Waco Town Crier – September 2020

A note from Jeanne Harman …

Chinky Johnson is the highlighted graduate this month. Her career involved immunogenetics and HLA antigens. Much of her work was done in collaboration with clinical investigators at the National Institutes of Health. I think everyone will find her recap to be most interesting. I asked Chinky if she had ever met Dr. Fauci, who has emerged as a most popular and informed person during this pandemic. This was Chinky’s reply:

“I don’t think that I ever met Dr. Fauci but I was at some meetings with him. At the time, he was working on AIDS and my field of study was different. At NIH, Dr. Fauci is now head of the Department of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID) which is the department that funded my research. However, at the time I was working, he was not the head of NIAID. Tony Fauci is an intelligent, talented and accomplished person. Everyone should listen to him and we would be in a better place than we now are in the pandemic.”

Many graduates have commented on how much they enjoy reading what others have done since graduation. I hope to hear from each one of you with your story–be it long or short. If you want to write it yourself, that is great. If you want to send me the particulars and have me write, that is also acceptable. Just remember: you get to okay the final article before it goes out to our graduates. So….”I’m listening”.

Click here for the September 2020 edition of The Town Crier

    • Important Message from David Dibb (our directory keeper)
    • A Bit of Trivia
    • Remarks on Jim Woodson’s talents
    • From Our Graduates
    • Updaters
    • A Neat Idea
    • September Birthdays
    • Show & Tell Featuring Chinky (Armead) Johnson
    • Final pages of the Jackets Journal of 1957
    • Jokes

Waco Town Crier – August 2020

Wow! Another month has flown by!

Not only did we have to contend with the COVID-19 this past month, but also Hurricane Hanna which hit South Texas. Waco had its share of the virus but we did not get one drop of rain from Hanna. I am sure, if possible, South Texas would have shared some of their moisture with us.

Stay Safe, Stay Sane and Be Kind to one another!

Click here to read the August edition of the Waco Town Crier!

  • History of the Town Crier
  • Regarding the death of Luann Hanna Lund Hunt
  • Regarding the death of Jack Ewing
  • From Our Graduates
  • Updates
  • Birthdays for August
  • A Neat Idea
  • Show & Tell Featuring Charles “Randy” Turner
  • More from the West Jr. Yellow Jacket
  • Pictures
  • Jokes
  • Six Little Stories

60th Reunion!

Classmates! Spouses! Friends!

The 60th reunion is a GO!! Download the registration form.

Please note the dates are October 6th (evening) and October 7th (morning and evening).

After breakfast on October 7th, there are no scheduled events, except for the Golf Outing, until the dinner that evening. (Tim Latta will lead the golf outing. If you wish to play golf, please contact Tim.)

We have a block of rooms at the Hilton Waco, with a price of $125.00 per night. There are several other hotels in close proximity to the Hilton Waco but we have no contract with them for rooms.

We hope that you and your guest will attend this Reunion. We have tried to keep the cost as low as possible and still provide an enjoyable Mixer Welcoming Evening, a breakfast the second day and enjoyable dinner with music by Ralph Sparks. There will be plenty of space for visiting as our dining room is at the end of the hall.

We encourage you to get your reservation in as soon as possible. Reservations are due by September 1, 2020. The first 10 paid reservations will receive a Door Prize the night of the 7th at the dinner.

Any questions or comments, please contact Robert Wilson or Ken Baker.

We hope you will make e3very effort to come to the 60th reunion. We want to celebrate our early years together and continue our friendships.

P.S. If the reunion is cancelled, all reservation money will be refunded.

Jack Mann Ewing – June 30, 2020

Jack Mann Ewing, Bossier City, Louisiana, passed away on June 30, 2020. His faith has become sight and his hope has been realized. Jack has seen the Savior face to face. He suffered strokes in 2014. As he was recovering, he developed Parkinson’s disease. For many months, Jack’s optimism about his health remained constant and he believed he would one day jog again. 

Jack loved everything Texas. He was born in Waco, Texas on February 28, 1942. He grew up there and would have preferred living all his days in Texas but circumstances took him elsewhere. He obtained a Bachelor’s degree in accounting from Baylor University and his first job was staff auditor for Haskins and Sells in Houston. Years following, he worked as an accountant in Waco and for a while, owned an insurance agency there. He moved to Denver, Colorado to work again as an auditor. In 1986, Jack relocated to the Shreveport/Bossier City Louisiana area to work for the FDIC as an investigator. 

Jack and wife, Rosalie, made regular spring pilgrimages to Texas hill country. The wildflowers called and they went! There were travels to many other parts of the country, but chasing bluebonnets was their favorite. They were often accompanied by Jack’s special niece, Dee Dee Grierson and husband, Jan, of Georgetown, Texas. 

