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Ernie AnselmiErnie Anselmi

Attended Central High School in Kansas City. Participated in football and track, earning three letters in football and two in track. During summers through high school, played Ban Johnson League Baseball in Kansas City.

Enrolled at Baker in the fall of 1947 and became a starter late in his freshman season for the Wildcat football squad and Coach Karl Spear. During his four years at Baker played both guard and tackle on offense and nose guard and linebacker on defense. Lettered all four years at Baker and was selected as an honorable mention all-conference player and later, as a senior, as an all-conference team member.

Was named a member of Tom Harmon’s Little All-American Team and was invited, though declined, to attend the Los Angeles Rams’ Football Camp.

Graduated from Baker in 1952 with a degree in economics and a minor in business administration. On campus, was a member of the “B” Club and the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, where he served as president for two years.

After graduation worked for the IBM Corporation for 18 years. During his career became one of IBM’s top-10 salesmen in the nation, won a national sales contest and served as a guest instructor at the National Sales School for new hires. Additionally during his career worked with Inland Office Products as a regional manager and later ROM Corporation as a product manager. Retired in 1993 but continues to work for ROM on special projects.

Joined the Leawood Kansas Fire Department as a volunteer fireman in 1964. Graduated from one of the first EMT classes and was certified in Johnson County. Served as the Leawood captain of the rescue squad for 15 years. His squad in 1982 was selected as the National Small Department Rescue Squad of the Year. Retired from the Leawood Fire Department in 1989 after 25 years of volunteer service.

Was elected to the City Council of Leawood in 1986 and served two terms.

Married classmate Frances (Ginger) Newman, who passed away in 1989. They had three sons, Kent, Kurt and Kyle.

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