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The Native Sons and Daughters of Greater Kansas City
Outstanding Kansas Citian Awards 
Marilyn Maye

Julia Irene Kauffman

Thomas A. McDonnell

John A. Dillingham

Terry and Peggy Dunn

Jonathan Kemper

Jeanette Nichols

Carol Marinovich

Jim & Virginia Stowers

Barnett & Shirley Helzberg

Mary Shaw Branton

Buck O'Neil
Carl Dicapo

Whitney and Day Kerr

Dr. Felix N. Sabates

Dr. Bruce Prince-Joseph

Drue Jennings

Jerry Cohen

Anita B. Gorman

Roy Ranck

William Clarkson

Jane Flynn

Henry Bloch

Walt Bodine

David Stanley

Irvine O. Hockaday, Jr.

Michael Burke

Ewing Kauffman

Vic Swyden

Jay Dillingham

Richard Bloch

Tom Watson

Crosby Kemper, Jr.

Ilus Davis

William Dunn

Charles Wheeler

Miller Nichols

Lester Milgram
Crosby Kemper, Sr.

John Ayres
Donald Hall
Richard Berkley
Ewing Kauffman

Clarence Kelley
Welcome to the new NSDKC web site.  Like most new things it will take some getting use to, but the new design will allow the organization to share a broader range of information with the membership in a more timely manner.  If you have comments, or see things that need fixed, please direct your comments to the web site committee.

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See pictures from recent events in our new photo galleries.


2013 Outstanding Kansas Citian

Mark your calendar to celebrate Baseball Hall of Fame member George Brett.  Details


Test and Archive

Link to download digital copy of 2012 Outstanding Kansas Citian program



Links to local history resources, web sites and historic places in the Greater Kansas City area

Fort Osage
    Fort Osage, located near Sibley, Missouri, was one of the first projects taken on by the Native Sons (and Daughters).
Friends of Sacred Structures
    FOSS dedicated to the preservation of historic religious structures for active community use in Kansas City.
Harry S. Truman Presidential Museum & Library
    Exhibits explore the life of America's 33rd President. The library includes primary documents from the life and times of Truman.
Heritage League of Greater Kansas City
    Membership organization that promotes awareness and appreciation of the history of the Greater Kansas City area.
Jackson County Historical Society
    The historical society holds a vast collection of documents dating from 1828 that tells the story of Jackson County. In addition, the site documents a comprehensive list of historically related web content for Jackson County.
Kansas City Museum
    Displaying regional Kansas City historical exhibits from Native American through the Civil War era in Corinthian Hall. The museum occupies the 50 room Beaux Arts style mansion and carriage house built by lumber baron, R.A. Long in 1910.
Kansas City Public Library
    The library's Special Collections Department houses, collects, provides and preserves numerous types of resources pertaining to the history of the Kansas City Metropolitan Area, genealogy, the Civil War and Western Americana.
Kessler Society
    A Kansas City Parks & Recreation citizen supported organization named after the creator of George Kessler, creator of Kansas City's parks and boulevard system.
Lewis and Clark Heritage Trail Riverbend Chapter
    The Riverbend Chapter supports the Lewis & Clark Trail Heritage Foundation at the local level through events, activities, programs, promotion, and protection of the Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail. In addition, the local chapter encourages local interest in the expedition and related historic sites.
Liberty Memorial Museum
    The only public museum in the United States dedicated solely to the history of World War I. The museum was originally built by private donations from the people of Kansas City. It is now the official National Historic Landmark, and the nation's only official World War I memorial.
Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm
    This site was built in 1865 and used as a stagecoach stop along the Santa Fe Trail. Twenty acres remain of the original 570-acre site. This is the last surviving stagecoach stop on the Santa Fe Trail.
Missouri Town 1855
    A living history museum showing the structures, attire and lifestyles found in mid-19th Century Jackson County, Missouri.
National Agricultural Center & Hall of Fame
    A 172-acre complex with the National Farmers Memorial, Agricultural Hall of Fame, Museum of Farming and Farm Town USA.
National Frontier Trails Museum
    Located in downtown Independence, Missouri, it is devoted to the history of the overland trails.
Thomas Hart Benton State Historic Site
    The home of nationally known painter Thomas Hart Benton. Untouched since his passing in 1975, the home includes the converted carriage house - his studio that still looks as he left it.
Toy and Miniature Museum
    Details coming
Union Cemetery
    Union Cemetery, formed as the cemetery for the union of the two early Kansas City towns, Westport and the Town of Kansas
Union Station Kansas City
    The restored 1914 railroad hub includes historical exhibits, Science City, restaurants and theaters.
Western Historical Manuscript Collection
    A variety of regional Kansas City historic information. Includes various collections, the Native Sons' collection, a listserv and more.
Weston Historical Museum
    Since 1960, the Weston Historical Museum has preserved the historical record of Weston, fostered the learning of local history, and maintained a no-charge admittance policy. The museum maintains extensive files about local history, including family files, obituaries, records of organizations, schools, churches and businesses as well as antebellum homes and local cemeteries.
Westport Historical Society
    Organization dedicated to the preservation of history related to the Westport area. The society's headquarters is the Harris-Kearney House, built in 1855 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Wornall House
    Constructed in the year 1858 by John B. Wornall, the house was built in the Greek Revival style and is one of the several remaining Civil War period homes in the Kansas City area. During the American Civil War, the Wornall's home was used as a field hospital for the Union and Confederate forces after the Battle of Westport.
Wyandotte County Historical Society & Museum
    The Wyandotte County History Society & Museum was organized in 1889 and is dedicated to the preservation of the history and development of Wyandotte County.
Obituary Page from Old Website


