Meet the Round Table's New President
Beginning in January 2019, Dan Dooley will assume the duties of president of the Civil War Round Table of Kansas City. Dan's love for the Civil War began in elementary school during the centenial of the war, and has never abated. He has a collection of war-era books, as well as war relics and related ephemera including more than a dozen Confederate War bonds and an equal number of pieces of Confederate currency. For his complete bio, click on this link.
Remembering Purd B. Wright III
Purd Wright in a photo taken on October 24, 2015
Long-time Civil War Round Table member Purd B. Wright III passed away at the age of 88 on Thanksgiving, November 22, 2018. Purd was born in Kansas City MO in 1930 and attended an all boys boarding school in Kent CT. He earned varsity letters in football and rowing. He attended Princeton University, but left to join the Air Force in 1951.
Purd was assigned to the Strategic Air Command Survival School at Fort Carson CO and was trained as a combat intelligence instructor. Purd was sent to Morocco, where he served at Sidi Slimane Air Force Base and the Headquarters of the 5th Air Division. He was Honorably Discharged from the service at Camp Kilmer NJ in 1954. Purd went back to Princeton and graduated with Honors in History in 1956.
Purd was employed as a traveling salesman and sales manager for 41 years with International Paper Company, FMC Corporation, and GardenWay, Inc. He was a member of the Saddle and Sirloin Club of Kansas City and was a dedicated trail rider.
Purd and his wife Peggy have been regular attendees at our Civil War Round Table dinner meetings. Purd loved history. He will be greatly missed by all of those who knew and loved him.
Remembering Betty Ergovich
Betty Ergovich at the CWRT-KC dinner meeting held on December 19, 2017
Long-time Civil War Round Table member Betty Ergovich passed away on Monday, October 22, 2018. Betty served as president of the Round Table in 1999 and was presented with the Valiant Service Award in 2012. She most recently served as Historian for the Round Table.
Betty cared deeply about the Round Table and loved going to the Round Table dinner meetings. Betty suffered a stroke in 2016 and had been living in the memory care unit at Villa St. Francis in Olathe K.S. Betty last attended a dinner meeting with her daughter Phyllis Ergovich-Marshall in February of this year.