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Information about members of the Class of 1959 is listed alphabetically. Information received from class members has been edited by Janet Burnett Huchingson, Sherri Dobbins Millsap, Vida Ingerson Death and Karen Stuart Heeb. If you have information to add send via email to ruth@humphreyfam.com.

 
 
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Wagner Franklin, Marie
Sunnyville, Calif.

Marie Wagner

 

50th Reunion
Jack and I have been married 47 years and have two children and three grandchildren. I’m still teaching art at my neighborhood school (to 1000 kids this year) and travel once a month to teach art to my daughter Diana’s 6th-grade class in Sacramento. I’ve designed and supervised kids making clay tiles for two large art murals at the school.
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I’m also involved in my own creative art — pottery and figurative sculpture — through the Orchard Valley Clay Art Guild. With teaching and work with my art, trips to the local art museums, and travels around the country and to Europe, this semi-retired life is good. My children and their families are in Oakland and Sacramento, so I see them on a regular basis. I get to Lawrence occasionally to visit family and stay in touch with the old home town.

2004 Reunion
Family: Husband Jack, 2 children, 1 grandchild
Notes of my life: Happily married 42 years, continues to enjoy sculpture and clay art, both personally and as a teacher (teaching both children and teachers)
Current Activities: Orchard Valley Clay Art Guild and teaching clay art at elementary school.
Plans for the future: Retire and continue to enjoy California living.
Memories from Lawrence High Days: Mrs. Wilson’s art classes set me on the art life/art education track.

 

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Walker Magna, Julia
Kansas City

Julia Walker

 

50th Reunion
Frank and I were both Spanish teachers and have been married 47 years. Once the children arrived, I stayed home. We have four children and seven grandchildren. Later I was a church secretary for 35 years and somehow never got back to teaching. (Our daughter has been a Spanish teacher for nearly 20 years.) I’ve been the organist at our church since l977, but I’m thinking longingly of retiring from that, too.

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Walker, Margie
Lawrence

Margie Walker

 

 
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Wallace, Ernest
Address Unknown

Earnest Wallace

 

 

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Washington Lambert, Sylvia
Troutman, N.C.

Sylvia Washington

 

2004 Reunion
Family: Husband Dave, 2 children, 3 step-children, 2 grandchildren, 8 step-grandchildren
Notes of my life: KU, business school, stewardess for Am. Airlines, worked at Haskell, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, NASA-Mississippi, back to Haskell, treatment center for addicted Indian youth in Cherokee, NC, medical transcriptionist, budget analyst for EPA
Current Activities: Retired in May and moved to N.C. to be near family. Aerobics, shopping, going to church, dancing-all types, enjoying and helping family and friends Plans for the future: Enjoying life, traveling, taking cruises, helping family
Memories from Lawrence High Days: Friends, Pep Club, sports, slumber parties, A Cappella choir, shorthand class.

 

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Waters Mitchell, Joanne
Kansas City, Mo.

Joanne Waters

 

50th Reunion
I have been employed in the insurance industry mutual funds. I attended Penn Valley Community College in 2002 and was employed in the Financial Aid Office at Penn Valley. I do enjoy some craft work, specifically greeting cards. At the present time I don’t know what my plans are for the future. I do know it must be fun, interesting, and a learning experience. I have one son.

2004 Reunion
Family: 1 son
Notes of my life: Worked part time, spent 4 years with former mayor Charles Wheeler, 16 years with DST Systems, 5 years with Aetna.
Current Activities: Reading, making greeting cards, going to the theater, taking bus trips related to African-American history.
Plans for the future: Continue the above, possibly get my associate’s degree, and maintain good health in order to have a future
Memories from Lawrence High Days: Crammed so hard for finals that I fell asleep during Baccalaureate ceremony. Continued friendships — The best!

 

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Wheeler Chambers, Jeannie
1941-2003

Jeannie Wheeler

 

 
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White, Bob
Chesterfield, Va.

Bob White

 

 

 

50th Reunion
I’m retired from a career with the Air Force and Department of Defense. I live in Chesterfield, VA with Gayle, my wife of 42 years. Our son, Stephen, and daughter, Linda, live nearby. I spent 11 years as an officer in the Air Force after I was commissioned through the Air Force ROTC program at KU.
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I met Gayle while stationed in Orlando. We have traveled all over the United States and the world while on various management and executive jobs on active duty and as a civilian. We have been splitting our time between Chesterfield and Orlando but Virginia is now our permanent home. We plan to travel frequently to take advantage of timeshare ownership, which is fairly new to us.
We have two children and two grandchildren

2004 Reunion
Family: Wife Gayle, 2 children, 2 grandchildren
Notes of my life: Career federal civil service with Air Force and Dept. of Defense, operating military commissaries in Europe, Asia and U.S.
Current Activities: Recently retired and doing family genealogy research and home projects. Have a home in Virginia and in Orlando.
Plans for the future: Plan to continue kicking back and traveling on short trips until wife retires.
Memories from Lawrence High Days: Had to contend with heavy cigarette smoke in the journalism darkroom from staff and students.


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Whitenight, Chris
Deceased

Chris Whitenight

 

 
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Wilbur Hendrix, Liz (Elizabeth)
Shell Knob, Mo.