Jack had a penchant for writing and, coupled with his strong interest in politics, wrote many a “letter to the editor”. His firmly entrenched moral compass inspired much of these writings. Jack self-published a historical novel, “Land of the Laguna Madre”, which was based on actual events that took place in Texas. Before his health declined, Jack was a steadfast member of the Asbury United Methodist Church Care Team. He was personally committed to God and was salt and light for him. Each week he faithfully visited hospitalized and nursing home patients and made them feel special. Sharing God’s love with these folks came easy for Jack, that’s just who he was. For several years he was the much beloved teacher of the Friendship Senior Adult Sunday School Class. 

Jack served his country as a US Marine reservist. 

Preceding Jack in death are his parents, Ocee and Lois Mann Ewing and siblings, Fred Ewing, David Ewing, Florence Davis and Ava Claire Brogden. He leaves behind his devoted wife, Rosalie Lott Ewing of Bossier City; son, Chris Ewing and wife, Heather of Walker, Louisiana and daughter, Kelli Ewing McFadden and husband, Brian of Erda, Utah. Also surviving are his beloved grandchildren, Bailey and Cole Hubbard of Erda and Charlotte and Catherine Ewing of Walker. Other survivors include brother-in-law, Dr. Stan Lott and wife, Johnnye Jo of Alexandria, Louisiana; brother-in-law, Jerry Lott of Sibley, Louisiana and a number of nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to Asbury United Methodist Church, 3200 Airline Drive, Bossier City, Louisiana 71111.

You may offer condolences to the family and sign the on-line guest book by visiting www.hillcrestmemorialfh.com

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:7

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Graduate with COVID

Jeanne Harman received a message from Malissa Ruth Starnes Baugh regarding our graduate, Jeannie Dickerson.

Jeannie was diagnosed with Covid19 Monday a week ago (June 29) and taken to the hospital on Friday (July 3) in serious condition! She has pneumonia in both lungs and other problems! The infusion she was given has helped and late yesterday she was moved out of ICU to a “negative pressure ” step down room. Jeannie is very weak and short of breath but they are seeing some progress. She perhaps got Covid at church. Please be safe all and prayers for our classmate Jeannie!!! 

Please keep Jeannie in your thoughts and prayers.  She is in a battle right now but sounds like making a little progress.

Changing of the Guard

Sometimes in life mere words cannot express true feelings of gratitude. That is the case with our thanks to Janet Hurta. Janet is not a graduate of our class but instead the spouse of our graduate, Glenn Hurta, although we made her an honorary graduate many years ago. Janet has kept our directory current for more years than I can remember. I would say she started that task around 1980/1985. We have been a very mobile class and it seems as soon as Janet brought it “up-to-date”, in the next hour or so, we would get yet another change.

The old saying, “All good things must come to an end” is so true as Janet is now ending her artistic and professional work for us. Janet’s computer crashed and she no longer has access to her software. She put our directory into a word document and PDF file making it easily transferable for her replacement. Janet said it is not fancy but it is time for someone else to take over the reins.

Thank you very much, Janet, for all the hours you have donated to our class. Please know that our hearts are full of gratitude for all your efforts. Good luck in your retirement–have fun and stay healthy!

Now, an Exciting Announcement!

I am proud to announce that David Dibb of Florence, South Carolina has agreed to take over the responsibility of our directory. All this “techy stuff” is not new to David at all. He writes two columns for Golden Life, a Seniors’ newspaper in Florence. I have been lucky enough to receive a copy for the past year or so. Rest assured that our class directory is in most capable hands! David was featured in the SHOW and TELL segment of the Town Crier in the January 2019 issue. Also, he is the one with those beautiful Japanese Maple trees!

Please do not hesitate to let us know of any contact changes you have. We are indeed so lucky to have graduates willing to give their time and talents to our class. We have got to have the best class ever.

Waco Town Crier – July 2020

 

Jeanne Harman has created a July issue that’s bursting with news and information.  Click here to read it

Highlights:

  • Pandemic Habits for Future Use
  • Regarding Allan Myers
  • Updates
  • Regarding the 1957 West Junior Yellow Jacket Journal
  • From Our Graduates
  • A Neat Idea
  • More from West Junior Jackets Journal
  • Medical Corner
  • Unhealthy Habits You Might Be Making
  • Show & Tell Featuring Carolyn Wolf Lloyd
  • July Birthdays
  • Pictures
  • Some Humor

Luann (Hanna) Lund – November 3, 2019

Martha Luann (Hanna) Lund of San Antonio passed away peacefully Sunday, November 3, 2019, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. She was preceded in death by her husband of 32 years, Col. (ret) James H Lund. She is survived by her brother, Jim Hanna, two children, Alisann Schweiker and David Lund, as well as 5 grandchildren and a multitude of nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.

