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John Chapman
Wheat Ridge, Colorado

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What's Up:
Since the 40th reunion, my life has certainly changed; especially in 2009 and 2010.  I retired from working as the Chief Chemist at a small chemical manufacturing site in SW Mississippi.  My wife, Jacquie, and I then operated a health care clinic in Gulfport, MS in 2009. That ended abruptly in January of 2010 when she contracted pneumonia and passed away from the complications.  My mother in Wheat Ridge had suffered a minor stroke in late 2009 so I moved back to Wheat Ridge.  I am now back at the home I was raised in helping my mom and taking care of the house.  I am in the process of selling the Bed and Breakfast we owned in MS and hope that will happen soon.  One advantage of being back in Colorado is that my first grandchild, born in August 2009, is 3 miles from me, so I see him frequently. I look forward to watching him grow up and him knowing me.

My Occupation:
I am a retired Naval Officer  (Commander) - I flew Helicopters and was in Naval Intelligence.  I also retired from Lockheed Martin where I was an Aerospace Systems Engineer and Chief Project Planner.  In the last 10 years I was a secondary school math and science teacher and the Chief Chemist for Polymer Research Corporation in Mississippi.

My Family:
Besides my grandson that I mentioned above, my family consists of: his dad (my oldest son) and his mom (my daughter-in-law); my second son, a Captain in the Air Force, and his wife; my youngest son who is still trying to find himself; my stepdaughter who is an assistant professor at Eastern Washington University in Spokane, WA; and, as I noted above, my mother.

Favorite Memories:
Farmers barns; Cross country practice when we ran around and over South Table Mountain; winning a B-squad cross country meet at Berkeley Park;  walking the halls in the morning and saying hello to everyone; going to the football games, basketball games, and track meets and enjoying our victories; and learning new things every year.
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October 20, 2015