Our great thanks to Bob Woodling (SW Class of '61 and the
brother of Dennis Woodling of '63) for the extraordinary research
he has done to compile this information. It is posted here with
permission of the Class of '61. Bob's research continues and
he has provided updated information that will be added here in 2017.
W. Lawrence Cannon, Principal
W. Lawrence Cannon, 95, of Overland Park, KS, died
Friday, May 24, 2002, at Shawnee Mission Medical Center. Funeral
services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 29, 2002, at Country
Club Christian Church, 6101 Ward Parkway, Kansas City, MO64113.
Burial in Blue Springs Cemetery. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m.
Tuesday at D.W. Newcomer's Sons Overland Park Chapel, 8201 Metcalf.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions
to Country Club Christian Church.
Kansas City Star - May 27, 2002: Mr. Cannon was born September
28, 1906, in Grain Valley, MO. He received a Bachelor of Arts
degree from Central Methodist College at Fayette, a Master of
Arts degree from the University of Kansas, and did graduate work
at the University of Chicago and Columbia University in New York
City. He became a teacher of sciences and mathematics at SouthwestHigh
School. He was Vice Principal at Paseo High School for five years
and then returned to Southwest High School in 1950, where he
served as Principal for 21 years. Mr. Cannon's memberships in
the field of education included Phi Delta Kappa (Honorary Education
Fraternity), Theta Chi Delta (Honorary Chemistry Fraternity),
Missouri State Board of High School Activities Association, Board
of Directors of the Junior Red Cross, and President of the School
Masters Association. He was formerly a member of the Board of
Directors for the Gillis Home for Boys, a member of Rotary International
Club 13, the University Club, and a Director for the Kansas City
Area Council Boy Scouts of America. His interest in scouting
won for him the Silver Beaver and Leadership award and membership
in the Tribe of Mic-O-Say. He was a member of the Sons of the
Revolution. Mr. Cannon was a member of the Country Club Christian
Church, where he served as a life elder. After his retirement
from the Kansas City School System, Mr. Cannon was associated
with the Columbia Union Bank and the University Bank. He was
also Vice President of the Bank of Grain Valley for 55 years.
Mr. Cannon was preceded in death by his first wife, Norma Purvis
Cannon and his second wife, Cecile Taylor Cannon. He leaves his
son, Norman Lawrence Cannon, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, two granddaughters,
Charlotte Cannon Hunt, Charlottesville, VA, and Catherine Cannon
Conner, Atlanta, GA, two greatgrandchildren, William Lawrence
Hunt and Laura Walker Hunt, both of Charlottesville, VA, and
stepchildren, Dr. Thomas Lee Taylor, Dr. Richard Forsythe Taylor,
and Dr. Kathryn Taylor Haggans.
Robert F. Bibens, Vice Principal
(1927-1990) Teacher, coach, academician, role model
professor; Chair, Department of Educational Leadership, University
of Oklahoma; nationally recognized author of the cluster plan
for urban education. Authored several books on education, including:
Teachers Should Care: Social Perspectives of Teaching. He was
inducted into the Oklahoma Educators Hall of Fame in 1989.
Marjorie S. Patterson, Counselor
Marjorie Steele Patterson was born in Nebraska in
1896. She attended KC Junior College, then received her BA in
Spanish at the University of Kansas in 1922; and a Masters degree
in Spanish from KU in 1925. Her master's thesis is titled "William
Dean Howell's Relation to Spanish Literature." Marjorie
married Paul B. Patterson Sept 24, 1922 in Kansas City.
Margaret L. Taylor, Counselor
Margaret Livingston Taylor was born in California
on July 10, 1900 to Eudora Russell Taylor and Ralph Livingston
Taylor. She graduated from Emporia High School in 1917. In 1921
she graduated with a Ph. B. degree from The University of Chicago,
where she was First Cabinet YWCA, vice-president of the W.A.A.
board, and also played on the school's baseball, hockey and basketball
teams. She was on the faculty at Paseo and Northeast high schools
before coming to Southwest. Margaret passed away in October 1972
in Lees Summit, Missouri.
William M Greenstreet, Director of Activities
James C. Reneau, Counselor
Mabel B. Adams, Secretary
Kansas City Star - May 30, 2001: Services and Burial
for Mabel B. Adams, 90, Lawrence, KS, formerly of Raytown, MO,
will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 31, at Floral Hills Funeral
Home, Blue Ridge & Gregory, Raytown, MO. Friends may greet
Family from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Funeral Home. Mrs. Adams
died Friday, May 25, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
She was born on March 26, 1911, in Greensboro, NC, daughter
of Nannie Lee Ore and Jerry Edgar Loman. She moved to Wellsville,
KS, when she was one month old, later to Ottawa, KS, and lived
the rest of her life in Missouri and Kansas. She married Alfred
Adams on September 27, 1930. He died in 1983. Mrs. Adams was
employed by the Kansas City School District and became Registrar
at Southwest High School. She was a member of Countryside United
Methodist Church of Raytown. Survivors include one son, Don Adams
of Lawrence; one sister, Myrtle Spangler of Sammamish, WA; one
nephew; one niece; three grandchildren; and six greatgrandchildren.
The Family suggests Memorials be sent to Countryside Methodist
Church of Raytown, or City Union Mission, Cumcito children's
Helen I. Afflick, English
Born Helen Isabell Hird on February 25, 1925, in Douglas
County, KS, to Ethel Richardson Hird and Arthur Hird, she graduated
from the University of Kansas in 1946 with a degree in Spanish.
She married James Radcliffe Afflick III on April 19, 1946.
From the Lawrence Journal-World April 28, 1996: "Helen
has retired from her career as a language arts teacher in the
Shawnee Mission school district and has relocated to Lake Oswego,
Oregon. She now enjoys community and church work, book discussion
groups, and travel. Through the years, she has held various offices
in organizations, including the association of University Women,
Daughters of the American Revolution, and Colonial Dames. She
reared three daughters. Her husband and classmate at KU, James,
Sarah Helen Anderson, Language
Miss Sarah Helen Anderson, 87, Boulder, Colo., former
area schoolteacher, died Wednesday [January 28, 1981] at a nursing
home in Boulder. Miss Anderson was a Latin teacher at Southwest
High School before she retired. She was a member of the First
United Methodist Church, Boulder. She was graduated from Baker
University, Baldwin, Kan. She was born in St. Louis and had lived
in this area until moving to Boulder in 1960. Graveside services
will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the Memorial Park Cemetery, Kansas
Kansas City Star - January 30, 1981: Born on June 12, 1893
to the Reverend Eli P. Anderson and Emma Anderson, Sarah Helen
Anderson graduated from Baker University in 1915. Her first job
was at Marionville College in Marionville, Mo., where she taught
history and mathematics. Subsequently, she taught Latin at Atchison
High School before obtaining her masters degree in Latin at Columbia
University in 1921. Thereafter, she taught Latin at Central High
School, Madison, Wisconsin, before taking a leave of absence
in 1924 to study in Europe. Returning to Kansas City, she taught
Latin at Central High School before moving to Southwest High
School in 1934. She retired after the 1959-1960 school year and
moved to Boulder, Colorado to live with her sister, Mary Vincent
Anderson. Sarah Helen had two brothers, Ross E. Anderson, and
Mills Anderson, who at one time was the minister at Broadway
Methodist Church in Kansas City.
Her father's entire ministry was in Missouri and he served
churches at Marshall, Kansas City, St. Louis, Sedalia and Nevada
and also served as presiding elder of the Carthage district shortly
after 1900. He later was superintendent of the Kansas City district.
He is credited with having organized more Methodist churches
in Kansas City than any other pastor.
Robert B. Armour, Social Studies
Kansas City Star - May 19, 1995: Robert B. Armour,
91, south Kansas City, MO, died Wednesday, May 17, 1995. Funeral
services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, May 20, at Mount Moriah and
Freeman Chapel; burial in Mount Moriah Cemetery. Friends may
call 10-11 a.m. Saturday at the chapel. Memorials are suggested
to the Masonic Home West Solarium, c Mrs. Louise Meffert, 3681
Lindell Blvd, St. Louis, MO, 63108-3390. Mr. Armour was born
in Kansas City, MO. He was a teacher and coach in the Kansas
City Missouri School District for 49 years (1923-1972). He coached
at Paseo High School and taught at Southwest High School. He
was minister of Budd Park Christian Church, past Grand Patron
of Grand Chapter of Missouri O.E.S. 1944. He was 33rd Degree
Mason and a member of the Scottish Rite Bodies. He was past YDad
Z Order of Rainbow Girls and Legion of Honor Demolay, past W.O.S.
of Nazarene Shrine, past Master York Lodge w563 AF & AM.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Grace Armour, in 1979.
Caroline Atwood, Mathematics
Daughter of Sarah Frances Harrington Bell and stepdaughter
of Alexander Selkirk Atwood. Her birth name was Carrie Bell,
but over the years she also used the first name of either Carolyn
or Caroline. (When she began teaching at Southwest High School
in 1925, she was Carrie Atwood.) She was born on August 21, 1891
in Missouri; her first teaching assignment was in a grade school
in Liberty, Missouri. She received a BA from the University of
Kansas and an MA from the University of Kansas City. After retiring
from the Kansas City school district, she taught geometry at
Barstow School. Carrie Bell Atwood passed away in January, 1983
in Kansas City.
