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Dana Loftin

Dana Loftin

Dana Loftin

Occupation:

Senior Auditor

City, State: Alexandria, Virginia
Phone: 703-590-4256
Spouse: None
Children: Sean, 37 Melisa, 35 Stephen, 17 Megan, 15
Grandchildren: Tyler, 14 Garrett, 12 Levi, 11
Favorite memory from High School/Confession

No confessions
Ada High football games and snow sledding down 14th Street hill.

One thing you would do differently? Study more.
What friend have you known the longest from our class? Danny Walkup
Who are some of your best friends from our class? Haven't been in touch with anyone in years until Donnie called.
Favorite Place to Park? Kerr Lab Road
Current  Hobbies: Woodworking, extensive reading.
What is your favorite song from now and then? Then - Dredging Memories - Turn Turn
Now - Not sure if this is the name or not - We're a Team, Me and God.
Accomplishments: My children, my career all have done well.
Future Plans? Short term:   retirement, before the Reunion.   Long-term: to see the world.


 

Karen Mullins

Karen Mullins Spears

 

Occupation:

Cattle Rancher

City, State: Connerville, OK
Phone: 580-421-3583
Spouse: Walter
Children: Blake, 33 Alicia wedding, June 8, 2007 Kelsey, 21 Whitney, 19
Grandchildren: We'll be instant grandparents to Angelina born May 12, 2005
Favorite memory from High School/Confession  
One thing you would do differently? I would have studied much harder, participated more and been more outgoing.
What friend have you known the longest from our class? Ollie Mae Howard
Who are some of your best friends from our class?  
Favorite Place to Park? In the garage
Current  Hobbies: I have taken up quilting.   I've enjoyed gardening, photography, genealogy and messing with the computer.
What is your favorite song from now and then? Unchained melody, anything Simon & Garfunkel, Garth Brooks, Classical, At Last
Accomplishments: I consider my most important accomplishments to be the things I did as a wife and mother.
Future Plans? We have our ranch for sale and plan to do some traveling.


 

 

Garry D. Haggard

 

Occupation:

Lumber Salesman

City, State: Ada, OK
Phone: 580-265-4436
Spouse: Donna
Children: Steven R. Haggard, 38 Brandon F. Haggard, 30
Grandchildren: Haley G. Haggard, 13.
Favorite memory from High School/Confession Playing tennis on the old Jr. High courts
One thing you would do differently? Attend school regularly
What friend have you known the longest from our class?  
Who are some of your best friends from our class?  
Favorite Place to Park?  
Current  Hobbies: Camping, Fishing
What is your favorite song from now and then? Now -Broken Bridges
Then - Cherish
Accomplishments: Survived!
Future Plans? To live long enough to retire.


 

Diane Theimer Fullrich

Diane Theimer Diane Theimer Fullrich Diane Fullrich

Update:  2017

Retired - yes or no Retired from multiple careers…the most recent was working as an RN in Labor and Delivery and Newborn Nursery. Also, in my past, I did stints as a special education teacher (elementary and middle school), worked as a flight attendant, served several years at our church as the youth coordinator and also spent time as a stay-home mom.
Hobbies Playing tennis, reading, quilting, hiking, and spending time with family and friends.
# of Grandchildren Kids - we have 3 sons, 3 grandsons and 1 granddaughter. We finally have a little “pink”.
# of Great-grands No Great Grands


Occupation:

Currently a labor and delivery RN.   Formerly a special ed teacher, flight attendant, youth coordinator at our church and even had a few years as a stay-at-home mom.   Still looking for what to do when I grow up!

City, State: Carrollton, TX
Phone: 972-466-3609   Cell 214-212-5404
Spouse: Don Fullrich (33 years)
Children: Jon, 29 David, 26 Daniel, 24 (engaged...yea!).
Grandchildren: None.   Does a " grand-dog" count?   We're very good dog sitters for Bailey.
Favorite memory from High School/Confession Fun times around tennis
One thing you would do differently? I wouldn't have moved from Ada as a sophomore in HS but some things in our lives are not our choice.   It was definitely a learning experience.
What friend have you known the longest from our class? Jo Ann Corbin - she lived across the street so there were many neighborhood play times as just little girls.
Who are some of your best friends from our class? Great memories about lots of people.   Becky Pennington Manley probably put up with me better than anyone
Favorite Place to Park?  
Current  Hobbies: Quilting, trying to learn to play golf, recreational biking and occasional tennis, having lunch/dinner with friends.   Also, reading and sudoku.
What is your favorite song from now and then? Then - I liked most of the Beatles songs and Peter, Paul and Mary.
Now - I enjoy a variety of music, from country to classical but not real crazy about rock stuff.   The " golden oldies" are always great.
Accomplishments: Survived and enjoyed a household of MEN!   When the boys were younger, they changed our little female dog's name from Ginger to Lizard - they thought it sounded more man-ly...no girly stuff around here!
Future Plans? Looking forward to " retirement" or " redirection" as some call it.   Want to travel, read more.


