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Sarah Clifton ( Newland)
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December 15, 1943 retired Married 3 graduating Spanish teach-spoke Castillion Spanish-took the year before I could understand him! waiting for the bus in the cold
I transferred into Wheat Ridge 3 days before my senior year so not a lot of happy memories. I made one friend there [Sharon B.] and we're still in touch. I think it was shameful the way they treated their seniors: no access to library, closed campus, etc. Quite different than where I'd transferred from. Send Sarah a MessageSend Sarah a Message
Barbara Tanner (Hightower)
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May 02, 1944 homemaker, wife, mom & gram Married 3 Pot lucks with friends, Farmer's Barn after games Mr. Tipper, Miss Lynen Frosted Scotchman, Lakeside, Elitches, friends, horseback riding, Scott's baseball games,
I tried retail sales, banking, accounting, and conference call administration, but my first love was being home with our 2 daughters and 1 son, and being a wife and homemaker!  Scott and I, married now for 48 years, have 6 grandsons and have had a wonderful life!  We're anxious to see everyone at our 50th WRHS reunion (ugh, I can't believe it)!
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Harold Eason
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June 18, 1944 Retired. Married 2 Band and music theory (Larry Wallace), Student Exchange, Spanish Club and Trumpet Trio - Stars of Tomorrow winner Larry Wallace, Ernie McLean, Mary Ann Lynen, Larry McWilliams/Cruz Valenzuela, and especially Don Solem Marching Band &band parties, Farmers Barn, Frosted Scotchman, White Spot,
After WRHS, I attended CU and have a BS Electrical Engineering from Boulder. I married a Wheat Ridge girl; Diane Imes, Class of 65, and we have two daughters, Michelle and Jennifer. I went to work for the Rio Grande Railroad in the Signal Department after CU; I wore many different hats at D&RGW and attended CU Denver nights to get my MBA while working in the Engineering/ Maintenance of Way dept. Later Southern Pacific took over; still later, Union Pacific, who tried to move me to Omaha after 31 years. I declined, and went to work for Qwest Communications in the Right of Way department; Qwest in turn was bought by Centurylink; who involuntarily retired me after 14 years this February. I continue to play trumpet with Denver Concert Band (www.denverconcertband.org) and Swing, Inc. (www.swinginc.org) and enjoy Big Band Jazz especially. I love old cars and am re-restoring my black 1930 Ford coupe after 51 years and 90K miles. I currently drive my 1931 Ford Town Sedan; in addition I have 10 other cars, all unrestored retirement projects. My 2 daughters have 2 kids each, and being a grampa is what makes life worthwhile. Michelle is in Franktown, CO, Jennifer is in Ontario, OR; road trips are in order, and we plan our first vacation of retirement this September through the Canadian Rockes.
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Karen Jensen (Buck)
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December 09, 1943 Retired and loving it. Married 3
Went to Business school and College.  Worked as an accountant at several different businesses.  After getting married I was a stay at home Mom then went into the floral business and had my own flower shop for 20 years before retiring.   

Looking forward to the 50th (can you believe it).  Time flies when you are having fun.
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Dee Pendley
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January 26, 1944 retired Married
After HS I studied Engineering Physics for three years at the Univ. of Colorado. I became interested in Oceanography and transferred to an Ocean Engineering program at Florida Atlantic University. There I met and married my wife Kerry. After two years I graduated with a BS in OE.

I worked to six years as an Ocean Engineer. I did research in both the Atlantic and Pacific and lived in Florida, California, Hawaii, and Virginia. While living in Virginia, I felt a call to the ministry and left my job to enter seminary. After five years of seminary study I graduated with a Doctor of Ministry degree. After a probationary period I was ordained a United Methodist Minister. I spent a 31-year ministry in four different churches in Virginia. During that period I had the privilege traveling widely outside the US. I particularly enjoyed work on an archeological dig in Israel.

In 2007 I retired to a home we built in a beautiful mountain valley about 60 miles west of Washington, D.C.

I stay busy with volunteer work: Teaching a regular Bible study, a little preaching and working as Vice-Chairman of our County Democratic Committee (very busy right now).

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Joyce (Bishop)
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April 06, 1944 anthropology professor Divorced Spanish club, music and theater events, football games, making movies with Buddy, David, and Diana Mr. McWilliams, Mrs. Tenney, Mrs. Newnam, Mr. Roberts driving around town with my friends

I live in Sacramento, California, and count myself fortunate to have a pleasant home next to the American River Parkway, a thirty-mile natural area host to deer, turkeys, coyotes, and the occasional rattle-snake, as well as dense standsof oak and cottonwoods that line the river.  I have spent many years riding the superb bike trail (one of the best in the country), walking the horse paths with my dogs, and watching the salmon that come up the river to spawn.  My job at CSU, Sacramento, is just twelve miles downstream, but I admit that I am not well organized enough to ride to class and get there on time!

My family moved to Sacramento in the summer of 1962; however, with a scholarship to DU, I stayed on in Colorado, adding a year in Mexico City and another in Bogota before joining the westward migration, along with my brothers and grandparents.  Long stints of teaching, study, and research abroad have punctuated my years in California, but family has always been an equal draw.  My former husband and I (Dan Calvert, WHS 58) moved to Sacramento from Morelia, Michoacan, in order to help raise his two youngest daughters as well as my brother Dick's young twins.  My parents, Vaughn and Joyce, lived to ripe old age; their home in Sacramento was an anchor for all the family.

Education was always my calling; by age eight I knew I wanted to master Spanish, if possible, as well as to learn everything I could about Mexico.  After teaching Jr. High and bilingual pre-school in a migrant labor camp, I headed for UC, Berkeley, where I took my Ph.D. in linguistics, folklore, and anthropology. I am an anthropology professor at CSUS, teaching linguistic and cultural anthropology as well as courses on Mexico and Latin America.  Retirement beckons, but, so far, not nearly so sweetly as do the students, whose energy and ethusiasm keep me young.     

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Roberta Cummings ( Baade)
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March 10, 1944 Retired Married
I retired from my position as VP Human Resources at Jenny Craig in 2006 when we sold the company to Nestle. I bought a copy of 1,000 Places to see before You Die and my husband and I have been traveling ever since :-)   Life is good! Send Roberta a MessageSend Roberta a Message
Barbara Roberts (Cassel)
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July 14, 1944 Retired Married 3

Hello.  Following is a quote from a book I just read -- a bit of a coincidence I read this just now.  ". . . A lot of people don't have fond memories of high school.  It's often a war of politics and personalities, set off by the cannon fire of hormones."  I'm sure each of us has our own thoughts about that.  Fifty years ago I was a young, naive high school graduate setting off in life.  Now 50 years later I'm just old.  I know a little bit about a lot and a lot about nothing -- some might even say a know-it-all (haha).  Most of what little I think I know, I forgot I knew it.  I haven't been diagnosed with dementia yet, but it is only a matter of time, and I will deny it to the end!  I am as middle class as you can get and I have come to embrace it.  After all, without a middle there is no beginning or end; no top, no bottom.  Ya gotta have a strong core. 
The first half of my working experience was in accounting for Cargill, Inc. (10 years) and Associated Grocers.  I had a brief temporary assignment as an assistant to the social workers in the Juvenile Dept. of the Adams County Dept of Social Services as it was then known (a frustrating and sad, but illuminating experience).  This was followed by 10 years as a legal secretary for an attorney in Lakewood. 
I am married to an awesome man, Jon Cassel, 36 years, who has gotten me from point A to point B in one piece.  He is my rock.  He was one of the last employees out the door at Rocky Flats and now works for a subcontractor at LANL in Los Alamos, NM.  We live next door to a fascinating man and one of the few remaining scientists who worked on The Manhattan Project and who reminisces as having sat at a board table in the presence of 4 or 5 Nobel Prize winners!  It's a strange feeling to live in a place that's only as old as we are.  It's been quite an experience!  Jon also served as a volunteer firefighter for 25 years and retired from the Arvada Volunteer Fire Department, Station 5.  I have 3 exceptional daughters -- Heather, together with husband Brian have their own business, K&Z Electric 303 503 4888, and parents of 3 treasured grandsons; Jennifer, a police officer for the City and County of Denver and mom to 1 treasured grandson; and Carrie, mom to our only beautiful treasured granddaughter and 1 treasured grandson. 
That's it in a nutshell.  See you at the Carnation Festival and dinner. 

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Nancy Nelson (Arlian)
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Greetings fellow Farmers,
High school is only a vague memory for me, as I did not participate in school activities.  Wish I had.  The bios indicate what good people we have in our class.
I graduated from CSU in 1966.  That was the fun time for me, and where I met Larry.  We married in 1966 and stayed in Fort Collins while we both got Masters degrees.  In 1969 we moved to Ohio.  I taught while Larry worked on his PhD at Ohio State.  The plan was to move back to Colorado when he finished, but we ended up at Wright State U. in Ohio, where we remain.  I stayed home with our two daughters until they were in school, then went back to teaching.  Larry taught and did research at WSU.  He traveled the world to scientific meetings, and I sometimes accompanied him.  We have wonderful memories, and changed insights about the world, from those visits.  We are both retired now, and our travels are more in the US than overseas.  Much of my time now is devoted to our seven grandchildren, who bring us so much happiness and fun.  We have a few acres in the country where they like to play.  Life is good! 
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Linda Ottercrans (Landenberg)
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January 21, 1944 Corporate Recruiter Single Again 2 Pom Pom girl Not really.... Painting posters for the games

Since Wheat Ridge High, I've been married twice, lived in New Orleans, Louisiana, Houston, Texas, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  I have two beautiful daughters, Rhory and Rhiain; 4 grandchildren - Kari - 9 years old, Kylie - 7 years old, Harper - 2 years old and Declan - 9 months.  I do recruiting for pharmaceutical / biotherapies companies.  And I am a Docent for Winterthur, a county house and museum from one of the Duponts in Delaware.  Love being in a book club, have great friends and a terrific family.  I look forward to catching up with everyone in Wheat Ridge!  I do still have some relatives in Colorado, so once in a while head on back.

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