Met Stephens College student,
Jody Davis, in 1964. Graduated from Mizzou in 1967 with a degree in math.
Married Jody Davis in August
and moved to Kansas City
Graduated from UMKC School of
Dentistry in 1971.
OK Charley, Here it is:
1) I was born in
Kansas City, Missouri. After a year in Jacksonville, Florida and a year
in New Orleans I moved with my family to Columbia in 1948. Went to Lee
School for Kindergarten and Grant School for 1-6.
2) Immediately after
high school I stayed at home and attended Mizzou, with a degree in 1967.
3) After Mizzou, I
attended UMKC in Kansas City, with a DDS in 1971. I practiced dentistry
in Fayette and Columbia, while living in Fayette, which was a wonderful
experience. Fayette in the 70s, 80s, & 90s was kind of like Columbia in
the 50s & 60s on a smaller scale.
4) Yes, I'm still
working. After "retiring" in 2010 from long time private practice in
Missouri, I began working for a large corporate practice in Arkansas. I
fill in occasionally for dentists on leave or vacation. The practice
primarily cares for underprivileged children in Jonesboro, Little Rock,
Hot Springs, Fort Smith, and Fayetteville.
5) Being semi-retired is great, because on
many occasions I get to do the fun things I like to do outside the
office. Sailing, photography, travel, reading, walking, music, visual
and performing arts. I don't really care too much for sports. I had all
of that I needed by my mid 20s.
6) Jody and I met in
the spring of 1964 at the Italian Village in Columbia. Jody was a
Stephens student. And we were introduced by a friend of John Shepard,
who was Jody's suite mate. We have been married 46 years!
7) We have two children. A daughter, Chrys,
who lives in Kansas City and has 3 children. A son, Brad, who lives in
Columbia and has 3 children also.
8) We have lived in
Missouri and, now the last 10 years, in Arkansas. However, we have loved
traveling in Canada, Mexico, The Bahamas, The Caribbean, and England.
9) I would love to take a "slow boat to China"
someday. In other words, I would like to cruise on a freighter, and
probably not go to China. The only problem, besides money, is that Jody
doesn't want to do anything like that. So I'll have to go by myself or
get a partner.
10) I was deferred, then never drafted, so I
didn't serve in the military.
11) The entire
experience of Hickman was good. And I'm certainly old enough that the
bad experiences have been long forgotten.
12) My favorite place
after school was anyplace outside of town. I loved the country, and
still do. We live 5 miles outside a town of 6,000 in the Arkansas
Ozarks. On the weekend the favorite place was certainly the Lake of the
13) Sorry, I didn't really have a favorite
teacher at Hickman. I was not a very good student until my senior year;
then it was a matter of moving on.
14) The person who I
have had the most contact with since Hickman is Rick Waggoner. Our
parents were great friends. Rick and I met in Kindergarten and have
maintained contact all these years.
15) I maintain contact
with Jeff Beasley, Bill Ellzey, Larry Lasley, Bill Griffin, Rick
Waggoner, George Poehlman, John Modlin, and Mark and Libby Oldham.
16) Most of my stories were about either cars
or going to the Lake.
17) I remember living
on Anthony Street at about the age of 4 or 5. I remember the houses, the
alley, and even a neighbor boy.
18) My biggest
accomplishment at Hickman, although I did't realize it at the time, was
gaining self confidence. Since Hickman the biggest accomplishment, as
well as a lot of fun, was getting my private pilots license in 1977.
19) There wasn't really a lot to remember
about me. I was quiet and shy and didn't play sports. I drove an old
black Model A Ford with original red wire wheels! Maybe that was
20) Miss Nellie Kitchens had a profound effect
on my life. She is the perfect example of how someone, so totally
unexpected, can make such a difference in another person's life. As a
student in her college prep math course (although not the top students'
class), she must of had some sense that I could actually do math. Behind
that stern persona, she not only boosted my knowledge and abilities, she
boosted my confidence! Math was my major in college. Fortunately, she
received a direct and personal expression of my gratitude soon after
completing my education.
Douglas S Miller
P O Box 1267
Heber Springs, Arkansas 72543
In my dad's Austin Healy, in 1963, in
front of Mark Oldham's house
Graduation night with Bill Ellzey, Rick Waggoner,
Larry Lasley, me,
and Bill Griffin
Vaught's house (1962 Junior Prom?) with Rick Waggoner and George
Notice the enthusiasm!
Jody and me August 19, 2013. Our 46th wedding Anniversary
Me in 2012 trying to be honest
Me in 2010
Water Skiing 2010-10-26 - 65th
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