Centurion Stark was proud of Ark City roots
Audra Maxine (Woolridge) Stark, who helped spearhead an effort to establish Arkansas City Junior College, and who later would be a member of the college’s first graduating class, died June 15, 2005, in La Grange, Ga. She was 100. Stark, one of 28 students who comprised the first graduating class of ACJC in 1924, received the Outstanding Tiger Alumnus Award in 1994 for her “outstanding leadership and lifetime of service” to the college. Upon finishing high school in Arkansas City in 1922, she and her friends campaigned door to door to establish Arkansas City Junior College, or what is now known as Cowley College. She was one of 58 students to begin classes on Sept. 11, 1922. In 1974, she was instrumental in establishing the Renn Memorial Library at the college. Audra is survived by her sons Daniel C. Stark II and Jack Stark. Donations may be sent to the Daniel and Audra Stark Memorial Scholarship Fund at Cowley College.
Jim Salomon, a long-time supporter of Cowley College, died July 15, 2005, in Arkansas City. He was 58. He was born Nov. 16, 1946, in Chicago, Ill., the son of Dr. James L. and Ahlene R. (Groves) Salomon. He was reared and educated in Chicago and Wichita. He graduated from Wichita State with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Jim moved to Arkansas City in 1978. He was the co-owner and chief executive officer of Gordon-Piatt Energy Group at Strother Field, and presently was a co-owner and CEO of Good Times Productions. Jim was a member of the Super Boosters and the Endowment Board of Directors at Cowley College. Survivors include his wife Debbie of the home; three daughters, Stephanie R. Newland of Arkansas City, Crysta L. Snow of Wichita; and Lindsay S. Randle of Derby; a step-son, Stefan Read of Arkansas City. Memorials have been established with the American Heart Association and the Cowley College Endowment Fund.
Everett Andrew Malan, 85, died June 17, 2005, in Arkansas City. Everett was born March 7, 1920, to William and Naomi (Bonous) Malan on the family farm near Wentworth, Mo. He served in World War II with the United States Army Air Corps. After the war, he received his bachelor’s degree in industrial technology from Southwest Missouri State and a master’s degree at the University of Northern Colorado. Everett married Rosalie Gibbons on Aug. 7, 1950. Everett taught at Arkansas City High School and Arkansas City Junior College (Cowley College) for several years. He became one of the driving forces behind the continued development of the industrial technology department at Cowley. Survivors include his wife Rosalie; a son Stuart A. Malan both of the home.
Paula Elizabeth Corkins
Paula Elizabeth Corkins, Class of 1956, died Aug. 26, 2005, in Texas. She was 69. She was born on April 1, 1936, in Winfield, the daughter of Paul and Eno Craig. She is survived by her children, Craig Dautrich, Lindsay Conley, Paul Howard, Scott Howard.