 

Bill Britton

Bill Britton

Bill Britton

Occupation:

Systems Engineer

City, State: Houston, TX
Phone: 281-488-4839
Spouse: Laura (Retired Teacher)
Children: Leah, 24
Grandchildren: Gabriel, 2
Favorite memory from High School/Confession Donna said we are space limited here.   Let me say that the years I spent in Ada were some of the greatest times in my life.
One thing you would do differently? Would not have moved to Las Cruces NM my senior year.
What friend have you known the longest from our class? Charlie Wilker and I were in Boy Scouts Troop 200.   Jack Hooper and I go back to 1st grade at St. Joseph's.   My mother told me that Joann Corbin West and I played together as toddlers.
Who are some of your best friends from our class? Steve West, Mike Cox, Bruce Johnson, Charlie Wilker, Dane Henry, Bob Hayes.   I just wish I could have stayed closer to everyone.
Favorite Place to Park? I bet it does not exist anymore
Current  Hobbies: Traveling and learning to play bridge better.
What is your favorite song from now and then? Then - Louis Louis, The Kingsmen (of course).
Now - I have several.   Against All Odds by Phil Collins, True Love by Glen Frey, Final Acclaim by Rod Stewart (no relation to Elton).   My Way by Sinatra.   But my favorite is " A Pirate Looks At Forty" by Jimmy Buffet.
Accomplishments:

In October of 1988 while I was working for Enron Corp, a project I headed was featured in a full page article with my picture.   This was in a Computer trade magazine, " Computer Decisions" .

In 1995, I was a sub contractor at Johnson Space Center on the space Shuttle contract.   Shuttle Missions STS 71 Atlantis was launched and became the 100th manned American Space Flight.   The Astronauts had decided to honor their support staff by having us sign a entry on a piece of paper that was taken along in space.   My signature is in the middle of page 15.   This paper was stowed on board Atlantis and flew in space June 27 through July 7, 1995.

Future Plans? To try to stay in touch with old friends better improve my Bridge game and travel with my wife to new and exciting locations.


 

Randall "Jack" Chapman

Randall " Jack" Chapman

Jack Chapman

Occupation:

CEO, Praxis Incorporated

City, State:  
Phone: 703-627-7100
Spouse: 23 Years and That's a Take!
Children: Two wonderful and amazing daughter:   Courtney (21), a senior at HIgh Point University (North Carolina) and Kelly (18), a senior at Flint Hill, Oakton, VA, and accepted in 10 of 10 colleges (and most likely will attend George Mason University in Fairfax, VA)
Grandchildren: No
Favorite memory from High School/Confession I'm not sure...and I think most people don't realize it...but a reunion is a once-in-a-lifetime irreplaceable adventure.   Once the window of opportunity closes...it is closed forever and the experience can never be replayed or lived again.   And so I wonder....how different our perceptions of high school years can be from the perceptions we had then...and moreover...the perceptions of our classmates.   I imagine some look back with very fond memories...Others don't...makes you wonder...were you Mr. Popularity...Mr. Ner...or just another wall-flower whom no one remembers?
One thing you would do differently?

One Thing to Do Differently: Actually, a lot of things... and then on further thought... well, maybe life has turned out to be a bit of an adventure... and it's still rather exciting... and I'm not bored... and those early experiences? Well, I think they set a foundation for the future... and it was built on rock... and has passed the test of time...

What friend have you known the longest from our class?

What Friend....: Ah... most interesting... Paul Rozeboom and I go back to Junior High.... and he seems to have found me somehow via the web... and Bob Vandergriff actually stopped by to see me a few years ago... and I had dinner with both in Tulsa sometime ago... and from school, I remember a few... Stan Spencer.. Vance Bowen.. and some other names from elementary school at Willard.

