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Carolyn Bufton (Elman)
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retired Married 2 1 1 After graduating from Beloit College, I went to graduate school at the University of WI, married a medical student, taught high school French in Wauwatosa, WI and Clayton, Mo. Our first child was born in 1971 when we lived in a mental hospital transition house while my husband did his radiation oncology residency. We lived in Beaufort, SC for 2 years while he served as a Navy physician for the Marines (who knew that could happen!) and our second son was born. Moved to Boston for Art to finish his residency at Mass General. Moved to Salt Lake City for 5 years; then Cape Cod for 5 years; then returned to KC so I could buy my father's business, the management company for the American Business Women's Association. Laughed alot;learned alot. I've served on boards and volunteered on the KC Full Employment Council, Crittenton Childrens Home, Shepherd Center...sort of cradle to grave thinking, but I've resigned from all and am ready for new adventures...Maybe something with the environment. Like to garden and read and some travel...still the socialized introvert and fairly happy with it! Best memories are the friends; worst was running for Red Cross President.
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Star Elton
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Commercial Pilot Committed Relationship 4 2 3 Star was going to be a dentist. After three years of pre-dental curriculum, decided to be a helicopter pilot. Joined the Army to fly those things (why not) and spent the next four years in and out of Vietnam and Germany. Went to Australia in 1970 and spent the next 10 years flying throughout Australia, New Guinea, Indonesia, Malaysia and other South Pacific islands. Back to the U.S. In 1980 and became involved with hospital air medical transport. Have been doing that to date. Yep, still flying; love it. Over the years there were three wives and four children. The wives and children are all doing well. Met Carol Linnartz at our 2002 reunion and we have been together since. What a wonderful woman! Carol is a retired U.S.Air flight attendant so we travel a lot. Thinking of retirement now with some sincerity. Really like the Myrtle Beach area and St. Simon island. Life is good. There was a lot that went on between these lines; some printable, some not. Bet you'd all agree to that.
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Terry Hoyt (Evans)
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Photographer terryevansphotography.com Married 2 1
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mary dailey (evey)
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housewife www.stuartevey.com 2 3 2 Nurse,wife friends and marriage to founder of ESPN are best. No bad memories
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Ann Falkenberg
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Mary Fehr
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Francie Feild
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Widowed 4 3 2 For most of my professional life, I have been privileged to have a dual career in privatized education and real estate investment. The proceeds from real estate have allowed me to accomplish my mission of helping disabled kids by establishing private special education day schools in the Phoenix area known as the Austin Centers for Exceptional Students. We are the largest private provider of special education services in Arizona. I have only great memories of my time at Southwest. It wasn't until I was in college and graduate school that I realized the tremendous education I had received at Southwest. The quality and dedication of that faculty was exceptional and they prepared us well. We were all so lucky to have benefited from that level of instruction and academic expectation. Besides, we had lots of fun along the way!
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Dan Fenning
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Gayle Pugh (Fischer)
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Retired Married 2 2 1 After college graduation, I fled to Hawaii, where I learned to stand on my own two feet as a single young adult female (not such an easy feat in 1966!). While the Vietnam War raged, and hippy flower children flourished in protest, I found peace in the true meaning of Aloha in the native Hawaiian spirit, and the unique culture that I found myself in at the time. To this day, I consider Hawaii to be the "home of my heart."
As a haole in Hawaii I learned to drive a stick-shift in a Corvette, body-surf in the ocean, drink dry martinis, and I cast my lot as a radio broadcaster (fun, and a steep learning curve!) Over time, I immersed myself into my new surroundings, as I picked up pidgin English, wore muu-muu's and bikini's, and opened my eyes for the first time to a life outside of my Kansas City roots, where the nuances of many languages and cultures blended together within a beautiful people.
It took a handsome young man to sweep me off my feet, as we began married life in the glory of the majestic Colorado Rocky Mountains, where in the beginning I nearly froze to death in sub-zero temperatures. We lived in a ski resort area, where I learned to downhill ski race and drive mountain passes during winter snowstorms, and in the summer I learned how to wear a wet suit while water skiing and suffering hypothermia all the same (it snowed on the 4th of July!).
We felt like pioneers when we relocated to the Pacific Northwest - an unknown for both of us, but at least it had the lure of the ocean on the the west and the mountains to the east. "The Bluest Skies You've Ever Seen Are in Seattle," the song goes, and it was true - along with the infinitely long days of gray and rain; and we settled in to begin our new life for the next eighteen or so years at our home at Titlow Beach overlooking Puget Sound. In the Northwest I learned to dig for clams and gooeyducks at low tide, eating my first (and probably my last) raw oyster right on Hood Canal Beach. We gutted a 30-foot wooden boat and I learned more than I ever wanted to know about how to renovate an old boat from inside-out. I learned to navigate the inland waters of Puget Sound, from Olympia south to the San Juan Islands in the north. Attempting to speak authentic French at a cafe on Victoria Island, Canada, was not so successful.
Two life-changing experiences occurred during this time which would greatly direct how I lived the rest of my life: (1) Being Mom to our two precious daughters, raising them with love and laughter, and challenge and blessing; and (2) Accepting Jesus Christ into my life as my Lord and Savior.
My abiding faith would serve me in good stead through a series of difficult life circumstances that were to come.
Business affairs took us to southern California for the next eighteen or so years, where we took up residence in Alta Loma, a foothills community to the east of Los Angeles. Remembering crazy freeway driving, house damaging earthquakes, and threatening hillside fires close to our home - who knew?! I loved (and survived!) the roller coaster adventures of the teenage years of our daughters; and I guess I loved it so much that I wound up returning to post-graduate school in speech/language pathology so that I could be amongst a multitude of teenagers, as a specialist who worked in a large, multi-high school district. It was deeply satisfying to develop positive relationships with so many students struggling with varying language disabilities and to help them become more successful in their educational and personal endeavors.
If I had another twenty years to give, I would pursue further education and serious research and work in neurology, but "Whew!" Time to retire and move to Arizona, where I have discovered I am a true "desert rat" at heart, soaking in not only the sun, but all the adventures I can handle, and all the desert has to offer, except for perhaps the threats of rattlesnakes, scorpions, and monsoon storms. The desert looks quiet, but it is very dramatic and intense. We nestled in a home at the base of the Superstition Mountains in an out-of-the-way place known as Gold Canyon. I am doubly blessed that all my immediate family live nearby as well, including two precious grandchildren who keep me busy!
So as I ride into the Arizona Sunset (spectacular, by the way), what will be next? For starters, I suppose a return trip to Southwest High School, 50 years later, is on the list. Truly, I am impressed and fascinated with all the diverse accomplishments of a very special, unique graduating class of 1962 - what a privilege to be among you!

A certain conundrum:
I loved graduating and facing the future with excitement and anticipation; but
I hated graduating and leaving friends and all things loved and familiar.
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