Tom Brown, Raytown South High School, Class of 1971
Tom Brown graduated from Raytown South High in 1971 and is a graduate of University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music. He also holds a Master of Music Degree from Juilliard School.
Tom is the youngest staff organist for the RLDS Auditorium, which included playing the organ for the 1970-1976 Raytown and Raytown South High graduations. In 1975 Tom won two awards at the piano competition in Oklahoma City. He won the first place Bloch Young Artist Award and a first place Johnson Piano Award.
Through attending Juilliard Tom can trace his musical tutelage directly to Beethoven through six generations of important student/teacher relationships. Tom is an internationally known organ, piano, and harpsichord virtuoso, with appearances throughout the United States, Canada, England, France, Holland, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Israel, and the Philippines. During his third tour of Southeast Asia, he was the featured soloist at the International “Bamboo Organ Festival” in the Philippines and was the first American ever invited to record on the famous “Bamboo Organ” there.
Mr. Brown has received over fifty honors and awards, was named an Outstanding Young Artist of America by the Editors of Musical America Magazine, and was the youngest graduate ever to receive the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music Alumni Achievement Award. He is often heard on national public radio.
Tom has served as organist and later director of music and organist for churches in Colorado, Missouri, New York City, Brooklyn, Connecticut and North Carolina.
He has been a church musician for fifty years and is currently the Minister of Music at the University Presbyterian Church, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where he conducts the chancel choir, leads worship on the church pipe organ, and directs a comprehensive music program.
Tom’s music website at www.ThomasBrownMusic.com is a place where web surfers can listen to music that Tom has recorded.
Bob Craddock, Raytown High School, Class of 1955
After graduating from Raytown High in 1955, Bob Craddock received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Education from Missouri Valley College in 1960. At Valley, he was a four-year letterman and on four conference championship teams. He later received his Masters from Central Missouri State University.
Bob began his coaching and teaching career at Northwood Elementary in Raytown in 1960 and became the head track coach at Raytown South in 1961. In 1965, he took over the South’s cross-country program. The team won the state title in 1970, placed second in 1969, and third in 1971. His South track and field teams won the state indoor track meet in 1976 and placed second in 1972.
Bob moved from Raytown South to Lee’s Summit in 1983 where he remained until his retirement in 1995. His coaching records at both schools in both sports are among Missouri’s all time bests. His true love was coaching and he spent thirty-five years teaching and coaching cross-country and track in the Raytown and Lee’s Summit School Districts, winning over 30 Conference and 15 District Championships in track and cross country. Even though his teams won various types of championships, his greatest joy came from his athletes that became coaches.
From 1969 to 1972 Bob was voted West Central Coach of the Year and he served as president of the Missouri Track and Cross Country Association in 1974-75. Bob is a member of the Missouri Valley College Athletic Hall of Fame, Missouri Track and Field Association Hall of Fame, and the National High School Coaches Hall of Fame. When Bob retired, he remained active in officiating meets and rules interpretation and was a volunteer coach in Savannah, Georgia.
A Kansas City Star article written immediately after Bob’s death said, “It’s a sad day the for the track and field community, not only for Kansas City, but across the state and region. We lost a legend for this area.”
Bob’s wife, Susan, lives in Savannah, Georgia. He has three children, Cindi, Rob, and Stephanie, as well as several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Rob Hudson, Raytown High School, Class of 1972
After graduating from Raytown High School in 1972, Rob Hudson attended Central Missouri State University, graduating in 1976 with a Bachelor of Science in Electronic Technology. He was on the swimming and diving team all four years and was the outstanding undergraduate and outstanding senior for his fraternity.
Rob moved from Raytown to Dallas, Texas, where he still lives, in 1976. He worked primarily in engineering but spent a short time in marketing. When F&M Systems, for whom Rob worked was sold, Rob was asked to complete some of their outstanding contracts, thus establishing a reputation for never walking away from unfinished work.
From 1986 to 1999 he was Vice President of Systems Integration for CSI Control System International, Inc., where he was responsible for sales, which in 1999 exceeded twenty million dollars.
Rob utilized the lessons he had learned in the business world to then start his own business. He drew up plans to start a company that would reflect his values, competitiveness, and spirit and would create the professional atmosphere he knew should and could exist. He began this venture and Cohesive Automation from his home and incorporated in 2000.
Cohesive Automation, Inc. sells, installs, and services control systems for various commercial buildings. Rob’s company has systems installed in more than 100 school districts, various data systems, commercial office buildings, hospitals, manufacturing plants, and even a few high-end residential homes. In nine short years, with the strong morals and values his parents in Raytown instilled in him, he has taken his company, Cohesive Automations, to one of the top twelve employee rated corporations in Dallas, Texas, ahead of well-known names like Exxon Mobile, American Airlines, and Cisco Systems.
Rob is recognized as one of the top three CEO’s in Dallas according to the Dallas Morning News. He continues to live with his wife of thirty-four years, Linda, in Carrolton, Texas.