Who are some of your best friends from our class? Almost a redundant question---see above!
Favorite Place to Park? On my!   Would that I could!
Current  Hobbies:

For Fun: Passionate about aerobatics, sports cars (Porsches), and my airplane - and well - my golf game is depressing - but still I try!... AND... My Job: I own my business my work is my hobby, my vocation, and my avocation - means I enjoy it - while I used to be a workaholic, I'm gradually learning that life cannot totally be defined within that envelope (i.e., work on your life - not just in it).

What is your favorite song from now and then?

Rather than favorite songs - how's about favorite things: Sushi, NPR, WP, NYT, and WSJ - thunderstorms, blizzards, antiques, impressionists, giggles, hugs, true friends, a humorous political debate, aerobatics, the sound of the rain, the innocence of children, and the mystery and uncertainty of life...

Accomplishments:

Randall ‘Jack’ Chapman founded PRAXIS Incorporated (www.pxi.com) in 1987 serving as Chairman/CEO. Mr. Chapman has led PRAXIS through a period of steady growth to over 120 employees and associates by providing broad engineering services support and full-service technology and systems solutions for Department of Defense aerospace and electronic warfare initiatives. PRAXIS is a Navy ‘Top 100’ Research and Development company with FY2006 revenues in excess of $21 million. Previously, he served in several positions with M/A-COM Linkabit, including’ Vice President of Programs’. Earlier in his career, Jack served as ‘Director of Advanced Programs’ with Pacific Aerosystems, and in engineering and management positions with Contract Systems Associates. Jack served six years in the United States Navy. He is the lead or co-author on over a dozen technical papers. He is an aerobatic private pilot with a multi-engine rating and 700 hours, currently working on his commercial ticket.   Mr. Chapman received the bachelor’s degree in Finance from San Diego State University.

Future Plans?

Hmmmm... The future is a funny thing... why, you ask? Well, it's that we think we are in control and going down this road of life we so carefully lay out before us. But still it is not secure... It is all a ploy... The future is uncontrollable... You can't guarantee anything, but you can always try. And if you don't try, chances are opportunity won't fall in your lap.

Me, I feel lucky... I am so excited.. and I feel lucky and still I am so excited... and always tomorrow beckons!



 

Cynthia Hartmeyer

Cynthia Hartmeyer Burdyn

Cynthia Hartmeyer Burdyn

Occupation:

Payroll and Insurance Clerk - Dental Office

City, State: Broken Arrow, OK
Phone: 918-455-1354
Spouse: Richard Burdyn
Children: Chesley Fowler (37) Bonnie Burdyn (24)
Grandchildren: Jeremy Fowler (16 Jake Fowler (13)
Favorite memory from High School/Confession I moved away from Ada in the middle of 5th grade.   However , I was fortunate to be able to visit in the summer and stayed in touch with my Ada friends for awhile.   I especially remember a slumber party the summer before our sophomore year with Harriette, Laura Lynn and some others (maybe Jenny? maybe Debbie Menefee?)   I think we slept in a tent in Laura Lynn's back yard.   That was a fun memory.
One thing you would do differently? I would be nicer to people.   Kids can be mean sometimes and kind of " clique-ish" .   I hope I wasn't mean to anybody in grade school, but if I was, I'm sorry.   I would also stay in closer touch through the years.   I wish I hadn't lost contact after high school.
What friend have you known the longest from our class? Harriette Haynes, my best bud.
Who are some of your best friends from our class? Harriette Haynes, Laura Lynn Johnson, Alana Roberts, Jeri Lynn Shipley
Favorite Place to Park? I lived in the Tulsa area by then, so I could tell you anything and you'd have to believe me!
Current  Hobbies: Sailing, genealogy, learning Spanish, working on my own 40th high school reunion.
What is your favorite song from now and then? Then - Light My Fire by The Doors.
Now - I don't really care for anything that's been released recently. Anything since the 80s is just noise.   Whoa!   I sound just like my father!
Accomplishments: Hmmmm.   Well, I learned how to fly a plane and learned how to sail a boat well enough to be able to be a sailing instructor for several years. Can't think of anything else.
Future Plans? Finish college.   Go on a cruise with my husband. Lose 15 pounds.