Dr. Pat Barelli
Art Bowen
Pat Hughes

Art Bowen
The first thought that comes to mind when one remembers Arthur H. (Art) Bowen, Jr., is that he was the consummate gentleman. Bowen died May 31st at the age of 99, just six weeks short of his 100th birthday.

Bowen grew up in Kansas City, Mo., and then graduated from the University of Kansas in 1931.  He began practicing accounting in 1932 and attained his CPA certification in 1934. He soon became the Managing Partner of Kansas City office of Arthur Young & Co. Art held numerous leadership positions in CPA Societies in Kansas, Missouri and Nationally.

He was president of the NSDKC in 1982, served 25-years as Treasurer of the Board of Children's Mercy Hospital and 18-years as a Director of the Millbank Manufacturing Co.  He was a Trustee of the Cowden Foundation, and served on the Boards of the Ina Calkins Fund, Starlight Theater and the Conservatory of Music.

Bowen was a member of the Ararat Shrine, the Royal Order of the Jesters and retired from the Navy at the end of World War II as a Lt. Commander. He was a member of Country Club Christian Church and had been resident at Claridge Court since his wife died 11 years ago. He is survived by two sons who live out of town.

For many years, Bowen had generously hosted the NSDKC Past-President's Luncheon at the River Club, 8th and Jefferson, in downtown Kansas City, Missouri.  Several years ago, those in the club at that time named the annual November luncheon the "Art Bowen Past-President's Club".  Bowen graciously accepted the honor.

Art was in generally good health until near the end. After attending what was to be his last luncheon, at age 97, he was followed south from the Club on I-35

driving 60 mph. He once attributed his health and longevity to regular visits to the exercise room at Claridge Court.  Mr. Bowen is an excellent role model for a productive life well-lived.

Joe Vaughan, Native Sons and Daughters historian

Pat Hughes
As Native Sons President and Social Program Chairman, Pat Hughes used his knowledge of Kansas City and its people to plan and execute many memorable events. He added vitality and verve to the Native Sons with his personality and sense of humor, which attracted and kept members. He was loyal to his friends and looked out for them. He was the life of many meetings and events and he truly enjoyed this role. He loved to sing and play the guitar. He was a very social guy.

When our longtime executive secretary had to resign, Pat got his wife Susie involved; and she eventually took over that role.

Pat loved all things Irish. He was a member of the Hibernians, and worked on the St. Patrick's Day parades for years, and was recognized as a Grand Marshal.

Pat Hughes was also a plugged-in guy. He was the longtime committeeman for the 6th Ward. When we needed something from the city or county, he knew who to call.

He is a person we will miss greatly.

John Mura, Native Sons and Daughters member


Patrick List Hughes, 69, of Kansas City, MO, passed away June 15, 2011, at
home. Pat was born to Frank and Catherine (Kilty) Hughes on
July 25, 1941, and attended Visitation School, Rockhurst High School, and
Regis College. Pat lived a full and active life. He had a long career in
insurance most notably 25 years with Cretcher, Lynch & Company. He loved
Kansas City, the Democratic Party, the Kansas City Rugby Club, and all things
Irish. He was the 6th Ward Committee member for 35 years and organized
numerous St. Patrick's Day Parades (his nickname "The Boss"), serving as Grand
Marshal for the Kansas City and Brookside parades. He was an active member of
The Native Sons and Daughters of Kansas City, Ancient Order of Hibernians,
Visiting Nurses Association, American Royal, and he was the first president of
the Kansas City Club's 1212 Club. His warmth, boisterous humor, and stories
for any occasion will be remembered and missed by all who knew and loved him.
Pat is survived by his wife of 42 years, Susan, his two children, Allison and
Ted, of whom he was so proud, and his siblings, Michael Hughes (Dana), Cathy
Marx (John), and Sheila Weiford (Tom).