Glen A. Ballinger, Engineer-Custodian
Glen Andrew Ballinger was born in Spickard, Missouri,
on January 11, 1907 to John W. Ballinger and Maggie Ballinger.
Glen married Imo Jean Pease and had 2 children. He passed away
on September 1, 1975 in Kansas City, Missouri.
Ruth M. Beck, Art
Ruth M. Beck was born on June 9, 1910. She received
a degree in Public School Art in 1931 from the University of
Kansas. She taught at Westport High for several years, obtaining
her Masters degree from Columbia University during that time.
Ruth passed away in Lees Summit on February 26, 1994.
Melvin P. Bishop Jr., Music
Kansas City Star - May 15, 1992: Melvin P. Bishop
Jr., 63, Millbrook, N.Y., a former teacher in Kansas City, died
May 11, 1992, at a hospital in New York City. Memorial services
will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Grace Episcopal Church, Millbrook,
and at 2 p.m. Tuesday at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Kansas
City. Mr. Bishop was music director at Southwest High School
from 1958 to 1960. He was music director at Pembroke-Country
Day School and the Barstow School from 1960 to 1965 and at Pembroke
and Sunset Hill schools from 1965 to 1973. He was director of
admissions at Pembroke from 1971 to 1973. He was choir director
for St. Andrew's Episcopal Church from 1960 to 1970 and for Grace
and Holy Trinity Cathedral from 1970 to 1973.
He founded the Camellot Academy Inc. in 1967. He was headmaster
at the Midland (Texas) Prep School from 1973 to 1975 and later
was director of development at the Riverdale Country School in
New York City and at the Wood Mere (N.Y.) Academy. He had co-owned
the Red School House of Antiques Ltd., Millbrook, for five years.
He was born in Overland Park and moved to New York in 1975. Survivors
include a son, Stuart W. Bishop, Evergreen, Colo.; his father,
Melvin P. Bishop Sr., Plano, Texas; two brothers, William P.
Bishop, Fallbrook, Calif., and Donald W. Bishop, Plano; and three
Audrey Bodner, Language
1903-1976: BODNER, AUDREY GISELLE MILLER (MRS. ANDREW
E. BODNER), artist, author; b. Sedalia, Mo.; d. Charles Edward
and Elizabeth Jane (Johnson) Miller; B.M., U. Ill., 1927, M.
Music, Northwestern U., 1939; postgrad. Kansas City Art Inst.,
1953, 55-56, U. Hawaii, 1954; m. Andrew E. Bodner, Dec. 28, 1957.
One-man shows C. C. Carstenson Studio, Rock Hill Club, Am. Assn.
U. Women, 1955, 56, 66, 74; represented in permanent collections
U. Kansas City, Western Electric Offices Santa Fe; supervisor
of music Woodstock, Ill., 1930-44; teacher art, art cons., Kansas
City, Mo., 1944-59; teacher French and German, Kansas City, Mo.,
1959-73; lecturer in education U. Kansas City, 1956; producer,
narrator Art for Everyone, KMBC-TV, 1954-57, Portrait, KCMO-TV,
1957-60, Treasure, Pride in Kansas City, WDAF-TV, 1957, Three
Star Gifts for Halls Inc., Sta. KCMO-TV, 1958. Recipient 1st
place award in watercolor Nat. League Pen Women State Contest,
1967, 73; 1st place award ink and pencil drawing state contest,
1969; 1st place award State Free Verse Contest. Member Nat. League
Am. Pen Women, Am. Women in Radio and TV, Friend of Art of Nelson
Gallery, People to People Greater Kansas City, Friends Seville-Kansas
City Sisters City Commission, Federated Women's Clubs Mo., Women's
Kansas City Mayor's Commission of International Relations and
Trade, Gamma Phi Beta, Gamma Alpha Chi. Republican. Episcopalian.
Address: 8104 Dearborn Dr Prairie Village KS 66208. From Who's
Who of American Women, 1975-1976 Edition.
Alice L. Boicourt, Social Studies
Born Alice Lucille Spain on May 8, 1906 in Jewell, Kansas, to
Mary Hill Spain and Clifford Robert Spain. She married Howard
Ray Boicourt on March 28, 1948. In 1955, while on the faculty
at Paseo High School, she participated in an international teacher
exchange program in which she taught for one year at a girl's
school in Sussex, England. Her counterpart from the UK, Dorothy
Knapp, taught home economics for one year at JC Nichols school.
Alice passed away in Colville, Washington, on December 1, 1999.
Vesta Bolliger, Registered Nurse
The Salina Journal August 21, 1987: Vesta M. Bolliger,
84, Kansas City, died Thursday, Aug. 20, 1987, at the Baptist
Memorial Hospital in Kansas City. Miss Bolliger was born July
23, 1903, in Cosby, Mo. She moved to Dickinson County, Kansas
in 1908, where she grew up. Vesta received a BS in Education
from Ohio State University in 1940. She was a registered nurse
in Kansas City area hospitals and for the Kansas City, Mo., School
Systems. She was a member of the Lees Summit Presbyterian Church
and several professional organizations. Survivors include three
brothers, Gerald, Felix, and Herb, all of Abilene; and several
nieces and nephews. The funeral will be 11 a.m. Saturday at the
Langsford-Cox Mortuary at Lees Summit. Another service will be
1 p.m. Monday at the New Basel Cemetery.
Grace Breen, English, Speech
Kansas City Star - November 16, 2004: Grace Marie
Breen, 106, a longtime Kansas City educator, died November 14,
2004, at the Little Sisters of the Poor's Jeanne Jugan Center.
During a life that spanned portions of three centuries, she touched
the lives of thousands of students and six generations of her
family. Miss Breen and her twin brother Charles were born in
Parkville, MO, on August 27, 1898, at the home of their parents,
Charles Patrick Breen and Mary Noll Breen. C.P. Breen, a master
stonemason, was employed as the Superintendent of Buildings at
Park College, now Park University, for 25 years. Grace and Charles
grew up in Parkville together with their older brothers Edward,
Emmett, and Howard. After attending the local grade school, Miss
Breen graduated from Loretto Academy in Kansas City in 1917,
and she went on to receive an AB degree from Park College in
1931, and a Masters Degree in Speech from the State University
of Iowa in 1938. Her teaching career began when she was offered
positions at the Kansas State School for the Blind and the Kansas
City Conservatory Drama Dept. in the early 1920's. She taught
at the schools until 1936, when she entered the University of
Iowa. In 1938, she accepted a position in the Kansas City School
District as a Speech teacher at East High School. In 1946, she
transferred to Southwest High School, where she taught Speech
and Drama, until retiring in 1970. In 1988, Miss Breen moved
to Our Lady of Mercy County Home, a retirement residence in Liberty,
MO, and then to the Jeanne Jugan Center in 1992. After being
featured in a newspaper article as she approached her 100th birthday,
Miss Breen was delighted to receive letters from many former
students who wanted her to know how much they appreciated having
her as a teacher. Many attended her 100th birthday party, one
traveling all the way from North Carolina for the occasion. Miss
Breen was preceded in death by her brothers and her nephew Robert
R. Breen (Frances). She is survived by her nephew Howard C. Breen
(Bethene); and eight great-nieces and great-nephews and their
children. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, November
16, with the Rosary at 7:30 p.m., at Heritage Funeral Home, Parkville,
MO. Funeral services will be held at St. Therese Catholic Church
at 10 a.m. Wednesday. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests
donations to Little Sisters of the Poor.
William J. Brewster, Driver Education
In his home and surrounded by his adoring family,
William J. Brewster, 85, of Independence, passed from this life
to his eternal peace with almighty God on Friday, July 23, 2010.
Born on September 20, 1924, in North Little Rock, Arkansas, to
Murphy and Katie Brewster, Bill was the second of their five
children. He grew up in Saint Louis where a neighbor, Dorothy
Patterson, captured his heart at 16. After proudly serving his
country in the United States Army Air Corps during World War
II as a gunner in a B-24 Liberator (called "The Shack")
of the 458th Bombardment Group from 1942 to 1944, he safely returned
home to marry his childhood sweetheart in 1946. While finishing
his B.S. degree in Education from Central Missouri State University,
he and Dorothy welcomed the first of four children. Upon graduating
in 1949, Bill went on to teach school at Greenwood School, Bishop
Glennon High School, and then Southwest High School. During summers,
he went to Kansas University to obtain his M.S. degree in 1957.
His teaching honors included Missouri State Teacher of the Year
in 1966. He began a part-time job with the City of Independence
Department of Parks and Recreation in 1956, which then led to
his promotion and full-time career as the Director of Parks and
Recreation for some 36 years. Bill was the driving force behind
the development of numerous parks and programs for the youth
of Independence, and he personally touched the lives of many
young people during his tenure. He retired in 1994. The City
recently honored his commitment by naming the baseball field
at Crysler Stadium "Bill Brewster Field".
In addition to being a dedicated and loving husband, father
and friend, he was also a true servant of God. He believed in
giving back, and did so through countless hours of volunteering
as a bell-ringer for The Salvation Army, Independence Kiwanis,
and Queen City Athletic Association. He was preceded in death
by his parents, Murphy and Katie Brewster; sister Willa Manness;
brother Edward Brewster; and daughter Nancy Saunders-Cromer.