 

Bill Acord

 

  Bill Accord

Update:  2017

Retired - yes or no March 1, 2006, after 30 years of service with the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture/APHIS/Veterinary Services Animal Health Program
Hobbies Photography, trains and railroads, camping, bird-watching, fishing, travel in USA! Stereo & Hi-if equipment, collecting vinyl phonograph records
# of Grandchildren None
# of Great-grands

None


Occupation:

Retired animal health microbiologist

City, State: St. Louis, MO
Phone: 314-846-8345
Spouse: Kathleen King Acord
Children: Rachel, age 24 Mark (stepson), age 32
Grandchildren: None
Favorite memory from High School/Confession I moved away from Ada after I complete the 7th grade at Ada Junior High in 1962.   Yet, I have a lot of fond memories from my days in Ada, in elementary school and Ada Junior H.S.   My fondest memories are giving my teachers a hard time, playing in the band under the direction of Mr. Austin Kidwell, and later under the direction of Mr. Richard Vandewalker when I was in the 7th grade.   I loved attending Ada H.S. Cougar football games and cheering the team to victory.
One thing you would do differently? I would relax and not be so serious, and would keep in touch more with my old friends.   Likewise, I would " go easier" on the teachers.
What friend have you known the longest from our class? Kenneth Couch, James Davidson
Who are some of your best friends from our class? Kenneth Couch, James Davidson
Favorite Place to Park? Out along a remote dirt road, just outside of the airport fence...LOL
Current  Hobbies: Photography-especially railroad photography, aerial photography, nature photography, and landscapes, RV and train travel, fishing, hiking, camping, my kitties.
What is your favorite song from now and then? Then _ Never My Love by the Association
Now - What Did I Have That I Don't Have Now? by Edie Gorme
Accomplishments:

My greatest accomplishment is finally finding my true soulmate, Kathleen King Acord.   Both of us spent 50 years searching for each other, and the search finally came to an end on October 7, 2006, when we were united forever in marriage in St. Louis, MO.   Like they say:   " Good things come to those who wait!!"   No truer words have ever been spoken!!!!

My retirement after 35 years in the animal health field, the last 30 years of which was with USDA-APHIS/Veterinary Services, would rank a close second.   I will forever look back very fondly on my 35 years in the animal health program, and all the wonderful friendships I cultivated across those 35 years.

Future Plans? #1 - lose weight and get myself and my new wife in better shape.
#2 - Kathleen and I plan to relax, unwind, hop aboard Amtrak and see America by rail.   We feel there is no better way to get away from " life in the fast lane" , than to hop aboard a train and see this great land of ours.


 

Rodney Guinn

Rodney Guinn

 

Occupation:

Currently working for the Defense Intelligence Agency, Department of Defense

City, State: Divide, CO (Touted by locals as the " Center of the Known Universe" )
Phone: 719-687-6387
Spouse: Kathy
Children: Meghan, 26 Adam - Son-in-Law
Grandchildren: Not yet
Favorite memory from High School/Confession The Cougars Four Trip to the New York World's Fair.   We snuck out of the hotel around 1 a.m. and wandered the streets of Queens looking for something to eat.   Found an all-night fruit stand and got back safe. The locals just thought we were some of the usual late-night loonies and didn't bother us.   Late apologies to our chaperons!
One thing you would do differently? Pay attention to the bigger picture and appreciate people for who they are.
What friend have you known the longest from our class? Been gone too long.
Who are some of your best friends from our class? See above
Favorite Place to Park? Kerr Lab?   Roller Coaster Hill?
Current  Hobbies: Still play a bit of guitar and sing occasionally, sports cars, 4-wheeler (kind of a necessity here in the mountains) recreational shooting, got a travel trailer we drag from place to place and enjoy getting together with our other " trailer trash" friends.
What is your favorite song from now and then? Then - Good Vibrations - Beach Boys (I was and still am a sucker for multiple part harmonies)
Now - Anything played by " Armik" - check it out.
Accomplishments: Almost 30 years of marriage to a delightful, beautiful, intelligent lady, Kathy.   Attempting to be a good Dad. Twenty-three plus years serving this country as both Air Force enlisted and officer.   Completing my training as a Russian linguist (hope Mrs. Grogan took note from the great beyond). Visiting my dead relatives in Wales.   Learning to enjoy life its own self, for its own self.
Future Plans? Continued employment - I'm still enjoying the people, the challenges, and I wouldn't want to spend too much time away 'cause something weird happens every day and I don't want to miss it.   Eventually retirement (whatever that means) to travel.


