TODAY'S NEWS - QUICKIES THAT CHANGE OFTEN

"I WILL NOT FOLLOW WHERE THE PATH MAY LEAD, BUT I WILL GO WHERE THERE IS NO PATH, AND I WILL LEAVE A TRAIL." Muriel Strode -KHS65 class motto.
"The good old days....when we weren't good and we weren't old" Barbara Schwarz Moss 2010
SEE WWW.KHS65.COM FOR 169 PIX FROM OUR 45TH REUNION - CLICK THE SMALL PHOTO FOR LARGER VERSION. See lots of NEW grade school pix!
CHECK THE LABELS, GO TO KIRKWOOD HISTORY ARTICLES & CLICK THE POST ABOUT FRANCIS SCHEIDEGGER'S PIX FOR A GLIMPSE OF A PLACE I BET EVERYONE REMEMBERS - and much more!


MICK MARIETTA IS IN A NURSING HOME WHERE HE WILL REMAIN FOR THE REST OF HIS LIFE AFTER A STROKE. HE WOULD ENJOY PHONE CALLS FROM HIS CHILDHOOD FRIENDS TO CHEER HIM UP. His number is 573 885-4500, ask for Mick Marietta. It may be difficult to communicate with him. Mail address is Cuba Manor, 210 Eldon Drive, Cuba, MO 65453.


We seem to all be suffering a common problem these days, WHERE DID OUR LIVES GO? Our brains seem to still be 18, but our bodies are talking a different language. Sarah Orne Jewett puts it much more eloquently than do I:

“Neither of my companions was troubled by her burden of years. I hoped in my heart that I might be like them as I lived on into age, and then smiled to think that I too was no longer very young. So we always keep the same hearts, though our outer framework fails and shows the touch of time.”

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

KHS63 MEMBER JOHN C. NASH, A NOTABLE KIRKWOODIAN AND FRIEND OF KHS EVEN IN HIS DEATH

Perhaps many of you in KHS65 will remember Pam Dalton.  If not, check out the Yearbook, she's on page 173.  Tri-Hi-Y president, Student Council, Call circulation manager, Gold K and a Commencement Speaker.  She is also well-known among the girls for having been the steady girl of John Nash, KHS63.  She was fortunate to have been able to visit John at Princeton our Senior Year.  As it turns out that visit was a pivotal time in their relationship.  Fast forward to now.  Pam and John went their separate ways but reconnected in recent years.  Pam was able to visit John a couple of times, once just before his untimely death earlier this year.  I was fortunate to know Pam after we moved to Harwood Hills mid-Junior year, and we rode back & forth to school sometimes.  I so enjoyed a great visit with her and Karen Schurig in Dallas a couple of years ago, see my Facebook page. 

From Pam, and John's family, comes the following obituary.  An amazing person who left Kirkwood High School $100,000 in his Will, to do good things for the children of KHS.  The school is still deciding exactly how to use it in John's honor and memory to benefit the Kirkwood students of today.  Obviously John, like so many of us, felt he had a wonderful beginning in the Kirkwood school system.  Pam sends her greetings to our classmates and we are looking forward to the next class of KHS Hall of Fame for which we'll see to it that John is nominated.  Herewith a review of John's accomplishments, most of us will have a connection to his life's work, read on!  Thank you Pam for your friendship then and now.  Thank you John C. Nash for being part of our lives in so many ways.

John C. Nash died March 6, 2018 in Los Altos, California. He had lived in the Bay area for 35 years, largely in Redwood City.

John entered the Princeton Class of ’67 from Kirkwood, Missouri High School [KHS63] in suburban St. Louis where he had been Student Council Vice-President, class Vice-President, and class valedictorian.

At Princeton John majored in mathematics after first preparing for the psychology department. As he wrote in our 50th Reunion Book, he discovered math was his true interest so spent his sophomore summer catching up on the courses he had needed as preparation for the math department. He roomed with Roger Rudolph, Bob Grant, and Dave Paul in 4A Holder Hall and was an active Elm Club member, the club’s ace pool player and competitor in the inter-club tournaments. He was also a member of Whig-Clio, the James Madison Humorous Debating Society, and the Stock Investment and Analysis Club.

