David Sapp - 1963
Bio & Picture from 40th Reunion
Updated Bio and picture for 50th Reunion

 
 










November 23, 2003

 
Since our mostly blissful years at Hickman, my lifeline has included a degree in Chemical Engineering from MU in 1967, marriage to non-Kewpie Jo Barnhill in 1968, four years of work at the research laboratories of Sinclair Oil Company near Chicago, a return to Columbia as an engineer with 3M Company, the birth of my two best legacies, Lesley and Michael, and various engineering and management positions at 3M culminating in the assignment of a lifetime, building and managing 3M's first southeast Asian electronics manufacturing facility in Seremban, Malaysia.

Upon returning to Columbia from Malaysia, I opted for early retirement and proved that you can find meaning outside the office.  My years since have been fulfilling and busy with community and home activities.  I've discovered anew my love of history and have researched and written about the history of Boone county while contributing many wonderful hours to the Boone County Historical Society, currently serving as president of the board of directors.  I have similarly worked with the Genealogical Society of Central Missouri in many capacities, the Missouri State Genealogical Society organizing statewide conferences, and the Columbia Kiwanis Club.  My wonderful wife prods me and keeps me active in supporting our local Democrat candidates, doing what I can to save us from Dubya.

Through all these years I've had the great pleasure of a continuing association with the "Parkade gang" that graduated in 1963 — John Cunningham, Bill Taft, and Bill Trumbower and John Douglas on occasion.  Everyone should have the good fortune to be able to play a little tennis or a round of par-3 golf with Kewpie friends forty years after your prime!

 

 

 

 

 

 

December 27, 2011

Since our mostly blissful years at Hickman, my life story has included a degree in Chemical Engineering from MU in 1967, marriage to non-Kewpie Jo Barnhill in 1968, four years of work at the research laboratories of Sinclair Oil Company near Chicago, a return to Columbia as an engineer with 3M Company, the birth of my two best legacies, Lesley and Michael, and various engineering and management positions at 3M culminating in the assignment to build and manage 3M’s first southeast Asian electronics manufacturing facility in Seremban, Malaysia.

Upon returning to the U.S. and Columbia in late 1997, I opted for early retirement and am thoroughly enjoying different kinds of work .  I’ve had trouble figuring out how I had time to work.  I discovered anew my love of history and continue to research and write about the history of Boone county.  I devote lots of time to the Boone County Historical Society – having served on its board for twelve years, including two years as President, and currently by leading a new initiative to preserve a number of historic buildings in a setting we call the Village at Boone Junction.

History and genealogy go hand in hand and I have worked with the Genealogical Society of Central Missouri in many capacities, the Missouri State Genealogical Society organizing statewide conferences, and the National Genealogical Society organizing the Kansas City conference in 2008.   My Kiwanis Club efforts are rewarding and help in a small way the children of Columbia. 

Many of you know that we have a historic treasure in the Columbia Cemetery and I am lucky enough to serve on the Columbia Cemetery Association’s board, one that extends back over 150 years now.  Politically, I support Democratic party candidates because they come closest to representing my values, though I do wonder about the sad state of most politics in our country.

All of the (now old) “Parkade gang” that graduated in 1963 — John Cunningham, Bill Taft, and Bill Trumbower and John Douglas are still around, thankfully.  In 2003, I said in this spot: “Everyone should have the good fortune to be able to play a little tennis or a round of par-3 golf with Kewpie friends forty years after your prime!”  In 2013, I have to say that, while I haven’t played tennis or golf for years now, Cunningham and I can still take Taft and Trumbower any time.  Here’s to the entire Class of ‘63.

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