Graduate of Iowa State University 1954
Graduate Schools University of Houston and Northwestern University
Military USAF Pilot Training Class 56M
After Basic training at Enid, OK I went to Ellington AFB, Houston Texas and flew T-29s for Navigator Training.
I left the USAF in October 1957 when the base was closed to become the Houston Space Center. By then I had 1300 hours of flying
I married Lois Unger in August of 1953. I am still happily married after 52+ years. We have five children and a "spare".
They live in Boston, Long Island, Chicago, Emporia, KS and two in the Kansas City area. They are all married and have given
us 16 grandchildren. One granddaughter graduated from St Louis in its pilot training program.
After leaving the service in October 1957 I worked for Western Electric for 34 years. I was located in Chicago
until 1961 when I was transferred to Kansas City making electronic components, transitors, diodes RAMS, etc. Western Electric
became AT&T with the divestures of the Baby Bells in 1984. I retired in 1988. Highlights of my career were:
1. Developing an attendance control
system that reduced
50% without terminating any of the 2300
system saved the company $50 million
2. Manager of "Just-In-Time" implementation
for the factory.
3. Manager of 256 RAM in the mid 1980s.
4. The factory became a Class A factory.
5. I was the factory manager
of 1500 employees and
$120 million in
After retirement from AT&T I became an Adjunct Professor at the University of Missouri in Kansas City teaching production
and operations to senior and graduate students for 14 years.
My interests outside of business:
Coordinated the 1984 Olympic torch run
in Missouri. I ran with
the torch across Missouri. I have
two Olympic torches.
I ran a marathon in 1981.
I play golf and I have had one hole-in-one.
I am the Executive Director of a maternity
home for unmarried
I am the chairman of our church - Hillcrest
I am the Board Chair of the Executive
Service Corps of greater
I am mentor and board member of the Helzberg
I "bike ride" 350 miles with a son and
his FCA huddle club each
June for six days.
I am still in good health.
My wife has her master's degree in Early Chilhood education from the University of Kansas. Lois has been head of
a preschool for 15 years in our church.