Bill leaves behind his loving wife and best friend of 64 years,
Dorothy Brewster; daughter Carol Engleman (Larry); daughter Mary
Kisner (Ben); son William Brewster Jr. (Kathy); son-in-law Clif
Cromer; brother Ervin Brewster (Margaret); brother Charles Brewster
(Adrienne); 8 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and numerous
extended family and life-long friends. Friends are invited to
gather for the Visitation from 5 - 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 29,
2010, and the Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 30, both
at Saint Mark's Catholic Church, 3736 S Lees Summit Road, Independence.
Interment immediately following at Floral Hills Cemetery, 7000
Blue Ridge Blvd, Kansas City.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to The
Independence Salvation Army, Kansas City Hospice, the University
of Central Missouri William & Dorothy Brewster and Nancy
Saunders-Cromer Scholarship Fund, or the St. Joseph's Indian
School, Chamberlain, SD.
Charlotte E. Brooke, Common Learnings
Born Charlotte Evelyn Brooke on August 18, 1913 in
Nebraska, she was the daughter of Carl Bruke and Emma Hubenbecker
Bruke (later, Brooke). Charlotte received a BA in education from
the University of Nebraska in 1935. She passed away on March
11, 1989 at the age of 75 in Lees Summit, Missouri.
George A. Campbell, Mathematics
Kansas City Star - May 22, 1991: George A. Campbell,
64, southwest Kansas City , a former teacher, died May 20, 1991,
at St. Luke's Hospital. Mr. Campbell taught mathematics in the
Kansas City School District from 1958 until he retired from Southwest
High School in 1988. He taught biology in the Independence School
District from 1951 to 1957. He received a bachelor's degree in
biology from the University of Kansas City in 1951 and a master's
degree in mathematics from Washington University, St. Louis.
He was a standup comic and comedy writer and performed in
the last year at Stanford's Comedy House. He was a lifelong area
resident. Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth Campbell of the
home; a son, Stephen Campbell, Leawood; a daughter, Lisa Campbell,
Worcester, Mass.; and two sisters, Geraldine Myler, Blue Springs,
and Shirley Andrews, Independence. Memorial services will be
at 11 a.m. Friday at Newcomer's Floral Hills Chapel; cremation.
The family suggests contributions to the Washington University
Joe S. Cirrincione, Driver Education
Kansas City Times Monday, April 4, 1966: Joseph S.
Cirrincione, 47, of 619 West Sixty-ninth street terrace, died
yesterday [April 3, 1966] at the home, apparently of a heart
attack. He was a lifelong resident here. Mr. Cirrincione was
a driver's education instructor at Southwest high school and
coach of the golf team. He was a graduate in 1938 of Central
Missouri State college, Warrensburg, and received a master's
degree from the University of Missouri at Kansas City. Mr. Cirrincione
was an outstanding basketball player at C. M. S. C. He was a
veteran of World War II, and was a member of the Country Club
Christian church, the Orient Masonic lodge, the Scottish Rite
and the Ararat Shrine.
Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Marjorie Cirrincione, and a son,
Don Joseph Cirrincione, both of the home, and five sisters, Mrs.
Katie Mangiera, 310 Benton, and Mrs. Ann Benedetto, Mrs. Mary
McCormick, Mrs. Mamie Laurea, and Mrs. Genevieve Cuchia, all
of Dallas, Tex. Services will be held at 2 o'clock Tuesday at
the church; burial in Mount Moriah cemetery. Friends may call
after 6 o'clock tonight at the Newcomer chapel, Brush Creek and
Ethel V. Cooper, Common Learnings
Ethel was born in Pennsylvania on October 26, 1897
to Isabella Bordner Cooper and Dr. Joseph M. Cooper, a physician.
She graduated from the Teachers College of Kansas City. Ethel
passed away in September 1986.
Frances Pence Deets, Physical Education
Born Frances E. Pence on May 24, 1927 in Kansas City,
Missouri, she received a BA in Physical Education from the University
of Kansas in 1951. She married Herbert S. Deets on January 26,
1956 in Kansas City. Frances is retired and resides in Prairie
Elinor Dolson, Science, English
Born Elinor Margaret McMahon on October 27, 1904, she married
Ralph H. Dolson on July 3, 1929. She graduated from Teachers
College of Kansas City in 1924. Elinor taught at JC Nichols school
before joining the faculty at Southwest. She passed away in February
1978 in Kansas City.
J. C. Edwards, Science
Kansas City Star, June 6, 2006: Jesse C. (Prof) Edwards,
age 100, of Edgerton, MO, formerly of Smithville, MO, passed
away, Sunday, June 4, 2006. He was born on February 16, 1906
to Jesse James and Myrta (Burnett) Edwards, in Platte County,
Missouri. He graduated from Smithville High School in 1923, Central
Missouri State in Warrensburg in 1929 and later received his
Masters in Education at the University of Missouri in Columbia,
MO. On May 28, 1927 he was united in marriage to Linnie B. Baker
in Richey, Montana. After their marriage they lived in the Smithville
area, Alma, Kansas, Overland Park, Kansas and after their retirement
they moved to rural Edgerton, MO, where they made their home.
Jesse taught at Trimble and Smithville for 13 years. He then
served his country in the U.S. Navy during W.W. II as a lieutenant
commander. After his honorable discharge he served as Superintendent
at Alma, Kansas for 10 years and later taught Physics at Southwest
High School in Kansas City for 16 years. Jesse was a member of
the First Christian Church in Smithville. He was preceded in
death by his wife, Linnie B. Edwards, September 29, 1999, his
parents and two brothers Albert and Clarence Edwards. Jesse is
survived by two children: Carol Edwards Bowles, Edgerton, MO,
and James C. Edwards. Virginia Beach, VA, eight grandchildren,
twenty one great-grandchildren, six great-great-grandchildren,
one nephew, Jess Alan Edwards and wife, Martha, Edgerton, MO,
several great-nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends.
Graveside Service and Burial: 3 p.m. Thursday at Ridgely Cemetery,
Ridgely, MO. Visitation: 1-2:30 p.m. Thursday, at the Hixson-Klein
Funeral Home, Smithville, MO.
Pauline Eggleston, Accompanist
Marjorie Elliott, Common Learnings, Science
Kansas City Star - May 19, 2004: Marjorie Jeanne Elliott,
96, of Lee's Summit, MO, died Sunday, May 16, 2004, at John Knox
Village Care Center. Marjorie was preceded in death by her husband,
Ashley Dwinnell ("Dee") Elliott, her sister, Laura
Edwards and her brother, Bill Tarwater. Funeral services will
be 11 a.m. Friday, May 21, 2004, at Mt. Moriah & Freeman
Funeral Home, 10507 Holmes Rd. Burial at Mt. Moriah. Visitation
will be from 10-11 a.m. Friday at Mt. Moriah before the service.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in her memory
to the Lee's Summit Charitable Foundation, 1812 N.W. Chipman
Rd., Lee's Summit, MO 64081, or the Lee's Summit Symphony Orchestra,
P.O. Box 351, Lee's Summit, MO 64063. Marjorie, born Marjorie
Tarwater on April 22, 1908, was a lifelong resident of metropolitan
Kansas City . She graduated from Northeast High School and Kansas
City Teachers' College and held degrees from the University of
Missouri-Columbia (B.S.) and U.M.K.C. (M.A.). She taught 45 years
in the Kansas City , MO, School District, finishing her career
as a teacher of science at Southwest High School . She also taught
at Border Star, Blenheim, Seven Oaks and J.S. Chick Schools.
She was a member of Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral and belonged
to numerous organizations, including American Association of
University Women, Sigma Delta Epsilon (graduate women in sciences),
Tau Kappa Delta Sorority, Ozark Wilderness Waterways Club, Heart
of America Geology Club, the Sierra Club, Association of High
School Women (past president) and Kansas City Science Teachers
(past president). After retirement, she devoted several thousand
hours as a volunteer at Trinity Lutheran Hospital. From 1978
to 1983, she served as mayor of the Village of Theodosia Hills
(also known as Sundown), MO. She was a lifelong traveler and,
even after she lost most of her sight, was known for the interesting
travelogues she produced and presented from her own slides taken
all around the world. She is survived by her sons, David E. Elliott
(wife: Christel), Lee's Summit, MO, and Robert L. Elliott (wife:
Sandy), Modesto, CA, and granddaughters, Jennifer A. Elliott,
M.D., Shawnee, KS, and Peggy Doombos, Allendale, MI.
Viona Ewalt, English
Kansas City Star - March 1, 2001: Viona E. Ewalt,
95, Great Bend, KS, passed away February 23, 2001, at Central
Kansas Medical Center-St. Rose Campus, Great Bend. Graveside
service will be 10 a.m. Friday, March 2, at Great Bend Cemetery,
with the Reverend Tom Robson officiating. Visitation will be
9 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday, March 1, at Bryant-Christians Funeral
Home, Great Bend, where the family will receive friends 6-8 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to Brit Spaugh Zoo or the
Miss Ewalt was born August 8, 1905, in Great Bend, KS, to
Lot L. & Marie Schaeffer Ewalt. She was a retired school
teacher who taught in Osage City, Fredonia, and Kansas City.
She had moved to Great Bend from Prairie Village, KS, in 1994.
She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Rebekah Circle,
Jeremiah Howard Chapter of the D.A.R., Portia Club, and Barton
County Retired Teachers. She is survived by one nephew, Robert
McNulty, British West Indies, and one great-nephew, Andrew McNulty
and one great-great-nephew, James Andrew McNulty, both of Brooklyn,
NY. She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister,
George C. Ewing, Physical Education
George Chatham Ewing was born on March 3, 1901 in
Odessa, Missouri to Robert Ewing and Sally Lucillia Rice Ewing.
