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East-West 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 Hashimotos are retired after more than 30 years in education—Calvin as a basketball coach with four state championships to his credit, and Chloe as a teacher of the gifted. Calvin continues to coach and work in adult education. Their two sons are married.
  • Ted Ing, a retired elementary teacher, finds daily school bus driving challenging. He transports everyone from preschoolers to senior citizens to prisoners. Liane continues to work at the hospital as a medical transcriptionist. Their two children are attending the University of Hawaii.
  • After years of supervising park recreation, Ron Higa is part of a successful electrical supply business and Amy works at the Department of Labor. Their daughter is a teacher and their son is in plumbing supply.

The East-West Center was founded in 1960 by the United States government to promote cultural and technical interchange in the Pacific area.

Duane 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.

Myrne (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 '51.


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 Rude, rudemd@sckans.edu.