Kansas City Star, June 19, 2011

NORTON, P.E. Bill Norton, P.E., age 77, of Kansas City, MO, went to be with the Lord unexpectedly on July 11, 2009. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday July 16, 2009 at Gashland Presbyterian Church, 81st and North Oak Trafficway in Kansas City North, with burial following in Mount Moriah Terrace Park Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family on Wednesday evening July 15, 2009 at the church from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The family suggests contributions to the Children's Ministries at Gashland Presbyterian Church or Heartland Habitat for Humanity.

Bill was born December 17, 1931 in Strasburg MO. Later the family moved to Pleasant Hill, MO. He was one of eight children born to Frank Samuel and Willard Josephine Norton. He graduated from Pleasant Hill High School and, after working as a seaman in the United States Merchant Marine, he served with the 7th infantry division the U.S. Army in Korea, Bill graduated from Bradley University in Peoria, IL, in 1958.

While students, Bill and Rosemary Thornton, of Peoria were married on December 28, 1957. Following graduation they moved to Kansas City, MO. He attended Finley College of Engineering while working for Marshall and Brown, Architects and Engineers for seven years. In 1967 he founded the engineering firm, Willard S. Norton, Consulting Engineer, later to become Norton and Schmidt, Consulting Engineers, Inc., and opened another office Norton, Schmidt and Warden in Atlanta, GA, in 1978.

Upon retiring in 1996, he sold both firms to his partners, but has continued to serve his clients in the Kansas City area up until his passing. During his engineering career, he was a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers, and was registered as a Structural Engineer in the States of MO, KS, FL, WI, OH, and NE.

Bill enjoyed his family, friends, clients, and the people with whom he came in contact each day in his profession. There were many lives touched and changed by his encouragement, generosity, and sharing of his faith. Bill was a member of the Boy Scouts of America, the Tribe of Mic-O-Say, Pi Kappa Alpha, CBMC and the Bradley University Alumni Association. He served on the Board of Directors of the Native Sons of Kansas City, the Clay- Platte YMCA, Sentinel Federal Loan Association, and was Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Village of Oakwood. He had been a member of Gashland Presbyterian Church since 1960, having served as an ordained Elder, on the Board of Trustees, and the Session.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, his sisters Helen Norton and Frances Thurman, and brother Robert Norton. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Rosemary, his son, Craig and wife, Sarah, of Minnetonka, MN; his daughter Alissa and husband Kent Hermes, of Kansas City North; grandchildren Andrew Norton, Alex Norton, Elizabeth Hermes, and Emily Hermes; a brother, Frank Norton, of Santa Ana, CA; sisters, Inez Fredrickson, Harrisonville, MO, Eleanor Groll, Greenwood, MO, Louise Koerber, Kansas City North, MO; and many nieces, nephews, and wonderful friends. Arrangements: Mount Moriah Terrace Park Funeral Home, 801 NW 108th Street, KCMO 64155, 816-734-5500.


Lee Pickering, 2nd Vice-President, Communications Secretary, and Community Service Project chair for the Alexander Majors Home, died suddenly on Tuesday, April 28, 2009. Lee helped spearhead many initiatives for the Native Sons and Daughters and we will miss him.

Katherine Berrey


We wish to recognize the passing of the following members in 2008:

Harold Sanders, Jr., John C. Dodds, Ray Davis, Gordon Robertson, Barney McCray, Fanny Yarbero, John Kopp, past President Charles Waldron, Gordon Robertson, and Bob Kilker.
Outstanding Kansas Citian Content from Old Website not used on the new site

Tom McDonnell Honored as 2010 Outstanding Kansas Citian

The 2010 Outstanding Kansas Citian event, honoring Tom McDonnell, was held at the Muehlebach Tower in Kansas City, Missouri. Renowned hammered dulcimer performer, Ms. Esther Kreek, entertained guests during the reception and during the program. The Honorable Tom Sims opened the program with the Pledge of Allegiance, and offering of the benediction.

