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

What a Tribute for David Peeples!

Jeanne Harman sent this update about David Peeples visitation and graveside service:

There were about 300 at the visitation, per the funeral director.  The graveside was also adequately represented.  I saw WHS graduates from the class of 1960, 1961, and 1962.   Probably there were graduates from other classes as well.  Also attending were some of his AT&T workers, some of his Marine buddies, relatives, and many, many others whose lives were touched by David.

I want to mention a few things that you might find of interest.  When David found out he was terminal, he began planning every detail of his funeral.  He wrote his own obit.  When his Marine buddies and telephone buddies saw that part of David’s life was not mentioned, an extra sentence was added to the program to recognize that aspect of his life.  David was very specific that he wanted the poem about the Fisherman’s Prayer on the back of the program.  The pastor who presided at David’s service also performed the services for David’s parents and sister.

David was specific as to the flowers that he wanted on his casket as well as the casket itself.   He was so specific about the casket that when he was shown different caskets, he said I want “that one”.  When the funeral director told him they would get it ordered….David said “No, I want “THAT ONE“.  David even took down the serial number and said someone would check it to make certain it was the correct one when the time came. The funeral director said everyone had their marching orders.

I talked with the florist with whom David worked regarding his flowers. David was shown several books of pictures of arrangements on three or four different occasions. David kept going back to this one particular arrangement and decided upon it. Pam at Wolfe Florist said she made certain the arrangement was correct so that David would have approved.She said everyone who dealt with David fell in love with him.

David met his death head on and with such maturity.  We never really think about having to plan our own funeral.  We leave instructions on different things that we want, but those details are usually left to someone else.  Actually, to plan every detail of our very own funeral from start to finish is not something that most of us must face. I will say it again: Everyone who knew David was aware of how very well he lived the “dash” between his birth date and date of death.  David will be missed very much by so many!