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James Backman
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December 31, 1943 Draper UT Retired Law Professor at BYU from 1974 to 2014 Married 6
I have been busy leading out in our efforts to find classmates. It has been very rewarding. I hope we can be in touch with as many classmates as possible and that most will try to join us for our 60th reunion.

Lynn and I served an 18-month LDS mission in Chorley, England until May 2016. Lynn was a Preston Temple ordinance missionary and I served in the European Area Legal Counsel office as an associate area counsel missionary. We loved England because so many of our ancestors originated there. We were able to visit many of the towns and cities they left to come to America. Lynn's third-great grandfather was Heber C. Kimball. The Preston area is the location where he started the first overseas LDS missionary work in 1837, so there were plenty of historical places to visit in connection with his work there. Seven of our nine children were able to visit us there.

Following graduation from East, I attended Harvard University graduating there in 1969 in German Language and Literature. I served an LDS mission in the South German Mission. I married Carolyn Furner and we had six children. We lived in Germany for a Junior Year abroad in Freiburg for one school year. After law school at the University of Utah, I worked with my father, brother and uncle for a short time before joining the faculty at the newly established law school at BYU. I am retired in 2014 after completing my 40th year there teaching and writing primarily in the property law area. I am proud of an extensive internship program I have established for our students. Recently, I have worked closely with classmate Rod Snow in establishing a mentoring program for new lawyers and a statewide Commission for Pro Bono services by lawyers.

Our family moved to Frankfurt, Germany in the early 1980s where I served as European area legal counsel for the LDS Church for 2 1/2 years.

I went through a lonely year and a divorce in 2001. I was fortunate to remarry our classmate Lynn Kimball, whose husband (Brent Jones) passed away a few years before. We met again on the 40th reunion planning committee. We enjoy our 32 grandchildren and two great granddaughters through our 9 children. We often travel to visit our children in Arizona, California, Europe, the Maldives and Africa. We have now been married 20 years this past December 2021.

Life is good and we feel greatly blessed. Many of our closest friendships have continued over the years since our years together at East.
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September 20, 1943 SOUTH JORDAN UT Retired Educator Married 6
After graduating from East:
     1. I served a mission in Sweden for the Church of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints
     2. Attended BYU and was a member of the track team.  Our team was 3rd in NCAA.
     3. Drafted into the Army during the Viet Nam conflict, but served in Germany where I ended up coaching Brigade football and baseball - rough duty.
     4. Graduated from UofU - taught biological sciences and coached football and trach & field at both East High for 3 Years and Cyprus High for 27 Years with many great experiences.
     5. Retired 2004
     6. 2006 asked to teach and coach at Hunter High where I stayed until 2019.  Again, many uplifting experiences.
     7. 2022 - Happy to be retired
Janet Parry (Parry-Kubin)
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November 05, 1943 Hailey Registered Nurse Married
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East High 50th Reunion Bio.
My High school years were full of fun,  My best memories A’Cappella , Madrigals and Girls quartet.
After graduating from the Univ. of Utah with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. I became an operating room Nurse, and I was singing in the Tabernacle Choir.
In 1967 I moved to So. California to help set up my Sister, Dr. Nancy Parry’s Medical Office and I worked as her Nurse for many years. I started my own business Medical Management Consultants, were I managed many Doctors offices and trained staff in front and back office,  for medical offices, as well as developing a system for collections for medical and dental offices.
 I started my own billing service,  Medical Billing Specialists and which was a separate business from the Medical Management, and as my proficiency in business improve I became very active in the Anaheim Chamber of Commerce  and I became the First Woman Chairman of the Board in it’s 90 Year History.
I then started serving on many community Boards and became Chairman of the Board for Anaheim Memorial Hospital.
I continued some singing in California but it wasn’t until I sold my businesses and moved to Sun Valley, Idaho that I really started singing with the large Choirs again.
I married,  and have gone back into the Nursing Profession where I was part time at St. Luke’s Hospital  working as a Clinical Breast care specialist doing Breast Examinations and then also working part time as the Office Nurse for my sister, the Doctor. I have gone back to my roots.
I thought I was rretired when a local Surgeon in Ketchum asked me to substitute for his nurse while she had Surgery, so of course I would. (Not knowing that his specialty was colonoscopies, three a day. Ha Ha)

Since I can't seem to say no, I let my Nursing Licence expire, after practicing for 55 years, so I really did retire fot the 4th time.

