My brother-in-law Denny Desmond, 1966 graduate of Crystal Lake Central High School, married my sister Ellen, Class of 1970. They moved to Joplin, Missouri in the early 1990’s.
The self-effacing guy ended up on the village board of a suburb of Joplin called Leawood (population 950).
Then, he became Chairman of its all volunteer Board of Trustees.
His CPA talents uncovered corruption on the part of the village’s treasurer.
Mercifully, my relatives’ home, which we call the “Hotel Desmond,” was untouched by the tornado, which stayed north of Interstate 44 in that area.
The destroyed hospital, St. John’s, was located just north and within sight of the untouched Freeman Hospital.
St. John’s made the logical decision that it should rebuild far enough away from Freeman so a future tornado would not take out the two hospitals at once…as May’s tornado most certainly could have done. (It was a mile wide and about 6-7 miles long. In contrast the first atomic bomb dropped in Japan had a blast diameter of about 6,000 feet.) St. John’s was on the southern edge of the tornado.
The 100-acre site selected by St. John’s borders the residential village that Denny heads.