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Retiree no longer an introvert

February 2, 2006

Clyde Huffman

Clyde Huffman

Clyde Huffman, a retired geologist, serves on several public and private boards, once sold insurance, is a member of a social club that meets weekly at Fort Leavenworth and a member of the Leavenworth Rotary.

So it's hard to believe the Lansing resident once was an introvert.

But Huffman, whose newest appointment is to the Mayor's City Hall Expansion Committee, swears it's true.

"My wife probably would like to put me back in that nice quiet mold," he said.

Huffman came to the area in 1971 via the U.S. Army, from what he called "the madhouse of Washington." But it wasn't his first visit to the area.

In 1953, when he was a sophomore at Indiana University, Huffman journeyed from Bloomington to Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City to watch his beloved Hoosiers defeat the Phog Allen-coached Kansas Jayhawks for the NCAA championship.

Huffman graduated and entered the Army, where he was an officer in the field artillery and at one time was the chief of training for the Defense Language Institute - a position he said was ironic because he once tried and failed to qualify for military training in the Polish language.

After he retired from the military in 1976, Huffman decided to stay in the area. After selling insurance for four years, he went to work for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He moved to Lansing in 1989, effectively cutting down his and his wife's daily commute to their jobs in Kansas City.

Lansing, he said, suits him fine.

"My wife and I both grew up in small towns," Huffman noted. "Lansing has a lot of nice people - just genuine people."

Name: Clyde Huffman

Address: 1119 Sycamore Ridge Drive

Occupation: Retired

Graduate of: Indiana University

Family: Wife, Sarah; children Joe and Carey (Dix) Huffman, Leavenworth, and Mary and Jim Woodward, Topeka; grandchildren Nina Huffman and Jenny and Andrew Woodward.

What do you like most about Lansing? Lansing's size and its people.

What do you do for fun? Visit with friends and family; Starlight Theater; garden; try various restaurants in the area and greater Kansas City with friends

What would surprise people about you? How difficult it was for me to overcome being an introvert.

What's the best advice you ever received? Be nice to people when you're on your way up; you may meet them again on your way down.

What organizations or clubs do you belong to? The "after Mass" breakfast club; "Old Bastards" Club; Leavenworth Salvation Army Board; Mount Calvary Cemetery Board; Lansing Historical Society Board; St. Francis de Sales Church and its new church construction steering committee; Leavenworth Rotary Club; Leavenworth Solid Waste Committee; Mid-America Regional Council's Total Transportation Committee; Mayor's City Hall Expansion Committee.

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