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University mourns the death of Dr. Joseph Grady Smoot

PSU vice president emeritus Joseph “Grady” Smoot died Friday, Jan. 5, 2018, at Via Christi Village in Pittsburg. He was 85. “Grady loved this university and this community,” said President Steve Scott. “But, more than that, he loved life. He has left a legacy at Pittsburg State that will benefit Gorillas for generations to come....

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Class of 1959 Clara Reida (BSE) is the subject of a recent book, “Because We Wanted To: Two Women, A Dream, and a Ranch Called Singing Acres,” written by award-winning author Carol Ann Wilson. The story chronicles Reida’s adventures with Margaret Locarnini, whom she met at a Girl Scout Camp and who, like her, dreamed...

In Memory

Deaths are listed based on information received from families or reported in local newspapers. They are listed by graduation or attendance date. Unknown Year Robert J. Pursley, Katy, Texas Laurence E. Smerchek, Arma, Kan. Evelyn W. Cattelino, Kingwood, Texas Harold Holder, Wichita, Kan. Lucy K. (O’Reilly) McFall, Girard, Kan.   1938 Margie E. (Banzet) Miller,...

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Classes of 1969 & 1970 Tom McDaniel (BFA, MS 1989) & Anita Harvey McDaniel (BSE, MS 1989) co-authored the book Beantown, USA: The History of Erie, Kansas (1866-2014) and Neosho County, Kansas Old Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Reunion with a group of Erie residents. After completing the book in 2014, Tom and Anita began working on...

In Memory

In Memory Deaths are listed based on information received from families or reported in local newspapers. They are listed alphabetically followed by graduation or attendance date. James T. Akers, 1961 Tina L. Allen, 2006, Pittsburg, Kan. Gregory N. Ambrose, 1975, Olathe, Kan. Dorothy L. (Shade) Ames, 1963, Fort Scott, Kan. Helen L. Anderson, 1949, Parsons,...

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Class of 1976 Robert J. Grassino (BSEd, EDS 1992) retired in 2012 after more than 28 years in public education. Dr. Grassino spent 16 years working in the Circle School District, USD 375, in Towanda, Kan. While at Circle, he served as the elementary principal, the high school principal, and the assistant superintendent. In addition...

Retirees

Congratulations to this year’s retirees! Thank you for your service and enjoy your retirement. Ruby Ashmore, Student Center Gerard Attoun, Student Publications Mark Barnes, Building Trades and Landscape Maintenance William Clark, University Police and Parking Services Kathleen DeGrave, English and Modern Languages Jack Fay, Accounting and Computer Information Systems Charles Fischer, Economics, Finance and Banking Charles...

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Class of 1960 John Kekec (BSEd, MS 1966), with his wife, Mary, have published “The Kansas/Missouri Border War,” the second book in their Our American Heritage Series. The book is about two pioneer families that migrated west from North Carolina and Pennsylvania and then came together in southeastern Kansas Territory just in time to be...

In Memory

Deaths are listed based on information received from families or reported in local newspapers. They are listed by date of graduation or attendance.   Jackie L. Abel, 1978, Eudora, Kan. Joyce N. (Shepard) Akins, 1973, El Dorado, Kan. Pamela J. Andersen, 1977, Puyallup, Wash. Daryl M. Andrews, 1964, Neosho, Mo. Dr. Mary (Schwartz) Anne Andrews,...

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Class of 1950 John Vitt (BSE) and his wife, Eileen (Bach), celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary in Bartlesville, Okla. Vitt is a retired control systems designer for Phillips Petroleum Co. The Vitts have four children: Michael, of Minneapolis, Minn.; Janet, of Sacramento, Calif.; Cynthia Murphy, of Norman, Okla.; and Elaine, of Bartlesville. They have seven...

In Memory

Deaths are listed based on information received from families or reported in local newspapers. They are listed by date of graduation or attendance. Dorine L. (Bowman) Hager, 1938, Venice, Fla. Melissa S. (Ogle) Hardin, 1938,     Kansas City, Kan. Jennie O. (Sheldon) Herring, 1942, Wichita, Kan. Kathryn M. (Calhoun) Kroger, 1942, McPherson, Kan. Kathleen I....

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Class of 1970 Barbara Belles (BSE) retired from USD #413 after 22 years. She taught for a total of 37 years. Class of 1974 Samuel J Marsh (BA) was publicly sworn into his seat as district magistrate judge in Columbus, Kan. Marsh received his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Kansas School of Law...