After graduation John went to Stanford for graduate study getting his M.S. in mathematics in 1970 and Ph.D. in 1976. He then taught math at the University of California Santa Cruz from 1975-78, and the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, from 1978-83. At the end of 8 years in academia John switched careers to join the private technology industry which was amidst the great computer and digital revolution of personal computing and enterprise systems. He moved back to the San Francisco Bay area and what became Silicon Valley working for a small software design firm from 1983-86, a subsidiary of Xerox Corp called Versatec Corp. When the smaller firm was absorbed by Xerox, John decided to leave to again find a small firm in which to work freed from the large bureaucracy of American corporations. The firm he started with at the time had only 100 employees but grew into its own large business, Adobe Systems. John began as a staffer but rose to become the company’s Principal Scientist which permitted him to often work independently outside the bureaucratic organization doing, as he wrote for the class, “development {of} software for a number of Adobe’s graphics products.” He retired in 2005 having helped establish one of Silicon Valley’s, and our world’s, major indispensable computer business tools.

In retirement John continued his hobbies including collecting rare books from the 1930s Los Angeles genre of crime and detective novels of Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett , and James T. Cain, and he pursued his love of cooking, hiking, and watching the film version of  '30s crime stories in the Hollywood “Film Noir” genre.

John is survived by a stepson, Jason, stepdaughter Rachel, and two sisters Diane Schultz [KHS58] and Sue Stoltz [KHS66]. The Class of ’67 is proud of this technology pioneer, who contributed so much to the digital and information economy of the past 4 decades and we are greatly diminished by the loss of a brilliant mathematical innovator and engineer. 

If you would like to contact Pam, please let me know.   

2 comments:

  1. Leslie and Pam Dalton thank you so much for your post on KHS65. An updated article from Princeton University this year is listed in the link below:
    https://giving.princeton.edu/impact-stories/technology-pioneer-john-nash-67-got-his-start-princeton?fbclid=IwAR1HsXxXulZMUFbZcnYzlFe831YE4uzOU6O4moybWB2cJtFG8XM_IMZnouk
    No Mystery Here: Technology Pioneer John C. Nash ’67 Got His Start at Princeton
    August 9th, 2019 / Gift Planning
    John Nash '67Touching up a too-dark photo or using a fancy font for an invitation was made easier by computer graphics programs that the software giant Adobe Systems introduced — and John C. Nash ’67 helped develop those products.

    Nash, who died March 6, 2018, in Los Altos, California, began as a staffer when Adobe had only 100 employees. He rose to become the company’s principal scientist, and retired in 2005 having helped establish one of our world’s indispensable business tools.

    Nash didn’t forget that it was at Princeton where he discovered his love of mathematics, switching from psychology after spending his sophomore summer catching up on courses he needed to change his major. His bequest to the University, given for the University to use where it is most needed, was just shy of $1 million.

    At Princeton, Nash was Elm Club’s ace pool player, competing in inter-club tournaments, as well as a member of the American Whig-Cliosophic Society, the James Madison Humorous Debating Society, and the Stock Investment and Analysis Club.

    After graduation, Nash earned a Ph.D. at Stanford and taught math at the university level for eight years. As the digital revolution heated up, he moved to the San Francisco Bay area to join a small software design firm, Versatec Corp., that was a subsidiary of Xerox. After three years, he moved to Adobe Systems, where he spent the rest of his career.

    In retirement, Nash continued his hobbies of cooking and hiking, and of collecting rare books focused on 1930s Los Angeles detective fiction by the likes of Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett. He also enjoyed watching the film noir versions Hollywood produced.

    While he called the West Coast home, he came back east and marched in the Parade for his 50th Reunion.

    I am John's sister Suzanne Nash Stoltz Class of '66

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    1. Suzanne thank you so much for this article. Many of us remember John, even those of us who didn't actually know him... some of us knew him because he and Pam were such a glamorous couple! He left the world way too early, but he left it with grace and look at all the good he did while he was here and in his generosity to others. I hope you and your family continue to keep John's accomplishments and spirit in the forefront of our awareness. Leslie Vander Meulen Richards

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