Mary Ann McKinley


I was born in 1936 in Parkville, a small Missouri River town, upstream from Kansas City.  My father and grandfather were doctors.  During World War II my father was in the Army and we lived in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he was stationed.  After the war we returned to Missouri, and after high school, I attended the University of Missouri Journalism School.  In my senior year I met Jim McKinley, a wildass piano-playing transfer student and fraternity brother of the boy I was pinned to and about to be engaged to. To the horror of the Sigma Chis, we fell in love--blowing any chance of my being Sweetheart of Sigma Chi!  We were married in 1959* and  Jim went to work for Proctor & Gamble