In Memory

Wade Douglas, Jr.

Wade Douglas, Jr.

I am sad to report the death of classmate, Wade Douglas Jr.  Wade was born October 11,1944 and died peacefully on November 11, 2020 at his home in La Mesa, California.  No formal obituary has been published but several of our classmates have been in contact with his wife, Harumi.  Classmates Phil Gay, Mike Eden and Ralph Sandmeyer have all contributed to this” In Memory” posting.

While listing his occupation as “journalist”, Wade was a very successful disc jockey, radio announcer and radio reporter, often making live “on-the-scene-reports”.  Wade was on home dialysis for some years and had suffered several strokes which affected his speech.  He had to relearn to speak to return to radio broadcasting.

From Wade’s posting on the THS/TWHS Classmates of 1962 webpage:

“I retired in '08 after four decades plus in southern California radio and TV and have kept busy since restoring old British motorcycles and volunteering at my local historical society where I now serve on its board of directors. My last project culminated in August, '11 with the dedication of a plaque on an historic building up the street from my home that briefly housed one of California's first movie studios a hundred years ago.”

Wade is survived by his wife, Harumi, 4 children and three grandchildren.

 

Respectfully submitted,

David Nelson

Administrator, THS/TWHS Classmates of 1962 website



 
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09/18/21 11:15 AM #1    

Charles Fordyce

Let's Now take a moment to remember Wade Douglas, Jr.  He was one of us, you know, so attention should be paid to his passing.  He seemed to have had a real nostalgia for Topeka...and Topeka High...from what he posted on this site.    Wade was a one-of-a-kind type of guy.  One of my recollections...since I knew him all through jr high and high school. (THS & TWHS)...was he had to shave every day from as early as our meeting  at Capper.  Male hormones to the max...right?  Anyway, let's raise our glasses (if arthritis hasn't gotten in the way by this time) to Wade Douglas, Jr.... a "hale fellow, well met" from back in the day...who, unfortunately, had to leave the party way too soon.   


09/19/21 12:15 PM #2    

Bill Reed

Well put Kit!  Bill


09/19/21 05:03 PM #3    

Richard L. Thornburg

Interesting life on the airways. I did not know Wade but Thoughts and Prayers for him and his family. dt

09/20/21 09:18 AM #4    

Ann Barry (Flood)

I remember Wade well.  

We used to have long conversations about almost anything and everything.  He was great fun to talk to and had interesting observations and a slightly wacky sense of humor.

 At University of Kansas, he had set me up with a blind date who later became my first husband. I remember briefly considering naming my son 'Wade' because I really liked Wade and I thought it was a cool name; however, since the last name would be 'Flood', Wade Flood seemed like a name set up to torment (at least while in grade school). I bet Wade would have found it hilarious though.  We miss you, Wade.


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