Loren Drum

Profile Updated: February 4, 2011
Loren Drum
Residing In: Canyon Lake, TX USA
Spouse/Partner First Name: Debbie
Homepage: drumresorts.com
Occupation: Civil Engineer/Developer/Resort Operator
Military Service: U.S. Air Force 1966-72-Vietnam '68-69  
Yes! Attending Reunion
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Career, Life Experiences:

Moved to Omaha,NE in summer of '60 and graduated from Omaha Westside HS. At Westside was polevaulter and wanted chance to run and get medals my teammates were winning. Won first race and after 6 races rec'd Track Scholarship to Nebraska at Omaha. Earned 6 letters in track/cc. Graduated '66 with BS Civil Engr and Comm in AF. Served 6 years as AF Construction Engineer with one year in Vietnam and Recd Bronze Star. Was selected as Team Member for US Modern Pentathlon Team (five events of Running, Swimming, Fencing, Shooting and Riding) training for '68 Olympics. Was on '67 Little Olympic Team but was 8th place in '68 O Trials and did not make O Team. Went to Vietnam. Reset to Team in 1970 and was member of World Championship Teams in 1970 and 71 earning 8th individual place and Bronze Medal at '71 World Championship. Was Gold Medalist at the 70, 71 and 72 World Military Championships. Was Member of 72 Olympic Team and recd 4th place with handshake, but no medal. Was one of the athlete founders of USOC Athletes Advisory Council after "72 Games and was elected Sectr'y 1973-80. Elected to USOC Executive Board 1975-1980 and served on USOC Site Selection Committee for the 1980 Winter Games at Lake Placid and the 1984 Games at Los Angeles. Elected by Olympians to represent them with negotiations directly with US President Carter to resolve boycott of 1980 Moscow Games. Three days at White House but, unfortunately, Carter prevailed. Founded general contracting firm in 1970 to build homes and commercial buildings. Became one of the largest commercial roofing contractors in US by 1986. Suffered through Texas oil and construction down-turn in 1985-88 and earned personal battle scars while completing 78 major commercial contracts in progress simultaneously and lived to tell about it. Developed Engineering Inspection business in 1986 that has been one of the largest firms inspecting homes and commercial properties for the San Antonio statistical area. Developed and continue developing commercial resort properties at
Caynon Lake and along the Guadalupe River in Comal County Texas-see Web: drumresorts.com
Married Debbie Diller (Belleview, KS and K State grad) on New Years Eve 1980-30 years ago. Combined our families: 2 boys from my former marriage and 1 daughter from hers. One of my sons went to West Point and is an officer with a national software developer. One son is in nursing school after being a medic in Army and County Music star in Germany. Daughter works for us and is a Brain Cancer survivor from age 17-now 41-wow, what a miracle from God!
Have 50 lot subdivision on mountain top along Guadalupe River that we are starting to develop. Otherwise, not much happening-Ha!

School Story:

I have realized that I was a Nerd in school while at Highland Park-born in September and smaller that other boys-plenty of bullying occurred with at least 20 pairs of glasses broken over the early years-you know who you were, bullies! As a new freshman I went out for football-never missed a minute of practice, went to every game and was the only boy that never played a minute of any game. Then, went out for track and ran a quarter mile the first day, finishing first-about killed me. Nobody said anything to me and so I quit and got a job and bought a car. Went out for basketball and couldn't even get selected for being manager. Learned to pole vault with my back yard neighbor Kenny Marquart. Moved to Omaha, went out for football-was fastest at tryouts but not selected for team. Went for track as polevaulter-won green and yellow ribbons-asked coach for try-out to run. Won first race with Nebraska fastest high school time of year in half mile. Ran six races and received Track ride to Nebraska. After college made World Teams and Olympic Team in sport of Modern Pentathlon (only Nebraskan in '72). I guess it must have been pent up desire to to do something in sports, after all the years of being pushed aside. I read Psycho Cybernetics and read how to picture yourself winning or reaching any other goal. I just developed that mental capacity to never think negatively-has worked ever since. I wish I had known more about Will Power and Positive Thinking when in high school-might have kicked some ass rather than sucking wind!

