling it all together.
Sara Jo Colvin Murphy
Trinidad, CO USA - Friday, October 20, 2000 at 11:49:43 (EDT)

Thanks and applause to the committee and volunteers who put the reunion together and did all this typing! And the website is wonderful. I've really enjoyed reading the bios...and spent about an hour doing it! Sorry I missed the reunion. Maybe in 2005.
Ginny Johnson
Kansas City, MO USA - Friday, October 20, 2000 at 11:47:26 (EDT)

Thanks to the Committee for pulling this fabulous reunion, and the web site together! What great fun to get in touch with so many classmates -- none of you have changed one bit!Brooke
Brooke Curran Poirier
Westwood Hills, KS USA - Friday, October 20, 2000 at 11:41:31 (EDT)

Good to see everyone last weekend. Let's not wait 10 years to do this again!
Deborah F. (Kerr) Erichsen
St. Joseph, MO USA - Friday, October 20, 2000 at 10:41:14 (EDT)

Sorry I missed the reunion. With 5 years' notice I ought to be able to make it to the next one.
Doug Gates
USA - Friday, October 20, 2000 at 10:24:47 (EDT)

Great reunion! Thanks to the committee for all the hard work. See everyone next time. Mike
Michael J. Shadwick
Spring, TX USA - Thursday, October 19, 2000 at 11:50:59 (EDT)

Great work Bob!
Carole Dawn (Tilbert) Nutt
Lenexa, KS USA - Thursday, October 19, 2000 at 08:33:25 (EDT)

You are going to spoil us with all you are doing. Don
Don Davis
USA - Wednesday, October 18, 2000 at 23:14:44 (EDT)

Really have enjoyed the website - before the Reunion, and the summary afterwards. It is great! Thanks to all who made the Reunion so fantastic!
Roylene Phillips
Olathe , Ks USA - Wednesday, October 18, 2000 at 22:06:52 (EDT)

This is the beginning of the GuestBook.
Larry Newlon
San Jose, CA USA - Wednesday, October 18, 2000 at 21:20:52 (EDT)