Gloria Stanford (Ward)
November 21, 1944 Customer Service Mgr Married 2
Married to Dick 50 years in December, will celebrate at our granddaughter's wedding. Lived in CT and SC while Dick served in the US Navy.
Son in southern Indiana and daughter in Beloit. Very proud of their accomplishments and our 5 grandchildren. We have 2 great-grandchildren and another due in late October. Also 2 step-grandsons and a step-great grandson. I've been involved in the last 3 years with my great-daughter's benefit "Battle for Brielle." We know time is not good as there is no cure and children with Tay-Sach's disease have a life span of 3 to 5 years. She will be 4 in October.
Bowling 45 years. President of the local women's association for almost 20 years. Participated in local leagues and tournaments, and state and national tournaments for about 30 years. Dick and I have traveled all over the USA for my bowling excursions...many times making it our vacation. I was inducted into the Beloit Bowling HOF for Superior Performance and Meritorious Service in 2002, and still bowl today. This is a family sport and I have some awesome bowlers in my family...we start them young.
Hunting since 1969. Dick and I continue this family tradition with our children and grandchildren and soon great-grandson.
Nascar racing...travel to races a couple times a year...best trip is to Bristol, TN...awesome area. Have met great people from across the USA and meet up with them each year.
Hope to do more travel after retirement. Enjoy life, we only have one trip. Almost lost Dick last year but we had an excellent neuro-surgeon. Dick is doing much better these days.
I will celebrate 45 years at Altra Industrial Motion (Warner Electric Brake and Clutch) this year. After about 5 years at Warner I returned to Blackhawk Tech. to further my education and later Dana University. I'm currently Customer Service Manager, supporting 6 of our manufacturing facilities. I enjoy my work (yes, still working) with plans to retire as soon as we complete transition to a new software -- I promised I'd stay until this is completed. So I've extended my retirement date about 3 times. Through work I've traveled the USA as well as to England and Scotland to visit with customers and some of our off-shore manufacturing facilities that we support. Scotland is very beautiful...historical castles, churches. I visited a church in Brechin, Scotland, from the 1100 era, they still hold services there, cobblestone roads, and most buildings of stone. Just an awesome place to visit.
Sarah Strong (Norton)
Computer documentation and content Married 2
I graduated in June '67 from Stanford University with a BA in English Literature and a minor in History and Philosophy. I worked at the Alumni Office on campus for three years during the fun times of demonstrations and bra-burnings. In August '68, in the Beloit First Congregational Church, I married Nile Norton, who had been a fellow member of the Stanford Choir and was teaching high school in the San Francisco Bay Area.
In'70, we took off for Vienna, Austria, where Nile studied voice at the music academy on a Fullbright scholarship. I studied German and gave birth to our first son, Gray. We stayed for two years before returning to Stanford, where Nile started his doctorate, and we had our second son, Andrew.
After two years in Whittier, CA, we moved to Davenport, Iowa, Nile's home town. Nile taught for four years at Augustana College in Moline, Illinois. In 1981, we moved back to the Bay Area, where Nile started a 20-year stint teaching music at Foothill College. I went back to work in 1982 after staying at home with the kids for ten years. I reentered by writing a book on Home Lighting for Sunset. Then I began as an editor for a small educational computer company, became a technical writer, and finally managed a "content group" that wrote books and online documentation for the whole product line.
In 1996, got an offer from Microsoft to move there and become a Senior Technical Editor in their Developer Tools division. After one year, became manager of a documentation group doing Digital TV. Then spent several years as a Documentation Manager in the Windows Division, doing everything from paper docs, help systems, and Web sites. Spent several years writing and managing in the Mobile Telephone group as a contractor after I left full-time. Have been doing smaller projects through the last few years as time allows.
We do lots of traveling and get involved in lots of music and multimedia projects.
Looking forward to the reunion!
January 08, 1945
Theatrical, Musical and Entertainment Highlights:
Army Entertainment Director 1970-1972 (Decorated by the Secretary Of The Army)
Theatrical Producer: Many productions including the Chicago Premier of the musical Zorba 1972.
Credits include Grammy Winner Hazel Payne of A TASTE OF HONEY (Boogie, Oogie, Oogie).
Worked with mentor and three time Grammy Winner Jimmie Haskell 1976 – 2013 (Bridge Over Troubled Waters [Simon & Garfunkle], Ode To Billy Jo [Bobbie Gentry], If You Leave Me Now [Chicago].
