Sandy Smith - 1963
Bio & Picture from 40th Reunion












Sandy Smith Thornhill & Jerry
July 2003 @ home in Illinois
My goodness a 40 year reunion…………a pause for sure is in order to reflect on what has happened in my life since leaving Hickman High School.

Like so many of my classmates, upon graduation I entered the University of Missouri where I earned a BS degree in Elementary Education.  I even taught in Columbia for three years before, marrying Jerry and moving to the east coast.  We lived in New Jersey while Jerry completed his externship.  Andrew, our first son was born here.  We then moved to Park Forest, Illinois where Jer was in practice for the next seven years.  Our second son was born during this period. Next it was on to West Lafayette, Indiana where Jerry was on staff at Purdue and I began teaching again.  While living there I finished my MS degree.  After seven years (there seems to be a pattern here) we found ourselves back in Illinois.  This time we moved to Barrington and this is where we have remained.  During this timeframe I returned to graduate school once again to complete my doctoral studies.

Our two sons are both grown and on their own,   Andrew the oldest works in the field of international business.  Our youngest son, Jon teaches science at a middle school.  So far we have no daughter-in-laws.  Jerry is a veterinarian and has a kidney and dialysis center for animals.  I am still in the educational field as associate superintendent of the Cary School District in Cary, IL.  We live in an old (98 years old) farm house that is our rest haven from our busy professional lives.

About six years ago, I was involved in an automobile accident that has changed my life in many ways.  After a lengthy hospital stay and years of physical therapy, I feel very blessed to be alive.   As a result of this experience, I am much more aware of my own faith, the importance of family as well as staying connected to friends and relatives. My brother and parents still live in Columbia, so I return as often as possible.  I am still proud to be a Kewpie!


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