In Memory

Please honor anyone you may have known who has gone before us by sharing a remembrance on their page.  Scroll down below the poem to find names of Classmates who have passed.

We asked one Classmate to write a remembrance of all those who have passed, and this is the poem Kim Besheer wrote:

Memoriam

“And in the end,
the love we take
is equal to the
the love we make.”
                P.McCartney, 1969
 
It is said that consciousness began an aeon ago
at the graves, in those who grieved.
Memory etched, ensconced, hypostasized,
            Making Us Mensches!
 
Memory—a precious commodity in this third of Life—
Is precious when it is more than sentimentality-- rather a linking back
to the circles and cycles of the playground
            the face in the hallway that brought a smile
            the daydreams at a desk,
            the fury-of-Orange and decidedness-of-Black
game days;
The feeling of immortality that belongs to adolescence;
the wish for a mirror of ourselves, the mystery of becoming
            a Lover and an
            Individual in that great World out there—
A world away from Wornall Road.
 
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All memory is associative!
And in our meeting, our emailing, our hugs and associations
--that live only between us and among us--
memory waves through and brings its bright marks.
They are ours! 
 
Forty is us and it is also Woodstock, among other things,
Boomers. But this is not the reunion of showing off,
of proving ourselves to our peers.
 More like a visit from Janus,
from horizon to the Horizon. Grandchildren and Mortality.
Earthy, creaky, counting, requiting, settling into ourselves and our destinies.
 
Southwest, southeast, northwest, northeast;
We come from the four directions and those who have passed,
            from our class, (from their beloveds),
will live in us for a [humid, hot, Kansas City-] evening when we
Remember together and
 to the four directions we will
            carry a memorial
a piece of which only we, each one,
can carry.
 
Steve’s mirthful wit,
Patti’s shining eyes,
Jon’s brilliant music,
Linda’s bubbling brightness, and, and, and…
[Fill in the space that needs filling
 with your heart’s memory, a Silent Thought Memorial!]
 
            May they rest in peace,
            alive in our joy, and
            celebrated in reunion.
 
 Kim Besheer, ‘69
           
 

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Display:
By Year Deceased Alphabetically Yearbook Photo



2017
Tony Kinder  
John Paul Thomson  
Tiffany Willoughby (Boland)  

2015
Diana Lockwood (Siler)  
Millicent Pelofsky (Mnookin)  
Herman Shaffer  

2014
Mike Heinz  
Becky McCarty (Fisk)  
Margaret Sauer  

2013
Tom Lewis  
Scott Sanders  
Michael Scott  

2012
Linda Bowers  
Nancy Holte (Kellner)  
Cynthia Nugent  
Edward Rosenthal  

2011
Karen Kaplan (Bullard)  

2010
Stuart Gentry  
William Lundergan  

2009
Steven Carter  
Patti Ronai (Bastable)  

2008
Frank Cooper  
Roslyn Weiner  

2007
Paula Baum (Feldman)  
Rick Bowen  
Gary Fowler  
Mike Grady  
Randy Helphingstine  

2006
Donna Barnes  
Ken Burrell  
Jo Ann Cohn (Cook)  

2005
Ron Switzer  

2003
James Barrett Aka Eaton  
Beth Goldstein (Oliver)  
Jon Morgan  
Bruce Siess  

2002
Jeffrey Selsor  
Bob Semke  
Alison Zorn  

2001
David Mingauw  

2000
Alan Bratt  

1999
Richard Hodges  

1998
Linda Thatcher  

1997
Rod Brody  
Deborah Foster  

1996
Eddie Martin  

1995
Larry McCandless  

1994
Cliff Watters  

1993
Terry Brumback  

1991
Rebecca Barker  
Joe Gastman  

1988
Mark Wheeler  

1987
Judy Johl  

1986
Jim Hefner  

1985
Dennis Cook  

1979
Richie Prezebel  

1978
Bill Thomasson  

1976
Ann Halter  

1974
Roxie Baker  

1972
Bob Scroggs  

1970
Lloyd Neff  

1968
Ed Storm  

1967
Bryce Vermillion  

1966
Ruth Shifrin  

DECEASED YEAR UNKNOWN
Linda Baber  
Bill Duncan  
Joe Walsh  
Jay Whitmore  

If you are aware of a Classmate who should be added to this page please let us know.