Center Reunites SC Alumni in Hawaii
(left to right)
Ron Higa '67, Ted Ing '66, and Calvin Hashimoto '66
A November conference brought together
1960s participants of the East-West Center in Honolulu, including Wallace
and Ina Gray, Tara Gray '81, and several Southwestern
alumni—Calvin ’66 and Chloe Hashimoto;
Ted’66 and Liane Ing; and Ron
’67 and Amy Higa.
Wallace Gray presented a paper, the research
of which was made possible by Wallace’s two sabbatical leaves
from Southwestern College.
Tara Gray, was the only mainlander on
the second generation panel, expressed her hope that despite remaining
monolingual, she is not mono-cultural.
Updates on the Southwestern participants:
The East-West Center was founded in 1960
by the United States government to promote cultural and technical interchange
in the Pacific area.
S. “Pete” McGill ’51 died Dec. 21, 2003,
in Overland Park. As a member of the Kansas House of Representatives
from 1960 to 1977, Pete was one of Kansas’ most influential politicians
for nearly two decades. A gregarious Republican in the Barry Goldwater
mode, McGill won the speakership of the House in 1973 and held it until
1977. He and Democratic Gov. Robert Docking of Arkansas City collaborated
on the project to make U.S. 77 between their two towns a four-lane highway.
“Every single resident of Cowley County has in some way been affected
by the efforts of Pete McGill,” a commemorative column in the
Winfield Daily Courier noted. As a powerful GOP politician, McGill chaired
the presidential campaigns of several successful candidates in Kansas,
including Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. He served as a delegate
to the Republication National Convention five times, serving once as
sergeant-at-arms. In addition to his political career, Pete owned and
operated several businesses in Winfield during the 1950s and 1960s,
including the Har-Bour Café, McGill’s Restaurant, the Western
Drive-In, McGill’s Furniture Store, a mobile home park, and several
other businesses. In 1978 he was appointed chairman of the Kansas Turnpike
Authority. In 19890, he moved to Topeka and started his own lobbying
firm, Pete McGill and Associates, which by 1990 became the largest independent
lobbying firm in the Midwest.
Frank Lindley ’12
will be inducted posthumously into the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame in
May. The KSHOF Class of 2004 includes 20 coaches, athletes and contributors.
Lindley built the Newton High School basketball program into one of
the state’s first and greatest prep dynasties in his 31 years
as head coach. Under his direction, Newton won 84 percent of their games,
captured eight state titles, seven times were runners-up, and reached
the state tournament 17 straight seasons. Phil Anderson, Newton, was
a student at Newton High school during the final years Lindley was coaching
and was principal. “He was very much a disciplinarian, and highly
respected,” Anderson says. “Back in those days all control
was a very big part of basketball, and his teams became nationally known
because of his ball control.” Anderson points out during the days
Lindley was coaching basketball was in its infancy, and his ability
to control and earn the respect of his teams made Newton a formidable
opponent, even against the large Wichita and Kansas City schools.
(Richards) Roe ’58 held a reading and book signing in
November for her book of poems, Ironing Out the Wrinkles. Myrne began
writing poetry when she retired in 1997. She has been recognized by
Kansas Writers Association and Byline magazine for her work and hs published
in Poetry of Kansas Web site and in Shifting Horizons published by the
Lindsborg Arts Council.
2003 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees
Five new members were added to the Southwestern College
Athletic Hall of Fame. Inductees are pictured left to right:
Marvin Diener '82, Kelly (Broadhurst) Nichols '89, Ken Everhart '57,
Marvin Webster '50, and Herman "Swede" Osbourn
Selah, one of
Southwestern's most active outreach teams, has recorded a new CD. The
compilation contains traditional and contemporary music performed by
students Alison Ebright, Monica Morrison, Josh Melcher, Andrew Singh,
and Lance Patterson. For more information or to purchase, contact Martin