I recently had knee surgery and must continue wearing the knee & leg immobilizer brace 24/7 for several more weeks so my activities have been extremely curtailed until I can resume driving in about 2 more months. Unfortunately, this also means that I’m not able to attend our class’ 50th reunion. I’ve enjoyed reading the bios and hope that everyone has a great time at the reunion. Sharon Adams James 9/18/2010
I went to the University of Illinois, taking four years of Air Force ROTC and graduating with a BS in Accountancy. In the first half of June, 1964, Eileene and I were married and went to Illinois for my graduation and commissioning ceremonies. In October I began pilot training – which I had wanted to do since I was a little kid – graduating a year later, followed by three and a half years as an instructor pilot.
In 1969 I started as a pilot with American Airlines. I flew the 707,727,757,767,777 and my favorite, the DC-10. After I made Captian, I spent most of my career as an instructor/check airman at American’s Flight Academy. I gave training and check rides to both First Officers and Captains on 727’s and DC-10’s in simulators and airplanes, including giving FAA type rating check rides to Captians in both airplanes.
In May of 2001 I took early retirement, after flying the 777 four months. The job was starting to feel like work, the DC-10 had been retired in November of 2000, and the “Biggie” – after putting up with 35+ years of my being a pilot, Eileene was getting tired of worrying that my luck might be about to run out.
We would like to see everyone at the reunion, and find out what everyone’s been up to, but we’re not going to make it. Have a great time !
I had made no special plans that summer of 1960 after graduating from high school. I didn’t want to be drafted and was considering enlisting when my mother offered to pay my tuition to Phillips University. There I stayed and studied, working part time at Owens Supply Company, and graduated with a B.A. in 1965. After several years spent working short periods from job to job, and also loafing, writing, and traveling a few months in Europe, I attended the University of Oklahoma from which I graduated with a Master’s Degree in 1975. I met my wife, Donis Casey, at the University and we were married in Lubbock, Texas. We worked two years in the Lubbock City-County Library and then took off for a year and travelled across Europe. We returned to live a while in Tulsa and then Norman, finally settling in Arizona in about 1985. We will celebrate our 36th anniversary in November of this year.
We have worked over the years mostly in libraries, though we did own a small Irish-Scottish import shop for about ten years. But a greater dream for both of us was in the field of writing. Donis has had four novels published, all set in Oklahoma. I have one book of poetry published by Bellowing Ark Press titled The Road.
We have made our home in Tempe, Arizona the past 25 years. Though I have not lived in Oklahoma for a quarter century, I will always miss it, and it will always be home.
It is great to read about class members. Looking at the pictures brings back a lot of memories.
At graduation I was working at F. W. Woolworth Co and continued to work there while I attended Enid Business College. In 1961 I married Leon Walters and became a farmer’s wife and moved 15 miles south of Enid. We have 4 children who have made us grandparents to 12 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren, all of whom live in Oklahoma and Kansas. Needless to say holidays and special occasions are large and exciting with all of the kids.
In between having babies and raising them I have enjoyed many career experiences. Champlin’s, Thorp-Wells, Loomis Furniture, Birch-Shipley Real Estate, insurance agent with Franklin Life, began my own Bookkeeping Service, Roberts Ranch, retired for 18 months and now working at Luckinbill, Inc. Two other career experiences were strictly volunteer. The first was a gospel music program that Leon and I began in 1990 and brought Southern Gospel singers and musicians to Enid for over 11 years. It was called “The Lord’s Opry.” The second was publishing a Christian newspaper called “Faith in Action.”
Thanks to all of those who have spent hours working on the reunion. It will be great to see everyone.
Mary Dalke Walters
I then found my sole mate, Jim Govenides, in 1980 we were married… my heart and life was finally at peace. I found what truelove was truly about at last. The man I would love forever. We lived and worked side by side, he owned a clothing store named “Gentleman Jim’s,” and I then became a ‘Haberdasher.’ He was active on City Counsel so I learned much about politics and how the “Good ole boy’s,” and how that system worked as well.