A brief program was conducted by President Gary L. Hicks, introducing
past recipients present, the head table, and the 2010 officers. The event is also considered an annual business meeting of the Corporation, and the official order of business was the election of officers for the ensuing term. This was conducted by Nominating Committee Chair, Dan Sturdevant.
Dot Benner facilitated the Outstanding Kansas Citian Award Program, which included a video production created by DST Systems on the character and contributions of Mr. McDonnell in leading renewal efforts in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. A tribute to Mr. McDonnell was offered by Whitney Kerr, who reflected on Tom’s contributions to the preservation of the historic integrity of the Kansas City.

The award program concluded with presentation of a plaque to Mr. McDonnell followed by his remarks.


The Board of Directors of Native Sons and Daughters of Greater Kansas City is very pleased to announce its 2009 Outstanding Kansas Citian Award Recipient to be John A. Dillingham.

The dinner honoring Mr. Dillingham will take place on Thursday, September 24, 2009, 6:00 p.m., at The Golden Ox, 1600 Genesee, in Kansas City, Missouri. Mr. Dillingham, a member and past president of the Native Sons and Daughters, will be honored for his many outstanding civic achievements as well as his contributions to documenting the history of greater Kansas City.

He is president and director of JoDill, Inc. and Dillingham Enterprises. John’s public and civic affairs comprise an extensive list of chairmanships, directorships and appointments.
John is the 45th recipient of this award, first given in 1973. John’s father, the late Jay B. Dillingham, received the Outstanding Kansas Citian award in 1984.
It is significant that the dinner-event will be held at the Golden Ox Restaurant, which was established by Jay B. Dillingham in 1959. The restaurant is located in the Livestock Exchange Building where John’s father had his offices for many years and where John also has his offices on the top floor of the building.

Terry and Peggy Dunn selected “Outstanding Kansas Citians” for 2008
by the Native Sons and Daughters of Greater Kansas City

The Board of Directors for the Native Sons and Daughters of Greater Kansas City is most pleased to announce Terry and Peggy Dunn have received its annual award as “Outstanding Kansas Citians” for 2008. A reception was held in their honor on Thursday evening, September 25, 2008 in the National WWI Museum at the Liberty Memorial, in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. 
The Dunns are highly visible leaders in our Greater Kansas City area, through their professional careers, their numerous civic involvements, and their generous philanthropic support providing for the well being our community.  

Our community long recognizes the breadth and depth of their contributions to its development and preservation. Their continued professional and civic leadership, extensive community involvement, sharing of resources, vision, demonstrates their abiding regard for the preservation, restoration, and maintenance of our historic record as the foundation upon which to build and nurture future generations.

Terry Dunn serves as the CEO of the J.E. Dunn Construction Company, while Peggy Dunn is serves as elected mayor of the City of Leawood, Kansas. Their tireless efforts are employed to maintain our heritage as being one of the Nation’s most prestigious communities in which to reside. The Dunns are considered among the Kansas City area’s most valued assets of which the Native Sons and Daughters recognize with its Outstanding Kansas Citian award.

Liberty Memorial was selected as the site of the event considering the Natives Sons and Daughters extensive commitment to its recent renovation; with several of its members serving in Board capacity with the Liberty Memorial Association; and that, in Spring 2001, J.E. Dunn Construction was awarded the contract to completely restore and refurbish Liberty Memorial, allowing for inclusion of a new world-class museum in newly dedicated space within the memorial.

Terry and Peggy Dunn served as the chairs for UMKC's recent capital campaign, which raised over $300 million for the university. Among the many community groups in which they are involved include the Boy Scouts, the Children's Miracle Network, the Truman Medical Center, the Jewish Community Relations Bureau, and many others.

The reception was attended by 65 members and guests, including the Dunn’s son Patrick and daughter Katie Fitzpatrick, Terry’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. William and Jean Dunn, Mike Dunn, and friend Melinda. Brother Robert Dunn was unable to attend due to another commitment. Also in attendance were the Hon. Don Reimal, mayor of the City of Independence, Missouri, and wife Jo Marie Reimal, as guests of Dr. Lee and Kathryn Pickering.

As each entered the memorial, they were welcomed with the classical music of a string trio. A premiere hors d'oeuvres buffet, by Kansas City Catering, Inc., preceded the award ceremony.

The “President’s Welcome” was presented by the Hon. Thomas Sims, recognizing the Dunn family and former OKC Award recipients being present, including Mr. William Dunn, Mr. Mike Burke, and Whitney and Day Kerr. New members for the year 2008 were duly recognized.

