CLASS NOTES

 

Weddings

Renee Cowick ’88 and Charles Metz Jr.,
Cary, North Carolina, Sept. 12, 2015

Kirt DeHaan ’91 and Michelle Swopes,
Greenwood, Missouri, Sept. 19, 2015

Collin Isham ’11 and Tara Shupe ’11,
Kansas City, Missouri, Oct. 11, 2015

Leah Pyne ’12 and Robert Garito,
Warren, Ohio, Oct. 16, 2015 

 

Anniversaries

Fred ’52 and Gwen Kimball ’52 Howes
celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in Aug. 2015

James ’51 and Mona VanTuyl ’50 Jones
celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on Aug. 30, 2015

Jerry ’65 and Sandra Froyd ’66 Mogg
celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on June 20, 2015

Connie Betts ’63 and James Sullivan
celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Aug. 28, 2015

Carl ’49 and Nancy Hyland Wenholz
celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Aug. 21, 2015 

 

Births

Erik ’11 and Kaitlin Ham ’11 Closson,
Buda, Texas, Zoey Lynn, born Aug. 23, 2015

Jeffrey ’05 and Christa Bender ’05 Corrie,
Blue Springs, Missouri, Crosby David, born Sept. 21, 2015

Neal ’11 and Laurie Ferguson ’12 Fogarty,
Olathe, Kansas, Cailyn Marie, born Sept. 21, 2015

Justin ’06 and Rebecca Rider ’05 Franklin,
Olathe, Kansas, Kendall, born Feb. 11, 2014
and Sutton, born Dec. 16, 2015

Evan ’03 and Jodi Hrabak,
Belle Plaine, Iowa, Gabriel Thomas, born Nov. 29, 2015

Tyler ’09 and Autumn Wellington ‘10 Jones,
Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, Summer Elizabeth, born March 17, 2015 

Jeff ’04 and Emily Penrose '04 McLaughlin,
Independence, Missouri, Avery and Noah Breck Mapalo,
born Sept. 20, 2015

Kendra King ’06 and Mike Pugh,
Millis, Massachusetts, William, born Aug. 26, 2015

Shannon McCoy ’02 and Ryan Redington,
Seattle, Washington, Westin, born July 28, 2014

 

Kelda Rhodes ’04 Slater,
Nashville, Tennessee, Kamden Teree, born March 23, 2015

Kasey Johnson ’08 and Adam Steen,
West Des Moines, Iowa, Ryker James, born July 4, 2015

Brandon ’05 and Erin Smith ’05 Stevenson,
Liberty, Missouri, Evelyn Grace, born March 3, 2015 

 

In Memorium

Mildred Clegg Ackerley,
Floral Park, New York, Nov. 13, 2015

Cleo Anderson ’57,
Des Moines, Iowa, Oct. 13, 2014

Ellis Anderson ’51,
Marseilles, Illinois, Nov. 23, 2015

Ronald M. Boland ’54,
Tampa, Florida, March 6, 2015

Dr. Robert Carr ’47,
Elkton, Maryland, Dec.15, 2015

Doris Eliason ’42 Caster,
Independence, Missouri, Feb. 4, 2016

Larry K. Childers ’01,
Kansas City, Missouri, Dec. 24, 2015

Karma Stokes ’57 Clemens,
Wyoming, Michigan, Aug. 8, 2015 

Shirley Oatsvall ’54 Cordova,
San Diego, California, Oct. 2, 2015

Dara Mennis ’90 Cox,
Independence, Missouri, March 9, 2014

Barbara Thoman ’60 Curtis,
Ormond Beach, Florida, Oct. 18, 2015

Lyle C. Driskill ’56,
Murrieta, California, Oct. 26, 2015

Dale Duke ’69,
Soldiers Grove, Wisconsin, Aug. 24, 2015

Michael T. Elliott ’80,
Odessa, Missouri, Dec. 1, 2015

Barbara Barnhard ’48 Gose,
Kansas City, Missouri, Oct. 4, 2015

Joseph O. Hajicek ’65,
Chehalis, Washington, Aug. 23, 2015

Robert P. Hawley ’53,
Hamilton, Missouri, Dec. 26, 2015

Ronald A. Henson ’61,
Raleigh, North Carolina, Jan. 12, 2016

Priscilla Crowell ’51 Henson,
Flora, Illinois, Jan. 14, 2016 

Wilson Huff ’47,
Pritchett, Colorado, Jan. 21, 2016

Marie Lovell ’42 Huntress,
Belvidere, Illinois, Jan. 29, 2016

Donald Leslie Jelm ’49,
Somonauk, Illinois, July 17, 2015

Janice Best ’46 Johnson,
Lamoni, Iowa, May 28, 2015

 

Jeffry L. Johnson ’67,
Des Moines, Iowa, Sept. 9, 2015

James R. Kaiser ’52,
Louisville, Kentucky, Aug. 22, 2015

Charles Kornman ’44,
Grand Junction, Colorado, Nov. 21, 2015

La Dora Ruth Timm ’44 Ledsworth,
Independence, Missouri, Dec. 30, 2015

Susan Licata ’70,
Kansas City, Missouri, Dec. 24, 2015

Cindy Tripp ’01 Luka,
Decatur, Illinois, July 26, 2015 

Cheryl Edwards ’67 McCullagh,
Cedar Falls, Iowa, Dec. 11, 2015

Charles L. Melenzer ’41,
San Antonio, Texas, July 12, 2015

Harlean Wolfe ’57 Miller,
Kansas City, Missouri, Aug. 31, 2015

Lois Lambert ’42 Moore,
Independence, Missouri, Nov. 27, 2015

James A. Morrison ’58,
Janesville, Wisconsin, May 15, 2015

Temily Naylor ’14,
Kansas City, Missouri, Nov. 24, 2015

Sadi Moon ’43 Negaard,
Independence, Missouri, Sept. 14, 2015

Elsie Hegwood ’47 O’Brien,
Fairbanks, Alaska, Aug. 28, 2015

Catherine Joyce Comer ’47 Olson,
Apple Valley, Minnesota, Jan. 8, 2016 

Leonard Peavy ’72,
West Des Moines, Iowa, Oct. 6, 2015

Katie Everett ’80 Persall,
Lamoni, Iowa, Dec. 19, 2015

Charles W. Plumlee Jr. ’51,
Lenexa, Kansas, Dec. 5, 2015

Dale V. Randall ’48,
Holiday, Florida, Feb. 28, 2014

Terry Read ’06,
Chino Hills, California, Nov. 17, 2015

A. Verdine Argotsinger ’47 Reed,
Tabor, Iowa, March 8, 2015

Marilyn Rippey ’70 Riffie,
Emmett, Idaho, Nov. 29, 2015

Marilyn Roberts ’45 Sargent,
Santa Rosa, California, Jan. 17, 2016

Marjorie Walker ’70 Schofield,
Lee’s Summit, Missouri, Oct. 23, 2015

Bradley C. Sutton ’77,
Independence, Missouri, Jan. 19, 2015

Pearl James ’45 Tacy,
Independence, Missouri, Dec. 11, 2015

Jon E. Whatley,
Lamoni, Iowa, Jan. 1, 2016

Frank C. Woodson ’54,
Camarillo, California, Dec. 28, 2015

Ruth York ’43,
Onset, Massachusetts, Dec. 4, 2015 

Graceland ties are forever, as evidenced by the long-term friendships enjoyed by four couples who recently rendezvoused in Colorado for their second annual vacation together. Kay ’62 and Rick ’62 Bunch, Judy ’62 and Ron ’63 Carter, Sherri ’65 and Jac ’62 Kirkpatrick, and Cherry ’63 and Jay ’64 Newcom became friends at Graceland, married their Graceland sweethearts, and each recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversaries.

When Dean Limric ’53 saw the “Registration” sign at a Graceland’s Visit Friday in January, he drove home, got his transcripts and came back to sign up for fall classes. A huge supporter of everything Graceland, Dean wants to get back
into the classroom and get another degree. At 82 years old, he strongly believes in lifetime learning! Go Graceland! 

Mel Kauila Clark '68 has been committed to sharing with others the principle elements of Native Hawaiian values, Aloha and physical well-being. Professor Clark taught design, drawing, painting, ceramics, art history and art appreciation at Graceland from 1971-83.

Clark is represented in an exhibit by the National Library of Medicine out of Washington D.C. called Native Voices, an exhibit of traditional healers across America. The exhibit included two of Clark’s Hawaiian wood carvings as well as 10 chants, 12 prayers, and 10 medicines he uses in traditional medical practice.

Most recently he received an award from Unity Church Hawaii for most spiritual/inspirational leader for 2015 and is currently working on 10 petroglyphs honoring traditional voyaging for an exercise path in the community. He just concluded service on the executive committee of the National Association of Community Health Centers, where he served in various roles including chairman for the last 12 years.

He teaches Aloha in Business, a triple baseline benefit program in the MBA Program at Chaminade University in Honolulu, Hawaii. He also lectures on traditional medicine at three medical schools, and offered an online class in January on Hawaiian culture and traditional healing.