The SJMS Wall of Fame began in the administration of COL. Keith Duckers, who served as President/Superintendent from 1968 – 1993. It was the wishes of COL. Duckers to recognize alumni who gave generously to SJMS, with them being inducted into the Wall of Fame. With the formation of the Old Boys Association Board in 2003, it was decided to bring to light other categories to honor our alums, patrons and staff. The Wall of Fame is divided into four categories; Professional Endeavors; Military Valor/Service to Country; Distinguished Lifetime Service and Special Category.

To date, over 80 Wall of Fame alums/patrons/staff are proudly displayed next to the Alumni Room.

St. John’s Military School Wall of Fame Recipients

Jefferson Baker
Class of 1986

Jefferson was a Second Lieutenant Platoon leader in Alpha Company when he graduated in 1986. He lettered in basketball & track and was instrumental in forming the first cross country team for SJMS.
After graduation, he joined the Army where he was honorably discharged in 1989. He graduated from Chadwick University with a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice and later on from the Police Academy. As a police officer Jefferson gained his certification to teach the DARE program, which he presented to elementary and middle schools instructing kids on the skills necessary to stay away from drugs. Jefferson believes in community service as he is involved with Grand Junction Lions Club, youth basketball coach & serves on a variety of community boards.

James Bannon
Class of 1944

Served in U S Merchant Marine Cadet Corps WWII; U.S. Marine Corps Korean War.
Graduate of Wichita State University and MA degree from University of Michigan;
Medieval and Modern European History teacher and Department Chairman, San Diego Unified School District.

Herb Becker
Class of 1938

Distinguished career in Air Force
Developed Applejack’s in Denver. One of the principals in developing Apple Village Shopping Center in Denver

Roger Bigler
Class of 1955

Battalion Commander 1955.
Graduate of University of Colorado; BS Mechanical Engineering, MBA Corporate Finance.
Co-Founder Grubb & Ellis National Real Estate Firm and President of ICD Company/Commercial Office Developers. Currently owns a resort in the Philippians.

Ralph Bliss
Class of 1945

Mr. Bliss attended St. John’s Military School from 1943 to 1946. He was the Battalion Commander in 1945. After attending SJMS, Mr. Bliss joined the army where he retired as Lt. Colonel.
1968 – 1984 Mr. Bliss was owner/President of two companies involved in photovoltaic systems and devices; international trading and shipping business.

Alan Brightman
Class of 1962

Graduate of Kansas University. Associate Professor and Chief of Ophthalmology, College of Veterinary medicine, University of Illinois. Author of 50 scientific articles and book chapters in the field of comparative ophthalmology.
Lieutenant Colonel,
USAR, Airborne, Ranger, Special Forces

Larry Britegam
Class of 1969

Attended St. John’s as a junior school cadet from September 1967 through May 1969.
Received a BS degree from Marymount College, Salina.
Chairman of two successful fund drives for Lyman Middle School and Stevens Center. Ties to SJMS date back to his great grandfather who in 1910, built the first hospital building in Salina onthe grounds of St. John’s. The hospital was named St. Barnabas. It later became a dorm, where Mize Hall currently is located.
Chairman of the St. John’s Board of Trustees.
Larry & his wife are known throughout the community for their fabulous fund raising dinners.

Jeff Broome
Class of 1971

Jeff graduated from Colorado State University with a BS in Psychology and Philosophy. He received his masters in Philosophy from Baylor and Ph.D. from the University of Colorado
Jeff has worked as a counselor, Treatment Director and chaplain for the Salvation Army before turning his sights at teaching in college. He currently is a philosophy and history professor at Arapahoe Community College in Colorado.

D. Dale Browning
Class of 1955

Following graduation from SJMS, served as SJMS counselor, teacher and coach for nine years. Mr. Browning is a graduate of Kansas Wesleyan University.
In November 1968, became President of Rocky Mountain Bankcard System, one of the largest credit card processors in the western United States. Mr. Browning served as President and CEO of the Colorado National Bank. He then founded Plus Systems, Inc in 1982, and negotiated the sale to Visa International in 1992. Mr. Browning has held numerous board positions including serving St. John’s Military School, Central States Indemnity Company, Guaranty Bank & Trust and Frontier Airlines.

