In Memory

Kent McCormick (McCormick)

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02/13/16 05:37 PM #1    

Rodney Minkin

Kent and I were great friends during our time at Wichita High School East and afterwards.  We were both editors of The Messenger during our senior year, served together on the yearbook, and enjoyed many classes and extra-curricular activites together.  After high school, Kent attended the University of Virginia and I attended NYU in New York City -- I was living in New York City at the time.  Kent and I visited each other on several occasions -- he would come to New York and I would go to Charlottesville, VA. Kent showed me the Old South and I showed him New York.  We also toured Washington DC and saw many sites, including walking all the way up the stairs to the top of the Washington monument.  We also walked up the stairs to the top of the Statue of Liberty.  We were young then and could do those things in the 1950's.

Kent was highly intelligent. and a distinguished corporate lawyer for Boeing. He was a skillful writer as well as an articulate speaker.  He was a clear thinker, and an excellent conversationalist.  He excelled at fencing -- I did not.  The recent "gathering" of members of the Messenger staff -- quickly enlarged to include all class members who wished to attend -- was initiated by Kent, although he wasn't able to attend due to his illness.

Kent honored me by being his best man at his wedding in Wichita to his first wife Glenda.

After Kent and Leita were married we saw them several times when they came to Kansas City and other times when we went to Wichita.  We all enjoyed being together. 

I have many fond memories of our good times.  I will miss him.

Rod Minkin

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