Elizabeth Wilbur

 

2004 Reunion
Family: Husband Phil, 2 children
Notes of my life: Retired from teaching at Sunflower Elementary and moved to Shell Knob, Mo. in 2003.
Current Activities: Taking painting lessons, riding 4 wheeler in Mark Twain National Forest, boating, golfing, caretaker of a potbelly pig “Orville."
Plans for the future: More of this good life in Missouri where it’s beautiful, people are great, and working at the elementary school in Shell Knob.
Memories from Lawrence High Days: Great teachers, focus on education, lots of opportunities

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Williams Clark, Susan
Palatine. Ill.

Susan Williams

 

 
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Wilson, Donald
Omaha, Neb.

Don Wilson

 

 
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Wilson, Genea (Eugenia)
Lees Summit, Mo.

Eugenia Wilson

 

2004 Reunion
Family: Husband Larry Evans
Notes of my life: include KU Watson Library, Women’s Army Corps, horsemanship school in Mexico, Media Tech in Lawrence Public Schools, horseback tour of Europe, trip to Greece, Administrative Assistant at Longview Community College, Continuing Ed.
Current Activities: Studying Buddhism, yoga, tried Tai Chi, formed small business selling hand-knit items, donating knit items to homeless shelters.

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Wilson, Linda
Lawrence

Linda Wilson

 

2005 Update
Linda has returned to Brandon Woods Retirement Community; 1501 Inverness, Lawrence KS 66047, and we're sure that she would appreciate cards and notes from you.

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Wilson, Robert J.
Kimberling City, Mo.

Robert Wilson

 

 
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Wingert, Jim
Deceased

Jim Wingert

 

 
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Wray Davison, Mildred
Dallas, Oregon

Mildred Wray

 

2004 Reunion
Family: Husband Harley, 5 children, 19 living grandchildren, 1 home with the Lord
Notes of my life: Married 43 years. Moved to Oregon in ‘63, but would love to come back to Lawrence and visit.
Current Activities: Very fulfilling life as a housewife and grandmother
Plans for the future: To live one day at a time.
Memories from Lawrence High Days: I only attended one year but enjoyed it very much and gained a lot. I attended Mr. Woolard’s and Mr. Ames’ classes in the morning and did job training in the afternoon.

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Wright Young, Katy
Phoenix, Ariz.
k4s2@earthlink.net

Katy Wright

 

50th Reunion
I graduated from KU in ’63, then got my MA in Church History in ’77. I taught French and World Religion (in HS and college) in Missouri, California and Arizona. My husband (an Episcopal priest) retired in ’08, but still preaches some. We have two children and three grandchildren.
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Current Activities: Alto and flute soloist in our church choir and in the Sonoran Sounds Women's Chorale, creating their Web site at www.sonoransounds. org — my other main hobby being PC. Also active in PEO, write poetry and read lots. Interested in nutrition and alternative medicine, acupuncture and T’ai Chi. We travel, play cards, BBQ with friends, watch NFL, swim, tend our 12-tree orchard and enjoy Arizona life.

2006 Update

Disney Castle Katy (Wright) Young is keeping busy near Phoenix, Ariz, since retiring from college and HS teaching of French and World Religions, last year.  She is now Pres. of her local Spanish Club…over 175 members ... with 10 classes (beginning, intermediate & advanced) and 5 Fiestas/year.  Olé! 
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 Her husband Bill is still Rector of a nearby Episcopal Church, so she did the computer graphics for their new directory, recently and also sings solos (voice and flute) in the choir & layreads.  Also, she’s alto/2nd. Sop. in a women’s chorus, the Sonoran Sounds.
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She enjoys her local computer club & French Club (mostly native speakers) and PEO, as well.  Bill is also very active in his Masonic Lodge.  For fun, Katy just enjoys “playing PC” (XP and IPAQ handheld) ... and both love visiting their son on Oahu — when he’s not stationed in Iraq (2005) or Korea (current), as well as visits to San Francisco and to their daughter, son-in-law and “grands” in California.

2004 Reunion
Family: Husband Bill, 1 son (in Iraq with the military), 1 daughter
Notes of my life: Taught French in Missouri, Masters in Church History, licensed Eucharistic Minister and Scripture lector, church choir and women’s groups, taught French and World Religion in California and Arizona. Active in the Episcopal Church in which her husband has been a priest.
Current Activities: Still singing, playing the flute. Enjoys PC hardware and software, active in PEO, writes poetry, reads. Interested in nutrition and alternative medicine, acupuncture and T’ai Chi. Plays cards, BBQs with friends, watches NFL, swims, tends a small citrus orchard, and enjoys Arizona life.
Plans for the future: Husband’s retirement was in October so they plan to continue traveling, especially to visit family.
Memories from Lawrence High Days: I remember the time I did a comic routine of the opera Carmen for y-Teens assembly ... It was so special marching with the LHS Band and getting in free for the games where we marched.

 

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Wright, Ron
Baldwin City

Ron Wright

 

50th Reunion
Married to classmate Linda Garrett for 47 years, we have two great kids and four grandchildren. I worked for Rusty’s Food Centers for 25 plus years. Then, I bought, sold or rented fixer-upper houses in Lawrence and Baldwin. I enjoy fishing, traveling, living in the house my great-grandfather built on 65 acres and doing just about anything with the love of my life, Linda!

2004 Reunion
Family: 2 children and 2 grandchildren

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