Summer 2016 Class Notes

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The 1970s

Kenny StarnesKenny Starnes ’77 is the manager of Lockheed Martin’s MSA in Denver, Colorado, and oversees five spacecraft operations missions for NASA, including Juno. He and a large team of mission operations engineers are currently flying three missions orbiting Mars (Mars Odyssey, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and MAVEN) as well as the Spitzer Space Telescope, which is orbiting near Earth.  “The science that comes back from these missions is the reason I do this,” Starnes said. “These missions have rewritten so many science books from their discoveries, and it’s so exciting knowing your team played a part in getting those results.”
- Photo of Kenny Starnes curtesy of Lockheed Martin

The 2000s

Uran IsmailiUran Ismaili ’05 graduated from Harvard on May 26, 2016, with a master’s degree in public administration.




Weddings - Anniversaries - Births - In Memoriam


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Brandon ’14 and Kelsi Martin ’15 Bennett, Kansas City, Missouri, Dec. 19, 2015.
Michael Davis ’10 and Brittany St. Louis ’11, Loveland, Colorado, Aug. 22, 2015.
Gerald ’74 and Jennifer Ritchie ’74 Seeley, Leeton, Missouri, May 24, 2015.


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Dean ’53 and Soon Ja Limric, Lamoni, Iowa, celebrated 55 years June 21, 2016.
Willis and Wanda Roule ’67 Noftsger, Alpha, Illinois, celebrated 50 years April, 9, 2016.


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Chad ’07 and Brittany Everett, Lexington, North Carolina, Lincoln Edward, born March 28, 2016.
Tyler ’09 and Kimberly Graffeo, Independence, Missouri, Stella Celeste, born April 4, 2016.
Jeff and Julie Birks ’06 Shaw, Independence, Missouri, Jayla Delaney, born May 15, 2015.
Jake and Grace Fears ’12 Volsky, Joplin, Missouri, Grant Alan, born Feb. 25, 2016.

In Memoriam

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Delwood A. Bagley ’59,Kansas City, Missouri, Feb. 29, 2016.
Ward L. (Bud) Barritt ’50, Venice, Florida, April 25, 2016.
Randy L. Brown ’78, San Jose, California, Feb. 29, 2016.
Jeffrey Scott Davidson ’81, Middletown, Ohio, May 8, 2015.
Evelyn Ann Shippy ’57 Fiske, Fullerton, California, March 25, 2016.
Charles E. Johnson ’50, West Des Moines, Iowa, Jan. 5, 2016.
Wilma Dickerson ’53 Watt-Johnson, Red Oak, Iowa, April 23, 2016.
Josephine Skelton ’46 Montgomery, Miami, Oklahoma, Feb. 23, 2016.
William (Bill) E. Morris ’78, Thompsonville, Illinois, Jan. 26, 2016.
Philip Petrie ’84, Redmond, Oregon, Oct. 1, 2015.
Hulda Nortonen ’49 Piedimonte, Kansas City, Missouri, March 30, 2016.
William E. Turner ’43, Sun City, Arizona, Jan. 15, 2016.