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Milt Thackeray
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June 13, 1944 Holladay UT CPA Married 7
Following graduation from East, I attended the University of Utah, graduating in 1968 with a B.S. in Accounting and in 1969 with a Masters of Business Administration. In between freshman year at the U and graduation, I served an LDS mission in the West German Mission. Upon returning from my mission, I married Sandy West (Olympus) who I had met in Freshman English at the U. She has been a great friend and companion to me and has played a large part in any success I have had. After graduating, I went to work for an international accounting firm and have had many challenging and interesting opportunities. 

In the late 1970’s, we moved with our five children to Brussels, Belgium (Waterloo) where we spent three years. I had the opportunity of working throughout Europe as a European Liaison Partner for our firm and had some exciting adventures in countries like Iran, Greece, and Yugoslavia. We were able to travel extensively as a family and experience the beautiful sites and diverse culture that Europe has to offer. 

One of the most memorable and joyous experiences we had while living in Belgium was that of adding another child to our family. Although I wouldn’t say that government-run healthcare would make our highlight list, at least mother and child survived the experience and are doing fine. After returning to the U.S., we completed our family adding another son to the five boys and daughter that we brought back with us.    

During my 37 year career in public accounting, I have had many rewarding and challenging opportunities to serve in professional organizations. These provided opportunities to develop lasting relationships with people around the country and receive some professional recognition. Some of these include the following:
      ·         President, Utah Association of Certified Public Accountants
      ·         Chairman, Utah State Board of Accountancy
      ·         Chairman, State of Utah Legislative Compensation Committee
      ·         President, University of Utah School of Accounting Faculty Advisory Board
      ·         Member, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants Governing Council
      ·         Utah representative to the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy
      ·         Member, University of Utah School of Social Work Community Advisory Board
      ·         Treasurer, Eighth National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect
      ·         Outstanding CPA, Utah Association of Certified Public Accountants
      ·         Alumnus of the Year, University of Utah Beta Alpha Psi 

As I have grown older, I have come to value family and friends and the relationships we have and recognize that being a friend, a mentor, and providing support is truly one of the most important things we can do. I still value the many friendships I made while at East High.

I found that I like to be busy, and went back to work after a couple of years in retirement. I am currently the CFO at Central Utah Water Conservancy District. Sandy and I enjoy spending time with our 7 children and 19 grandchildren and divide our time between Salt Lake, St. George, and traveling. I look forward to seeing all of you at the reunion.
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Verden Dent
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December 03, 1942 Oak City UT Retired Married 7
I returned from the mission field in Brazil, in June 1965 and married a hometown gal from Lewiston. We have seven wonderful children and have 15 grandchildren. We will be married 46 years in April. 

I returned to California to court my wonderful wife and worked there and managed a 46 unit apt. complex. We moved back to Hurricane Utah and ran a boys home for a few years. Moved to Lewiston and worked at a cheese plant, USU, and had my own business for number of years. I finally went to work for Utah Power and worked for them in Kemmer, Wyoming, Hurricane, Utah, Mudlake, Idaho, and Delta, Utah, where I retired and then was called back on contract for a few more years. 

We have a wonderfuli little place here in Oak City with a large garden, 30 fruit trees, cattle and chickens. I have done a lot of singing and solo work with my music over the years with my wife at the piano for me. I do not do much of that any more as my voice has started to become quite raspy as of late. 

I have had many callings in the church. The most memorable was being the Young Mens Pres. in Hurricane and then in the Bishopric. For the last seven and half years my super companion,my wife have been working at the Manti Temple as ordinance workers and love every mintue we are there. This has been the most delightful and inspirational calling we both have had.

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Marilyn Murphy (Berwind)
July 15, 1944 Belmont NC Retired Widowed 1
Life has certainly been an adventure since we all left East High back in 1962.

I moved east to Rochester, NY in 1964, and in 1965 I married the nicest man in the world, Chuck Berwind. He worked at Eastman Kodak and I at Xerox until we had a little girl, Julie, in 1972. I was a stay-at-home mom for a few years, then went back to school and on to work (at Kodak) in 1985.

Over the years we enjoyed raising Siberian Huskies. We had much fun showing them and also training them for dogsledding. We ran a team for years, enjoying the winter wonderland of upstate New York.

My husband passed away 17 years ago. Our daughter was in graduate school in NC and decided to settle down there (here!), so when it was time to retire, I moved to the Charlotte, NC area.

My working years were exciting, challenging, and fun. Xerox provided 7 years of busiess experience during its expansive growth years. My time at Kodak was in technical publications and marketing communications in the Printing & Publishing and Professional Photography Divisions. I got to travel, work at trade shows, support photographic workshops, and meet with some of the best photographers in the industry. What fun!

I've been blessed to have opportunities to feed my creative side by studying and teaching adult education classes in art and to work as a professional wedding photographer. I came late to quilting, and enjoy that creative outlet as well.

I'm so pleased to be living here in NC with mild winters (I still have one dog sled in my garage, but it never gets used any more!) and near my little family--my daughter, her husband who is from England, my 4-year old grandson, and a new baby expected to arrive in April.

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Annette Whitney (Wells)
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August 13, 1944 Salem UT music teacher www.gordonwells.net Married 8
After we graduated from East High I attended the University of Utah, graduating with an Honors Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance.

I took a position at Madison High School in Rexburg, Idaho teaching choral music for one year and then moved to New York City, where I studied voice with Florence Barbour, a vocal coach at the Metropolitan opera.