My daughter Sheri is a manager of a uniform store in Columbus, Georgia, she has a daughter who graduated from Mary Washington University and works for Geico, and a son Michael in Huntsville, Alabama. My son Terry lives in Utah has a ‘Handyman” business to support him when he isn’t writing music. Terry lost his wife to cancer, but found anew love Celia and just married and so I inherited two new grandchildren, Nathan 14 and Rhanna 10, both classical violinist. My youngest daughter Heather lives in Richmond she is in sales, Nicholas 10, Hannah 7 and Isabelle. Then last, but far from least my son Ronald Carver, he is employed by Em2 as a salesman, he lives here in Fredericksburg and has one son, Carver Cain. There you have it mates, my life is full, and blessed, as I hope it is with each of you as well.
We have one son, Thomas, he practiced law for 12 years and also was trust officer and legal council for a large bank. He now is a Judge for Carter County. Our daughter-in-law, ( Carey) helps us at the restaurant’s. We have one granddaughter, Ireland, she is 9 years old and lights up our life with joy.
I have stayed involved with Bible studies and watercolor classes. The Lord has richly blest our lives.
It just doesn’t seem possible that so many years have now gone by. I’ll not be able to attend the reunion, much as I would like to. I’ve recently reconnected with some of our classmates via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and loved “catching up” with all of you. Many thanks to all of you who have worked so hard to establish this web site, and made so many efforts for the reunion! Please know I so appreciate the time and effort you have all put in to making it possible for the rest of us to reconnect with our former classmates and friends. I’ve loved reading the bios from several of you and would love to hear from you as well. Please know I have so many fond memories of the Class of 1960 and wish you all good health and much happiness always!
Dear Classmates of ’60:
EHS website. I’m sure you are excited to read mine, so for better or for worse,
here it is:
After graduation I was tired of chasing boys, so I quickly married the love
of my life, Donnie (“Honey”) Law. Donnie taught school for a while, but soon
got sick of it, and undertook his life’s calling: tuning pianos! Immediately
after establishing his business, Donnie went stone deaf, but fortunately created
a new innovative tuning method: tuning by “feel”. He has written three
textbooks on the subject, and was recently inducted into the Hall of Fame of
Piano Tuners by Feel. You can probably find a copy of Donnie’s acclaimed
textbook, “Tickling the Ivories for Fun and Profit” in the waiting room of your
dentist’s office, as you try to keep your mind off your next extraction.
Meanwhile, I was busy having kids. After the little buggers turned 14,
they disappeared, and we haven’t seen them since (not that we’ve looked too
hard). Therefore, I don’t have any grandkids THAT I KNOW OF!
(If you happen to run into any of ’em, ask ’em to text me the following message:
“Granny, Where Art Thou?”.
I might contact them, if I decide they’re for real, and not just some down ‘n
outers, trying to scam old people.)
At any rate, after my “mother instinct phase” played itself out, I took up
music teachin’ and choir directin’
(Pardon my French, I mean TEACHING and DIRECTING—-I did get SOME education at
EHS!). I’ve been teaching in order to save up enough money to support my latest
hobby: CATS! Since we have moved into our new abode (an art deco one room
shack), we have been raising cats for fun and dinner.
As far as our cultural experiences go, Donnie Honey and I have traveled
extensively across the contiguous 46 (or is it 47?) states via motorcycle (him,
drivin’) and side car (me, sittin’). Our favorite destination was to the Grand
Canyon, although it was a little hairy going down it in the side car.
I’ve been thinkin’ lately about retiring, but Donnie Honey and I are about
ready to celebrate our 75th year of wedded bliss, and I want to save up enough
for a big blowout! (I hear we can rent the Salvation Army indoor pool, which
will hold 100 of our closest friends, for cheap!)
See ya at the reunion. I’ll be the one with three of my own teeth (I’m
savin’ up the big bucks for a genuine partial!).Happy reminiscing,
Suzy Hockmeyer Law
Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance, Phillips University, 1965 .