Mark McIntosh, Raytown South High School, Class of 1976
Mark McIntosh graduated from Raytown South High School in 1976. He earned a degree in political science in 1983 and later received a Master’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and began what has become a very fulfilling career in television and radio sports.
Mark has covered Super Bowls, All-Star Games, NBA Playoffs, World Series, Olympic Events, NCAA Championships and has had Olivia Newton John sing happy birthday to him on live television.
Recognizing a local parochial school was losing quality teachers because of low pay, Mark became a leader in starting the Good Shepherd Foundation, with a mission to take care of students’ mentors. He served as president of the board for many years and is very proud of what has been accomplished by the Foundation in terms of increasing retention, pay, and morale of the schools’ faculty and staff.
For three years, Mark juggled television with the nonprofit world as Chief Executive Officer for Camp Fire USA’s Central Rookies Council. Mark greatly admires Camp Fire founder, Luther Gulick, and his Kansas City based century old youth development organization.
In 2004, Mark was challenged by a mentor to tell his story and created Victory Productions. Based upon his life experiences Mark encourages others, despite unexpected physical, emotional, or financial setbacks, to effectively deal with change and adversity. He has written four books on the subject and is working on a fifth.
Today Mark is a speaker, author, and consultant and still dabbles in television and radio. He spends many hours consulting with non-profits, schools, athletic teams, men, and families. Victory’s mission is to encourage others to achieve goals and overcome work, home, and other challenges.
Mark lives in Denver, Colorado and has two children, Kyle and Rachel.
Ed Stoll, Raytown South High School, Class of 1972
Ed Stoll graduated from Raytown South High School in 1972. At the University of Missouri-Columbia, he was a varsity basketball letterman and graduated Magna Cum Laude in Business Administration. As a senior, he was chosen as a member of the Mystical Seven, a group recognizing top seniors who have represented the university well in academics and extra-curricular activities. Continuing in law school, he graduated cum laude.
Returning to the area and practicing law in Kansas City, Ed volunteered with the Boy Scouts, served on church boards, and served on the Raytown Board of Education for three years. Additionally, he served four years on the Missouri Housing Development Commission, including one year as Chairman, served four years on the Missouri Development Finance Board, and served three years on the Desegregation Monitoring Committee for the Western District of Missouri. He has spent many years volunteering in scouting and is currently the Assistant District Commissioner, Thunderbird District, Heart of America Council, Boy Scouts of America.
During his thirty years of private law practice, Ed represented developers in low-income housing and other real estate developments, represented general corporate and business firms, negotiated and closed industrial revenue bond financings, and represented clients in tax planning and tax controversy.
From 2009 to 2012, Ed was the Director of the Jackson County, Missouri Collection Department. In that position, he set policy for the department, drafted and reviewed legislation, drafted and negotiated agreements with other political sub divisions, and worked with agencies of the State of Missouri.
He currently holds the position of Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for Jackson County, Missouri. In this role, he supervises the Jackson County Assessment Department and the Jackson County Collection Department. He sets policies and procedures for the departments, and structures, manages, and implements annual budgets for the departments.
Ed and his wife, Jan, have been married for 31 years and have three children.
Kris Turnbow, Raytown South High School, Class of 1970
Kris Turnbow graduated from Raytown South High School in 1970. After serving in the United States Navy, he returned to Raytown to become a police officer and in 1975 was hired by the Raytown Police Department. In 2001, he graduated with honors, earning an M.P.A., Public Management Degree from Park University.
In 1983, Kris was elected City Marshall/Police Chief and for the next thirteen years served as Raytown’s City Marshall, maintaining his reserve status in the US Navy.
During the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia, Kris was a supervisor for security personnel at the Olympic Village. From 1996 to 1999 he was the Security/Building Service Manager for Hallmark Cards in Liberty. MO. However, realizing his true calling was law enforcement, he took the job as Police Chief in Raymore, MO and was also the Emergency Management Director for Raymore. He retired in 2012.
After the attacks on 9/11, he was called to active duty to the Pentagon, working with the Joint Terrorism Task Force- Combatting Terrorism. In February 2003 Kris was called to active duty again and served as Assistant Director and then Acting Director of the Counter Intelligence Staff Office (CISO) for the US Transportation Command, Scott Air Force Base Illinois. In January 2009, Kris left for Iraq for a one-year active duty deployment to assist in the organization and training of Iraqi Policy and Security Forces.
Kris was awarded the Optimist Club Law Enforcement Officer of the Year in 1982 and 1990 and the Kiwanis Law Enforcement of the year in 1985. He also received the Clarence M. Kelley Law Enforcement Administrator of the Year in 1991, as well as the Clarence M. Kelley Meritorious Service Award by the FBI National Academy in 2007 and the Public Administrator of the Year from the American Society for Public Administration in 2011.
Kris is proud of being a Police Chief for over twenty-five years for Raytown and Raymore. He is also proud of his military service of nearly thirty-nine years in a reserve status and at times on active duty and retiring at the rank of Captain (0-6).
Kris is married to Vicki and has four children and two grandchildren.