He married Frances Mildred Broyles on June 11, 1932 in Lexington,
Missouri. Frances also taught school in Kansas City. George was
a high school physical education teacher and track coach for
43 years. George passed away in May 1967 in Kansas City.
M. Violet Fairchild, Social Studies
Mary Violet Fairchild was born in Kansas City in 1905
to Josie Birdeina Fairchild and Herbert E. Fairchild. She attended
Central High School and studied voice at Missouri Wesleyan College
in Cameron, Missouri. Violet later attended Kansas City University.
She taught at William Chrisman High before coming to Southwest.
She was in demand as a singer at various functions, possessing
a classical contralto voice. Her sister, Sara Eugena Fairchild
taught PE at Westport High School. Mary Violet passed away in
Alpheus O. Fisher, Mathematics
Alpheus Oliphant Fisher was born on October 23, 1898,
in Henry County, Missouri, to Adam Fisher and Sarah Oliphant
Fisher. In 1920, he became one of the founders of Sigma Tau Gamma
Fraternity at Central Missouri State Teachers College. He was
married to Era Leone Asbury. During his teaching days, Alpheus
served as the president of local 691, Kansas City Federation
of Teachers & School-Related Personnel. Alpheus passed away
in February 1985.
Helen Fling, Language
Kansas City Star - April 29, 1997: Mary Helen Fling,
93, Kansas City, MO, passed away April 28, 1997, at Kingswood
Manor. A Memorial Service will be 11 a.m. Thursday, May 1, at
Muehlebach Funeral Home. Cremation; with inurnment in Mt. Olivet
Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to PBS
Mary Helen was born in Duluth, MN. She was the last survivor
of eight children, four boys and four girls, of James C. and
Mary Swift Fling. She graduated from the University of Missouri,
where she was a member of Gamma Phi Beta Social Fraternity and
Sigma Delta Pi, an honorary Spanish Fraternity. Miss Fling was
a foreign language teacher in the Jackson County Kansas City
School System for 42 years, retiring in 1971. For the last 25
years of her career she taught Spanish at Southwest High School
and at one time represented the Spanish teachers of the Missouri
State Teacher's Convention.
Cleora Flory, English
Born Cleora Jewell Hutchison in Kansas on January
13, 1893. Cleora received a B.S. in Education from Central Missouri
State Teachers College, and a Masters in Education from the University
of Missouri in 1938. She married Daniel A. Flory on July 25,
1945. Cleora passed away in September, 1975 in Kansas City.
Clayton Ford, Science
Kansas City Star - June 23, 1996: Clayton L. Ford,
59, Mission, KS, passed away Wednesday, June 19, 1996, while
vacationing in Hawaii. Funeral services will be held 10 a.m.
Tuesday, June 24, at the Westpark Wesleyan Church in Overland
Park, KS; burial in Antioch Cemetery. Friends may call from 7-9
p.m. Monday, at the Amos Family Chapel of Lenexa. Memorial contributions
may be made to the Wesleyan Ministries in care of the family.
Mr. Ford was a high school science teacher at the Pembroke
Hill School since 1977. He worked for the Kansas City , MO, School
District, teaching at Southwest High School from 1960-1977. He
was the organist at the Westpark Wesleyan Church. Survivors include
his wife, Cynthia Ford, of the home; son, Mark Ford, Olathe,
KS; daughter, Melanie Hayes, Omaha, NE; brother, Bernerd Ford,
Kansas City , KS; two sisters, Evelyn Livengood, Olathe, KS,
and Marilyn Van Waters, Phoenix, AZ; and mother-in-law, Dorothy
John D. Fristoe, Jr., Study Hall
John D. Fristoe Jr. was born on June 5, 1888 in Miami,
Missouri, to Lucy Burruss Fristoe and John D. Fristoe. He graduated
from the University of Missouri with AB and BS degrees in 1910.
John began his teaching career at Westport Junior High School.
He received an MA from the University of California, Berkeley
in 1922. His thesis is titled "A study of failures and retentions
in mathematics as compared with failures and retentions in other
subjects in the high schools of Kansas City, Missouri."
John married Froncie Gill on August 15, 1917. He taught for many
years at Westport High before joining the faculty at Southwest.
John passed away in June 1975.
Samuel P. Gibson, COE
Mr. Samuel Paul Gibson, 80, 4755 Country Club Road,
Apt. 121-B, died at the home Tuesday, Nov. 5, 1991. He was born
in Sanford, Kansas, the son of the late Lyman Cecil and Mildred
Winchell Gibson. Mr. Gibson was formerly of Crestline, Kansas.
He was a member of the Village Presbyterian Church in Prairie
village, Kansas; a lifelong educator having retired as administrator
with the Kansas City school system. He also taught at Minden
Mines High School, Treece High School, Columbus High School all
in Kansas. He was a Lieutenant in the United States Navy Reserves
during World War II. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Charlotte
E. Gibson of the home; a daughter, Mrs. Sandra J. Sorrell, Clemmons;
two sons, J.P. Gibson, Lawrence, Kansas and Pat E. Gibson, Leawood,
Kansas; five grandchildren. He had five brothers, Lloyd Gibson,
Galesburg, Kansas, Ralph Gibson, Brownsville, Texas; Merle Gibson,
Lexington, Missouri; Earl Gibson, Hutchinson, Kansas; Cecil Gibson,
Sanford, Kansas and a sister, Mrs. Martha Jean Harmon, San Diego,
California. There will be no local services and the family requests
that memorials may be made to Hospice of Winston-Salem/Forsyth
County, 1100 S. Stratford Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27103. Volger's
Clemmons Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements.
Christine Grant, Secretary
Christine M. Grant, 98, passed away on Jan. 26, 2009
at Walnut Grove Nursing Home in Springdale. She was born in Kansas
City, Mo., on March 11, 1910 to Ira W. Hubbard and Anna Maria
Hubbard. She was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years,
Harry M. Grant and brother Ira W. Hubbard II. She served as assistant
to the headmaster of the Barstow School in Kansas City for more
than 10 years. She was a long time resident of The Gardens at
Arkanshire in Springdale. She is survived by daughters, Peggy
Barber of Overland Park, Kan., and Susie Lamascus of Fayetteville;
three granddaughters, Kristin Morris of Gardner, Kan., Chris
Wyanko of Overland Park, Kan., and Sandy Phillips of Springhill;
three great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.
Services will be held on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2009 at Mount
Moriah & Freeman Funeral Home, 10507 Holmes Road, Kansas
City, Mo. Visitation at noon with service at 1 p.m. In lieu of
flowers the family requests donations to Circle of Life Hospice,
901 Jones Road, Springdale, AR. 72762.
Morning News of Northwest Arkansas (Springdale, AR)
Mary Margaret Groves, English, Social Studies
Born Mary Margaret Thompson on October 9, 1896 in
Missouri to Dr. Oscar N. Thompson and Dr. Emma Arabella Boyington.
She attended Howard Payne College in Fayette, Missouri, and the
University of Missouri. She married James Tevis Groves on May
2, 1920 in Breckenridge, Missouri. Mary Margaret died in October
1982 in Kansas City.
Victor Gustafson, Science
Kansas City Star - January 6, 2000: Victor Eugene
Gustafson, 79, of Overland Park, KS, died Sunday, January 2,
2000, at Indian Creek Nursing Center. Memorial services will
be 10 a.m. Monday, January 10, at the Unity Temple, 103rd &
Antioch, Overland Park. Contributions may be made to the American
Diabetes Association or the American Heart Association.
Mr. Gustafson was born September 9, 1920, in Spearfish, SD.
He received his bachelor of arts degree in education at Black
Hills Teachers College in Spearfish and earned his master's degree
in school administration at the University of Northern Colorado
in Greeley. He was a 50-year member of the Masonic Lodge in Spearfish.
The day after Pearl Harbor, Mr. Gustafson enlisted in the Navy.
He spent four years on the U.S.S. Zeilin, a supply ship, and
made all the invasions in the Pacific. Mr. Gustafson was a teacher
of music and science, as well a school principal and superintendent
of schools in several towns in Nebraska. The family moved to
the Kansas City area in the late 1950s, to give their oldest
son, Eric, a better musical education. Mr. Gustafson taught chemistry
at Southwest High School in Kansas City. His former student,
Dr. Richard Smalley, Nobel Prize winner, credited Mr. Gustafson
with his interest in chemistry. When he retired from the Kansas
City School District in 1983, he taught at the Pembroke Hill
School. Then he was asked to join the staff at Longview Community
College. He enjoyed that very much and taught until a stroke
cut off his productive life. He enjoyed teaching and it was so
much a part of him. Mr. Gustafson leaves Betty, his wife of 57
years, and a brother and sister, Carl Stanley Gustafson and Bonnie
Dansel, both of Rawlins, WY. He is also survived by his children,
Eric Aaron Gustafson and wife, Anita, Syracuse, NY, Gregory Gene
Gustafson and wife, Edith, and stepson, Corey, Fresno, CA, and
Victoria Suzanne Swanson and husband, Steven, Kansas City, MO.
He also leaves eight grandchildren, Aaron Eugene Gustafson, Zachariah
Eugene Gustafson, and Carrie-Anne Gustafson, Fresno, Leif Bergren
Gustafson, Homer, AK, Carl Joseph Swanson, Esther Christina Swanson,
John Henry Swanson and Anne Elizabeth Swanson, Kansas City, MO;
and one great-grandson, Garrett Gene Gustafson, Fresno.
