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Mark your calendars! The May meeting will be on the 29th.


April 30: Some of you may remember when certain groups at ESY used Cray Computers. Saw this article recently which may be of interest: Cray Wins Summary Judgement Against Raytheon

May 07: The Plano Community Band is hosting free concerts in Haggard Park, Plano this Summer. One of our own, Mark Montgomery plays in the Band. Click here for more Information


By Eileen Wahlstrom

April 24, 2019




Guests: 0


Mark Jones Mark Jones had quadruple bypass surgery on March 11. His Facebook from the 19th states he is doing fine.

He wrote: “Just to let you know, time, heredity and lifestyle (polish sausage and chicken fried) finally caught up with me. I am scheduled to undergo Bypass Surgery at 5am Monday, 11 March. UT Health, Tyler (formerly ETMC).

This is strictly driven from testing, no symptoms presented. Hopefully will check in on the other side.”

Valerie Cox Fell and broke her hip on April 15th and had to have a hip replacement. She is at Medical City Plano. Update from Glenda Jones: update on Valerie Cox: surgery went fine she was kinda out of it for a while yesterday of course but when I went up there again today she was better. Her son is there. Not really in pain and around noon therapist came with a walker so she could start therapy. They plan for her to be in the hospital a few days (however long that is) and then off to rehab! She’s very positive about recovery (says “after all I’m a Marine!”) I read the comments from y’all to her and I know she appreciates the well wishes. When she goes to rehab I’ll post the details.

Stan Baker Had open heart surgery (five hours.) Stan was moved now in rehab at Christian Care Center in Mesquite room 2132.

From Sandy his wife: He is having some serious doubts about everything it seems. Mostly worried about me he even tells the employees there as well. Think he scared about the outcome of things but we are fine and will be fine if we can get him to moving and eating better . The pneumonia is kicking his butt he said today. This has taken on toll and him and all the family and we are doing the best we can. Please keep your prayers going as we try to work more and more with him . Thanks guys


Forest Marshall Cummings

January 1929 - March 2019

Forest M. Cummings, loving husband, father, uncle, grandfather, great grandfather and friend passed away peacefully at his home in Corinth on March 16. He was 90 years old. A resident of Richardson, Texas, for 54 years, he moved to Corinth in 2016 so he could live close to his wife of 68 years after she suffered a stroke and to be nearer his son and daughter-in-law in Denton.

He was born in Crawfordsville, Ind., on January 23, 1929, the only child of Marshall and Ruth Cummings. Following his graduation from high school in 1947, he proudly served in the U.S Navy for three years. He traveled the world while serving his country and also became interested in radio technology. After his honorable discharge from the Navy, he attended Purdue University and received his degree in electrical engineering.

He married the former Sue F. Kline in December 1950, in Crawfordsville, Ind. After graduating from college, he accepted a job with Collins Radio Co. in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in 1952. He requested a transfer to the company’s offices in Richardson in 1962 and moved his family to Texas that summer. He later worked as a project engineer for Rockwell International and E-Systems. For most of his adult life, he was also an active ham radio enthusiast.

He was preceded in death by his parents and son, Mike.

He is survived by his wife, Sue and son Randy (Vicki) of Denton. His step-grandchildren include Ryan Appleton (Stacey), Ross Appleton (Heather) and Lindsay Cavanaugh (Tom), all of Denton. He is also survived by seven great-grandchildren as well as niece Marla Gladwin and nephew Scott Reg, den, both of North Little Rock, Ark., and nephew Mark Redden of Safe Harbor, Fla.

The family would also like to express its heartfelt appreciation and gratitude to the wonderful staffs at Autumn Oaks of Corinth and the El Dorado Retirement community in Richardson for the love, support and friendship they provided him the last six and a half years.

Memorial Services were held, Monday, April 1, 2019, at 12:30 PM in the Wildwood Chapel at Restland Funeral Home located at 13005 Greenville Ave Dallas, Texas 75243.

Obituary: Click here

Dick Pitts

March 27th, 2019

We celebrated the life and legacy of Dick Pitts on Saturday, April 6th at 2pm at Brookhaven Church in McKinney - 6101 Stacy Rd, McKinney, TX 75070. Dick went home to be with his heavenly father in the early morning hours of Wednesday, March 27th.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Alzheimer's Association (https://www.alz.org/) as they continue their research for a cure.

Jim Campbell

June 27, 1947 - April 22, 2019

From Rick Brimlow:

Received sad news that Jim Campbell passed away today.

Update: The service for him will be Monday 4/29 at 11:15 at DFW national cemetery, 2000 Mountain Creek Pkwy, Dallas, TX 75211. There will be no viewing.

Jimmy Dean Campbell was born on June 27, 1947 to Era Mae and DC Campbell. He is preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers, and 1 sister. He leaves to cherish his memory: His beloved wife of 50 years Lana K. Campbell, two sons: Jimmy D. Campbell (JJ), Jason D. Campbell and daughter Sunny D. Howard. Nine grandchildren: Lio, Joseph, Johnathan, Carissa, Sierra, Siana, Donovan, Joel, and Clayton. Two great grandchildren: Blue and Naeli. Jimmy Campbell enrolled into the Army in the 1960’s. He served as a Vietnam Vet from 1967 to 1969. He went into retirement after his employment with E - Systems (Raytheon). He was a Master Mason and supporter of the Dallas Scottish Rite Hospital. Jimmy was a generous and loving husband, father, and friend. He taught his family the value of honesty, and hard work, and showed kindness to everyone he met. During his early years he enjoyed riding his motorcycle. His greatest love was his wife Lana and his greatest accomplishment was ensuring his family felt supported and loved.

Obituary: Click here


I received the note below from the daughter of James Grant, former E-Systems employee. She would love to hear from anyone who remembers him or worked with him. I am including her email address.


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Historical Marker Update:

The process for acquiring a historical marker is quite involved and not a sure thing. Therefore, I submit another idea. Terry Gaus came up with this idea. There are three bus stops that are in front of the 1200 S. Jupiter Garland location. If there is enough interest, a shelter/bench could be installed at one of them with a short, historical narration of the site. Looks like it would cost around $2,000 and up depending on the style. The metal style bench is more expensive and a separate plaque would need to be attached. Of course, we need to find out if DART would allow this. Terry volunteered to contact the former mayor of Garland, Bob Day, who is also on the DART Board. Maybe we could get some inside pull.

I have name tags for the following people. One line tags are $4.00 and two line tags are $5.00. If anyone needs a name tag, please send your name (as you would like it on the name tag) to me, emmawahlstrom@aol.com or text it to me at 469-475-4884. A second line is optional if you want to include your service dates.

Old Order:

  • Gene Carlton
  • David Terrell

Mark your calendars! The May meeting will be on the 29th.

I’m still collecting eye glasses for donation to the Lion’s Club. Thank you all who have donated.

Feel free to send me information for next meeting to


Eileen Wahlstrom

Note: We are an independent group of Garland E-Systems/Raytheon retirees and not affiliated with the Raytheon Corporation in any way.