The business of the election of officers for the year 2009 was conducted by immediate past-president Ms. Eileen Sullivan, chair of the nominating committee.  Ms. Sullivan presented for vote the slate of candidates for the position of officers and directors.

Following acknowledgements by event chair Mr. Gary L. Hicks, vocal music was delightfully provided by our own Mr. Dan Sturdevant (president elect for 2009) taking us back the musical period of the 1930’s. Of special note, Dan was accompanied by the strains of his own “hand-held orchestra” contained on his PDA.  Following the presentation of the OKC award, Dan once again entertained us all with a musical tribute to the Dunn’s in the melody of “Everything’s-Up-to-Date-in Kansas City” and special lyrics composed by Mr. Hicks.

A special acknowledgment is offered to Ms. Louise Hicks for her invaluable assistance during the entire event process, especially for producing the slide show presentation as part of the program.  Additionally, the organization recognizes Mr. Michael Morgan of KCDV.TV who volunteered to provide a video recording of the event. Michael has an abiding interest in providing to the community a historical record of events and activities associated with aspects of historical preservation.

Mr. Hicks introduced Mr. John Dillingham who offered a tribute to Terry and Peggy Dunn. Mr. Dillingham has served with both Terry and Peggy in many capacities in many community involvements. While recently serving as president of the Liberty Memorial Association, Mr. Dillingham especially valued the contributions by the J.E. Dunn Company towards the restoration effort, much beyond contractual obligations. He was delighted for the opportunity to share his insight and perspective and recognized in detail their contributions to our community.  Mr. Dillingham’s tribute drew a standing ovation for the Dunns who came forward to receive the Outstanding Kansas Citian Award.

Commendation was made to the Dunns by Mr. Hicks who presented the award.  Both Peggy and Terry offered remarks in gratitude of receiving the award, thanking the organization for bestowing such recognition, and acknowledging they were now on a list of “Who’s-Who” in Kansas City.

Gary L. Hicks
Chair, Outstanding Kansas Citian Committee


President of the Native Sons and Daughters, and Dan Sturdevant, Program Director, present Jonathan Kemper the Outstanding Kansas Citian award for 2007
From the left, Eileen Sullivan, immediate past president; Jonathan Kemper, Dan Sturdevant, 2009 President-elect

Jonathan Kemper was honored as “Outstanding Kansas Citian 2007” at a dinner and program held at the Central Library at 10th and Baltimore in downtown Kansas City on Friday, September 28. Dan Sturdevant, program chair for the Native Sons and Daughters of Greater Kansas City, said that Mr. Kemper was honored for his outstanding civic achievements and his respect for historic preservation. The dinner was attended by about 130 persons. The downtown Central Library served a superb dinner. The Library staff also led a tour of the Kansas City, Missouri, Public Library's Kirk Hall, venue for the 2007 Outstanding Kansas Citian banquetLibrary, with a special look at the Missouri Valley Room, showcasing the Kansas City area historical research capabilities.

About our 2006 honoree, Jeanette Nichols

On October 5, 2006, the Native Sons of Greater Kansas City honored one of Kansas City's great philanthropists and community volunteers. Jeannette Nichols was named Outstanding Kansas Citian for 2006 at a reception held in her honor at the Liberty Memorial, 100 W. 20th Street.

Jeannette Nichols' accomplishments are many, especially in the arts. She serves as honorary co-chair of the University of Missouri - Kansas City's $200 million capital campaign and is spearheading the expansion of the Miller Nichols library on the UMKC campus. She and her late husband, Miller, received the Philanthropic Award from the Jackson County Historical Society in 2001.

Two years later, Ms. Nichols received the William F. Yates Medallion of Distinguished Service from William Jewell College. She serves on the Campaign Steering Committees of both the Kansas City Public Library and the Metropolitan Kansas City Performing Arts Center. She has served at the national level on the President's Advisory Committee on the Arts at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

Accomplishment is part of the Nichols' family tradition. J.C. Nichols, Ms. Nichols' father-in-law, created the Country Club Plaza in 1922. Her late husband, Miller Nichols, took over his father's business and took the Kansas City landmark to new heights by adding hotels, apartments and artwork to the Plaza landscape.

The Native Sons and Daughters of Greater Kansas City are pleased to name Jeannette Nichols Outstanding Kansas Citian for 2006.


The Native Sons and Daughters of Greater Kansas City
PO Box 26071
Overland Park, KS  66225

Phone: 913-207-3310 Email: