In years past, people heading to a 50th reunion all looked and acted real old. Anymore, not so much! But hasn’t the time flown by?
About 40 years ago, Nancy, my wife, and I completed a military obligation and came to Tulsa with our two sons. I joined a great lawfirm and was there for 27 years, working many of those years with classmate Bob McCoy. Since then I have worked almost entirely for one family, being involved with their real estate and oil and gas holdings, and their financial investments. Recently, a new golf course, The Patriot, has opened on a portion of their nearby ranch which is becoming Stone Canyon, a new residential development near Owasso. See www.stonecanyonliving.com/ and www.patriotgolfclub.com/. Please let me know if you would like to play a round sometime.
Nancy and I have four grandsons, ages 17 to 5. The oldest has lived with us for several years and presently is a junior attending a prep school in MA. The younger three live with their parents in Stone Canyon. Nancy has been learning much about body movement for health and rehabilitation, is a certified trainer in Feldenkrais Method, and is continuing to take courses in the Bones for Life program. She will be sure that I continue to move properly in old age!
My younger sis, Ann Reding, has been principal at Taft Elementary in Enid for nearly 20 years. We both attended school at Taft, and before that attended Miss Lucy’s Kindergarten on S. VanBuren with many of our EHS classmates. Our mom, Dorothy, who taught for many years at Taft and Hayes, just turned 99 and is thoroughly enjoying life at Golden Oaks Village.
Sincere thanks to Sharon and Jovita and their committee for making all reunion arrangements.
JUDY BATCHELOR LANDRITH
Married Larry Landrith August 1960… attended OSU’ one year Business… Daughter Jody Kaye, born 1961 Stillwater, OK… Attended & Graduated from: BEETCH’S BEAUTY ACADEMY, Enid, OK. 1963… Betty’s mother Vera Riley (‘RIP’) my INSPIRING INSTRUCTOR! Moved to Bakersfield, CA. 1964… Mr. L’ with ‘IRS,’ Bakersfield/LA’ area… Our son Lane Terry born Bakersfield 1964… Enjoyed our five years in CA… The Pacific Ocean, Mountains & of course ‘Disney Land’… Headed to BEAUTIFUL COLORADO 1968… Mr L’ working for Gov @ Air Base… Our home Golden/Arvada Area, just east of N. Table Mt. provided enjoyment for us & our kids… Spent A LOT’ of time enjoying COLORADO!!! Divorced 1988’… At that time working in Denver/Cherry Creek area for: O’B’ ENTERPRISES (Gallop, NM)… first at ‘SHALAKO’ in the Ole’ ‘TIVOLI BUILDING’ down town, then managing their ‘SHALAKO EAST’ on E. 2nd Ave… Then headed for New Mexico… While in Albuquerque, working with ‘SILVER BIRD’ Wholesale-Mfg & Retail… ‘NATIVE AMERICAN ART’… ‘One of my Loves’… Enjoyed touring N.M. & loved their weather! Back to OKLAHOMA, Christmas 1989… Working for ‘CHOCTAW TRADING POST’… Moving to Tulsa area 1991, now working for ‘LYON’S INDIAN STORE’… Few months 1995 working in OKCity area, was approximately 3 1/2 miles from Bombing Site! Headed back to my home on Keystone Lake! Now working for: ‘Mock Bros Saddle Tack & Western Wear’, Sand Springs… Parimutuels at ‘Fair Meadows’, Tulsa… Then ‘Mannford Public Schools’ Aid & Driver, three years W/’Specials’ & ‘ED’… RETIRED 2005’ Love my home on the lake… Catch time now & then to share time W/my brother Bill Vollmer, down on the dock & out on a cruise… 🙂 Must mention ‘I Love My Dog’… ‘Little One’ now is B’, short for B’B IV & Yes’ there is’ a story connected to Her Name! My brother Bill drove me to Muldrow, OK to adopt her last July… Must ADD at this point, I am a ‘BREAST CANCER SURVIVOR’ … surgery Dec ’08 – May ’09 – May ’10… Been a LONG’ journey, but Please Note: NOW’ doing VERY WELL! SORRY, I won’t be able to attend ‘OUR 50TH REUNION’… ‘GOD BLESS’ each of you & our America! Lov’ My Dog’… B’ is ‘My Black Furry Angel’
Judy Batchelor Landrith
Like many new high school graduates; I was unsure what direction to go. I had a serious girl friend and worked in my father’ s glass business in Enid and attended Phillips University for a short time.
