Seated, Dr. Betty Bashaw. From left to right: Dr. Herman Jones, Dr. Mani Mani, and Dr. John “Jack” Holt.
Doctors, despite their responsibilities, are only human. They study for many more years than most, they have families and hobbies, they work long hours, and they retire. Please enjoy these short profiles of accomplished doctors–from various areas of practice including physicians, psychiatrists and reverends—who have chosen to make Lakeview Village their home.
Dr. Betty Bashaw, who has lived in Lakeview’s Southridge apartments for five years, practiced as a psychiatrist. Dr. Bashaw is a graduate of the University Tennessee School of Medicine, and she completed her residency in Memphis. Her husband was in the Air Force, so she later practiced in Tripoli, Libya, for three years and then in Wichita Falls, TX.
Dr. Bashaw’s career centered on hospital psychotherapy at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Leavenworth, KS, as well as her private psychotherapy practice in Leawood, KS.
“Back in earlier days, women weren’t admitted to the American Medical Association,” she points out, “so there was the American Medical Women’s Association, and I was very active in that organization.” Dr. Bashaw enjoys the camaraderie at Lakeview Village and spending time with her two children and four grandchildren. She is an avid fan of PBS’s Downton Abbey. “I can’t believe I have to wait until next January for the next set of episodes!” she says.
Dr. Frederick Holmes and Dr. Grace E.F. Holmes are new residents of Southridge in Lakeview Village. Dr. Frederick Holmes is a native of the Pacific Northwest and graduated from the School of Medicine of the University of Washington in 1957. His subsequent training in Medicine, Hematology, and Tropical Medicine was at the University of Kansas Medical Center and the London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. With his wife, Grace, a pediatrician, he served as a medical missionary of the Lutheran Church in Malaysia from 1959 until 1963 and in Tanzania (in East Africa) from 1970 until 1972. Subsequently he had an academic career at the University of Kansas Medical Center, retiring from the active practice in 2000 as the Hashinger Distinguished Professor of Medicine. During the 1990s he obtained a Master’s Degree in British History at the University of Kansas and, in retirement, has remained in academia as Professor of the History and Philosophy of Medicine.
During his academic career, Dr. Frederick Holmes maintained a large federally funded research program in the epidemiology of cancer resulting in more than 100 publications. Since retirement, he has been active in research and publishing in the History of Medicine, focusing on medical practice in Tudor and Stuart England and military Medicine in the First World War. Musically inclined, he enjoys singing in a barbershop quartet, The Gentlefolk, and in his church choir.
Dr. Fred Holmes and Dr. Grace Holmes
Dr. Grace Holmes is a native of northern Minnesota. She graduated with a bachelor of art degree from Pacific Lutheran University in Washington in 1953, followed by admission into the University of Washington School of Medicine.
She married her medical school classmate, Frederick Holmes, in 1955, and both graduated in 1957 with medical degrees. Dr. Grace Holmes’ rotating Internships followed at the University of Kansas Medical Center, and in Kansas City, Kansas. As described above, the couple studied in London and proceeded to Malaysia to work in the Lutheran Church Clinics. Dr. Grace Holmes continued her pediatric training at the University of Kansas Medical Center with Fellowship in Children’s Rehabilitation, and then joined the faculty. Later in East Africa she helped open the new Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre in Moshi, Tanzania. She rejoined the Pediatric faculty on return from Africa and later also joined the Preventive Medicine faculty, continuing in both departments until her retirement in July 2000.
She is a Professor of Pediatrics and of Preventive Medicine Emerita at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Throughout her career, her clinical, teaching and research interests reflected her pediatric training and experience with both normal and atypical growth and development of infants and young children. She very much enjoys barbershop-style and gospel singing with Fred and another couple, singing in the church choir, as well as writing.
Dr. John “Jack” Holt and Charlette Holt moved a brand new villa at Lakeview Village in February 2014, and they treasure time for “family and freedom.” Dr. Holt is a graduate of the University of Kansas (’61), and completed his residency at St. Francis Hospital in Great Bend, KS. He spent 24 years in internal medicine at Great Bend, and another 10 years at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Wichita. Dr. Holt also took time to teach clinics at KU before retiring in 1998.The Holts agree that their goal now is to enjoy life, play plenty of golf, and spend time with their family, which includes John Holt, evening news anchor at Fox 4 News in Kansas City.
Dr. Herman Jones and Barbara Jones recently moved to their Southridge apartment at Lakeview Village from nearby Lake Quivira. After serving in the U.S. Navy, Dr. Jones attended Fisk University and Meharry Medical College, where he was the only African-American intern.
The Joneses chose Kansas City to begin his career, but they soon discovered that Kansas City’s two main hospitals were segregated, and black doctors could not treat white patients. (These two hospitals, Kansas City General I and II, are now located on the site of the Truman Medical Center.)
