Tommy Morton ( RHS '65)

Profile Updated: November 28, 2012
Tommy Morton ( RHS '65)
Residing In: Pearland, TX USA
Spouse/Partner: Virginia
Occupation: Retired Computer Guru
Children: Son Jeffry Allen Born 1973
5 Children
Daughter Elizabeth Anne Born 1980
5 Children
Daughter More…Sarah Marie Born 1982
No Children
Yes! Attending Reunion

I moved to Eugene, Oregon 1 week after graduation.

Worked until 9/11/1965 when I was involved in a severe accident between my motorcycle and a station wagon backing out of his driveway. I T-boned the car doing 65 MPH.

I spent the next 3 years in and out of the hospital (11 months total time and 14 surgeries). Most of this time I was in a full body cast. After I was able to walk again with crutches, I attended University of Oregon School of Architecture for 1 year. I then went to Lane Community College and earned a degree in Engineering Technology.

I met my wife Virginia while working as a lot boy at a Dodge Dealership. We were married 6 months before I graduated.

Upon graduation in July 1970, we moved to Portland Oregon with a job at Hyster Lift Truck’s Corporate Engineering Department.

For the next 26 years we lived in the Portland area working for various Lift truck related companies. I transitioned from Engineering to Computer IT and wound up as Corp IT Manager.

In 1996 the company I was working for transferred me to Houston, Texas to be their Corp IT Manager for 5 divisions. In 2002 that company went bankrupt.

At that point I decided to try my hand as an IT consultant, and was successful at that working with several companies.

In 2007 my health had deteriorated from the years of wear and tear springing from the motorcycle accident. I have had both hips and both knees replaced. I retired with disability and am now fully retired with time to play with my toys.

My wife Virginia is an Accounting Administrator managing research grant funds in the Chemistry Department, at Rice University in Houston. She will retire in 4 Years and we will look at moving back to the Oregon Coast area.

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Posted on: Dec 31, 2017 at 7:39 PM

The following is the complete RHS 1964 Yearbook for your viewing. You can make it FULL SCREEN by clicking the box in the center of the slideshow.

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John Rudolph Cummins, Jr
Private First Class
Army of the United States
Roswell, New Mexico
October 18, 1946 to September 17, 1966
JOHN R CUMMINS Jr is on the Wall at Panel 10E, Line 105
See the full profile or name rubbing for John Cummins


John R Cummins
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22 Jun 2008
John R Cummins

John Rudolph Cummins Jr. was a man of small stature, dark hair and a friend to everyone, with a great smile. He attended school in Roswell, New Mexico and had a sister named Mattie. I heard of his death in Vietnam many years ago and have often thought fondly of him. This past June I went to Washington and visited the Wall. A very nice man helped me find "Rudy's" name and we made a rubbing. I personally did not have many close friends in school but always thought of Rudy as a friend that I would like to know better.

God Bless you, Rudy! I know you sacrificed an exciting, joy-filled life to serve our country. For that I am eternally grateful. All your brothers in arms deserve our respect even though many did not receive any on arriving home from many of the lazy generation. Trust me, sir, that did not speak for many of us.

You have been gone for some 40 years ... gone, but not forgotten.

From a friend,
Diana Schauer Wingfield


John R Cummins

The first Battalion, 5th Cavalry lost two men on 16 September 1966 and it's unknown if they were in same incident involving both Company A and C. The two men were:

John Rudolph "Rudy" Cummins, Jr., the son of Winnie Pauline Lavender and John Rudolph "Rudy" Cummins Sr. Rudy (Jr) grew up in a Veteran's family as his father and two Uncles were in the United States Army Air Corp during WWII. Rudy Sr was a fighter/bomber pilot who received the Distinguished Flying Cross for saving a crashed fellow pilot.

Rudy Jr's father was born in Negra, New Mexico and grew up in Lake Arthur, New Mexico. Rudy Sr followed his two brothers, Ferron and Gurvis, by joining the Army Air Corps and he received his wings in July 1943 in Selma, Alabama. It was there that Rudy's father met his mother, Willie Pauline Lavender, an Alabama southern beauty, and married her on Oct. 30, 1943 in Waycross, Georgia.

Rudy Sr was transferred overseas as a combat pilot in January 1944 to North Africa, Sicily, Corsica, and Italy. After WWII, the family was involved in several different kinds of businesses and worked in various vocations, mostly in excavation and road construction. Roswell has always been John's primary home although his work had the family living for awhile in Alabama, Nevada, Gallup, and Albuquerque, New Mexico.

When Rudy Jr was killed in Vietnam, his father was in the process of closing a business in Alabama and moving back to Roswell after burying his son.

Rudy was survived by his mother, Willie Pauline Lavender and father John Rudolph Cummins, Sr. (1922-2011), of Roswell, New Mexico, his sister, Mettie P. Lavender Cummins; his brother, Ernest Terrance "Terry" Cummins; and his paternal grandmother, Nimmie Hazel Kenmore Cummins (1897-1992)

Rudy Jr was preceded in death by a brother, Ernest Lawrence "Little Larry" Cummins, an infant; and his paternal grandfather, Ernest L Cummins (1896-1964).

Rudy Jr and Sr were interred at South Park Cemetery on South Main Street, Roswell, New Mexico. Rudy's paternal grandparents are also interred there.

John R Cummins

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May 28, 2015 at 10:33 PM

You wbe missed My friend.


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Happy Fathes Day