Julia Guyer, Social Studies
Kansas City Star Saturday, December 12, 1970: Miss
Julia Guyer, of 21 East Sixty-eighth, for many years a member
of the faculty at Southwest high school, died Thursday at a nursing
home at 6515 West 103rd, Overland Park, after a long illness.
She was born [in 1890] in Springfield, Ill., and had lived here
most of her life. Miss Guyer's subject was history. She was selected
to take a special course at Yale in preparation for teaching
advanced placement or college level classes. Since she retired
10 years ago she had taught similar classes part time at the
Before Miss Guyer went to Southwest she was at Northeast high
school. She assisted Scott, Foresman, educational publishers,
in the preparation of many history textbooks. Miss Guyer was
a member of the Country Club Congregational church, the Daughters
of the American Revolution, the College club and the Woman's
A brother, Robert Guyer, of Lake Tapawingo, survives. Services
will be held at 4 o'clock Monday' at the church; cremation. The
family requests no flowers and suggests contributions to the
School of the Ozarks, Branson, Mo.
Charles Harte, Practical Arts
Kansas City Star - July 27, 1999: Mr. Charles G. Harte,
69, Overland Park, KS, passed away Saturday, July 24, 1999, at
his home. Funeral services will be 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 27,
at D.W. Newcomer's Sons Overland Park Chapel, 8201 Metcalf; graveside
services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 29, at Leavenworth National
Cemetery, Leavenworth, KS. Visitation will be 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Tuesday at the chapel. The family suggests contributions to Kansas
Mr. Harte was born on July 6, 1930, in St. Louis, MO. He received
his bachelor's degree in education from Central Missouri State
University and his master's degree in guidance and counseling
from Pittsburg State University. He was an educator for many
years and retired from the Shawnee Mission School District. His
hobbies were woodworking, antique auto restoration and buying
and selling vintage cars. He loved the outdoors, especially camping
and canoeing. Charles was a Navy veteran of the Korean War. Survivors
include his wife, Ermina Harte, of the home; two daughters, Katrina
McHenry, Overland Park, KS, and Maureen Tolman, Olathe, KS; two
brothers, Dr. James R. Harte and William J. Harte, both of Kansas
City , MO; two sisters, Kathleen Kirk, St. Louis, MO, and Ellen
Singleton, Germany; and two grandsons, Michael and Robert Tolman,
Olathe, KS. (Arrangements: D.W. Newcomer's Sons Overland Park
O. L. Hoover, Mathematics, Business Education
Mary C. Johnston, Language
Kansas City Star - June 18, 1998: Mary C. Johnston,
87, Kansas City, MO, passed away Monday, June 15, 1998, at Baptist
Medical Center. Mass of Christian Burial will be 9 a.m. Friday,
June 19, at St. Peter's Church; interment at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.
Friends may call 7-9 p.m. Thursday, June 18, at Muehlebach Funeral
Home, where the rosary will be said at 7:30 p.m. Miss Johnston
was born in Kansas City, MO. She was an English and Latin teacher
at Southwest High School, retiring after 30 years of service.
She was a member of St. Peter's Church and was a graduate of
the University of Kansas. Survivors include a brother, Joseph
P. Johnston, Kansas City, MO; a sister, Muriel Johnston, Kansas
City, MO; a nephew, Robert P. Johnston, and nieces Mary Lu Johnston
and Jo Anne Simes.
Jane Joyce, Science
Olive Jane Joyce was born in Missouri on November
20, 1910 to Jennie Stockdale Joyce and Oliver Preston Joyce,
a Baptist minister. She was an honor student at Paseo High School
and Ottawa University, where she was president of the student
Kansas City Times May 31, 1972: Miss Jane Joyce, 61, of 6526
Charlotte, a teacher 29 years at Southwest High School, died
yesterday [May 30, 1972] of cancer at Menorah Medical Center.
Miss Joyce had retired May 5 from Southwest, where she taught
Human Science. She had been with the Kansas City School District
29 years and had taught in the Kansas City area about 36 years.
She was a lifelong resident of the Kansas City area. She was
a member of the Wornall Road Baptist Church. She was graduated
from Ottawa University, Ottawa, Kan., and attended Columbia University.
She was a member of the Delta Kappa Gamma Sorority.
She leaves three sisters, Mrs. Nona Lynn, Dallas, Mrs. Mabel
Allison, Olathe, and Mrs. Geneva Jones, San Francisco. Services
will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Newcomer Brush Creek Chapel;
burial in Floral Hills Cemetery. Friends may call after 3 p.m.
today at the chapel. The family requests no flowers and suggests
contributions to the American Cancer Society.
Virginia Kammerer, Registrar
Thomas E. Kipp, Physical Education
Tom graduated from Kansas State Teachers College in
Pittsburg, KS, and received a Masters of Arts in Education from
KU in 1955. Tom coached at Bishop Hogan High School before coming
to Southwest. He later became the principal of Southwest High
School. Tom is currently retired and living in the Kansas City
Lucile Koger, Common Learnings
Frances Lucile Koger was born on March 28, 1900 to
Benjamin Franklin Koger and Elsie Henderson Koger, in Daviess
County Missouri. At age 19 she was teaching in a public school
in rural Missouri. She received a master's degree in education
from the University of Missouri in 1937. Lucile passed away in
September 1974 in Kansas City.
Flora Linn, Social Studies
Flora was born on July 18, 1901 in Kansas City to
Frederick W. Linn and Alma Braecklein Linn. A 1919 honors graduate
of Westport High School, Flora received an AB from Stanford University
in 1923 and a Masters degree from Columbia University in 1928.
She taught at William Chrisman junior and senior high schools
before coming to Southwest in the mid 1930s. Flora passed away
on October 8, 1969 in Kansas City.
J. R. Manly, Practical Arts
John Russell Manly was born on November 4, 1901 in
Diamond Springs, Kansas, to William M. Manly and Edith Manly.
He graduated from Roosevelt High School in Emporia, Kansas, and
married Roberta Moore on August 7, 1925 in Emporia. They had
two children, Robert and Mary Olive. J.R. studied at Stout Institute,
Menomonie, Wisconsin, before receiving both a BA and an MA from
Colorado State College of Education. He passed away on July 30,
1996 in Loveland, Colorado.
F. W. Mann, Social Studies
Francis Walker Mann, Jr. was born August 8, 1903 in
Wellington, Missouri, to Dr. Francis W. Mann, Sr. and Martha
May Mann. He married Elizabeth Helen Neale, a graduate of Whitman
College, in 1924. He taught high school in St. Maries, Idaho,
before receiving a PhD from The University of Southern California
in 1935. His thesis: "Father Pierre-Jean De Smet, S.J.:
his influence on the history of the Trans-Mississippi West."
He taught at Southwest High School in Kansas City, Missouri,
from about 1951 to about 1970. Before teaching at Southwest High,
he was at East High in Kansas City. He was an active member of
the National Council for the Social Studies. Francis W. Mann
passed away on March 5, 1997.
Carder Manning, Vocal Music
Carder Manning is retired and lives in Belton, Missouri.
He wrote this message in 2009 to the class of 1969:
"I retired in 1995 after teaching thirty-nine years,
full time, in the music classrooms of the greater Kansas City
high schools: William Chrisman (1956-1958), Southeast (1958-1960),
Southwest (1960-1969) and Penn Valley Community College (1969-1995).
After retirement I taught ten more years as an adjunct faculty
member at PVCC through 2005. I have organized and directed several
community choirs, and I recently retired from church music after
fifty-eight years as a choir director. I married a charming lady,
Marty, in 1989, and we will celebrate our twentieth anniversary
I loved my musical career and Southwest High School
stands out as a crowning achievement. My sincere regards to each
Harriet V. McCaffrey, English
Harriet Velma Northern was born in Illinois on April
22, 1904, to James Brown Northern and Mae Ely Northern. She taught
at William Chrisman and East High schools before teaching at
Southwest. She married Thomas B. McCaffrey on January 29, 1944.
Harriet passed away on January 24, 1990.
James S. McKee, Social Studies
Colonel James Stuart McKee was born on March 2, 1895
in Ray County, Missouri. He received a BS from Central Missouri
Teachers College in 1925 and a master's degree from the University
of Missouri in 1929. He was a member of Phi Delta Kappa, a professional
education association. His military service, which spanned 37
years, ended in 1955 when he retired from the U.S. Air Force.
His last command was the 9719th air reserve squadron, located
in the Kansas City area. He passed away on May 7, 1972.
Dorothy S. McLeod, Language
Dorothy Seaver McLeod of central Kansas City, a teacher,
died Aug. 20, 1988, at Truman Medical Center East. Miss McLeod
taught French at Southwest High School for 40 years before she
retired. She received a bachelor's degree from Mount Holyoke
College, South Hadley, Mass., and a master's degree from the
University of Kansas City. She studied for two summers at the
Sorbonne in Paris.
Miss McLeod was a member of the Second Presbyterian Church.
She was a member of the National Retired Teachers Association,
the Woman's City Club and the Mount Holyoke Club of Kansas City.
She was born in Buffalo, N.Y., and had lived in Kansas City since
1922. Survivors include a sister, Mary Hildreth, Long Island,
N.Y. Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. today at Mount Moriah
Cemetery. The family suggests contributions to the church or
the American Heart Association.
