Class of ’60 Still Enjoys eating (Facebook pics 3)
The recent blizzard to hit Kansas City sure brought back memories. All that snow some of us had to shovel!
So this one’s for you ANNE, who e-mailed about shoveling snow in Saint Louis; and for Dean Sparks who is sorry he’s now missing this annual ritual.
Thought the class of ’60 would enjoy watching “Moments to Remember” courtesy of class of ’54 SEHS, Kansas City.
Be sure to ‘click on’ the picture of the castle to see slide show. And everyone have a safe and enjoyable March 2013.
Bob Blaine, Bob Keefe, Arlen Winningham, Paul Magill, Richard “Dick” Montee, Jim Hix, Tom Keck, David “Mac” Hooper, Larry Levan, Bob Jergens, John McBride, David McClendon, Rich Bartlett (Mickey’s brother), Steve Plaster, Dean Sparks, Bill Kennedy, Pete
Clark, Mel Pheffer, and Bob Lampson.
Breakfast, that is.
Some of our classmates got together this summer for breakfast and to enjoy oneanothers company- you know ladies, “a guy-kind-of-thing”. Thanks to Dean Sparks for sending these names & photos.
Arlen Winningham, Richard “Dick” Montee, Bob Blaine, Bill Shepard, Bob Lampson, Tom Keck, Paul Magill, David McClendon, Roger McCarty, Bill Kennedy and Mel Pheffer. Not pictured are David “Mac” Hooper, Larry Levan, Ed Harnett, David French, Bob Benson, Steve Plaster, Bob Jergens, and Dean Sparks.
Thoughts on aging gracefully while still making significant contributions to society.
At least three more of our fellow-classmates have died in the first half of 2011. I say ‘at least’ because we’re only sure of three. For those of us that remain and about to start turning 70, it may be a good time to face some of the challenges/advantages of our ‘senior’ years.
As an intro to the subject, I want to quote some things found in a book called “The Disciplines of Life” written in 1948 by the then President of Wheaton College, V. Raymond Edman.
”And it came to pass, when Samuel was old. .
.” (I Sam. 8:1)
There are disciplines of childhood:
diligence to obey parents and decision to accept the gospel invitation; of adolescence: dependability, delight, determination, and discipleship; of mature years: duty, darkness, delay, diversion, distinction; there is also that of old age.
It is different from earlier disciplines;nevertheless, just as real, with results for good or ill that can help or hinder the rising generation. Samuel,
the last of the judges of Israel, affords an excellent illustration of this discipline of declining days.
At Southeast we were taught certain ‘disciplines’ including the virtues of the Roundtable. Our Principle & Vice Principle were men of disciplines.So we know not to be afraid of that word.
Declining years bring decrease of activities and responsibilities. The Tireless
Thirties and Roaring Forties have given way to the Sensible Sixties and the
Slackening Seventies. To grow old gracefully and graciously is a triumph; not to do so is a tragedy. There are those who will never admit to themselves or to
others that they have passed the period of their effectiveness and service; and
with hard hand and harsh voice they insist upon their place and position, which long since they have ceased to fill…
The discipline of declining days that comes when days wane and strength
subsides, when doors close and comforters depart, when others bear the heat and the burden of the day; then to grow old graciously and sweetly; to grant
responsibilities to stronger, though less experienced, hands of our sons or
those of others; to adapt oneself to the demands of a new day; and above all, to
pray for others and to serve the Lord in whatever hidden ministry may be ours.
Thus disciplined in spirit we are sweetness and strength to those who need us
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We have lots to live for & look forward to in the future years if we will accept the challenge. Besides, we can count on our classmates to encourage us along the way!
SE_alumni_newsletter_July_2011 includes interview w/ Preston Washington, Class of ’62.
Related post: Tuskegee Airmen Mark 70 Anniversary
Honoring a classmate & former neighbor- by John Paul Todd
Jean Ison Bass (May 1942- Mar 2011)
When we are in high school, we are too busy to think much of the future and what our classmates are going to become as responsible citizens. One of the joys of reconnecting after all these years, is to learn the life story of some of those we knew and glimpse what they did with the life & training they received. Turns out, we went to school with some awesome individuals and didn’t know it.
I’ve been thinking about the girl I knew as Jean Ison ever since learning of her passing last month. Sister Glenda, class of 1958, was kind enough to send me some details along with her obituary. Jean was a lifelong educator and artist, a skilled jeweler and painter which she inherited from her mother.
Jean was married to another artist, Jim Bass, for 45 years. Jim is a sculptor and so they did art together and built quite a studio where each one worked. Jean was noted for her public tapestries hanging in many local collections. Perhaps the collection at First Congregational Church in Topeka allows us the joy & privilege to see some of her work as we honor her memory.
“Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on, yes, says the Spirit, that they may rest from their labors, and their works follow them“.
A Eulogy by a fellow teacher – Nancy Marshall