William J.L. Bunting
Former SJMS Military Advisor

1SG William J L Bunting exemplifies the highest ideals and standards of the faculty and staff at SJMS. A combat veteran of Korea and Vietnam, Bunting retired from the Army after 20 years and began his second career at SJMS.
During his 22 year tenure, he served as an ROTC Instructor, TAC Officer, Crack Squad Sponsor and Rifle Team Sponsor. He was also Administrative Asst to commandant LTC Paul H Kellogg. His work ethic leadership and exceptional moral and ethical character fostered a strong loyalty among those with whom he worked. In addition to this, he also participated in countless senior trips, band trips, ski trips, rifle team trips and other activities as needed. For many years he has dressed up in the uniform and whiskers of the Mule—Skinner for school functions.
1SG Bunting’s example of service, devotion and sacrifice for the Cadets set a standard that many aspire to, but few achieve.

Ginny Conroy
Former SJMS Recruiter

Ginny was first introduced to SJMS when she brought her son here for school. From that moment on, Ginny was an avid supporter and recruiter. She considered every young man at SJMS her “son” and did everything in her power to make them feel at home.
Ginny volunteered many hours. Helping the Parent Staff Organization, talking to perspective parents and answering their many concerns to giving tours and making the visitors feel right at home where her specialty. Ginny was never shy in helping others and being a friend to everyone. She was always eager to share the “St John’s Story” to anyone that would listen. Her enthusiasm and warm smile was contagious.
Ginny worked as a recruiter from her home in the Colorado area.

Alan Cub Clem
Class of 1946

Mr. Clem attended St. John’s Military School for ten years. In 1946 he was the Battalion Commander.
Mr. Clem graduated form the University of Nebraska He received his PhD from American University in 1960. He was the head of the Political Science Department at the University of South Dakota. Mr. Clem is the author of many scholarly articles and monographs and books.

Robert Crooks
Class of 1928

Attended SJMS 1921 – 1928
Battalion Commander
Past president of San Diego Board of Realtors; owner and operator of Realty Company and honorary director of the California Association of Realtors

James R. Dennett
Class of 1943

Colonel Dennett, U S Air Force, was a representative of the Government of the United States of America when documents were signed accepting the release of POW’s held in North Viet Nam in 1973.

Thomas Dickson
Class of 1967

Attended St. John’s Military from 1964 – 1967. Served in the U. S. Navy, UDT and Seal Team One.
Artist and sculptor, listed in American Artists of Renown and Contemporary Western Artists.
Member of the Allied Artists of America, Inc.

Keith and Elizabeth Duckers
Past President and First Lady

COL. Keith Grafton Duckers arrived at SJMS December 1950 and served as Acting Superintendent in 1967 and Superintendent from 1968 – 1993. Mrs. Duckers served as publicist.
The Duckers simply lived by the Boy Scout rule. St John’s was their life as they became a friend to Cadets and alumni. COL. Duckers was a man blessed with insight, compassion and vision and he guided SJMS thru a hardship of times, including the Vail Hall fire of 1978. Mrs. Duckers is noted for her famous gardens and landscaping around campus. COL. and Mrs. Duckers were diligent in holding true to traditions and establishing relationship to life-long friends. Together they served SJMS as a team.
COL. Duckers served the commuity in many ways, including becoming involved with municipal government. He served on the City Commission and as Mayor of Salina.

Eugene Ely
Class of 1954

Graduated from University of Colorado with degree in Mechanical Engineering and Business Management.
Worked with Ingersoll-Rand Company since graduation. Traveled in 102 countries and lived on four continents.

Robert S. Erb
Class of 1964

Attended St. John’s Military School from 1955 to 1964.
Graduate of the U S Naval Academy, attended Naval Postgraduate School, pilot training and aviation maintenance billets and the Navy Space Program and was a Commander, U. S. Navy, U. S. Atlantic Fleet, Avionics/Weapons Officer in Norfolk, VA. in 1983.