Kansas City Times, August 22, 1988: Born Dorothy Seaver McLeod
on January 21, 1896 to William C. McLeod and Bertha McLeod, she
attended elementary school in Holyoke, Massachusetts and graduated
with an A.B. from Mount Holyoke College in 1916. She taught at
an elementary school in Oil City, PA; then taught French and
Latin at Connellsville, PA, high school. When her family moved
to Kansas City, she accepted an assignment at Joplin High School,
where she taught Latin. In 1925 she joined the inaugural teaching
staff at Southwest High School. She had one sister, Mary Mills
McLeod Hildreth and a brother, William McLeod. Dorothy passed
away on August 20, 1988. A scholarship fund in her name has been
established at Mount Holyoke College, "The Dorothy Seaver
McLeod fund for study in France."
Mildred Meuser, Language
Kansas City Star - April 11, 1992: Mildred Meuser,
85, Monett, Mo., a former teacher in Kansas City, died April
10, 1992, at a hospital in Monett. She moved to Monett in 1989.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Paola (Kan.)
Cemetery. Friends may call from noon to 1 p.m. Monday at Newcomer's
Stine & McClure Chapel.
Miss Meuser taught English and Spanish at Southwest High School
in Kansas City from 1950 until she retired in 1971. She taught
at Osawatomie High School in Kansas from 1924 to 1944 and at
Manual High School in Kansas City from 1944 to 1950.
She was a 1926 graduate of Stephens College, Columbia, and
was a member of Phi Theta Kappa there. She received a bachelor's
degree in education from the University of Kansas in 1929 and
was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma there. She received a master's
degree in education from the University of Michigan in 1937 and
was a member of Pi Lambda Theta there. She studied Spanish at
the University of Valencia, Spain, in 1965. She was a member
of the American Association of University Women, the College
Club and the American Association of Retired Teachers. She was
a member of the Second Presbyterian Church of Kansas City and
the Perfection chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star, Paola.
She was born in Paola and moved to this area in 1944.
Blanche Moore, Business Education
Jeanne Neal, Language
Kansas City Star - April 22, 2001: Jeanne L. Neal,
72, formerly of Kansas City, MO, passed away Sunday, March 4,
2001, at her home in Green Valley, AZ. Funeral services will
be 2 p.m. Thursday, April 26, at St. James Holy Catholic Church
with burial in Mt. Moriah Cemetery. Visitation will be from 7-9
p.m. Wednesday, at Mt. Moriah & Freeman Funeral Home, I-435
at Holmes Rd. Memorial contributions may be made in her name
to the Arizona Site Steward Program.
Jeanne was born on March 28, 1928 in Arkansas. She was a graduate
of Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX and earned her Master's
degree at the University of Kansas City. She taught in the Kansas
City, Missouri School District from August 9, 1951 to July 11,
1986. Mrs. Neal was initiated March 10, 1957 into the Missouri
Alpha Delta Chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa. She served as an administrative
assistant at the International Headquarters from 1966-1969 and
as executive treasurer from 1969-1975. She was active in the
Arizona Site Steward Program. Mrs. Neal was preceded in death
by her husband, Thomas H. Neal Jr. on July 10, 1986 and her son,
Thomas H. Neal III. She is survived by a grandson, Caleb Neal
of La Quinta, CA; a granddaughter, Sarah Neal of Lee's Summit,
MO; a half-brother, Steve Scholl of Houston, TX.
Laurence Nivens, Driver Education
Kansas City Star - August 31, 1997: Laurence Lee Nivens,
93, Raytown, MO, passed away August 29, 1997, at Hidden Lake
Care Center. Memorial services will be 11 a.m. Monday, September
1, at Mount Moriah & Freeman Funeral Home, 105th & Holmes,
in the Chapel of Hope, where the visitation will be from 10:30-11
a.m. Burial will be in the Mt. Moriah Cemetery. In lieu of flowers,
the family suggests donations to your church or favorite charity.
Mr. Nivens was born March 6, 1904. He was a teacher of vocal
music and driver education for 32 years in Kansas City, MO. He
was born in Kansas City, MO, and lived there until 1970, when
he retired and moved to Belton, MO. He was a member of the First
Baptist Church of Kansas City.
Mr. Nivens was a graduate of Central High School, received
his Bachelors Degree in music from the Conservatory and his Master's
Degree from Northwestern University. He taught vocal music at
Manual, East and Southwest High. In 1955, he taught Driver's
Education, retiring in 1970 from Southwest High School. He was
Chancel Choir director of Grand Avenue Temple, Broadway United
Methodist Church and St. Paul's United Methodist Church.
Mr. Nivens was a member of Alpha Tau Omega, the American Federation
of Musicians-Local 34, American Federation of Teachers, Kansas
City Association of School Retirees, the International Brotherhood
of Magicians, and a former Presidentr of the Society of American
Magicians. Survivors include his wife, of 59 years, Pearl Nivens,
of Hidden Lake; his daughter, Barbara Wagner, Indepen - dence;
two grandchildren, Lisa Deming, and Robert Wagner; and two great-grandchildren,
Chris Deming and Megan Wagner.
Katherine Norris, Language
Big Spring Daily Herald, Sunday, January 25, 1970,
Big Spring, Texas: Funeral services are set for 2 p.m. Monday
in Kiker and Son Funeral Home Chapel for Mrs. Katherine Hammock
Norris, 57, a former resident of Colorado City, Texas. Officiating
at the service will be the Rev. John Hancock, All Saints Episcopal
Church. Burial will follow in Colorado City Cemetery. Mrs. Norris,
who was a professor at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales,
N.M., died Friday in a Chicago, Ill., hospital after a four-month
illness. She was born in Colorado City and graduated from Colorado
City High School in 1928. She was also a graduate of the University
of New Mexico and had studied in Spain. Survivors Include her
mother, Mrs. Angela Buchanan Hammock, Chicago; one son, Dr. Stephen
Norris, Chicago; one daughter, Mrs. Richard Michelini, Boston,
Mass.; and four grandchildren.Katherine Hammock graduated from
the University of New Mexico in 1932 with a degree in Spanish,
and obtained a masters degree in 1935 from the University of
New Mexico. She taught in the Santa Fe school district before
marrying Dr. Theodore Norris on August 25, 1937 in Albuquerque,
NM. He later became dean of the Kansas City College of Osteopathy
and Surgery in the 1960s.
Ernestine Rector, Social Studies, Common
Gertrude Redmond, Cafeteria
Gertrude H. Schwarz was born on June 25, 1891 to Frank
H. Schwarz and Mary J. Schwarz. She married James T. Redmond
on November 10, 1914. Gertrude passed away on April 8, 1975.
Chicago Tribune - April 10, 1975: Mrs. Gertrude H. Redmond,
83, mother of Dr. James F. Redmond, superintendent of Chicago
public schools, died Tuesday night in Augustana Hospital. She
had lived in Chicago for five years after spending much of her
life in Kansas City, Mo. Besides her son, she is survived by
seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Mass will
be at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Kansas
Frances B. Richart, Physical Education
Kansas City Star - February 19, 1991: Frances C. Richart,
86, Raymore in Cass County, a former high school teacher and
counselor, died Feb. 18, 1991, at Research Belton Hospital. Mrs.
Richart was a counselor and physical-education teacher at Southwest
High School for 27 years, retiring in the late 1960s. She graduated
from Stephens College, Columbia, and received a bachelor's degree
from the University of Kansas. She received a master's degree
in anthropology from New York University. She did doctoral work
at the University of California, Washington State University
and the University of Missouri, Columbia.
She was past president of an Association of High School Women
chapter and the Health and Physical Education Club. She was a
member of the Stephens College Luncheon Club and the Daughters
of the American Revolution. She was a member of the Country Club
Christian Church and its 50-50 Class. She was a lifelong area
resident. Survivors include a nephew and five nieces. Cremation,
with private graveside services at the Woodhull (Ill.) Cemetery.
William C. Robinson, Physical Education,
Kansas City Star - December 10, 1999: William C. Robinson,
age 76, of Kansas City, MO, passed away December 8, 1999, from
complications of melanoma. Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday,
December 11, 1999, at Mission Road Congregation of the Reorganized
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 7842 Mission Road,
Prairie Village, KS; burial will be approx. 3 p.m. December 11
in Rosehill Cemetery, Lamoni, IA,. Friends may call on the family
6:30-8 p.m. Friday, December 10, 1999, at Mount Moriah &
Freeman Funeral Home, Kansas City, MO. Memorial contributions
may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Mr. Robinson was born December 24, 1922, son of Randall and
Carrie Robinson, in Lamoni, IA, and attended schools there. He
graduated from Graceland College, Lamoni, IA, in 1942, with an
Associate of Arts degree. After graduating, he worked in Portland,
OR, for two years during World War II. He continued his education,
graduating from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor in Physical
Education. He also earned a Master's degree in Education and
Administration at the University of Iowa, Iowa City. He did post-graduate
work at UMKC. He was coach and history teacher at Southwest High
School from 1954-1985. He became head football coach from 1957
to 1980, when he retired from coaching. He continued teaching
until 1985. Before coming to Kansas City, he was the football,
basketball, track coach and teacher in Lamoni, IA, from 1948
to 1954. His career began in Mitchellville, IA, from 1946 to
1948, where he was a teacher and coached football, girls and
boys basketball and baseball. He was a member of the Mission
Road RLDS Church, served on committees and sang in the choir
since 1956. He was a member of KC Retired Teachers Association,
a volunteer for Boy Scouts, Share, Inc., and was president of
the Lamoni Community School Alumni Association, 1996-1998. Mr.
Robinson received honors of distinction for his achievements
in coaching. Coach of the Year Awards were presented to him from
the Optimist Club Sammie Dubin-Nite of Sports in 1968, Knute
Rockne award in 1966 and 1972, Cecil O. Patterson award in 1977,
WHB in 1968 and 1972, KUDL in 1971. He was named the Interscholastic
Coach of the Year several times. He received the Lamoni, IA,
Community Schools Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Achievement
of Excellence in the Field of Athletics. He has also received
plaques of recognition presented by players, parents, and organizations
of the Kansas City School District for years of devotion and
service to athletes of the district. Honors were given to him
by KJLA radio, Greater Kansas City Sports Commission, Big Brothers
Association of Kansas City, and a Resolution by the Courts of
Jackson County, MO. He was inducted into the Missouri Football
Coaches Hall of Fame in 1992. He was preceded in death by a son,
William David (Bill) in 1975, and his parents. He is survived
by his wife of 53 years, Martha Ann (Rush) Robinson, a son, Dale
A. Robinson, and wife, Kim, a daughter, Susan Robinson, all of
Kansas City; four grandchildren, Shane Robinson, Chad and Jennifer
Kukulka, and Ian Robinson; three great-grandchildren, Melissa,
Nicole, and David Robinson, two brothers, Claremont L. Robinson
and wife Charlotte, Parkville, MO, and Rex L. Robinson and wife
Virginia, Colorado Springs, CO; nieces, nephews, and many friends.
Mary Ross, Librarian
Mary Isadore Ross was born in Kansas City on July
29, 1905 to Leah Richmond Ross and Frank Coe Ross. She attended
Westport High School and Kansas City Junior College. Mary passed
away on December 15, 1994 in Miami, Florida.
Frances E. Ryan, Secretary
Kansas City Star, June 30, 1992: Frances E. Ryan,
79, Peculiar in Cass County, died June 29, 1992, at Research
Medical Center. Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Muehlebach
Chapel; burial in Memorial Park Cemetery, Kansas City. Friends
may call from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the chapel, where Tribe of
Mic-O-Say services will be at 7:30 p.m. The family suggests contributions
to the Unity School of Christianity. Mrs. Ryan was born in Slater,
Mo., and lived in this area most of her life. She lived in Gravois
Mills, Mo., from 1972 until she returned to this area in 1988.
She was a secretary at Southwest High School in Kansas City for
21 years, retiring in 1972. She was a member of the Unity church
and its women's auxiliary. She was a member of the Veterans of
Foreign Wars Auxiliary. Her husband, William R. Ryan, died in
1989. Survivors include a son, Timothy R. Ryan, and her stepmother,
Ruth Morris, both of Kansas City; four grandchildren; and five
Thomas E. Sanders, English
Thomas Edward Sanders obtained a masters degree from
the University of Denver in 1951 and a doctorate from Florida
State University in 1983. He was a professor of English at Miami-Dade
Junior College before moving to the University of South Florida,
where he became a distinguished professor of English. Later in
his life he became aware of his Native American heritage (his
great-grandfather was Cherokee) and he adopted the American Indian
name Nippawanock (Dawn Star). Many of his short stories and journal
articles were written under the name "Thomas E. Sanders
(Nippawanock)." An insight into his life and Native American
philosophies is contained in the book Native Heart, written by
his protégé, Gabriel Horn (White Deer of Autumn).
The following biographical information is from the University
of South Florida's "Thomas E. Sanders Scholarship in Creative
Thomas E. Sanders was a professor of literature and creative
writing at USF for twenty years until his death on January 1,
1988 at age sixty-one. He was born on April 30, 1926, in Picher,
Oklahoma, and attended, among other institutions, the University
of Oklahoma and the University of Denver. In addition to writing
both poetry and fiction, he was the author of the much acclaimed
"Discovery" series of introductory literature textbooks
published by Scott Foresman, The Now Reader, and Literature of
the American Indian, a widely reviewed and respected scholarly
anthology of Native American Literature. At USF, Professor Sanders
taught courses in creative writing, Native American literature,
and science fiction, and was known by his students for his strong
enthusiasms and his keen analytical mind. His untimely death
was felt most acutely in the creative writing program. Creative
writing students were suddenly bereft not only of an instructor
but of a friend and mentor. Known for his demanding standards,
he was always available to his students for help and advice sometimes
long after they had left the university. As one of his new students
wrote, "his skill as a writer, editor, and teacher coupled
with his dedication and willingness to devote himself to his
students made him one of the most valuable members of the faculty."
With the impetus of a major gift from Mrs. Louise Forshaw of
Baltimore, Maryland, friends and alumni have established a scholarship
in his honor.
Chelsae B. Sargent, Mathematics
Born Chelsae Maud Boutz in Saltbox, Kansas on May
7, 1903. She graduated from New Mexico State University in 1927
with a degree in general science and mathematics. She was the
valedictorian of her class. She married William M. Sargent after
graduation and later married Tillman H. Snyder in 1981. She died
in Kansas City on February 9, 1996.
Esther Schroer, English
Born Hilda Esther Schroer on November 4, 1894 in Kansas
City, she graduated in 1918 from Manual Training High School
and received a B.S. in Education from the University of Missouri
in 1922. She taught high school English at Carthage, Missouri,
before coming to Southwest. Esther passed away in November 1980.
Juana W. Seymour, Mathematics, Physical
Alma I. Shipley, Special Math, Algebra
Alma Ione Shipley was born on June 23, 1904 in Sherman,
Texas. She graduated in 1925 from the University of Missouri
with a degree in education, and received her master's degree
in education from the University of Southern California in 1942.
She taught at The Barstow School after leaving Southwest. Alma
married Harry L. Crosby on August 19, 1960. She passed away Tuesday,
January 4, 2005, at Bethesda Meadows Nursing Home, Ellisville,
MO. She was 100 years old.
Naomi C. Simpson, History
From Topeka, Kansas, Naomi C. Simpson was born on
November 7, 1892. Naomi graduated from the University of Kansas
in 1916 with an AB degree in history. She was a member of Phi
Beta Kappa and Pi Gamma Sigma, the honorary society in the department
of education. She received her master's degree from the University
of Kansas City in 1945; her thesis is titled "The power
of the President in Foreign Relations."
Her first teaching assignment was at Winfield, Kansas, where
she taught history. In 1925 she joined the first teaching staff
at Southwest High School, where she taught English and history.
She retired after the 1958-1959 school year at Southwest. She
passed away in February 1965.
B. D. Silliman, Practical Arts
Merle E. Smith, Business Education
Merle Ella Smith was born in Hennessey, Oklahoma on
July 12, 1894 to Mary Slater Smith and John Willis Smith. Merle
graduated from Manual Training High School in 1912 in Kansas
City. She received an AB from Colorado University in 1927 and
an advanced degree from Columbia University in 1939. Merle passed
away in June 1977.
Frank L. Stark, Science
Kansas City Star, April 17, 1982: Frank Leroy Stark,
76, of 3067 Black Swan Drive, Shawnee, former area teacher, died
Thursday, April 15, 1982 at St. Luke's Hospital.
Mr. Stark began his teaching career at the Round Mound rural
school in Chautauqua County, Kan., and later was principal of
the Cedar Vale (Kan.) Elementary School; superintendent of the
Lafontaine, Kan., public schools; and principal of the rural
high school in Stanley in Johnson County. He was a biology teacher
at Southwest High School, Kansas City, for 20 years, and was
television teacher for the Kansas City School District in 1958.
Mr. Stark was awarded a certificate of merit in 1962 and received
the Outstanding Biology Teacher for Missouri Award in 1966 from
the National Association of Biology Teachers. He graduated from
Kansas State Teachers College, Pittsburg.
Mr. Stark was a member of the Merriam Christian Church and
had sung in its choir. In 1936 he was a member of the Harmony
Kings, a traveling male quartet. He was a member of the National
Association of Biology Teachers, the National Science Teachers
Association, the American Institute of Biological Science, the
American Academy for the Advancement of Science, the Science
Teachers of Missouri Association, the Kansas City Science Teachers
Association, the Missouri State Teachers Association and the
Kansas City Education Association, and be was a life member of
the National Education Association. He was a member of the National
Retired Teachers Association, the American Association of Retired
Persons, the Retired Teachers Association of Missouri, the Retired
Teachers Association of Kansas City, the Kansas Retired Teachers
Association and the Retired Teachers Association of Johnson County.
He was born in Hewins, Kan. on December 19, 1905, and had
lived in this area 39 years. He leaves his wife, Mrs. Frances
D. Stark of the home; a son, J. Franklin Stark, Elmira, N.Y.;
a daughter, Mrs. Jan Jones, Beaumont, Texas; a brother, O.B.
Stark, Cedar Vale; two sisters, Mrs. Mona Wilke, Cedar Vale,
and Mrs. Lua Mills, Sedan, Kan.; and four grandchildren. Services
will be Monday at the Amos Chapel; graveside services will be
at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Cedar Vale Cemetery. Friends may call
from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the chapel. The family requests no
flowers and suggests contributions to the church.