Master of Music in Piano Performance, University of Kansas, 1966 .
Doctoral Candidacy Diploma in Musical Arts, University of Washington, 1977 .
Post Graduate Studies at Indiana University; University of Tulsa;
Van Cliburn Piano InstituteProfessional Activities:
Professor of Piano and Coordinator of Keyboard Studies at Oral Roberts University,
1967 to present (yes, I am in my 44th year of teaching at ORU) .
President, Tulsa Alumni Chapter of Mu Phi Epsilon, International Professional Music Fraternity .
Member of Music Teachers National Association, Oklahoma Music Teachers Association and
Tulsa Music Teachers Association .
Solo and Duo-piano recitalist; Accompanist and Chamber music pianist; Concerto soloist and
Brother, Edward, retired from Southwestern Bell/ATT and lives in TulsaHobbies:
States Military Academy at West Point, NY where I spent four very
challenging but rewarding years. I graduated with the Class of 1964, was
commissioned in the Field Artillery and then attended the Army’s Airborne
and Ranger School at Ft. Benning, GA. That experience was followed with
interesting tours of duty in Germany, Vietnam and Ft. Sill, OK. I
resigned my commission in 1969, having attained the rank of Captain and
having been awarded numerous medals for valor and meritorious service. I
enjoyed my military service immensely but in the end left to attend law
school and pursue a legal career.
I used my GI Bill benefits to attend the University of Michigan
Law School where I graduated Magna Cum Laude and Order of the Coif in
1972. Watching Michigan beat Ohio State in the “Big House” while I was
there was truly something to see. Although my time at West Point, in the
military and at Michigan had cut the apron strings, my roots pulled hard
and I returned to Oklahoma to join the Tulsa law firm of Conner & Winters
where I practiced until 1988, primarily as a corporate, securities and
business transaction lawyer. I left the law firm to take a senior legal
position with The Williams Companies, Inc., a large energy company based
in Tulsa. Williams treated me well, allowing me to attend the Stanford
Executive Program in Palo Alto in 1995 and to serve in several senior
leadership positions for it and its subsidiaries before I retired in 2002.
I then rejoined my old law firm as “of counsel,” intending to transition
into full retirement. I almost made it, but in 2008 the firm asked me to
lead its representation in a large bankruptcy case with which I am still
involved today. Basically, I flunked “Retirement 101.” In addition to
practicing law full time, I volunteer my time as an Adjunct Settlement
Judge for the federal court system.
I married Nancy Shannon, EHS Class of 1959, shortly after my West
Point graduation. We have a daughter, Colleen, who lives in Denver with
her family including one granddaughter, Naomi. Colleen also is a lawyer.
Nancy and I divorced in 1983 (she still lives in Tulsa). In 1987, I
married Judi, a Tulsa lawyer, and we are very happily married and enjoy
our life together.
Still enjoying good health, Judi and I lead very active lives and
share many interests. I have been a serious distance runner for a number
of years and can still boast of winning my age group in local races. Of
my seven marathon runs, my personal best time was 2:40 at the Boston
Marathon some years ago. In no particular order, Judi and I together
enjoy fly fishing, long distance bicycling, snow skiing, scuba diving,
canoeing, hiking, backpacking, golfing and showing our championship Morgan
horses. (In fact, Judi will miss this year’s reunion because of
commitments at this year’s Morgan Grand National Horse Show in Oklahoma
City.) Many of our travels, near and far, have revolved around one or
more of those activities. We have fished for trout in Alaska, New Zealand
and Chile, scuba dived and fished for bonefish in the Caribbean, canoed in
the Arctic Barren Lands, snow skied several places in the US and
Switzerland, backpacked in Austria, Italy and Switzerland as well as the
US, biked across Oklahoma five times, biked across the south island of New
Zealand and, earlier this year, biked from Mobile, AL to Shiloh, TN as
part of a three year plan to ride the entire Underground Railroad Route
from AL to Canada.