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Marty Grossman
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May 08, 1944 St. George Retired Divorced 2

55 Years went by so fast.  Guess I must be having fun.  Moved to SunRiver, St. George, Utah which is a 55+ community in 2000.  Enjoying golf, Pickleball, Jeeping, and the beautiful outdoors.  This area is a big playground with beautiful scenery.  So much to do, but getting a little older makes it take longer to do, than 40 years ago.  

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Coy Wood
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January 08, 1944 Las Vegas NV Golf Married 3
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Carolyn Williams (Barrani)
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March 18, 1944 Salt Lake City UT needlework designer www.tapistree.com Married 3

Born Carolyn Fairbanks, I was known throughout my public school years as Carolyn Williams. I was reared in a home which championed the Arts. My grandfather was John B.Fairbanks and my uncle was Avard Fairbanks, so, although my mother and step-father were  professional musicians, they encouraged my natural propensity for the visual arts.

While at East High, I was fortunate to take art classes from Ray Edvalson, who taught me everything I would need later in life for my career in commercial art and needlework design and manufacturing from silk screening to advertising layout. I was lucky to become the very first Sterling Scholar in Art from East High School, then I went on to attend BYU on an art scholarship. Next I married my wonderful husband, Omar, and went to work as an emblematic illustrator for the O.C. Tanner Company. I illustrated an Arabic Language textbook and worked as a fashion illustrator with the Paris Company before we moved to North Africa. While in Libya, I learned the local dialect, wrote and illustrated a fashion column for Benghazi's English-language newspaper, taught art classes for the International Women's Club, and had the opportunity to meet the Queen of Libya. It was in Libya where our oldest daughter, Maha, and our son, Kadri, were born.  Thereafter we came to the States for a visit and I was sent by the State Department to train Peace Corp volunteers preparing to go into Libya before I returned to Benghazi.

Omar's poor health prompted us to move back to the United States where our youngest daughter, Rheim was born. We opened a needlework store named "The Tapis-tree" in downtown Salt Lake City, from which we launched over a dozen needlework features in national magazines such as WOMAN'S DAY and FAMILY CIRCLE, wherein we sold my needlework designs in kit form. I was then fortunate enough to go on to design for the major manufacturers in the needlework industry until we decided to break off to design and manufacture our own kits.

In 1996, I was asked to take on the daunting task of spearheading the US effort in a gigantic needlework project on behalf of George Washington's ancestral home, the Sulgrave Manor, in Sulgrave England, in which over 1000 petite point pieces were needed to be worked by volunteers to embellish the bed hangings of the 16th Century bed in the Manor's Grand Tudor Bedchamber. The "New Elizabethan Embroidery" project was completed and dedicated in 2003 and Omar and I were on hand to represent the United States at the dedication. In 2006 I embroidered a panel replicating the US Postal Service's Breast Cancer Stamp for The National Needlework Association which toured the United States for two years, coming to rest permanently at the Smithsonian's Postal Museum in Washington D.C.

In the 1990's I was blessed to study with a great art teacher by the name of Frank Covino who taught me to paint in the manner of the Old Masters wherein one painting takes over 150 hours to complete as compared to the one-day paintings I used to do. One of the photos attached is a self-portrait in the Old Masters technique and I am currently working on portraits of George Washington's ancestors for the Sulgrave Manor. It is my ambition to document my Libyan and American families in oils one day, but, currently, the Barrani Design Studios keeps both, Omar and me, extremely busy producing projects for people internationally to stitch and find an escape from the cares of the world. I enjoy painting portraits in particular and I dream of the days when I will have time to devote exclusively to painting great paintings and weaving grand tapestries, but I'm afraid it's only a dream.  I probably won't be able to attend the reunion because we are scheduled for a trade show those days in Baltimore.

Finally, I really want to honor and thank Mr. Edvalson, for his great contribution to all of the students of East High and particularly to me with his knowledge of art and his great patience in trying to share it with everyone.

May God bless you all.

UPDATE:  I mentioned little to nothing of our experiences with the Libyan government, particularly since Muammar Ghadafy took over in 1969, but it has continually been a significant concern in our lives in that Omar's brother, Ahmed Rafik, was assassinated by Ghadafy's hit men in 1984. Our sympathies have always lain with the opposition movement, especially during the entire Libya Revolution of 2011 when each day our hearts were in our mouths as our family members were in danger.  Although Omar knew many of the people serving in the Ghadafy regime, it now turns out that one of his school mates and long-time friend, Mohammed Mogarriaf, was elected the first President of Libya. May God bless all of the people of Libya to forge an outstanding democratic, free country in spite of the extremely dangerous challanges they face.

