Dave Curtis - 1963
BIO & Picture from 40th Reunion
BIO update December 23, 2011 and Pictures
Kewpie of the Month, May/June 2006
Dave's answers to Charley's Questionnaire
Have been Park & Recreation Director in Warrensburg, MO for past 25 years. It is the field I majored in at Mizzou. Son and I still attend all MU football and basketball games. For more interesting reading go to wife Barbara (Duggar) class of 65.
Barbara Duggar (Class of 1965) - Barbara married David Curtis, Kewpie class of 63, in 1966. They have 3 children and live in Warrensburg, MO. She is now The Rev. Curtis. She pastors two rural United Methodist Churches, Drakes Chapel and Calhoun UMC. Barbara is a licensed sky diver, gardener, and public speaker. In 2001 she spent several weeks in the Wilderness of Zinn, camping with Bedouins and riding her camel. In 2000, she backpacked to the top of Camel's Hump, Vermont and spent a week hiking the Long Trail. In 1999, Barbara put the rear wheels of her bicycle in the Chespeake Bay at Yorktown, VA and headed west. David flew to Oregon two months later and picked her up at Florence, OR where she was putting the front wheels of her bike in the Pacific Ocean. She rode 4318.6 miles, crossed the continental divide 9 times and camped out most of the time. She did it alone. In 2000, she became a grandmother for the first time as daughter, Elizabeth presented her with Taryn Grace Dwyer. Elizabeth and James live in Eldon, MO where she teaches at a state school for the developmentaly disabled. Elizabeth is Barbara's youngest, 28 (as of April 2001). Son Matthew, 30, is a pharmacist at KU Med Center in Kansas City (still single). Daughter, Melissa, 33, is Director of Human Resources for Pacific Northern Company in Dallas, TX. She, too, is single.
Update 2003-10-02 We had two weddings in 2003. Matt married Leslie Perry, a KU Jayhawk, more avid than he and I are Tiger fans. They live in Shawnee, Kansas. Both are pharmicists at KU Med Center. My oldest, Melissa finally married at age 35 to the guy she started dating when she was a Sophomore at MU 16 years earlier. She married Steve Jones. He owns a chain of mental health rehab centers, mainly in Texas. She is Director of Personnel for Pacific Northern, some Chinese Company that fled Hong Kong before it was returned to Communist China. They live in Carrollton, Texas. This winter Barbara leaves in January for her second coast to coast bike ride. This time she is riding with a friend, Pam Culbertson. They are taking per mile pledges for Habitat for Humanity. Goal is to raise $35,000. Route is from St. Augustine, FL to San Diego, CA.
1) What is your origin; why, when and how did you wound up in Columbia and where did you come from if you were not born in Columbia?
was born in St. Louis and lived there until I was 15 when we moved to
Columbia the summer of our sophomore year.
My parents wanted me to go to college
and they did not think they could afford to send me to college.
So they moved to a state college town.
Immediately after high school I enrolled at
Mizzou that summer on scholarship (which I not only lost in my freshman
year, but made grades so poor that today they would throw me out.
I only went on academic probation).
I righted the ship enough to stay on at
On Bill Taft’s suggestion, I majored in
recreation and graduated in 1967 with my BA.
Later, I returned for an MS in
Recreation and Park Administration.
I worked in the Park and
Recreation field until I retired in 2005.
How long have you been retired?
When I retired in 2005, I was a very
obese couch potato.
I decided to change.
First I hiked the entire Appalachian
Trail (2175 miles from Georgia to Maine).
I lost a lot of weight.
I fell in love with backpacking and now
have done 7500 miles since retirement including the whole KATY (really
easy, but it is close), two other National Scenic Trails (Pacific Crest,
2656 miles from Mexico to Canada and the Florida Trail, 1100 miles) and
a number of smaller hikes.
My wife is a bicyclist and was never a
fat lazy couch potato.
She had twice biked coast to coast.
I have now done rides with her of 500,
900, 1100, 1150 and 4150 miles.
If all goes well, by the 50th
reunion I will have another 1000 miles biked and/or another 500 miles
I didn’t even date until my senior year at
Dated several Kewpies, but married
Barbara Duggar who was a sophomore to my senior.
We married August 13, 1966.
If we make it to the 50th
class reunion, it will be 47 years.
Several of these questions are answered in the
We have 3 children.
Melissa was born January 14 (her
mother’s birthday), 1968.
The next two were adopted with
Elizabeth being born November 9, 1972.
We have 4 grandchildren.
Taryn was born on Groundhogs Day of
Jacy was born in Dallas, Texas at the
moment of kickoff for the Cotton Bowl, New Years Day, 2008 as I was
watching Mizzou stomp Arkansas on the 40 yard line.
I spent time in what was then South Vietnam.
We have hiked and biked in Canada
I spent two months in Japan when I was
in the army.
One month in an army hospital and one
month sightseeing on your tax dollars.
my bucket list is about 50 or more items.
The items done are the Appalachian
Trail, the Florida Trail, the Katy (also on bike), and the Pacific Crest
Trail all hiked.
I have also biked coast to coast from
Anacortes, WA to Freeport, Maine.
The major undone items are hikes:
across England, across Scotland, El
Camino de Santiago, John Muir Trail, Ozark Trail, Long Trail, Potomac
Heritage Trail (with my oldest grandson), Arizona Trail, New England
Trail and the Continental Divide Trail.
