John B. Flickinger
Jack Flickinger attended his first two years of high school in Baldwin City, where he played and lettered in both football and basketball. Due to World War II and the disruption of team sports at many of the nation’s smaller high schools with so many of the coaches having left for military service, Jack enrolled at Wentworth Military Academy in Lexington, Mo. At Wentworth he lettered in football, basketball and track where he threw the shot put. As a senior in 1945, he was named Wentworth’s best all-around athlete and received the Conger Sportsmanship Award. In 1995, he was inducted into the Wentworth Military Academy Athletic Hall of Fame. After graduation from Wentworth he served in the U.S. Navy’s Hospital Corps.
Following his naval service he returned home to Baldwin City and enrolled at Baker during the spring semester of 1947. By taking a full load of course work and a summer school he was able to graduate in 1950 with a degree in biology. On campus he was a member of both the “B” Club and Delta Tau Delta fraternity.
His athletic career at Baker was outstanding as he lettered twice in basketball and for three years in football playing for Coach Karl Spear.
In football he played both offensively and defensively on the line at end. He was known as a sure tackler and a great blocker and made important catches for scores throughout his career. One such catch came as the game winner in the 1949 game at the College of Emporia where he wrestled a pass away from two defenders in the end zone to score the tying score with seconds left on the clock. The Wildcats went on to kick the extra point to win that game. They finished the season with a 7-2 record after defeating Ottawa in the final game and were crowned conference champs. Following that season, his senior year, he was a first-team all-conference selection. A member of the Wildcat yearbook staff wrote that the play of Jack Flickinger reminded him of stories that he had read about a big impact player, “Big Gawrge” Toomey, of the championship team of 1893.
After Baker, Jack graduated from the University of Missouri School of Dentistry and in 1954 and began a 44-year career as a dentist in his hometown of Baldwin City. During his career he was honored with election to the International College of Dentistry. He continues to serve in retirement as a volunteer at Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Lawrence, Kan., where he now resides. He is married to Patricia Ann Dashen and together they have a son, Brad.