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Betty Jane Wilson, '43, turned 99 years
old on July 11.
members. Her plaque was received by
her son, Evan Durnal, '05. Bullock passed
away in 2008.
Fred D'Ercole, '72, has served as a Douglas County sheriff's deputy for 45 years.
Tom Hedrick, '56, member of the Athletic
Hall of Fame and Voice of the Wildcats for
the past 30 years, called his last regular
season football game in November 2018,
gave the commencement address at the
winter ceremony in December, where he
announced his retirement from teaching,
and called his final men's basketball game
in February. In May, he was recognized by
Kansas lawmakers at the State Capitol for
his outstanding contribution to broadcasting and teaching. (See story on page 23.)
Steve Sublett, '58, member of the Athletic
Hall of Fame, retired as president of the
Zeta Chi Board of Trustees in May. He had
served on the board since 1962. During
his tenure he met the chapter founders,
who were 1908 grads, and saw the chapter at its smallest and largest roster sizes.
Nancy (Boudrot) Spear, '62, has released
a new book. Nelly and the Mother Line:
Roaming the Maritimes Finding 9 Generations of Acadian Mothers (Mt. Nittany Press) features field and matrilineal
genealogy, Acadian history, a travelogue
around Nova Scotia and Prince Edward
Island, and the warmth and humor of the
maritime people-all told in story form. The
cover art features one of her oil paintings
Brock Winans, '60, who lives with his wife,
Sharon, in New Jersey, turned 80 years
old on Oct. 30, 2018.
Betty Bullock, '70, was posthumously
inducted into the Johnson County Community College Wall of Honor for faculty
Bruce Gilbert, '71, ran his eighth Boston
Marathon in April-50 years after running
his first one as a member of the Baker
University track team in 1969.
Donald Levering, '71, published his 14th
book of poetry, Previous Lives. Last year
he won the Robinson Jeffers Tor House
Foundation Prize. Previous Lives is available from Red Mountain Press (redmountainpress.us).
Robert Maxwell, '75, was appointed to a
three-year term as trustee of the Kiwanis
Children's Fund, a nonprofit organization
that supports Kiwanis International's mission of serving the children of the world.
Laura (Davidson) Taylor, '73, retired after
43 years as an RN and as a Major in the
U.S. Air Force Reserves.
Kelly Ballard, '84, retired after nearly 34
years as a national bank examiner with
the Office of the Comptroller of Currency,
an independent bureau within the United
States Department of the Treasury.
Kelly (Steller) Hrad, '86, held her first solo
art show, Life in Color, at the Art Centre of
Plano (Texas) in October 2018. She serves
as the office manager and human resources manager at Connect Technology
Group, which sponsored the show. During
Homecoming, Hrad's Color Brick Road art
show will open Oct. 3, in the Holt-Russell
Gallery in Parmenter Hall.
Heather (Obley) Huettner, '88, teaches
art at Crestview Elementary School in the
Shawnee Mission (Kansas) School District.
She was named Outstanding Elementary
Art Educator of the Year 2018-2019. The
Kansas Art Education Association presented the award at its fall conference Oct.
12 in Rock Springs, Kansas.
Michael Johnson, '86, serves as the
relationship manager for the Dallas County
Community College District and owns his
own radio network, centertentertainment.
fm, and TV network, cfnnetwork.tv.
Dale Werts, '84, a member of the Baker
Board of Trustees and partner at Lathrop
Gage law firm, was named a 2018 Cryptocurrency/Blockchain/Fintech Trailblazer by
National Law Journal and was named to
Techweek Kansas City's 2018 Techweek
100 List as an ambassador. He participated as a panelist in a presentation at Microsoft in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2018, on
the topic "Mid-Term Elections Rewind and
Fast-Forward: Deciphering Change."
Don Austin, '93, was named superintendent of schools for the Palo Alto Unified
School District in California. PAUSD is the
top ranked school district in California and
No. 12 in the nation.
Christie (Apgar) Bagley, '93, graduated
with a master's degree in civil engineering from Norwich University and is now
working as a civil engineer for the County
of Kaua'I in Kapa'a, Hawaii.
Jamie Carwell, '91, was elected as the
152nd Grand Commander of the Knights
Templar of Kansas at the Annual Session
of the York Rite Masons of Kansas in
Emporia on May 1, 2019. He lives in White
Kristy (Thrasher) De La Cruz, '96, was
promoted in October to principal leadership facilitator (deputy superintendent) for
the New York City Department of Education.
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