I have treated myself to a gorgeous used theatre organ, and I am trying to learn it. ( It;s an uphill battle)
Janet Parry Kubin
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Katharine Welch (English)
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June 23, 1944 Taylorsville UT Retired Committed Relationship 2
After teaching middle school, I became a trial  lawyer and then a state court judge in Oregon for 14 years. I retired but, restless, became the Chief Judge for the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde in Oregon for 7 more years. Moved to SLC, but restless again, I earned a Master's in Creative Writing and substitute taught and tutored at Rowland Hall in SLC for 8 years. I moved to a planned retirement community, Summit Vista, which is a wonderful place. I am 20 years committed to our classmate, Cary Griffiths. Our joined families include 5 children and 3 grandchildren. Send Katharine a MessageSend Katharine a Message
Sharon Roylance (Proctor)
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July 11, 1944 Centerville UT retired Divorced 3
Graduated from BYU with major in Sociology with plans to be a social worker, but got married instead. Married Richard Proctor in 1965, divorced in 1995. Three children--one boy, 2 girls--8 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren. Due to husband being in the Air Force, I have lived in many places: Arizona, Texas (twice), Oklahoma, Ohio, and Utah in the U. S, Adana, Turkey, and Brindisi, Italy overseas. Have not had the privilege of serving a full-time mission, but have done 3 Church Service missions, and served 13 years as an ordinance worker in the Bountiful Temple. (Health issues meant I could no longer serve.) I have enjoyed reading about some of you. Send Sharon a MessageSend Sharon a Message
Kathy Martin (Woolf)
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March 18, 1944 Orem UT Retired Widowed 4
It has been over 50 years since we graduated high school! Here is to 50 more. I am enjoying the retired life, finally, and my friends and family. Send Kathy a MessageSend Kathy a Message
Ron Rosenthal
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March 06, 1944 Los Angeles CA Teacher, Futures Trader, Systems Programmer Married 3
Looking back and realizing how good an education we were lucky enough to enjoy.  Looking forward to more reunion dates in the future, even though i cannot make it to SLC to join.  In these times of divided politics, and a climate crisis, we can all be thankful for the basic unity of the 50s and early 60s, and never forget to be grateful. Send Ron a MessageSend Ron a Message
Clifford (cliff) Lloyd
Saugus, Ca AZ Retired Married 3
Yes, it really has been fifty years. After a few years working as a machinist and draftsman, in 1973 I joined the Los Angeles Police Department. After training, I was a street cop for thirty years in South-central L.A. My last working day was Jan 10, 2004.

Since then, I have been to Haiti, Nigeria and twice to Lousianna for building projects with our church. I am now with the Southern Baptist Disaster Relief team.
 In 2011 I was in Vermont, North Dakota and Texas doing clean-up (free of charge) after both floods and fire.
Somehow, throughtout the years my body has not let me down. Due to notorcycle accidents, fights and other mishaps, I've suffered at least ten broken bones (one at a time) and about twenty stiches in my head since graduation.
My first wife died in 1985, and I re-married in 1987. My wife, Marita, is a wonderful, spirted filled, supportive woman.

God has been good to me; blessing me in so many ways. We do plan on being at the reunion.

Update 8/14/19: Wisely left California January 2017. We moved to Payson, Arizona, along with my sister-in-law and her husband. We bought and moved into one big house, all four of us.
We have a beautiful view of the Mogollon rim. We have elk here and must watch for them. The javalins don't like dogs. One of our dogs was gored by a javalina in 2017, then bit by a rattle snake September 2019 (She's fine)
I've been retired now for over 15 years. Thirty years in law enfircement was enough.
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Brent Crowther
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September 18, 1943 Pahrump NV Retired Married 2

Wow, 50 years! I guess that explains why I sound like a bowl of Rice Krispies on cold mornings. I am happy to say that I still have all of my original body parts with only a few minor repairs. It has been an interesting 50 years. Within a week after graduating from East, I was in boot camp in San Diego. I spent a little over 4 years in the Navy serving in the Submarine Service on 2 different diesel powered submarines. While home ported in Hawaii I learned to surf and repaired surfboards part time.

After my discharge, I returned to SLC and worked for Hydro Swift boats and Associated Design Group as a fiber glass laminator. After a year or so, I married Laraine Bowman (no not that one). But my wife Laraine was also a school teacher. We moved to Arvada Colo. for a while, then back to her home town in Pahrump, NV. (just outside of Las Vegas). I went to work for the local power Co. and Laraine taught school. After 40 years and three tries I finally rertired. During my career, I held just about every outside job from groundman and lineman on a line crew, to the Manager of Operations. When I finally left the Co. for good, I was the Vice President of the Board of Directors. I was also on the Board of Trustees for the Northwest Public Power Assoc.

We now spend our time between Pahrump in the winter and our house on the Long Beach Peninsula in WA. state in the summer. In WA. we spend much of our time fishing for salmon and crab among other things. I have played golf in India, panned for gold in Nome, Alaska and stood in awe in the dimly lit Sistine Chapel. After making it almost all the way around the world, I would have to say it has truly been an interesting 50 years. I also subscribe to the notion, "Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost."

Thank you Mr. Hull
       Carpe Diem

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John Deck
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September 02, 1944 Las Cruces NM Retired from Bristol-Myers Squibb Married 2

After graduation and time spent in the military I moved to California and worked at Stanford University in the OR.  Dr. Norman Shumway’s team took me under their wing and gave me the opportunity to become a Technician that ran the Heart Lung machine for open-heart surgery cases and worked in the research lab where Heart Transplants were being done and tested in preparation for clinical use. 
         Married my first wife and moved back to SLC. Worked at the University of Utah in the research
labs on programs of Kidney Transplantation, diabetes treatments, lung transplants and other programs. I moved to NYC to take charge of a research lab and animal facility for a doctor that was moving from SLC to NY to head up a kidney transplant program for a consortium of NY hospitals. I spent about 15 years there,.
          We adopted my first daughter, who is now 38, while living in NJ. I also completed my degree at St. Peters College with a BS in Business.
          We moved to Chicago where I was the Assistant Director of the Office of Animal Care for the University of Chicago, then moved on a number of other Universities before finally moving into the world of Pharmaceutical companies (Bristol-Myers Squibb) where I worked for about 16 years as Operations/Technical Manager in their Veterinary Sciences Department. The last 10 years I managed a large Non-Human Primate program for the company.
        I married my second wife while at BMS. I have a second adopted daughter, who is now 23.
        I retired from BMS in 2007, moved to Las Cruces, NM where I am active in many local activities including volunteering at a local food bank, docent for the local RR museum. I am a member of the board of the Foundation for Las Cruces Museums. Worked as a natural bearded Santa for the 2011 Christmas season and will do so again this season at Fr. Bliss in El Paso, Tx.  I continue to work as a freelance Santa during the Christmas seasons.

    Our younger daughter was married 3 years ago.  She and her husband live in the Minniapolis area.

We now have two grandchildren, both girls.  The older one, who is 8,  lives in Rochester NY with her mom and our yourner one, 8 mo, lives with her parents in MN.

We have moved to a Del Webb community on Bernalillo, NM. We moved her about 2 years ago and absolutly love it.  Have wonderful neighbors and friends here and actually have seasons.  

Recently my wife, Gail was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma.  She just had a Stem Cell Transplant at Mayo Clinic in Phoenix and is doing well.  We are hopefull that this will put her into remission as the Seicntific community works on the cure. 


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