Hazel Fonck
Faithful SJMS Employee

Hazel Fonck had a special fondness to SJMS long before her employment as the bursar. Hazel was born and raised on campus, and enjoyed the campus life until her retirement in 1980. She had over a 50 year relationship with SJMS.
Hazel loved St John’s and all it stood for. She took special care of all the boy’s wants and needs while bursar. Hazel was particularly proud of being named Honorary Colonel in 1981.
She and husband John attended as many events on campus as possible, and she took special pride in the Corps.

Nathan E. Fox
Class of 1955

CO. He served in the US Army; Special Forces Unit. Retired from the Colorado Iron and Fuel Corporation as Asst. Superintendent. Vice President and Director of Operations for Goodwill Industries of Pueblo. Job Placement for mentally and physically impaired teenagers; Funeral Director for Pueblo Funeral Homes; and Instructor for the American Driving Academy.

Rev. Peter Francis
Class of 1938

Ordained priest in Christ Episcopal Cathedral, Salina, 1944.
Directors of the Salina unit of St. Francis Boys’ Homes from 1948 – 1950 and the Ellsworth unit
from 1952 – 1965.
Opened Lake Placid New York unit of the Homes in 1965 and served there until retirement in 1983.

Louis Fulton
Class of 1946

Attended Rice Institute on an athletic scholarship and on to the University of Houston.
Served in the United States Air Force 1947 – 1950 as a Control Tower Operator.
Vice President of Sales for the Workload, Inc. with offices in Miami, Dallas, Jacksonville, Mobile, San Francisco and New Orleans.

Francisco Gomez
Class of 1954

Advisor to Columbian Coffee Federation, Bogota, Columbia.
Sales and Marketing Director, American Products Corporation.

Hilliard Griffin
Class of 1961

“Grif” graduated from SJMS in 1961 and Seattle University in 1968. Grif has chased adventure his entire life. His successful business ventures include construction, disaster relief, logistics, news media, real estate, search and rescue, security and wild land fire fighting. He is a member of the Civil Air Patrol in Albuquerque.
His service as an international trade delegate involves efforts for Africa, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Cheboksary, Croatia, Serbia, Romania, Russia, the United Kingdom and the Urals.
His extracurricular activities include academics, dancing, hiking, martial arts, sailing, skiing, skydiving and traveling.

Jeff Guernsey
Class of 1961

Due to his parents working at St. John’s, Jeff became friends to many cadets. While growing up on the campus, Jeff knew each cadets name, and where they were from. He saw many changes at SJMS, but always felt the changes were for the best.
Jeff is a Civil War Re-enactor for over 20 years. He also joined the Civil Air Patrol in 1966 and retired in 1986 as a Lt. Colonel. Jeff also holds an Extra Class Ham radio license and a 4th degree black belt in Taek won-do, and advanced rank in five other styles.
His extracurricular activities include academics, dancing, hiking, martial arts, sailing, skiing, skydiving and traveling.

Howard Haythorn
Class of 1945

Battalion Commander of the Class of 1945. Served in the Military from 1951 – 1953.
Well-known judge of horse shows and high school rodeos.
President of the Haythorn Ranching Company, a family organization started in 1884.

Dean Hargrove
Class of 1955

Graduated from Wichita State University. Attended UCLA Film School for graduate studies.
Writer and/or producer of many television series, including COLUMBO, McCLOUD, NAME OF THE GAME, the BOB NEWHART SHOW, THE MAN FROM UNCLE, PERRY MASON MOVIES, MATLOCK, JAKE AND THE FATMAN, RETURN TO MAYBERRY.

Robert Guthrey
Class of 1946

Mr. Guthrie attended St. John’s Military School 1944 through 1946.
Mr. Guthrie attended Adams State College and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Mr. Guthrie served with the 40th Infantry Division in Korea. After serving his country, he became manager of EG & G, a radar development company.

Pete Holmes
Class of 1928

Senior Vice President and Trust Officer of Home Bank & Trust, Eureka KS
Retired from bank after 50 years of service.
Served military time in the South Pacific.

SGM Jerry Housley
Former SJMS Tac Officer

Jerry Housley served our country honorably in excess of 30 years as an Intelligence Officer Sergeant, US Army Security Agency.
Following this career, he joined the SJMS Staff as a TAC Office for sixteen years, undertaking and guiding many cadets onto their path and potential. Jerry was instrumental in the growth of thousands of youths into men of outstanding discipline, personal responsibility and pride in accomplishments duly earned. He took the care of his charges with utter commitment, and was unwavering in that duty. No cadet, no matter how troubled, troublesome, or otherwise would be allowed to fall between the cracks, or deviate from a posture of rectitude.

John Houston
SJMS 1903-1906

Attended Fairmount College, Wichita, KS. Served in the US Marine Corps during WWI.
Served as Mayor of Newton, KS and elected a s US Congressman 1935 – 1943. Delegate to the Democratic National Convention from Kansas in 1944. Appointed to the National Labor Relations Board until his retirement.

Robert Houston
Class of 1943

Mr. Houston is a graduate of St. John’s Military School class of 1943.
Mr. Houston attended the University of Southern California and graduated from Santa Ana College.
Mr. Houston joined the United States Marine Corps and served his country during WWII and the Korean War. He retired as a senior engineer from Douglas Aircraft Company, Long Beach, California

Tom Keil
Class of 1985

The six years at SJMS were highlighted with numerous opportunities to grow as a leader, (Battalion S3), an above average student and a multi sport varsity athlete. He feels certain he would not have accomplished that elsewhere.
Tom graduated from Wichita State University with a degree in Criminal justice, and a Masters in Human Resource Management from Webster University. Tom is currently branch manager of a Human Resource Company, specializing in temporary staffing, professional placement, HR consulting, training and development and pre-employment testing and evaluation. He began a professional career in direct service and administration and specialized in child welfare and residential programs serving run-a-ways, homeless and troubled youth.

Lt. Col Paul H Kellogg
(USMC, Ret.)
SJMS Commandant

In his 22 years of service to SJMS, Kellogg worked with over 3000 Cadets and found his greatest rewards from the performance of his Cadets.
Civic responsibilities were a priority for Kellogg. He would arrange for the Cadets to be escorts, provide Color guard, honor guards and buglers for military funerals and sent Cadets to march in countless parades. He prided himself with “showing off” the Corps.

William Bill Ladd
Class of 1946

Served in the U S Marine Corp.
President of the Silver Dollar Saloon and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada

Ed Lehman
Class of 1943

Graduate of the University of Denver; Newspaperman and lawyer.
Served as Deputy District Attorney for the City of Denver. Member of the Colorado Legislative 1954-1956.
President and publisher of the daily newspapers in Longmont, Loveland and Canon City, Colorado. Motto of Lehman Communications Corporation; “To Create A Better World, Start In Your Own Community.”

Lyman Linger
Class of 1926

Attended St John’s four years.
Battalion Commander of the class of 1926
Colorado rancher, major benefactor of SJMS

Jerry Litz
Class of 1942

Jerry Litz graduated from SJMS in 1942 while being involved in the Crack Drill Squad, basketball, football, boxing and Skirmisher Staff. He attended the University of Colorado and was then called into service for the US Marine Corps. He served in WWII in the Pacific Fleet Force on Tarawa, Saipan, Tinian and Iwo Jima. He received the Purple Heart.
Jerry worked as an engineer on a variety of projects for the US Navy, Army, and Air Force in the Martial Islands, Greenland, Alaska, and Vietnam. He loaned his Quality Control Inspection skills for 2 plus years to the building of the Trans Alaska Pipeline. Then as a professional engineer with his Quality Assurance skills in mechanical/electrical he was involved in the building of a number of nuclear power plants in Pennsylvania, Washington, Michigan, Texas, Louisiana, and Illinois. He retired with the Department of Energy in 1995.

