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Class Knox

in ever -curious and thrilled in our natural world.” —Bill Thompson ’51

1949 From Sid Norris ’48 came the news that Jim Turner passed away in late December. Class Correspondent: Megan Clayton Knox College, Box K-210, 2 East South Street, Galesburg, IL 61401, 309-341-7476,

1950 Bob Thompson says he still lives in the house he bought 30 years ago in beautiful Park City, Utah. Of course, Park City is an old mining city turned major ski and summer resort. He says though there are many challenges living in a house at his age, he and his wife plan to stay here until “we’re carried out the front door.” Because of a fall last summer that injured his shoulder, he goes to therapy twice a week for the foreseeable future. He still drives, at least until he has to renew his license, but he’s not worried about it. Bob sends his very best to all his old friends and classmates. ❯ Bob Willett writes, “In October, son Tom and I went to Chengdu, China, to see a statue of my cousin, Jimmie Browne, MIA from WWII. We had been looking for a solution to his disappearance, but his life caught the attention of museum owner Fan Jiangshan, and we were able to give him a photo of Jim that resulted in the creation of a bust. It is in the Square of Chivalrous Friends of China at the Jiangshan Museum in Anuran. The museum actually has 30 separate museums plus several series of statues, a really fantastic place. After our museum stay, we met with the Shenzhen Longue Charitable Foundation, a Chinese group that seeks Chinese MIAs from WWII. To our surprise, they offered to do a search for Jim’s remains in the wreckage that we discovered in 2011. Our government has not authorized any search, so this Foundation was the answer to our many efforts to bring Jim home. So it was a great trip!” Class Correspondent: Megan Clayton Knox College, Box K-210, 2 East South Street, Galesburg, IL 61401, 309-341-7476,

1951 Bill Thompson wrote to me shortly after my plea for news in mid-December. He wrote: “I live in a beautiful hillside home overlooking the Jacoby Creek Valley with open space and organic farm land protected by the Jacoby Creek Land Trust. My first marriage ended with me parenting four children, until June Miller, a teaching colleague and friend, joined me in parenting a confused brood to adulthood. June died in 2013. Presently, I am partnered with Jane Riggan, an extraordinary woman a dozen years younger than my 89 years. We share Buddhist meditation practice as astrological Geminis and remain ever-curious and thrilled in our natural world. I have the best eyeglasses, dental replacements, and hearing aids and, just recently, a pacemaker to help regulate a damaged heart. I am happy to be living and lov-

ing.” In early January, I received a call from Scott Kensel, son of Bob ’51 and Jo Ann Hickey Kensel Ward ’51, that Bill passed away peacefully in his sleep on Christmas Eve. Scott has kept in contact with many of his parents Knox friends, including Bill, through the years. He also received a letter from Bill just before the holidays. ❯ Jay Burgess emailed that he and Shay love the Southwest Florida lifestyle, but that he has been hospitalized a few times recent months. The couple are pondering options for assisted living. Jay sends his love to his classmates and friends in the Class of 1951. Class Correspondent: Megan Clayton Knox College, Box K-210, 2 East South Street, Galesburg, IL 61401, 309-341-7476,

1952 Correction: In the last Knox Magazine, we inadvertently printed that Ann Carlson Carnahan was still looking for an elusive “hole-in-one.” She is actually on a mission to achieve her 10th holein-one, as she has already made nine! ❯ John Cooke is fully involved in a project that will help operate and market a coop in the driftless area of Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, and Illinois. This is an area that escaped the glaciers in the last ice age. The purpose of the organization is to protect the lands for current and future use, preserve the stories of its people going back some 15,000 years, and to promote the values and enterprises of its people in the future. John says the University of Wisconsin-Platteville is on board to help with this project. ❯ Deane Doolen stopped by the Alumni Relations office in mid-December while he was in Galesburg on business. Yes, he’s still working at 88! Class Correspondent: Megan Clayton Knox College, Box K-210, 2 East South Street, Galesburg, IL 61401, 309-341-7476,

1953 Rod Boynton still lives in Morton, Illinois, with his wife, Sara. He says they do not travel anymore, mostly because Sara was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease four years ago. Class Correspondent: Megan Clayton Knox College, Box K-210, 2 East South Street, Galesburg, IL 61401, 309-341-7476,

1954 Once again our notes begin with sad news: the passing of two classmates. Lynne Gutstein Turcotte writes that her father, Walter Gutstein, died October 17, 2018, “after a valiant and fierce 14-month battle with pancreatic cancer. My dad just loved Knox and was very proud of it. Both he and my uncle, Robert Gutstein ’51, have shared their experiences there with both pride and happiest memories of friends and professors.” Most likely that influenced Walt’s grandson—Lynne’s high school senior son—who has been accepted

to enter Knox. ❯ News of Dan Carmichael’s death on August 2, 2018, comes from daughter Sarah, who says that Dan loved reliving the stories, songs, and mischief of his time at Knox and the Beta House. After earning a master’s degree from Northern Illinois University in 1963, he worked as a teacher and administrator in schools in Chicago’s south suburbs until 1988. Retirement activity included refurbishing a house on the shores of Lake Superior near Ironwood, Michigan, backcountry canoeing, and expressing his views on social justice issues, education, gun control, and universal healthcare in letters to the Ironwood Daily Globe. ❯ Mac Small writes that he has good memories even though he had only two years at Knox. That led to admission to the Michigan School of Law and a 50-plus-year career as a business attorney and military judges advocate. “With my writer wife, Maryellen (Mel) Walsh, I have retired to the Sierra Foothills in Grass Valley, California, where we feed birds and watch nature.” ❯ After many years in the San Francisco Bay area, Janet Wagner Rafferty has relocated to Bellevue, Washington, says she’s doing fine, and reports an interesting “small world” story. Janet has four children; the youngest, Mary, is married to Majdi Haroun, an executive with a new startup company, Thought Works, with an office in Seattle. On a recent business trip to Peoria, Majdi got into an airport taxi whose driver said it was his last trip for the day as he had to drive 50 miles to the small town where he lived. “What town is that?” Majdi asked, mentioning that his mother-in-law was from the area. The town was Galesburg, the driver said, asking if the mother-in-law’s father had worked for the railroad. Told yes, the driver immediately said Janet’s name and that she was remembered very favorably in Galesburg. Janet was very pleased to hear that. ❯ Other Galesburg natives hope we also are favorably remembered. Galesburg High was located on the South Broad Street block now occupied by city offices, and of the 315 graduates in 1950, more than 30 crossed Standish Park to become the Knox Class of 1954. Janet and I were among that group as were the next four names to appear here. ❯ Bob Windish writes that one of the nicest things that happened to him and Diane last year was when the Fifty Year Club’s Megan Clayton remembered their 60th wedding anniversary in September. As he reads in the magazine and FYC Bulletin the names of people he has not seen for many years, Bob appreciates their contribution to making his years at Knox among the happiest days of his life. ❯ Betty Darnell Nelson sent her mother’s Lombard College scrapbook to FYC’s Megan, who says that it should have some interest to those who have heard of the connection between Lombard and Knox. Lombard did not survive the Great Depression, but I recall that its alumni were “adopted” by Knox. ❯ Donald Dool writes that he has had one back surgery but still has some problems. I could only advise him that my spinal decompression surgery last September



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