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Walter Arm
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May 01, 1944 Bonham TX retired Married 2
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Gloria Snow (Rudd)
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July 04, 1944 New Harmony UT commercial artist / horse trainer Married 4
During these past 50 years  I have worked at Gillham Advertising as a commercial artist, and enjoyed raising, training and showing horses.
I have been married 40 years to my wonderful husband, Richard.  We have 4 children, 10 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.
I have also enjoyed fising, hunting, and traveling.
I still have my 1962 T-bird convertible.
We live in New Harmony, Utah and have 12 horses, 3 dogs and 4 cats on our ranch.
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Nedra Van Natta (Sneed)
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Cincinnati Ohio Retired Speech Language Pathologist Divorced 1
Hi! After graduation from East High, I went to BYU one year, and then returned to University of Utah to graduate in Speech Pathology. I spent the next year in Ogden, Utah, interning as a teacher of the hearing impaired, in pursuit of my MS degree. My mom died suddenly after heart surgery, and I set out to Connecticut to teach deaf kids, one year in Mystic, Connecticut and a year in Pennsylvania. Then I ventured to Australia for 2 years to teach at a school for deaf boys in Sydney.

On Valentine's Day, 1970, I met my future husband, who was an Army pilot on R and R from Viet Nam. I returned to Texas, where we were married, and I worked as a speech langugae pathologist in the schools. With him, I spent 3 years in Hawaii and 6 years in Alabama, where I had my one and only son, Jeff. I was divorced when he was 5 years old and stayed down South for 9 more years, before relocating to Cincinnati, Ohio. I received my doctorate degree in Literacy at the University of Cincinnati in 2000. I continued working as a speech language pathologist in the schools, until retirement in 2010, after 42 years of teaching.

I love retirement and am doing some private tutoring,consulting, and traveling and just enjoying life. I am eagerly awaiting my son to meet his mate and get married and have some grandkids. I have a grandpuppy, Bohdi. a boxer who is 3 years old. This will be my first trip back to Utah since 2000, and I am really looking forward to this, my first reunion.
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Owen Reese
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April 03, 1944 Olympia WA retired physician Married 1
   After graduating from the University of Utah in mathematics, I attended medical school at the University of California in San Francisco, then completed my training as a nephrologist at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.  I met my wife there and, after completing our trainng programs, we moved to Olympia, Washington, where we remain. 
    I established a kidney dialysis unit and practiced as a nephrologist until my clinic of 100 physicians dissolved in 2000.  I completed my career in the adminstration of the Western Institutional Review Board,  an organization established under Federal Law to protect the rights and welfare of human research subjects.
    Since retiring in 2009, I have enjoyed traveling, gardening, caring for our two grandsons and playing duplicate bridge.  I have also returned to playing golf and try to walk the course at least twice each week.  Life is good!
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Ardith (Ardie) Bowdle (Brown)
October 01, 1943 Murray UT Systems Analyst (retired) Single Again 2
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Suzanne Tornquist
 
Hi Everyone! My life has taken long and winding roads since I left East High. I have had many different vocations, most have them were following a better paycheck in order to support my children. My son, Forrest, was born when I was still a teenager and my daughter, Wendy, is ten years younger than her brother. It is hard to believe they are now 41 and 51 years of age! My efforts have been rewarded as my children have been a wonderful support and are enjoyable, responsible adults who have given me three grandchildren… all cute and above average (naturally). My first jobs were not memorable but led me from making hats and hairpieces at Makoff’s and Auerback’s to working in doctor’s offices and then in laboratories. I was fortunate to be able to do almost anything and was taught advanced technical skills at an early age. When companies started hiring women in jobs that had previously only been given to men, I was already experienced and was hired to run chemical tests and learn state of the art instruments. I worked at the University of Utah and later at Hercules where I did research and development for 14 years. I was one of the first women to work with hazardous materials. Later this research group worked on the Space Shuttle Challenger. After the Challengers tragedy, hundreds of people were laid off as funding for space discovery was cut to the bone. I was caught in the wave and decided try something new. I returned to school to complete a degree in Graphic Design and was again hired at the U of U to do work for the Eccles Health and Science Library… this time doing graphics for their “Slice of Life” program. Eventually I was hired by the Newspaper Agency to do advertisement and illustration. During this time I also contracted with card companies to do fine art and illustration. I am semi-retired now but still paint and sell my work. I have been married to Michael Fletcher for 22 years. We are living happily ever after in a home we share with our big black Bouvier des Flanders dog in the historic district of the Avenues in Salt Lake City. We like to travel, bike and spend time with friends and family.
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Bonnie Evans (Dorris)
August 23, 1944 Midvale UT retired Widowed 3
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