 

Stephanie Tribbey Perry

Stephanie Tribbey Perry

 

Occupation:

Lawyer

City, State: Cary, NC
Phone: 919-696-2417
Spouse: Joe Wilkins
Children: Brian Perry, 39 Sarah Elisabeth Wilkins, 22 Kristen Kalene Wilkins, 19
Grandchildren: None just yet
Favorite memory from High School/Confession I loved going to football games, wearing my maroon skirt and seater for the pep club, and parties afterward.   Dragging Main, eyeing the boys and just having fun.
One thing you would do differently? Not leave school early.   I only needed one more class to graduate early, but now wish I had stayed in high school another year.   I think I missed out on a lot of the fun!
What friend have you known the longest from our class? I went to sixth grade at Irving with Donna, Lynda, Deanna and a few others.
Who are some of your best friends from our class? Unfortunately, I lost touch with everybody after I left high school.
Favorite Place to Park? Hmmm, behind the stadium??   Oh, yeah, Kerr Research lab area. There were lots of winding roads and dark corners!
Current  Hobbies: Gardening, mostly.   I grow heirloom tomatoes and other garden veggies, along with roses and peonies and other flowers.   My kids are still in and out, home this summer from college, so we are still busy with them.
What is your favorite song from now and then? Then - 96 Tears and anything by the Beatles.
Now - Lots of different things - classical, indie pop and old '70's hits.
Accomplishments: Well, I went to school a lot!!   I have a PhD in Biomedical Sciences and did research at North Carolina State University for 19 years, before going back to school for my JD.   My children, of course, they are terrific kids...
Future Plans? Retire to Emerald Isle at the Beach.   Grow old gracefully with my husband of 25 years and keep my family close.


 

 

Bob Vandegriff

 

Occupation:

Safety Manager, Tulsa District Corps of Engineers

City, State: Tulsa, OK
Phone: 918-272-9238   Work: 918-669-4968
Spouse: Joan Walker Harbert, going on 34 years
Children: Son, Aaron, age 38, wife, Jennifer, living in Chandler, AZ
Son, Matt, age 31, living in Long Island, NY
Grandchildren: Son Aaron has 3 children: Emma, age 8 Aidan, age 3 and Kate, age 16 months.
Favorite memory from High School/Confession All the great people I knew in Ada and Latta.
One thing you would do differently? Listen more and talk less.   Although I have yet to learn that lesson.
What friend have you known the longest from our class? Paul Rozeboom, we have lunch about once a week in Tulsa and were in grade school for one year together.
Who are some of your best friends from our class? I got to spend time with so many interesting and diverse people from Ada and Latta, that I would like to consider all of them my friends.
Favorite Place to Park? Wintersmith Park, all over it at night and on the weekends.   Of course, it was the company I had that made the experiences what they were.
Current  Hobbies: I restore old Yamaha motorcycles from the 60's just like I drove in the 60's.
What is your favorite song from now and then? American Pie
Accomplishments: Still on the top side of life

Future Plans?

Stay on the top side as long as I can.   I would love to have and enjoy some more great grandchildren.


 

 

Judy Gurley Short

 

Occupation:

Registered Nurse

City, State: Ada, OK
Phone: 580-332-3048
Spouse: Kenton (Ken)
Children: Chad, age 34 Drew, age 28
Grandchildren: Carson - due Nov. 11, 2007
Favorite memory from High School/Confession Russian III Trip to Washington, D.C.
One thing you would do differently? Graduated with the Class of 1967 instead of the Class of 1966.   Wish I had not taken life so seriously during my teenage years.
What friend have you known the longest from our class? Tony Sarrett, Odie Carter, Mike Skaggs, Reba Hensley, Andy Fowler---they were all grade school friends.
Who are some of your best friends from our class? Patricia Gurley Christian and Sandra King Rhynes
Favorite Place to Park? My parents' driveway
Current  Hobbies: Getting away in our RV when we can, sewing, shopping - and I'm sure playing with our expected grandchild will top the list soon.
What is your favorite song from now and then? I'd Choose You Again by the Whites
I Want to Hold Your Hand by the Beatles
Accomplishments: Married to my wonderful husband and best friend for almost 39 years. Two great sons who never gave us any trouble and are fine, upstanding men.   Starting college at age 39 1/2 and graduating with a BS in Nursing in my mid 40's.
Future Plans? Spend as much time as I can with my husband and family. Retire one day - not sure when that will be, a motor home and travel are a couple of our goals.   Stay in touch with old friends and attend as many future Class of 1967 reunions as we have.


 

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