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Nov 23, 2020 at 2:58 PM

Posted on: Nov 23, 2020 at 10:17 AM

Hello Richard! Of course, I did not forget your Birthday-hard to forget November 22nd after we lived thru Kennedy saga. Of course, your Birthday is special for many other reasons, best of all that we are friends and have shared daily emails for the last many years. I enjoy them all and look forward to a visit with you next October at the Class Reunion. Thank you for all you do for the communication between Classmates and notices we hate to see. Happy Birthday!! Loren

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Posted on: Sep 27, 2020 at 10:28 AM

Oh me, that time of year, again! Hope you have a great Birthday with your Family. I'm celebrating mine this afternoon with all my kids, six grands, and one great grand daughter. Hope to see you at the Reunion! Loren

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Posted on: Sep 22, 2020 at 7:19 AM

Happy Birthday Sondra. Glad you are well and feisty!! See you at the 60th Reunion! Loren

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Sep 03, 2020 at 1:31 PM

Hello Art and Happy Birthday. Hope all is well in Henderson. I just talked to another long time friend of mine-we were College Track Teammates at Nebraska. He also was a civil Engineer like me, so we were good competitors in both relationships. INow, I have two good reasons to visit Las Vegas. Why do so many people retire in Henderson? I dont have any thoughts of retiring-having too much fun engineering and building things. I have a fifty lot hilltop subdivision on the Guadalupe River that I am starting to build assisted living and independent living homes. Will be my last project-hope to live to completion-Ha!Ha! At least I'll have my own retirement community for the eventual and my kids wont have to find me a place_HaHa. Great friends for 72 years-Hope we get to visit in person one day soon. Loren

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Posted on: Jul 18, 2020 at 2:13 PM

OMG_that time of year, again...thankfully! Happy Birthday Judy Ann, hope you are able to take advantage of some fun, without a mask-Ha. Hope to see you at the next Reunion. We hopefully wont have to Mask-Up. If so, maybe the reunion should be planned for Halloween

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Jun 10, 2020 at 5:19 PM

As I remember, we had a freshman biology class and the frog was studied. Well, for extra credit, I decided to expose the skeleton of the frog. I dissected it at Linda's house and to complete the clean skeleton we dried it in the oven. I think at 325 degrees and turned it at 4 minute intervals. Quite tasty!! Linda's mom worked at Kresge's Dollar Store, which my Dad was the manager from 1948-1960. Linda Sutton's mom also worked there. A great bunch of families in our classmates! Have fun at the breakfast!! Loren

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Posted on: Jun 10, 2020 at 8:53 AM

Happy Birthday Linda!! Hope all is well with your Family. Always remember your Mom and drying the Frog in Her Oven-Ha. Loren

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May 29, 2020 at 9:59 AM

Happy Birthday Larry. Hope you will have a Super Day. Good to hear from you occasionally and the interesting emails. Best Wishes old friend! Loren

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May 01, 2020 at 10:57 AM

Happy Birthday Mary Faith! Hope this day finds you doing great and able to enjoy another rascally birthday. Planning to see you and other "old" classmates at the coming Reunion. I think Linda and Julie have already started thinking about this, with recent comments from Linda. Best Wishes, Loren

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Apr 29, 2020 at 11:06 AM

Richard-did you change your birth date? Just checking.

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Posted on: Apr 19, 2020 at 12:18 PM

Happy Birthday Paul! Hope all is going well for you and your Family. I remember going to your house to play, think it was on 21st street near California? Was that right? Have a great day, Loren

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Jan 22, 2020 at 9:29 AM

Happy Birthday Patti! Hope you are free from the Gators loose in Silsbee and able to enjoy your day basking under the Rubber Tree. Hope all is well. Loren

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Nov 22, 2019 at 11:08 AM

Posted on: Nov 22, 2019 at 8:13 AM

Happy Birthday Richard!!! Another notch on the ole legs, I guess. Hope all well in Topeka and with our other old classmates. Always good to get your daily emails-thanks for keeping me in your circle. Hope to get to Kansas sometime next year, but things keep getting busier here and no change in sight. Why not come to SA and see us, wonderful Lodge on the River and plenty of good beer in the refrigerator! Have a great day for your Birthday!! Loren

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Posted on: Oct 12, 2019 at 8:40 AM

Congratulations Judy Ann!!Have a wonderful; day! Post some photos of the Event!! Visit us again in New Braunfels soon. Our Best, Loren and Deb

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Posted on: Sep 22, 2019 at 1:11 PM

Happy Birthday Linda. Hope all is going well in Topeka. Busier than ever in San Antonio where much is happening in the development and construction industry. Hope we are going to have another Reunion. It will be fun to see if those anti-aging pills are still working. Best wishes to you and Gary. Loren

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Posted on: Jan 30, 2019 at 7:46 PM

Happpppy Birthday Tom! Assume you are doing well. If in San Antonio for any reason, please call and we may have our Treehouse Retreat available on the Guadalupe River near New Braunfels. Invitation is also open to any other Classmates that venture down to the Promised Land in New Braunfels, Texas (25 miles north of San Antonio and 45 miles south of Austin.