Virgil Lefty Loy
SJMS Instructor

Virgil “Lefty” Loy joined the staff of SJMS in 1952 and retired after 36 years in 1988. “Lefty” taught Social Science. Through those years he assisted in coaching several sports and was instrumental in beginning the Physical Fitness program.
“Lefty” served his country (1943 – 1946) by joining the Marine Corp and was assigned with the defense units of New Guinea and action at Cape Gloucester, New Britain, Peleliu, and Okinawa and was with the Occupation Forces in China.
“Lefty” did his graduate work in Social Science at Emporia, KS and received his Master’s Degree in May, 1964.
“Lefty” authored “St. John’s Military School…A History, which covered SJMS first 99 years. This book has been instrumental in remembering the past.
“For anyone ever associated with St. John’s, this book will be a fascinating and informative look at what time has wrought.”

Charles Marcus
Class of 1966

Distinguished military graduate, from University of Colorado; U.S. Army Special Forces 1970–74.
U S Army Reserve, served as Battalion S-3, Major.
Executive Director of the Colorado Medical Society and owner of Marcus Motor Racing.

Jack McCandless
Class of 1942

Jack earned his Boy Scout Eagle Badge as a member of the LaJunta Troop known as the Koshares. As part of one badge requirement, Jack performed authentic Indian dances in costume researched and made by him.
After graduation from SJMS in 1942, he entered the Navy and served three years. He was stationed in Idaho, Oklahoma, California & South Pacific. Served aboard the USS Chandeleur, a repair ship for seaplanes and began training as a pilot before being discharged.
Entered Colorado State University after his service to country, and graduated with a Poultry Agriculture degree.
Jack began working for SJMS as a teacher in the Junior School and later became Commandant of Rank and Discipline.

Bill Meidell
Class of 1954

While attending SJMS, Bill lettered in all three sports; baseball, football and basketball along with being a member of the Crack Squad.
After graduation, Bill attended Wichita State University then traveled for 40 years in sales.
Bill retired from the insurance business and has thoroughly enjoyed his retirement.
Bill has been very active the last 38 yrs. in 12 step work with still practicing alcoholics in his home group of Group #1 in Kansas City, Mo.
Entered Colorado State University after his service to country, and graduated with a Poultry Agriculture degree.
Jack began working for SJMS as a teacher in the Junior School and later became Commandant of Rank and Discipline.

Robert Miller
Class of 1947

Robert Miller attended St. John’s from 1938 – 1947. He was awarded the Commandant’s Medal in 1943 and 1946, and was the first cadet awarded a Major’s rank.
After graduation, Robert attended Brown Mackie College and joined the Air Force. He worked for United Airlines as an aircraft inspector and Braniff Airlines as a technical representative. His early retirement years found him as a mediator in Hawaii and Washington State.

SSG George Norton
Class of 2002

While attending SJMS, I learned I had to earn good grades, promotions, the awards on my uniform and a place in the school’s history. I earned everything I worked for however there were many helping hands along the way.:” Attending SJMS helped him realize he would be a good soldier and a talented marksman, so he enlisted in the US Army and became a competitive shooter.
Some of his accomplishments: NRA Men’s 3 Position National Champion; KSRA Renowned Member of the Shooting Sports; Supported Operation Enduring Freedom as primary marksmanship instructor for the Afghan National Army; USAMU NCO of the Year 2011 and USA National Shooting Team member.

Robert Odell
SJMS 1956-58

Joined the Winfield Sheriff’s Office, Cowley County Kansas in 1966. Promoted to under sheriff in 1974 and elected as Sheriff since 1985. Currently spearheading a new jail facility

Raul Olivia
Class of 1961

Graduated from the University of Southwestern Louisiana. Majored in Economics and Finance.
President of Technoconcret C.A., a family business.

Al Palmer
Class of 1959

Attended SJMS 1952 – 1959; BS degree from Widener University and M Ed from West Chester State University. Secondary and collegiate teacher of Earth and related sciences. Author of numerous scientific journal articles and reviews. Lecturer at local, state and national conventions of science teachers.