Luann, Mother, Grandmother, LuLu, Aunt Lu, dear friend. Luann was called by many names and she meant so much to so many people. All those who had the chance to meet Mother, loved her. She was one of those rare people who truly delighted in making others happy. She was the cornerstone of her family; the rock they could all lean on when times were tough or celebrate with during the highs. Although the world will be a poorer place without her, the wonderful memories we share of her remind us we were glad to have had her in our lives.

Luann was born in Meridian and never imagined she would have the opportunity to live all over the world. Jim promised her he would get her back to Texas one day and, after 27 years of marriage and moving, he fulfilled his promise. Although Texas was always where she was from, Mother created a home wherever she went, and there were a lot of destinations in her life. 12 different Air Force bases and 18 total moves in 30 years and she made every new assignment and home an adventure that we all looked forward to taking. Somehow, she effortlessly convinced us that moving from Germany to Montgomery, Alabama, was an upgrade and we never doubted it. Every time we moved, Mother would spend all of the first night getting the kitchen in order so we could have breakfast together as a family the first morning in our new house.

Along with all those moves and address changes came the need of finding a church home and getting involved. Whether as the pianist for a small church outside Athens, Greece, or just keeping her children in line in the pew, Luann being in church and she loved the Lord. Worship for her was a must and there better be some good old fashioned hymn singing involved. And her family was going to be with her celebrating the Lord. Church was never a “do we have to?” but instead a “do we get to?”

Luann’s family was her focus but that title definitely was not limited to the family under the roof or even the large extended family that fell under that giant category of “cousin”; it included anyone who crossed her path. She never met a stranger and treated everyone as a friend she just had not invited to her Christmas Eve party…yet. And though the world was her neighborhood, she had a special place in her heart for her dear friends, and them for her.

As good as a mother and friend as Luann was, those traits could not hold a candle to her strength as a grandmother. She loved her grandchildren: David, Jackson, Mimi, Caroline and James. They gave her energy that put their parents to shame; there was not a playground slide or backyard game that she would not jump right in, even if the slides provided a good laugh for the grandkids when she got stuck. Grandmother would light up when the grandkids came over; her house was an anything goes place full of candy, ice cream and, most of all, unconditional love for them. A sleepover would very easily turn into a weekend at grandmother’s house and she would not have it any other way.

Mother’s passing is a small dark cloud in a sky full of silver linings. Although Alzheimer’s had taken its toll, it could not take away the joy that was evident in her eyes upon seeing her family or friends until the very end. She was kind enough to have taken the time to create great memories that will sustain us through this time of loss and keep her forever in that special place in our hearts that she helped create.

Jackets Journal – May 30, 1957

Jeanne Harman received this from Joe Riley.  Even if you did not attend West Junior, you most likely will recognize several of the names mentioned.  Enjoy. This memorabilia is 63 years old!   Thank you, Joe.  

We celebrate the fact that the members of our Waco High School Class of 1960 came from different Junior High Schools. That blending of people and personalities gave all of us opportunities to expand our friendships and even our views of “our worlds,” such as they were at the time.

This morning, while searching through a file box of old photos and keepsakes, looking for a particular photo,  I ran across my copy of the West Junior High School  “Jackets Journal, May 30, 1957.”

It is 12 pages in length; and like a time capsule, it is fun and interesting, especially the final pages, 9-12, naming all the seniors under “PROPHECY   1970 – WHAT WILL IT BE.”

Thanks to Margaret Baker, Paul Constantine, Jeannine McGinnis, Jack Martiin, Hugh Wilfong and Ralph Klatt, as the authors.

Click on the image to open the Journal in a new window.

Health News

Our graduate Phyllis Brooks really needs our prayers right now. As you are aware, she has been battling cancer for quite some time. She was unable to continue with the infusions, so that was stopped in March. Phyllis had new scans this week and an appointment with her oncologist on Friday. This is her report:

Pam and I returned to the oncologist yesterday and the news was not good. Three months without chemo caused the mass to grow and may grow into the bronchial tubes. So he recommended GOOD SHEPHERD HOSPICE. The rep called and Pam and I will meet her Monday afternoon to go over the all of the material. i know it could be six months, a year. We do not know. Thank you again for your prayers. My love to you all. Phyllis

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Also, Larry Thomas informed me about the health issues for Dave Walsworth and his wife. They also need our thoughts and prayers. The following was posted on Dave’s Facebook: