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Barbara Newhouser (Dendinger (Deceased))
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September 25, 1944 Sr. Administrative Assistant Divorced 2

Barbara passed away November 17, 2012. This bio was added in July, 2012 by her son Eric Dendinger.

I am Barbara’s youngest son, and write this on her behalf.  Over the past few years, my mother’s health has declined considerably due to a nearly 30 year battle with diabetes.  Due to complications of the disease, her mental acuity has diminished profoundly.  She now resides in a specialty care home in Mesa, Az.

I know she wishes she could have attended the reunion, so she could catch up with long lost friends.

Mr. Hightower asked me to write something about what she had accomplished over the past 50 years. 

As far as education after high school, what do kids remember?  She would tell you she attended Stephens College in Columbia, Mo and received an AA degree in Business Administration.  She returned to Wheat Ridge and started a family.  She continued her education while raising 2 boys and finally received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Regis College in Denver.  I remember the day she graduated (mostly from pictures, as I was still pretty young) but receiving that degree was so important to her, and quite an accomplishment. 

As far as work history, what do kids remember?  She would tell you she worked as a senior administrative assistant for Climax Molybdenum Company until she was laid off in the early 80’s.  After that she held many positions as an office manager for a local construction company, international services coordinator for a golf equipment company, and finally an administrative assistant for the commander of the US Army recruiting battalion for the state of Colorado.  She volunteered endlessly with the Arvada Chapter of the Jaycees and could always be counted on to help with the annual Harvest Festival and other activities.  I will remember she was always a hard and dedicated worker always trying to make ends meet in hard and difficult times, but she never missed a school concert, a Boy Scout meeting, or soccer game.  She returned home night after night and helped provide for her family.

As far as exotic travels, what do kids remember?  She would probably tell you she travelled a little here and there, mostly for work; seminars or conventions, except for a special time she took her eldest son to Cancun for a week and enjoyed the beaches and sun.  I will remember our week-end camping trips to the great Rocky Mountains where my mom taught my dad and her sons how to fish!  And the seemingly endless Monopoly games we would have in our little camper.

As far as hobbies, what do kids remember?  She would tell you she loved her friends and family.  Monthly bridge games, bowling on Sunday nights, crocheting blankets by a warm fire, gardening in the back yard and of course season tickets to the Denver Broncos.   I will remember my hobbies were also hers.  Anything her children did or needed she was always right behind us.

As far as family, what do kids remember?  She would tell you about her marriage with her high school sweetheart, Curt, and was sadly divorced after 20 years but remained great friends until his passing 10 years later.  She would also tell you about her 2 boys and 5 beautiful grandchildren who live in sunny Arizona, which is where she moved almost 8 years ago so she could be close to her family.

I ask you again, what do kids remember?  My mom is, and ever shall be a devoted, loving, caring and conscientious person who always gave everything she had to those who needed it.  She made our family, in every sense of the word, a FAMILY!

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Gene Ann Linkins (Latenser (Deceased))
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July 26, 1944 homemaker latenser@cox.net Married

(Gene Ann passed away July 18, 2014 due to lung cancer.)

In July￿ 2010 Frank and I went to Arizona and we were "hooked" even at 115 degrees!￿ We bought a home in Sun City West, returned to Golden and after only three months we were packed and moved.￿ Having lived in Golden for 51 years and after 13 years of marriage, that was our biggest challenge!￿

We deeply miss Colorado and our many friends, so we are greatly looking forward to the 50th Reunion!

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Chuck Cooke
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June 28, 1944 semi-retired consultant Married 2

Gwen and I have been married for 45 years. For that she will be inducted into sainthood. We have two sons, two daughters-in-law, three grandkids with one in the oven. They are our joy...always have been and always will be. Gwen was super mom at home with the kids for years, then taught school and, for the last several years, has served on the staff of Whiz Kids Tutoring. I have had ten jobs since college - some ministry-type and some business-type jobs. All have been great experiences except one failed business adventure. Not fun. But through it all we have always been involved in some kind of ministry with kids mostly with Young Life and Whiz Kids. We have always felt that is what has made our life together as a family one that is rich and meaningful...not to mention just plain fun. Twenty years ago we were blessed to be in on the startup of Whiz Kids which is a one-on-one tutoring program with urban at-risk kids. It has been amazing!...we now have 750 tutors meeting with struggling kids every week. It’s been fun to watch and have a little hand in it. Along with our kids and grandkids, it’s made life good for us. We are looking forward to seeing everyone at the 50!

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Nancy Legge (Vogel)
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September 15, 1944 Retired Realtor/Artist NancyVogelArt.blogspot.com Married 2 Being a pom pom girl & art class with Mr Wetherbee Mr Wetherbee cheer at games
As a new retiree from 33 years of selling real estate on Fidalgo Island I finally cherish my free time.  My hubby of 44 years and I have recently bought a condo in Palm Springs where we will stay during the winter months. We will spend summers in La Conner Washington(still on Fidalgo) but just a few miles from Anacortes. Teaching art in Canada and in Washington made me realize teaching was not going to be a lifetime career. Real Estate was a good career but now  I am enjoying doing my painting & encaustics. Travels to Japan, Europe, and Canada made us realize we want more time to travel. We finally became grandparents with a wonderful boy Elliot and our two children enjoy success, health and happiness so that makes life good.  Send Nancy a MessageSend Nancy a Message
Windsor Elliott ( Elliott)
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February 08, 1944 Adoption Caseworker Single 2
I have lived in Tempe, Arizona for 40 years. I was a juvenile probation officer for more than fifteen years and have worked in adoptions for the last twenty  years.  I enjoy my three "perfect" grandchildren, traveling and working in my yard.  My kids and their spouses are pretty great too.I have enjoyed reconnecting with my Girl Scout Troop 129. Most of us have known each other since first grade. Looking forward to our 50th reunion. Send Windsor a MessageSend Windsor a Message
Bonnie Birlauf (Elledge)
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July 09, 1944 Retired Nurse Single 5 My memory is not what it used to be but I remember being in the school productions and thery were great experiences. sorry, cannot remember names, faces are still in my head. Go out with Bill and my friends.
Looking forward to seeing everyone. Retirement is the bomb, I am finally having time to be a real Grandmother.The Lord has been good to me in that I am blessed with fairly good health and most of my family is near by.  Enjoying a cruise here and there, my next big adventure, hopefully will be a camera safari in Africa. Send Bonnie a MessageSend Bonnie a Message
Dennis Neiwert
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July 13, 1944 Retired Married 3 Harry Narcissian Dancing at Elitch's
I graduated from Regis College and worked in the Pharmaceuticals field for all but two years when I owned a restaurant in Hamilton, Montana.  I am now retired but work a little part time in Longmont scoring student tests from other states.  Other than that I enjoy my retirement time with my wife Pam and visiting our combined 10 grandchildren.
My wife, Pam passed away on July 5th of 2014 so I only have my 98 year old mother still alive and well at Brookdale, Mariana Buttes in Loveland.  My oldest son is a Detective in Springfield Oregon, my middle son is a College Chemistry Professor in Minnesota and my youngest son is a computer programmer in Eugene Oregon.
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Sarah Parke (Chandler)
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February 16, 1945 Consultant Married Junior Classical League conventions, choir and drama Mr. Tipper, Mrs. Knudtson, Mrs. Garland Being a member of the Clear Creek Valley Bowmen
I live on a small organic farm/orchard in the mountain community of Lillooet British Columbia
with my husband, Trevor, our blue heeler, Moshi, cat Xing and assorted WWOOFers (http://www.wwoof.org).  

After WRHS, I attended Colorado College, the best part being the Tour Choir, which had its possibly last reunion in 2015.  Feeling the need for growth and adventure, I left the USA in 1973 to see something of the rest of the world.  Seven years and a few continents later, I emigrated to Canada in 1980 from Nairobi, Kenya.

My husband Trevor has retired from teaching biology and ecology at the Open University of BC, but still does land use planning and public process facilitation through his consulting firm, Landscope, as well as pursuing his passion for organic farming.

Through my consulting business, S. Chandler Consulting, now laid down,  I worked as a facilitator/trainer and human rights educator. In 1995 I spent a year in London studying for an MA in Understanding and Securing Human Rights from the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London. After that, it was  my great pleasure to serve as a member of the facilitation team for the Equitas International Centre for Human Rights Education (Montreal  http://www.equitas.org), facilitating the International Human Rights Training Program.  In Lillooet, I coordinated the Lillooet Restorative Justice Program for ten years, through which we provide alternatives to the court system, as well as human rights education  and restorative practices development in schools. I still serve as a trainer/facilitator with that program.

As a volunteer, I serve as a director of the Canadian Friends Service Committee (http://www.quakerservice.ca), and a director of the Church Council on Justice and Corrections (http://www.ccjc.ca).  My term in each will end in the Fall, 2016

I continue to be passionate about  music and mountains.  
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James Bradbury
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December 11, 1943 Engineer Married 5
Graduate of Colorado School of Mines, 1967, Metallurgical Engineer.  Wife Mary Lou is a nurse Practitioner, graduate of Washington State University.  Have three daughters from this marriage and a son and daughter from a previous marriage

For the past 30 years have worked as a consultant and for a private construction company in Spokane, Washington specializing mostly in gold and silver operations.

Currently working in Spokane and part of the time in Tucson, Arizona where we recently bought a downsized home in the Tucson Mountains.  Trying to spend winters in Tucson and summers in Spokane but it hasnt quite worked out that way yet.  In Spokane, i manage production of the largest low-alpha lead supply for the computer chip industry and also recovery of an obscure platinum group metal for the defense industry.  In Tucson, am working with a company that has interests in gold and silver properties in northern Mexico. I will be retiring from my Spokane position at the end of 2012 but will continue to consult for these projects in the next few years.

Places lived: San Francisco, Tucson, Spokane
Places worked: Burundi, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Venezuela, Mexico, Canada, Bolivia

Mary Lou is working in Tucson as a Nurse Practitioner and over the years has traveled to Honduras and Egypt as a visiting nurse.

Thinking back, I doubt if my life would be the same if I had not attended Wheat Ridge which at that time was recognized as a high acedemic school and for the counselors who helped me get into Mines - notwithstanding my terrible GPA.
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Larry Christenson
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August 30, 1944 IT in South Dakota Divorced 2 Black Canyon Trip (Sapinero) Just before graduation a few us hiked down and luckly back out of the canyon. Bill Proctor for the wrong reasons. Barn dances and regrettably drinking. Very glad drugs were not big then. Still drink a little, but never inhaled.

My life story for anyone who cares.  ---

After graduation from CSU, I did a Dan Quayle to stay out of Vietnam by joining the Colorado Air National Guard.  After we got back from Phan Rang AB Republic of South Vietnam, I got a job with Adolph Coors Co.  One would think that would be a great job for me, but they were pro war and I wasn’t. Many jobs followed, including MOBIL Oil which later wanted to transfer me to the capital of the Confederacy. My wife said, "you can go to Richmond but me and your two kids are staying here". Many more jobs followed, including MCI in the Springs and now working for the State of South Dakota.  Can not afford to retire thanks to the stock market and my risk level.  Just me and my dog named Sue living in SD.  I have two very grown kids and two grand daughters, all calling Colorado home.
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