Fred Pate
Class of 1942

Fred Pate attended SJMS from 1939-1942 and was extremely proud when made Cadet Captain of The Corps. Fred was also the Crack Drill Squad Captain, football and Army Captain and Skirmisher Editor-in-Chief. Upon graduation he was awarded the Gordon Prize
Entered the US Marine Corps in 1943 and was shipped to the Pacific as a Turret Gunner in a TBM Torpedo Bomber. Flew off the Islands of Guam, Tinian and Ie Shima, also off the air field below Mt. Suribachi on Iwo Jima when secured by the Marines. Received the Air Medal while in Squadron 131 from Major General L.E.Woods, USMC, on Okinawa. Received a BS degree in Agriculture from California State University San Luis Obispo, CA. Fred worked the later part of his working years in real estate and was sales manager for The William Lyon Co. Fred has 3 daughters, one son, 12 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.

Don Patterson
Class of 1922

Served with General S Patton during WW ( with 757th Tank Battalion. Served in the Transportation Corps in Germany after WWII. Ended 25 years of active duty in Trieste as Commander of the Port of Trieste (Army Division)
Retired at Lieutenant Colonel

Gene Penny
Class of 1943

Attended SJMS from 1940–1943
Enlisted in Navy V-5 Program; Served three years.
Gene is very active in schools, city and the Methodist Church in
Burlington, CO.

Albert J. Ransom
Class of 1956

Mr. Ransom attended St. John’s Military School from 1951 – 1956. He was the Battalion Commander of the Class of ’56. Mr. Ransom attended the University of Colorado on a football scholarship.
Mr. Ransom enlisted in 1958 with the United States Marine Corps and flew over 4,000 jet hours; 400 combat missions; and received the Distinguished Flying Cross and Bronze Star

Richard Retrum
Class of 1966

Richard spent two years in the US Army with the 3rd Battalion 6th Infantry Division of the Berlin Brigade, where he earned a spot on the Berlin Bears football team. The team traveled all over Europe, playing other Army and Air Force teams. During that time, the team took the Com Z Championship trophy, which was the Army’s “Super Bowl” Award. In addition, he provided ceremonial guard duty at Spandau Prison where the only inmate was the former Deputy Fuhrer of Nazi Germany, Rudolf Hess.

David Rhodes
Class of 1987

David was a member of the SJMS football team, and was named the Most Valuable Player. He also completed the Spartan program.
David joined the Marines after graduation, and was then deployed. During this time he came in contact with dangerous chemicals, and became ill. He wanted to continue the mission in Iraq, however that was not possible as he passed away on November 8 2006. David was a very proud Marine, and was so proud to represent his country in the Gulf War.

Larry Rice
Class of 1955

Received a BA and MA from Kansas University.
City manager in four cities over 20 years. Currently City Manager of Lakewood Colorado.

Mark Richards
Class of 1993

Mark graduated in 1993, the 105th Corps of Cadets and was the Battalion Executive Officer his senior year. He was involved in nearly every extracurricular activity SJMS offered. His most significant award is the Gordon Prize.
Mark graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in Business Management. Upon graduation he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant through the Army ROTC program. Mark was selected to the Army’s Aviation branch and was trained to fly the UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter. He was deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. His decorations include Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, three Air Medals and the Combat Action Badge. He is jumpmaster qualified, attended Pathfinder School, SERE (Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape) school, and is a senior rated Aviator.
He received his Masters degree in Social Organization Psychology from Columbia and is currently an advisor and coach (TAC) Officer to the cadets at West Point.

E.P. Ripley
Class of 1929

Attended St John’s from 1922 – 1929
Attended Kansas University, Washburn College and obtained law degree from Boston University 1937; private law practice in New Mexico.
Was attorney for New Mexico State Tax Commission and State Board of Education
New Mexico State Senator for two years

Rev. William Salmon
Class of 1953

Methodist Pastor/ European Staff of the Institute of Cultural Affairs.
Global Churchman and theosopher; rural and urban ministries. The servant of God and a seeker after the Christian life. Dedicated to the ministry of developing the ‘human factor’ in global development.
A running enthusiast.

Jeff Schlesinger
Class of 1922

Jefferson’ father passed away when he was nine, and his mother started selling wares across the country to support him. Jefferson states, “SJMS taught me responsibility and when I graduated at age 16, I went out and got a job and have supported myself ever since.”
He went to work at J D Lee Flour Mill as a cereal chemist, relying on the lessons he learned at St. John’s. Schlesinger said the best wheat had been coming to the mill in Enid, OK, so he went to Union Equity. Schlesinger designed the laboratory and oversaw its installation. He ran the lab until his retirement at age 65 in 1971.
Jefferson is noted by being the oldest Old Boy, celebrating his 100th birthday on
March 18, 2006

Fritz Schieb
Class of 1946

Mr. Schoeb attended St. John’s Military School from 1938 to 1946
Mr. Schoeb attended Wichita State University and then completed 20 years service in the Kansas National Guard. Mr. Schoeb worked for the Skelly Oil Company and Getty Oil Company for 29 years.

Orin Seybert
Class of 1953

Orin Seybert attended SJMS for two years.
Soon after graduation, Orin who was just 18, purchased his first plane, a tiny two seat Taylorcraft in 1958 he got his commercial flying certification and founded his company, a one-man operation called Peninsula Airways. Having one of the few planes in the area, Orin began using it to fly sick and injured people to the hospital. Pen Air is currently the largest regional airline in Alaska, serving SW Alaska, the Aleutians and Pribilof Islands. The airline has provided millions of flight miles to SW residents, business travelers and thousand of fishermen. PenAir has generated $60 million in sales, employs 450 and is 80% owned by the Seybert family. The company attributes its success in its commitment to safety, flexibility and the support and loyalty of lifelong customers living and working the Bristol Bay region

Robert Snyder
Class of 1946

Graduated from Kansas State University in 1950.
Lieutenant Colonel, USAF, retired in 1976.
Placement Consultant, Management Recruiters.
Volunteer work included: Board of Director multi county United Way campaigns, Masonic organizations, U S Power Squadron, Kiwanis.

Tim Soule
Class of 1966

Tim is a graduate of SJMS in 1966. After graduation, Tim enrolled and graduated from Westridge State College in Colorado. His major was Political Science.
Tim joined the Army for two years and served in Germany
Tim joined Union Power Construction Company in 1972 which his family owned and became Vice President in 1975. The company installs transmission lines and sub stations over the mountains. Union Power Construction Company was a Founding Member of Quanta Services, Inc. a publicly traded NYSE company founded in 1998.
Tim was a Founding Member of the Board of Directors of Quanta Services from 1998 to 2000. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of St. John’s Military School, Salina, Kansas. A member of the Board of Trustees for the joint NECA/IBEW Line Construction Benefit Fund. He was Chairman of the Board of Republic National Bank from 1987 to 1993.
He is currently President and a member of the Board of Directors for the Soule Family Foundation.
In the 1980’s his family became part owner in a local bank, Community First. He served on the Board of Directors
Tim and his wife Suzan reside in Castle Rock, CO.

Wendy Stein
SJMS Teacher

Wendy Stein is the sound of music at SJMS.
In 1984 she joined the SJMS staff, and became an extraordinarily passionate and caring teacher who instructed hundreds of students in many different musical instruments. She embraces the talents and qualities of each student musician and helps them to find their path to success. Wendy is very generous in giving of her time to the Cadets. She places the Cadets above everything else, always encouraging them to give their best. She has been a member of the Salina Symphony for over 20 years and is currently the editor of the Skirmisher and the Yearbook. Wendy is a very special person who is loved by countless Cadets.

John Rick Taylor
Class of 1964

Founder and president of several successful oil and gas companies in Texas and the Southwest. Decorated verteran of two tours in Vietnam.
State Director and National Coordinator for POW/MIA efforts of American Defense Foundation. Colonel, Confederate Air Force.