Also bike with BJ as she completes
biking across all 50 states and a coast-to-coast bike ride across
I sold my soul to the US Army by doing 4 years
of ROTC (for the money) so we could get married the summer before my
senior year at Mizzou.
Stateside I spent time at Fort Sill,
Oklahoma (where our oldest was born) and ended at Fort Leonard Wood
(where I was arrested on my final day in service).
Overseas, I was in Vietnam plus
hospital time in Japan.
Best is hard.
There are several.
Basketball comeback against Jeff City
our junior year plus state championship games; Sunday afternoon tackle
football games at Rollins Field against the class ahead of us; run and
dunk basketball at Parkade School; getting a pass to sell ads for the P
& G (we never did, but went downtown and shot pool at either Booches or
Paramount); street football in Parkade and nickel root beer bets with
Bill Taft on obscure college football games were all good memories.
Even the worst is good as I look back
I was really scared my first day as I
had just moved from a school district I had been in all my life with all
my friends left behind.
Either pool parlor.
Nellie Kitchens was my favorite.
I would like to see Mr. Anderson to
apologize for how bad we behaved.
Carl Scott, Bill Taft and I got thrown
out of class one day and we were the “good guys.”
Saw Bill Taft early on as we were both in
Parks and Recreation, but that ended when he moved into teaching.
Saw Ron Lumb at professional Park and
Recreation conferences and now Charley, but no one really close.
Please give me their name and their email,
address and phone number?
You all know this.
We taught them all the song, “On Sons of
Hickman” and the school cheer.
When our son was about 28 and living in
Kansas City, he met a cute girl at work and invited her to a Mizzou
As he drove past Hickman, he broke into
song and cheer.
She joined him, word for word.
It seems her mother was a Kewpie.
Fate said they would have to marry.
Because I knew 3 close friends who were
Kewpies from the 50’s would be at the wedding plus Leslie’s Mom, BJ and
I, I asked the DJ to interrupt the dance some time and invite the former
Kewpies up to sing.
When he made the announcement, a dozen
people we didn’t know joined us.
It was so cool.
Kewpies are everywhere.
Since I moved to Columbia
at the start of my sophomore year, you have them above.
My biggest Hickman accomplishment was the
journalism business award.
I was co-editor (with Barry Oosthusian)
of the P & G, but spent more time on business while Jane Murdock really
did the most work.
She rightfully got the editorial award.
Nerd and/or lucky pool
After graduation, I immediately enrolled at Mizzou. Majored in Recreation on advice from Bill Taft. After junior year, married Barbara Duggar, Kewpie ’65. Did 4 years of ROTC and upon graduation in ’67 was commissioned a 2LT in US Army. Did slightly over 2 years active duty with a tour in Vietnam as an artillery forward observer. Finished up at Fort Leonard Wood as a Basic Training Company Commander with a final rank of Captain. BJ and I had a little girl, Melissa while at Ft. Sill, OK.
Returned to Mizzou for graduate school in 1969. Got a Masters in Recreation and Park Administration and we adopted our son Matthew. We took a job as Lebanon, MO’s first ever Park and Recreation Director in 1971. Adopted our daughter, Elizabeth while there. In 1974, we moved to St. Louis County Parks and Recreation.
In 1977, we moved to Warrensburg, MO where I became their first Park and Recreation Director. While there, we had a number of foster children, two long term, and raised our three. I became extremely active in the Missouri Park and Recreation Association. BJ eventually got her BS at Central Missouri and later returned to graduate school at St. Paul’s School of Theology in KC. She became a United Methodist pastor. We both retired in 2005. She was still the active energetic woman that had at that time twice ridden her bicycle from coast to coast in the U.S., become a certified skydiver, and ridden a camel across the Wilderness of Zin camping out with Bedouin’s. I had become a very obese lazy couch potato. Since then I have changed, I have backpacked two National Scenic Hiking Trails, The Appalachian Trail (2100 miles) and the Florida Trail (1100 miles) and the KATY Trail (238 miles) all as through hikes (means in one year end to end). I now have about 6500 miles backpacked since 2006. Additionally, I have taken up bicycling with BJ and have one ride of the whole KATY, one yoyo of the KATY, one ride of San Diego to El Paso, one ride of the Maritime Provinces of Canada, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia, and ride from Anacortes, WA to Freeport, ME. We are blessed with good health and plan more big hikes and bike rides in our future.
Those three children are now all married and have given us four awesome grandchildren who live in Kansas, North Carolina and Columbia, MO.
Along the way, I took up sports officiating for fun and extra money. I did high school, volleyball (very poorly) and basketball (mediocre); college basketball (barely acceptable) and softball (pretty good). I also did lots of ASA softball (pretty good), youth baseball and softball. I also did US Swimming, first a stroke and turn judge, then a starter and finally, a referee. Highest level of that was to do a Masters Zone Championship (7 Midwestern states). I became a wrestling pairings official and have worked many youth district and regional tournaments as Pairings Master. I have done one state youth championship, several national championships, one Olympic Trials and one World Championship. I still work as Pairings Master for all of The University of Central Missouri’s tournaments. These I do for fun.
Front tire in Puget Sound
Tires in Atlantic
Atop Mt. Whitney
Black eye closer
Loving fixin' a flat
Hospitality on the trail
Leaning over sign at Katahdin, north end of Appalachian Trail
In 100 mile wilderness
Sometimes you fall
Stopped for a view
Baxter State Park, Maine