May – August 1950s Don Nutt, ’50, turned 100 years old on May 30, 2021. Don and his lovely wife, Ruth Ann, ’50, celebrated this milestone with their family members. Dr. Richard Soulen, ’54, hosts a podcast called On Theology and Scripture for the Inquiring Mind and can be found at soulenandsoulen.com. 1960s Carol (Mandernack) Bartlett, ’65, recently retired as ...

November 2020 – April 2021 1950s W. Gordon Clay, ’58, was appointed by the state to the executive committee of the Oregon Alliance to Prevent Suicide. He serves as founding chair of the Suicide Awareness and Prevention Council of Curry County, Oregon. Donna (Lidikay) Kempin, ’56, wrote her first mystery novel, Revenge in Venice. It can be purchased on Amazon.com. ...

Dear Alumni, It has always been true that you can’t keep Wildcats apart, and that was reinforced this year when we had to cancel or hold our annual events online and find new, creative ways to gather. Over the past year, alumni from across the country have logged on to virtual events to catch up, laugh, and raise funds. We ...

Welcome to our first digital issue of the BakerProud!  In this edition, we shine a spotlight on the many members of the Baker family who have remained Baker Strong during the challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic. These are people who have shown enormous ingenuity, resilience, generosity, and grace in getting the job done and supporting others.  As so many events and functions have moved online—business meetings, classes, doctor’s visits, grocery shopping, parties, commencement ceremonies—it seems ...

August 2019-October 2020   1950s Tom Hedrick. ’56, was featured on KCTV5 in January 2020 as the last living announcer from the first Super Bowl, which was held at the LA Coliseum.  1960s  James Allen, ’69, published his first novel, The Third Horseman Awaits.  Don, ’69, and Cindy (Horn), ’70, Rogers, who were married on June 6, 1970, at Baldwin First United Methodist Church, renewed their vows 50 years later on June 6, 2020, under Baker’s Grape Arbor while family ...

1940s Betty Jane Wilson, ’43, turned 99 years old on July 11. 1950s 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 ...

1950s Dick and Jeanne (McDaniel) Sulley, both ’51, and Don and Sue (Wyrick) Larkin, both ’70, hosted dinner in December for the men’s basketball team after its 90-70 victory over SAGU Arizona in the Cactus Classic tournament in Chandler, Arizona, 1960s Jerry Jones, ’64, was inducted into the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (formerly National Small College Athletic Association) Athletic ...

1950 Naomi (Estopy) Mitchum, ’51, was presented the Robert M. Pitzer Award by the DisAbility Committee of the United Methodist Church for “providing exemplary leadership in furthering the inclusion of persons with disabilities in our communities, our churches, and our world.” 1960s Ken Snow, ’64, and Dottie (Deye) Snow, ’84, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary 1970s Ira, ’70, and Barb, DeSpain, ...

1970s Cheryl Brown Henderson, ’70, was unanimously confirmed as a member of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools Board of Directors. 1980s Alex Gonzalez, ’83, was named the chief marketing officer for Leisure Pools and Spas Manufacturing. He leads branding and marketing and is responsible for development of new corporate showrooms and for expansion of the international network of professional ...

1940s & 1950s John, ’51, and Lois (Creel) Albright, ’48, celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on June 16. The couple celebrated by packing more than 70,000 meals for families in need. 1960s Dennis DeLay, ’63, was inducted into Baker’s Athletic Hall of Fame on Sept. 23 at the Overland Park Marriott. Brock Winans, ’60, and his wife, Sharon, celebrated their ...