J. Chuck Vaile
Class of 1985

Chuck graduated from SJMS in 1985 as a Cadet Major with honors. He competed in football basketball and rifle team, flag detail, color guard, honor guard, cadet patrol and a six time Blue Beret.
After graduation, he enlisted in the U S Army and was trained as a combat medic and operating room specialist. Chuck was permanently blinded in the line of duty.
Chuck attended the Veteran’s Administration Blind Rehab Center in order to learn as much as he could about succeeding in a new world. He attended the University of SW Louisiana and sustained a 3.75 gpa, was a columnist for the school newspaper and was inducted into the Pi Eta Sigma National Honor Society. From there he moved back to his home in Colorado and enrolled at the University of Denver. He sustained a 4.0 gpa, wrote for the school newspaper and led the fight to make the university accessible and inviting to the handicapped.
He founded the Doberman Rescue in Colorado and has since lead a life in public service and volunteerism. In 13 years he has been personally responsible for the saving of nearly 1,000 animals lives and gives away his considerable services as an expert canine trainer and behaviorist to any who ask for it.
Chuck embodies the spirit of the SJMS Old Boy thru his dedication and passion.

Donna Vanier
SJMS Friend and Supporter

Donna Vanier, the quiet friend to St. John’s, has always led with a kind heart, and ready smile. Donna, along with the rest of the Vanier family, is well known for their generous support programs that benefit and support youth.
Donna became officially involved with SJMS as the coordinator between the school staff and Warner Bros during the filming of “Up the Academy.” that was filmed on campus. From that time on, she has worked endlessly serving on many campaign drives and as a member of the Board of Trustees.
Donna and husband Jack have never turned away from hard work. Together they have met life challenges with dedication, and “doing the right thing.” As the saying goes, “behind every successful man, is a successful woman.” – This adage has never been truer for Jack and Donna.

Jack Vanier
Class of 1944

Mr. Vanier attended St. John’s Military School 1942 – 1944.
Mr. Vanier served two years with the U. S. Army in Germany. Mr. Vanier attended Kansas State University.
Mr. Vanier is owner/operator of CK Hereford Ranch and has served the livestock industries in many capacities.
Mr. Vanier was on the Board at the time Vail Hall was destroyed by fire. Mr. Vanier rescued the door handle and door plate from the front door which is now a tradition of the Handle Ceremony held at Commencement time.
Mr. Vanier has been a Brigadier for over 30 years, and along with his parents, substantially supported the building of the Vanier Academic Center, as well as endowing three scholarships.

Don Wendler
Class of 1953

Entered the U S Air Force in 1955 and retired as M/Sgt in May 1981. During service served as member of Helicopter Maintenance Group. Awarded Meritorious Service Medal and USAF Commendation Medal. Served two tours in Viet Nam.
Active in American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans and the USAF Sergeants Association.

Tom P. Wilson
Class of 1962

BS degree in Public Administration.
19 year career as a police officer, firefighter and Fire Chief. During that tenure, awarded the Medal of Valor for actions during an ambush shooting in 1970.
Member of the Coast Guard Reserve. Was assigned to write and implement a Terrorism Response Plan for the 12th Coast Guard District and the San Francisco Captain of the Port.

John A. Wolfe
Class of 1985

After serving as battalion Commander in 1985, John, “Andy” attended the University of Minnesota Duluth and Kansas University where he graduated with honors with a BS in Education, with a major in literature and language arts.
Andy has worked for the School District of Superior, WI as an English teacher. He has started a drama program, directed plays, worked on steering committees and became the English Department Chairman. He has coached forensics, started a school newspaper and is a mentor of new teachers. He was honored by being chosen as “Inspirational Teacher of the Year.”

Louis Wyman
Class of 1951

Wyman received the Gordon Prize while attending SJMS, which was a highlight of his time at SJMS. Lou served in the Korean War, and attended Colorado State University before having to help his father on the ranch. They raised elk, and even organized shipping of the elk to Korea.
Lou turned the ranch into an 8500 square foot living history, non-profit museum. Wyman’s dream is not just to have old items sitting around for people to look at; he wants to bring history to life by having machines that operate.
He continues to archive the past with his museum.

Walter York
Class of 1944

Attended St John’s Military School for eleven years,
Longest tenure of any Cadet in its history.
Graduate of Kansas Wesleyan University
Retired US Air Force Chief.