Dr. Jones and his family later moved to Topeka, where he was the only black doctor on staff at two major Topeka hospitals. He completed his surgical residency at the VA Hospital in Wadsworth, KS. “The program included rotations through St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, Mo.,” he explains, “So I was the first black physician to practice there, as well as the first black doctor to serve on the St. Luke’s staff.”
He opened his surgical practice in Kansas City, KS, and by then, Dr. Jones was practicing in all of the major hospitals in the Kansas City area. He later taught residents at the old Kansas City General Hospital I where he had been denied entrance earlier in his career.
He retired in 2005 from the VA Hospital in Kansas City, Mo. Dr. Jones was recognized for transcending racial barriers in the field of medicine by the former Mayor of Kansas City, Missouri, Kay Waldo Barnes, in an official proclamation: “…Dr. Jones is deeply respected by his colleagues, beloved by the many patients he has served over the years, and is well known as a consummate professional and an outstanding teacher.”
Dr. Clarke Mangun
Dr. Clark Mangun has been a resident of Lakeview Village for 11 years. Dr. Mangun graduated from the University of Iowa in 1943. He began his career in public health, specializing in programs such as tuberculosis, cancer, and children’s health services. His family moved several times throughout his career to Minnesota, Florida and Illinois. They spent two years in Greece with American Foreign Aid, and their first of three daughters was born in Germany during that time. Dr. Mangun says what he enjoys most about living at Lakeview Village are the friendships he has made over the years.
Dr. Mani M. Mani will move to a renovated duplex at Lakeview Village later this year with his wife, Rebekah Mani, who worked at The University of Kansas Medical Center (UKMC) as a Registered Dietician. Dr. Mani’s career began in India and blossomed at UKMC, where he was the first person from India to lead the burn center and the first person from India to become a full professor there.
In 1960, Dr. Mani graduated from Christian Medical College in India where he trained in plastic surgery. “It is an enormous university and medical center. The 2,700-bed hospital handles about 7,500 patients per day,” he explains. In 1968, he got a letter from Dr. David Robinson, one of the founders of the Plastic Surgery program at UKMC, suggesting that he come there. Dr. Mani completed his residency there, and then he returned to India, where he became a full professor. The Mani family had planned to stay in India, but Dr. Robinson came back to India in 1972 and asked him to return to the United States to join the faculty to help establish a burn unit, which he did.
After writing and coordinating protocols and relevant specialties for every aspect of such a unit, Dr. Mani was named Medical Director of the Gene and Barbara Burnett Burn Center. This burn protocol was later adopted as the standard of care by every city, hospital, ambulance and fire department in Kansas. Moreover, the protocol became a standard of care in India, Malaysia, and Kyrgyzstan. Dr. Mani also helped Australia write its emergency care manual and has played a role in burn care education around the world via the American Burn Association.
Dr. Mani, retired since 2008, is as an Emeritus Professor at UKMC. He teaches courses via tele-medicine, including surgery; family medicine; and other medical specialties, which can be transmitted to virtually any place in the world.
The Rev. Dr. Bob Meneilly, also known as Dr. Bob, has been a powerful advocate for progress in the Kansas City area. His name is synonymous with the Village Presbyterian Church, which he and his wife Shirley founded in Prairie Village, Kansas. The first worship service took place Feb. 13, 1949, with about 300 attendees. He served as its pastor for 47 years, and retired from the ministry in 1994.
Dr. Bob Meneilly
The Meneilly’s dedication endures. Today the 80,000-square-foot church has a membership of nearly 5,000. The church also manages the Meneilly Center for Mission at 99th and Mission Road, which also houses a Food Pantry and Clothes Closet, and a Child and Family Development Center.
Dr. Bob is also a founder of the Mainstream Coalition, an organization that believes in moderation in politics and the separation of church and state. The group’s creation was inspired by a sermon Dr. Bob gave in 1993, which was reprinted in The New York Times. “It was a sermon on religion, not politics,” he points out. “We believed that no one should try to impose religious beliefs on others in the form of public policy or law, otherwise, we risk becoming a theocracy.”
Dr. Bob has spoken out consistently since the 1960s in support of civil rights, and he was instrumental in ending desegregation in Johnson County. He was also on the forefront against the war in Viet Nam when he journeyed to Paris as part of the U.S. delegation to the Paris Peace Talks.
Today, Dr. Bob’s life has taken on a more peaceful rhythm in his Southridge apartment. He deeply misses Shirley, his beloved wife and lifetime teammate whom he lost to Alzheimer’s disease in June 2014. “I haven’t always dealt well with the grief,” he admits. “I’m gradually getting more active and becoming friends with my Lakeview neighbors. And I’m becoming more involved again, on a limited basis, in the Mainstream Coalition.”
Lakeview Village is fortunate to have residents of such caliber and compassion among us.