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January 29, 2013 Our luncheon speaker was Larry L. Lee, Paseo '56.  Larry's story, in his own words, is taken from his contribution to the 50th Reunion of the Class of 1956.

So it has been 50 years since we marched down the aisle to see, if indeed we were going to receive a high school diploma. It is not easy to document fifty years including times of joys, sorrows, successes and failures that one experiences during a lifetime.

I have lived in the Kansas City area all my life except for a brief period living in Florida. Following Paseo High School, I received a Associate of Arts degree from the Kansas City Junior College located at 39th & McGee. Two years later, I graduated from Florida Southern College located in Lakeland, Florida with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics.

My military career consisted of 6 months training and 5 years in the Kansas National Guard. I graduated from Officer Candidate School as a 2nd lieutenant in 1963.

In 1961, I met and married Lynn McCready and we have 3 children; two daughters and a son. My wife Lynn, the children and now grandchildren have always been and continue to be such a wonderful part of my life. All three children and their spouses live in Kansas City and we enjoy their company and now the relationship with our 4 grandchildren as well.

My early career consisted of sales with Swift & Co. Campbell Soup and Johnson & Johnson. My career then moved into Personnel (now known as human resources) with the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, United Telecom (Sprint) and Waddell & Reed. In the mid 1970s, I established Lee & Associates, a management consulting firm specializing in human resources issues and programs. Subsequently the firm became Lee & Burgess Associates with offices in St. Louis, Mo and Denver, Co. During my career I served as President of the Human Resource Management Association of Greater Kansas City, President of the Human Resource Research Forum, President of the Institute of Management Consultants and served on the Human Resource Advisory Board of the Bloch School of Management, University of Missouri, Kansas City.

During the late 1990s, I spent an enjoyable 3+ years working with Bob Bernstein in his advertising agency Bernstein & Rein Advertising helping to establish a Human Resources Department in his growing firm. Yes, many a high school friendship can last a lifetime. Today, Lynn and I enjoy our family being so close to us with the opportunity to travel to places throughout the world of which I only dreamed of during my years at Paseo. In addition, to my family my interests include gardening, I am a Master Gardner through the Johnson County Kansas Extension Service; management consulting, I volunteer with the Executive Service Corps and was named Chair of the Board of Directors for the Executive Service Corp of Greater Kansas City in January 2006; children living in poverty around the world, I serve on the National Board of Directors of Children International, a $100+ million annual budget children sponsorship organization., In addition, I serve on the Board of Directors of 2 closely held corporations. I have served as an adjunct professor at Avila University.

Because of previous scheduled travel commitments, I will not be able to attend the 50th reunion of the Class of 1956. I will miss seeing many of you again and getting caught up with your lives. Fortunately, I have been able to attend all the previous reunions and have fond memories of renewing old friendships and reliving days gone by. Please stay in touch and have a great reunion celebration.




Photos from the January 29, 2013, Luncheon

will be published as soon as they are available

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