John Conway, Raytown High School, Class of 1950
John B. Conway is a 1950 Raytown High School graduate who has always kept his finger on the pulse of civic affairs, community affairs, and production safety in the workplace.
Married to Shirley (Sidoreus) Conway since 1952, John served in the United States Army in Japan from 1953 until 1956 earning the rank of Sergeant First Class. While attending Finlay Engineering College , and earning his degree in mechanical engineering, John was employed with the Bendix Aviation Company. He began in the cement industry with Portland Cement, and worked in plants and companies in Tennessee , Georgia , Texas , South Carolina and Arizona .
Among John's honors are serving as the Vice-President of Operations of Giant Resource Recovery, a division of Giant Portland Cement Company. While there, he collaborated with a second individual to develop the necessary equipment and manpower to convert hazardous waste into usable fuel, netting the company nearly $3 million annually.
John was also Vice-President of Operations for Phoenix Cement Company, where his safety program resulted in 3592 days, nearly ten years, of no lost job time, injury free days, with one string of 2977 days without injury.
Throughout the years, in each town where John lived, he served in roles where his community service was also evident. He has served as a secretary of two different Lions Clubs, a Kiwanis member, and also in several Chamber of Commerce roles, including Board of Directors, Vice President and President, in Cottonwood, Arizona.
John and Shirley have four children, Susan, Gary, Chris, and Jim.