Gray Stripes
Class Notes Fall 2017


Eric and Melissa Roesner ’04 Fancett, Midland, Michigan, Sept. 2, 2017.

Jake ’16 and Laurie James ’16 Hendricks, Houston, Texas, June 17, 2017.

Justin ’15 and Allie Krabbenhoft ’16 Kaminski, Rogers, Arkansas, Sept. 2, 2017.  

Zach and Brittany Atwood ’06 Thomas, West Des Moines, Iowa, March 25, 2017.

Donald ’16 and Nicole Spisak ’14 Wong, Mesa, Arizona, Aug. 11, 2017. 


Don `54 and Huberta (Bert) Ellithorp `55 Eisele, celebrated their 60th anniversary Aug. 25, 2017.

Kevin ’79 and Geri Joice ’79 Phillips, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, celebrated their 40th anniversary Sept. 24, 2017.

Ken ’49 and Joyce Beitz ’47 Swails, will celebrate their 68th anniversary Dec. 27, 2017.


Benjamin Brummit ’10, Unionville, Missouri, Savanna Sadie, born April 30, 2015, and Vivian Rae, born Nov. 11, 2016.

Cesar and Diana Jensen ’01 Diaz, Stockton, California, Mackenzie Lanae, born Aug. 23, 2016.

Christen ’05 and Nicole Hartnett, Street, Maryland, Gabriella, born Aug. 7, 2017.

Zac ’08 and Katie ’09 Harmon-McLaughlin, Walnut Creek, California, Emma, born July 8, 2017.

Clayton ’09 and Makayla Hines, Beaumont, Texas, Aubrey Ann, born  July 6, 2017.

Travis ’03 and Rachel Lamble ’03 Johnson, Brooklyn, New York, Everett Travis and Elizabeth Viola, born July 16, 2017.

Joseph ’03 and Crystal Mahoney ’03 Oxenreider, Chariton, Iowa, Beau,  born Nov. 2, 2012.


Carnie Anderson `67, Jonesboro, Arkansas, July 20, 2017.

Doris Allen ’47 Benson, Deer Lodge, Michigan, Nov. 7, 2016.  

Maxine “Tex” Moore ’42 Boardman, Fort Worth, Texas, July 22, 2017.  

Lewis Booker ’55, College Station, Texas, Dec. 16, 2015.

Norma Sintz ’47 Bryn, Independence, Missouri, July 14, 2017.

Lois Luing ’42 Cerka, Colo, Iowa, Aug. 7, 2017.

Ognen Cemerski ’00, Skopje, Macedonia, Aug. 24, 2017.

Carolyn Hawley ’52 Crick, Independence, Missouri, July 19, 2017.  

Rose Ann Brackenbury ’54 Jones Crown, Loveland, Colorado, Aug. 31, 2016.  

James Damron ’54, Chattaroy, Washington, Nov. 5, 2016.

Morris Danielson ’68, Albuquerque, New Mexico, Jan. 27, 2014.

Thomas Dempsey ’50, Independence, Missouri, June 8, 2017.  

James Dixon ’53, Portland, Oregon, July 24, 2017.

John Dunn ’55, Savannah, Missouri, March 4, 2014.

Harold Edwards ’48, Des Moines, Iowa, Aug. 28, 2017.
David Elrod ’74, Kansas City, Missouri, June 11, 2017.  

Helen Layton ’27 Fender, New Bloomfeld, Missouri, Nov. 1, 2016.  

Janice Norris ’59 Fountain, Blue Springs, Missouri, Jan. 30, 2016.

Kathlyn Cato ’37 Graves, San Antonio, Texas, Aug. 20, 2017.

Ted Griggs ’10, Mount Pleasant, Michigan, Oct. 4, 2017.

Yvonne Shipman ’48 Hammer, Memphis, Tennessee, June 12, 2017.  

Gerald ’58 and Judy Clark ’58 Hartenburger, Aurora, Illinois, Aug. 18, 2017.

Jacqueline Whitford ’54 Heupel, Kaneohe, Hawaii, Aug. 24, 2011.  

Warren Hinkle ’43, Bettendorf, Iowa,  July 21, 2017.  

William Kaaikiola ’53, Waukesha, Wisconsin, July 18, 2017. 

Emma Farris ’43 Kingore, Joplin, Missouri, Aug. 17, 2017.

Diane Schmoele ’97 Klinger, Columbia, Missouri, May 9, 2015.

Robert Long ’60, Blue Springs, Missouri, Sept. 1, 2016.

Penny Robison ’73 Mackison, Oak Grove, Missouri, July 5, 2017.

Marilyn Russell ’48 Hall Matthews, McAllen, Texas, Aug. 5, 2017.

Daniel McConnell ’51, Alpine, Texas, May 25, 2016.  

Wesley McKee ’53, Columbia, South Carolina, Aug. 30, 2017.  

Shelby “Dutch” Miller ’58, Alstead, New Hampshire, June 5, 2017.

Kathleen Peele ’75 Miller, Tulsa, Oklahoma, April 18, 2014.

Larry Miller ’57, Council Bluffs, Iowa, Dec. 14, 2014.

Marcia Hunter ’62 Townsend Nicholls, Shell Knob, Missouri, Oct. 1, 2016.

Vernon Peterson ’53, Joplin, Missouri, Aug. 8, 2017.

Joseph Rasmussen ’67, Bend, Oregon, July 27, 2016.  

Harold Rhode ’50, Goodland, Kansas, June 25, 2017.

Bob Ritchie ’60, Spring, Texas, May 31, 2017.  

Betty Johnson ’59 Roberts, Lago Vista, Texas, Dec. 29, 2016.

Byron Roberts ’67, Sacramento, California, June 9, 2017.

Velma Ruch ’41, Lamoni, Iowa, July 28, 2017.  

Kristine Fish ’00 Schooley, Iowa City, Iowa, Oct. 9, 2017.  

Russell “Jerry” Sherman ’53, Independence, Missouri, Sept. 10, 2017.

Terry Brolliar ’45 Shinkle, Lakewood, Colorado, March 12, 2015.

Erma Ehlers ’44 Snyder, Hamilton, Missouri, July 8, 2017.

Karen Link ’67 Sparkes, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, May 3, 2014.

Elvis Taylor ’57, Grand Junction, Colorado, April 26, 2014.

Juanita Kay Still ’62 Thomas, Bethany, Missouri, July 3, 2017.  

Jerry Ullery ’60, Cheyenne, Wyoming, June 29, 2017.  

Cassandra Fronatt `17 learned more than she expected when she began her study abroad program. Cassandra traveled to Athens, Greece, with the Atlantis Fellowship Project, a medical internship program that originated in Washington, D.C.


Atlantis Fellowship group

While there, she had the opportunity to shadow many different doctors in hospitals over the course of a month.

“We shadowed in the hospitals, both private and public ones, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. every weekday and then had free time to explore and for group activities on our days off,” Cassandra recalled.

This program allowed Cassandra to observe a number of diverse areas and specialties within the hospitals. It also gave her a glance into the discrepancies between the public and private hospital sectors.

"Every day we switched specialties so we could get a glimpse at as much as possible. Some days I saw cardiac sugeries, brain surgeries, general surgeries, orthopedic surgeries and others while I was in the ER or ER Pathology." 

Currently, Cassandra is working as lead medical assistant at Rapid Med Urgent Care in Double Oak, Texas.




Wendell Smith `06 was recently accepted to Maryville University's Online EdD Higher Education Leadership program and will begin inJanuary 2018.

Filipe Valle Costa `09 graduated with a degree in theatre and is currently starring in the FX drama series "Snowfall."


Karen Ritchie `70, psychiatrist and bioethicist, recently published a book titles Will Your Children Have Any Doctors? What You Can Do NOW to Start Fixing Health Care.

Matthew Bolton - NobelMatthew Bolton ’01, PhD, was part the efforts with the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), the organization recently announced as the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize for 2017.

According to the official website of the Nobel Prize, ICAN was selected to receive the award due to its work “to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its groundbreaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons.” The site also states, “ICAN has played a major part in bringing about what in our day and age is equivalent to an international peace congress.”

Bolton graduated from Graceland with a degree in history and religion. He went on to earn a master’s degree in development studies and a doctorate in government from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

He and his spouse, Emily Welty, PhD, who also has been working with ICAN, are now both professors — Bolton in political science and Welty in women and gender studies — for the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences at Pace University in New York City.

ICAN has been a leader in recent years in the work toward an international treaty that would make nuclear weapons illegal. Bolton worked with a team that successfully advocated for the inclusion of victim assistance and environmental remediation provisions, and international cooperation and assistance provided to countries affected by use and testing of nuclear weapons.

Above photo - Matthew Bolton addresses the conference.
Photo: Ari Beser, International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, flickr

Dwight Vickery ’55, McKenzie, Texas,  Feb. 3, 2017.

William White Walden ’53, Monterey, California, Feb. 11, 2016.

Steven Wall ’73, Olathe, Kansas, Aug. 14, 2017.

Nancy Steinke ’74 Wallace, Lamoni, Iowa, Oct. 16, 2017.  

Phyllis Wigle ’60 Wallace, Portland, Oregon, Sept. 12, 2017.  

Vern Webb ’47, Federal Way, Washington, July 19, 2017.

Gerald Westwood ’56, Columbia, Missouri, Sept. 10, 2017. 

Merlin White ’51, Savannah, Missouri, June 24, 2017.

Myron Willard ’55, San Antonio, Texas, June 2, 2017.  

Eta Marie Nielsen ’51 Wilson, Simpsonville, South Carolina, June 12, 2016.  

James Young ’75, Lamoni, Iowa, July 8, 2017.  

Louis Zonker ’42, Parker, Colorado,  Aug. 25, 2017.

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