John came to Ft, Osage in 1956. He taught English, Speech and Debate. He established the National Honor Society and the National Forensics League. He assisted at football and basketball games. He covered football for the Independence Examiner, writing articles on Friday nights. He wrote the Ft. Osage fight song during this time.
In 1960 he attended University of Missouri and received a Master’s Degree in Counseling. He returned to Ft Osage and was there until 1965. From 1967 until 1970 he was a counselor at Jefferson County Community College south of St. Louis.
In 1970 he joined the Metropolitan Community College system at Maple Woods Community College. He retired in 1994.
He played tennis until his late 60’s and coached a tennis team at Maple Woods. He has written two books: To Maine with Moxie and Maple Woods Community College: The Early Years. He is and was a collector of Moxie memorabilia and traveled to New England for over 20 years to meetings of the New England Moxie Congress.
He has been married to Barbara for 65 years. They recently celebrated that event in Washington DC with their family who had traveled there for a granddaughter’s wedding. They have 3 sons, John Mark and Paul and their families. Four grandchildren and three great grandsons.
One son Mark was a financial journalist in London for eight years so part of those summers were spent in England and parts of Europe. Other parts of the year were visits to New England for Moxie events.
He enjoys reading, old movies on TV, watching tennis and football, traveling locally and his family. He also plants 6 tomato plants each year with varying results.