I did finally find a direction. Got married in December of 1964 to Cheryl Suttles (class of 64), joined the Army Reserve, attended EBC and received an associates degree. We moved to Ponca City in 1967 when I started work for Conoco in the refinery accounting department. It was a low level job, but we were happy to have it.
in 1980 Cheryl wa asked to join the staff of newly elected U.S. enator Don Nickles. She had worked on his campaign the previous year. She served as his State Director and held that position for 20 year until her retirement in 2001.
Meanwhile, I was progressing to various positions with Conoco; Clerical Supervisor, Accounting Supervisor and Maintenance Planing and Control system Administrator.
I retired in 1999 as Senior Financial Analyst reporting to the Refinery Manager and Director of Finance jointly.
Cheryl and I had both looked forward to retirement. Soon afterward we rented a motorhome and took a memorable vacation We had bought a 50′ house boat shortly before retirement and enjoyed it for several years on Grand Lake in eastern Oklahoma. We decided a house at the lake would be less of a headache. Our house is on the shore of the lake with a wonderful view of sunsets. It seems it is under constant remodeling, but we do enjoy projects. We spend as much time there as possible.
Aside from getting older and some health challenges we are enjoying retirement very much.
Dear Class 0f ’60 members:
I write after much water has run under the bridge these last 50 years for all of us. Enclosed you will find a brief summation of my highlites.
Many of you know my father passed away from a malignancy the summer we graduated from high school. I stayed in Enid at Phillips University, running our furnature store, and managing to graduate on to OU Medical School in 1963. Some of you might remember our senior play “Our Hearts were Young and Gay”, in which Ed Emmons and I were two medical students on a cruise. It is interesting that both of us emerged as physicians, Ed becoming an Orthopedist. I chose to stay in Oklahoma City as a General Surgical resident for 5 years, followed by the required two year commitment in the Army at Ft. Bragg, N.C. as a surgeon with the rank of Major. I then accepted a position as a Plastic Surgical Resident in Pittsurgh, PA for two years, followed by a fellowship in hand and microsurgery at the University of Louisville under Dr. Harold Kleinert. I then returned for a couple of years as a teaching instructor at Pitt, actually performing the first thumb replantation in western Pennsylvania 1977. I elected to turn to private practice in 1978, and moved to Lubbock Texas where I have been since.
I married Carole Fortson in 1964, and we have one offspring, Chuck, now a tenured PhD professor of economics at Baylor. Carole and I divorced after 29 years, and two years later I met and married my current wife, Gail, and inherited one son, Reagan, now a youth minister in Seattle after an undergrad degree from Univ. of North Carolina and a master of Theology from Fuller in Pasadena.
After a couple of years in Lubbock, I took up flying, encouraged by Bob McCoy after our 20th High School reunion. I had my Twin 58TC Baron for 20 years, opening the doors for many other endeavors.
IN 1985 I was introduced to football officiating, and quit just last year. One highlite was getting assigned a quarter final high school game in Texas Stadium,Dallas, as the referee in 2007.
My knowledge of football rules also led me to a 15 year period of time on Texas Tech Radio as a “Rules of the Game” commentator, traveling to all of the Texas Tech ballgames with the team. Also golf is a hobby, but without much success.
CONNIE PROVOST PEAK
I married my high school sweetheart, Frosty Peak in 1959. My first job out of high school was at Morgan’s Diamond Shop and then St. Mary’s Hospital in Enid. After Frosty and I moved to Oklahoma City I worked for United Founder’s Life Insurance Co. and then spent a number of years working for Northwest Otolaryngology (two ear, nose and throat doctors). I have worked for American Floral Service (AFS) which is now Teleflora (a flowers-by-wire company) for 27 years. I have been Assistant to the Chairman of Teleflora for the past 25 years. I obviously don’t do a lot of job hopping!
After 37 years of marriage Frosty and I divorced in 1997, but we have four wonderful children and eight terrific grandchildren. My oldest daughter, Susan lives in Stamford, CT, my son, Brad lives in OKC, Mickie, my middle daughter lives in Tulsa and Ashlie, my youngest lives in Yukon. My children have 2 children each – Susan has Luke (15) and Lyric (13); Brad has Zach (17) and Cole (15); Mickie has Caleb (11) and Jacob (7) and Ashlie has Randi (15) and Rachael (8).
I’ve been dating Bill Kerr (also EHS Class of 60) for about 12 years and we both plan to be at the EHS 50th Reunion. Looking forward to seeing everyone!