During my second year in New York I met Gordon Wells and we were married in July of 1969. We lived in Salt Lake City where Gordon practiced law for about a year. We moved to Santa Barbara where he practiced for almost 8 years. He wrote his famous home gardening book, “Successful Home Gardening” in 1977.

Gordon and I moved our family to Vacaville California to attend UC-Davis and he completed a Master’s Degree in Plant Science in 1980. By that time we had 6 children.

We started practicing law again and Gordon's firm, Wells, Call, Clark, Bennett and Clawson, is still one of best civil practice firms in Solano County. In 2009 my husband wrote “Successful Home Gardening, Second Edition” and created a set of 6 DVD’s of his lectures which can be found atwww.gordonwells.net (cheaper) or at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

During our married life together we have raised eight children and now have 27 grandchildren.  My life has revolved around the family but I have remained involved in music, especially choral music throughout the past 42 years. While living in Vacaville I was involved in establishing a yearly community Christmas performance of Handel's Messiah which still continues.

We moved to San Diego County for three years thinking of retiring there. We then moved to Salem, Utah (near Provo) where we have lived for 8 years to be near our three youngest daughters and their families.

For the past year we have been serving a proselyting mission for the LDS Church in Glendale, California. We have really enjoyed this opportunity to serve others.

After our mission we plan to build a home in Vacaville, where we lived for 25 years and raised our family, and stay near our oldest daughter for the rest of our lives. Gordon served for 9 years as a Stake President there and it feels the most like home to us.
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Thomas Mitko
January 10, 1944 Murray retired geologist Married 2
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January 04, 1944 sandy UT retired Married 3


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Kathy Nichols (Draper)
November 07, 1944 Salt Lake City UT Teacher Married 5

 I have been an elementary school teacher for the past 30 years.  I have enjoyed playing tennis, doing some traveling, and running  fifteen marathons.  My husband and I have managed to stay married even though he went to West High.  We have learned to eat dessert first-life is short.

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Grant McAllister
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May 08, 1944 SLC UT Retired Banker Married 2
Hi everyone...After Graduation from East High, I and my buddy and classmate Richard Berrett  took off on a wild adventure  in my Austin Healy for the beach bum life and "surfing safari" craze of Southern California.  What a great way to start my life after high school--beach, parties, and a new dance called the watusee! The "chief" Berrett claimed most of the local dance awards with his wild gyrations (I'm sure you all remember those).  After returning home, I attended the University of Utah.  After that, I spent a long six months active duty in Fort Polk, Louisiana, in the US Army Reserve.  I ended up in the same platoon as classmate Ken Macey (small world, huh).  After my stint as a soldier, I returned home to celebrate life once again, and I replaced the beach with snow and became a ski bum.  I joined the National Ski Patrol at Brighton where I patroled and partied with two other East classmates Bob Gaddie and Brent Herridige.  I couldn't seem to leave East High behind.  Then, life. I met my wife, Judy Hunt, a South High cutie, while having pizza at Luigi's with another East classmate Paul Grindle.  Like my other East classmates, he had interesting proclivities: wolfing down half a pizza in one bite along with other strange antics, which will remain unnamed for now.  (You can thank me later, Paul.)  After getting married and having two great kids, I setttled into a 30-year career in banking.  (Notice how that can be summarized in one sentence.)  I was fortunate enough to retire early and for the last ten years have semi-returned to my old "ski bum" lifestyle as a ski instructor at Park City Mountain Resort, where I regularly attend the "Church of Blue Skies and Deep Powder."  As an interesting sidenote, I recently returned to East High where I spent several years taking night classes in auto body repair, so I could restore my grandfather's 1954 Buick Roadmaster (which I have now completed).  I just can't seem to leave East High behind.  I'm looking forward to seeing all you East High classmates at the reunion this summer!      Send Grant a MessageSend Grant a Message
Kerry Merback
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April 23, 1944 Las Vegas NV retired clinical social worker/therapist Married 5
I was born in Salt Lake City, attended Bonneville Elementary, and Stewart Junior High on the UofU campus. Immediately after barely graduating from East because of a rebellious attitude I joined the USAF.

I was baptized into the LDS Church during basic training and that event dramatically changed the direction of my life. I served as a motion picture photographer in the military for four years, then returned to Salt Lake and attended the U.

In 1968 I married Rosemarie Garff in the Salt Lake Temple, worked as a Salt Lake City police officer, graduated from the U in sociology, and received my MSW in social work, also from the U. I worked in Alaska for the Bureau of Indian Affairs for a few years and then settled in Las Vegas where I worked for the VA in mental health, retiring in 1999.

We have five children, and eight grandchildren after 42 wonderful years of marriage. I currently am an ordinance worker in the Las Vegas Temple, after having served as a bishop and in a stake presidency. You see what I mean about a change in direction.

I look back on high school with regret that I wasted so many opportunities to participate, but tried hard to make up for it at the U, and was eventually selected for Skull and Bones and Owl and Key. 

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Bill Simmons
January 28, 1944 Phoenix AZ Retired Married 2

What a fast 50-years, can’t really believe it. Married to my wife Cheryl for 44 years, two kids 5 grand kids one profession many employers including myself. Worked and lived in Salt Lake, Denver and the last 15 years in Phoenix which is paradise. Able to take an early retirement to work on my bucket list which seams to be getting longer instead of shorter. Will have to live forever to get it all done. This is as good as it gets and it happened without spending any time or money on a god or religion, must be a miracle.

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