Produced Grammy and CMA Winner, Jeannie Kendall [The Kendalls] (Heaven’s Just A Sin Away) latest albums: Her 1st solo album 2003, Jeannie Kendall and her 2nd, You Just Don’t Get Me – Do You? 2005 (Produced the music video starring Karen Black [Easy Rider & Five Easy Pieces]).
Produced the compilation album: Rx For Lonely Housewives and Desperate Lovers 2007 that includes Joey Scarbury [Greatest American Hero – Believe It Or Not I’m Walking On Air], Jim Glaser, Steve Warnier, Bonnie Koloc, Alan Jackson, Patsy Cline, Conway Twitty & Loretta Lynn, and Billie Holiday.
Kay Swearingen (Taube)
September 04, 1945 Retired university administrator Committed Relationship
Editor's note: Kay unfortunately has passed away since our 50th reunion.
Reunited with a man I'd known in the mid-1970's. We've been together for over 7 years. Through this relationship I have 2 grandchildren. Since retiring we've been traveling -- Europe, Mexico, Canada and the U.S.
December 31, 1944 Business Owner/ Retired dividingbread.com Married 6
After High School I attended the U of WI, Madison and Madison Area Tech College for a year each. I worked at several Beloit area businesses, Beloit Corp, Colt Industries, Dolphin Machine Works as a Tool Designer and Manufacturing Engineer. I ended my stay in Beloit in 1976 when I joined Caterpillar Inc. in Aurora IL. I worked for Caterpillar for 33 years, living in 6 different cities. My jobs at Cat allowed me to travel to most of the US states, South America and Europe.
I have 6 children and 15 grandchildren.
When I retired from Caterpillar in 2010, I moved to Skiatook, OK to start a foster care farm with my daughter Leigh and her family. We currently have 4 foster kids, 2 adopted kids, a yard full of chickens, a pond full of ducks, and a pasture for the donkeys. Anyone who wants to come visit…we need help in the garden.
Two years ago, we started a food ministry for feeding hungry kids and supporting families in need. We now have thrift stores in three neighboring towns where we sell donated clothing and household items and use the money to buy food. We are providing approximately 100 bags of groceries a week to hungry families in need and we give over 75 school children weekend food packs. (these are kids whose only regular meals are the ones they get at school)Our current goal is to become as self-sufficient as possible using hydroponic gardening and solar energy.
Barbara Swinehart (Jordan)
June 18, 1945 Salon owner/ cosmotologist Married 2
After High School I enrolled in a Cosmotology apprenticeship program and trained and worked in Beloit for several years. In August 1967 I married Dave Jordan and moved to Mt. View, California, where Dave was stationed in the U.S. Navy. After Dave"s discharge from the Navy in 1970, we moved to San Jose, Ca. where we have lived for the past 43 years. We have two great kids a son 41 and a daughter 36, a Grandson 10 and Grandaughter 4 months, born exactly 10 years apart to the day. What are the odds? We thought it was really cool! I am still inthe Salon/Cosmotology business and have owned my own Salon for about 37 or so years now. It has been a great business over the years but the best part of what I do is that I have had the privilege of helping others to feel good about themselves with our services.
Sandra Taylor (Griffin)
December 16, 1945 Retired Psychologist Married 1
Memories of the good old days nourish my actions daily.
January 23, 1945 Retired Married 1
Enjoy time spent with granddaughter Sanne (6 mos.) and travel.
Nancy Toft (Brooks)
September 13, 1945 Retired social work administration Widowed
After receiving my BA from the University of Wisconsin , I was a Peace Corps volunteer in Micronesia. After that I moved to the Chicago area and attended the University of Illinois for my Masters degree in social work. I worked in healthcare social work administration at various hospitals in the metropolitan Chicago area and retired in 2010. I met my husband at my first job in Chicago. We were married 43 years. He passed away in 2011. I live in Downers Grove, enjoy travel, reading, long walks, visiting with friends and family, volunteering, and being a companion to my rescue dog.
Richard (Dick) Ward
October 28, 1944 Retired Married 2
Editor's note: Dick unfortunately has passed away since our 50th reunion.
As most know I was in the Class of 1963 but received my dipolma a little later. I served in the US Navy aboard the SSBN617 Alexander Hamilton, a nuclear submarine. After return to Beloit and working for a few mfg. companies I attended Blackhawk Technical Collage and received certification in Refrigeration and Air Conditioning and later owned Dick's Refrigeration and Appliance Repair.
The last few years have been a challenge with some medical issues. Doing much better this year and look forward to visiting with classmates.
I am currently retired and enjoy travelling to Nascar races a few times a year, going to our summer trailer on Lake Mason, hunting and camping with family.