Earline Strong, Vocal Music
Kansas City Star - June 12, 1991: Earline R. Strong,
87, a former teacher in the Kansas City School District, died
June 11, 1991, in the Kingswood Manor Health Center, 10000 Wornall
Road, where she lived. Mrs. Strong taught vocal music at Central
Junior High School and also taught at Southwest High School before
she retired. She was a member of the Central United Methodist
Church, Kansas City. She was a member of Mu Phi Epsilon. She
was born in Pilot Grove, Mo., and lived in this area for 46 years.
Survivors include a son, Charles E. Strong, Overland Park; three
grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Services will be
at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Mount Moriah & Freeman Chapel;
burial in Mount Moriah Cemetery.
Oka Sullivan, Accompanist
Oka R. Thomas was born on August 3, 1892 in Iola,
Kansas, to Florence N. and Charles E. Thomas. She married Daniel
J. Sullivan on September 5, 1925 in Kansas City. She also provided
accompaniment at Southeast High School. Oka passed away in March
Kathleen N. Torbert, Mathematics
Kathleen Naomi Torbert was born on July 23, 1917 in
Denver, Colorado to Constance Anderson Torbert and William Robert
Torbert. Kathleen graduated from Southwest High in 1934. She
graduated from Kansas City University in 1938 with a degree in
mathematics and began her teaching career in Greenwood, Missouri.
She received a Master's degree in mathematics from the University
of Kansas in 1942 and began teaching mathematics at Southwest
in 1946. After a brief stint at East High School, she returned
to Southwest in the early 1950s. Kathleen passed away on January
Kansas City Star January 24, 1971: Miss Kathleen Naomi Torbert,
53, of 10334 High drive, Leawood, died yesterday at St. Luke's
hospital. Miss Torbert was born in Denver and had lived here
46 years. She was a teacher at Southwest high school. She was
a graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City and the
University of Kansas. She leaves a brother, Robert W. Torbert,
9700 High drive, Leawood. Services will be at 3 o'clock Tuesday
at the Mount Moriah chapel; burial in the Mount Moriah cemetery.
Friends may call from 7 to 9 o'clock Monday night at 9700 High
drive, Leawood. The family requests no flowers and suggests contributions
to the William R. Torbert Memorial Scholarship fund at the University
of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyo.
Dorothy W. Varney, English
Born Dorothy Whitaker Varney on December 21, 1900
to Lewis Logan Varney and Blanche Whitaker Varney, Dorothy received
an A.B. from the University of Illinois in 1922 and a master's
degree from Columbia University in 1938. Her master's thesis
is titled "The Life and Works of Eliza Meteyard." Dorothy
passed away on February 10, 1990 in Kansas City.
Edith N. Weinberg, Language, Social Science
The Jewish Chronicle February 26, 1988: Mrs. Edith
Weinberg, 83, died Thursday, Feb. 18, 1988, at the home. She
was a lifelong area resident, born August 12, 1904. Mrs. Weinberg
taught here for more than 50 years and taught Spanish at Southwest
High School for 30 years before she retired in 1975. Earlier
she taught Spanish at Paseo High School and was an exchange teacher
in Puerto Rico. She received a teaching certificate from Central
Missouri State College-Warrensburg; a bachelor's degree from
the University of Missouri-Columbia; and a master's degree from
Columbia University-New York.
She was past president of the Kansas City chapter of Sigma
Alpha Iota Music Sorority and past president of the Charlittas
Spanish Club. Mrs. Weinberg was a member of Ohev Sholom Synagogue
and Temple B'nai Jehudah. She was a past president and a life
member of Hadassah, and past president of the Liebman-Rosenbloom
Post of the American Legion Auxiliary.
Her husband, Dr. Abraham Weinberg, died in 1937. She is survived
by a daughter, Ealeen Abelle of Miami, Fla.; a brother, Jerome
B. Stone of the home; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Sunday at Louis Memorial Chapel; burial
in Mount Carmel Cemetery. Contributions may be made to the American
Cancer Society or to charity.
Thelma Welch, Business Education
Thelma Lucile Welch was born on Christmas Day, 1904
to Ida Belle Bird Welch and Robert L. Welch. She attended Kansas
City Junior College and the University of Missouri. Thelma and
her sister, Virginia Welch, lived together at 333 Meyer West.
Thelma passed away on October 24, 1990.
Virginia Welch, English
Kansas City Star - June 15, 2005: Lorna Virginia Welch
of Kansas City, MO, died June 10, 2005, at Menorah Medical Center.
She was a native Kansas Citian. She was a teacher of English
at Ohio University, Athens, OH. She also taught at East, Westport,
and Southwest High Schools in Kansas City, MO. She received her
BA degree from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, and her Masters
and Doctors degrees from Columbia University, NY. She also attended
the University of London, England. She was listed in Who's Who
of American Women and the Dictionary of International Biography.
She received the Franklin T. Baker Citation for excellence in
scholarship from the English Department of Columbia University,
Teachers College. She was a member of the American Association
of University Women, the Woman's City Club, the Women's Chamber
of Commerce, Gamma Phi Beta, two law fraternities, Phi Delta
Delta and Phi Alpha Delta, and the Kansas City Retired Teachers
Association. She was a Presbyterian. Private memorial services
will be held at D.W. Newcomer's Sons Longview Funeral Home, 12700
S. Raytown Rd., KCMO.
Virginia's doctoral thesis is titled "Journalism with a
vision: an expanding conception of the journalism course in Southwest
High School, Kansas City, Missouri."
Ida S. Wells, English, Mathematics
Ida Elizabeth Staats was born in Nebraska on October
30, 1892 to Emma Shortess Staats and John DeMott Staats. She
married Ross A. Wells on August 30, 1930 in Kansas City. Ida
passed away in October 1976.
Leonard J. Western, Speech
Kansas City Star, October 6, 2009: Leonard J. Western, 96, of
Kansas City, Mo., passed away Sunday, October 4, 2009. A Memorial
Service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7, at McGilley
State Line Chapel, 12301 State Line Road, Kansas City. In lieu
of flowers, the family suggests donations to a charity of your
choice. My Dad was born Nov. 14, 1912, in a four room farmhouse
outside of Greentop, Mo. He was the last survivor of nine children
born to James Everett Western and Ida McDowell Western. He rose
from humble beginnings to become a true gentleman and scholar;
highly educated and well read, he loved family, friends, travel,
politics, and the good times in life. He and his wife, Fran spent
the winters at his beloved Bali Hai resort in Florida and the
summers in Estes Park, Colo., where the river canyons and clear
mountain air were the things he enjoyed the most. He spent four
years in the US Navy during World War II, two years in the Pacific
Ocean war zone. After his military service he returned to Kansas
City where he met and married his wife of 64 years, Frances S.
Western in 1945. He was an educator at heart, and spent 36 years
with the Kansas City School District as a teacher and later a
counselor. He was loved by all the students, who called him "Tex,"
for his genuine caring for their education and future. He was
a published writer of novels and poetry and an accomplished orator
and vocalist. You could not forget a song or a poem that was
sung or recited to you by my Dad as he did on so many occasions.
He was one of the "Good Guys" of the world and will
be missed by all who knew him. Dad is survived by his wife Frances
Western, his son, Chris Western, and two granddaughters, Carly
Western and Whitney Western, all of the Kansas City area.
Frances Whitmire, Practical Arts
Born on May 26, 1897, to Thomas J. and Jemima M. Whitmire
of West Plains, Missouri, Frances graduated from Kansas State
University in 1921 with a degree in Home Economics. She was among
the inaugural staff at SWHS in 1925-1926, teaching Domestic Art
and English. Frances passed away in December 1977.
Chaney O. Williams, English
Kansas City Star - October 14, 1991: Chaney Orton
Williams, 88, a former English teacher, died Oct. 12, 1991, at
Blue Hills Center, 12942 Wornall Rd., where he lived. Mr. Williams
taught English at Southwest High School in Kansas City for 37
years, retiring in 1968. He was a debate coach and sponsor of
Zenda-Vesta Literary Society at Southwest. He taught English
at Marshall (Mo.) High School from 1927 to 1931. He received
his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Missouri-Columbia
and was a member of Phi Delta Kappa. He attended postgraduate
classes at Chicago, Colorado at Boulder and Arizona universities.
He was a member of the Ararat Shrine. He was former master
of the Orient Masonic Lodge. He was a member of the Royal Arch
Masons and the Oriental Commandery. He was a member of the Country
Club Christian Church. He was born in Walker, Mo., and lived
in Nevada, Mo., Columbia and in Marshall, Mo., before moving
to Kansas City. Survivors include his wife, Emma Mae Williams
of the home; a son, Edwin T. Williams, San Francisco; a daughter,
Mary Jo Sutcliffe, St. Petersburg, Fla.; and three grandchildren.
James H. Woods, Mathematics
James H. Woods was born on December 18, 1927 in Des
Moines, Iowa. He attended high school in Kansas City and after
graduation served in the US Army for 2 years. Jim married Teresa
Marie Dew on June 13, 1949. He attended Kansas City Junior College
and in 1951 he graduated from the University of Kansas with a
Bachelor's degree in education. He received his Master's degree
from KU in 1952, and taught mathematics at Central Junior High
School from 1952 to 1958. He subsequently joined the faculty
at Southwest for the 1958-1959 school year. He was the sponsor
of the Sachem yearbook for ten years, beginning in 1961. Jim
retired from teaching in 1988, having spent 30 years at Southwest.
Jim currently lives in Overland Park, Kansas.