NED J. FORTNEY (1952-55) #64As part of #KCParks125, we are featuring all Park Board Commissioners in order of their service.Ned Jasper Fortney (1911-1981) was born in Boone County, Missouri. His family moved to Kansas City’s northeast area where he attended East High School. In 1934 he married Irene Alexopoulos. They had two daughters.Mr. Fortney worked as a machinist then in engineering for several years. In 1947 he went into the real estate business. His wife, Irene, joined in the business as well and they were a very successful team. Both were involved in local and national real estate organizations.Mr. Fortney taught boxing to youth at the Whatsoever Circle Community House as a volunteer. This organization still exists and provides a safe environment for children to engage in positive developmental activities such as athletics, early learning and pre-school programs, GED classes and English language classes.In 1952, Mr. Fortney was appointed to the Park Board. He was also named to the city’s Recreation Board. He served on the Park Board until 1955 at which time he resigned.In 1963, he ran for the city council but did not win. In 1967, Mr. Fortney wrote a book on properly running a real estate office.Mr. Fortney was also involved in the Kiwanis, Ararat Shrine, Blue Valley Businessmen’s Association and Order of the Eastern Star.#KCParks #FromTheArchives

NED J. FORTNEY (1952-55) #64As part of #KCParks125, we are featuring all Park Board Commissioners in order of their service.Ned Jasper Fortney (1911-1981) was born in Boone County, Missouri.  His family moved to Kansas City’s northeast area where he attended East High School. In 1934 he married Irene Alexopoulos.  They had two daughters.Mr. Fortney worked as a machinist then in engineering for several years.  In 1947 he went into the real estate business. His wife, Irene, joined in the business as well and they were a very successful team.  Both were involved in local and national real estate organizations.Mr. Fortney taught boxing to youth at the Whatsoever Circle Community House as a volunteer.  This organization still exists and provides a safe environment for children to engage in positive developmental activities such as athletics, early learning and pre-school programs, GED classes and English language classes.In 1952, Mr. Fortney was appointed to the Park Board.  He was also named to the city’s Recreation Board.  He served on the Park Board until 1955 at which time he resigned.In 1963, he ran for the city council but did not win.  In 1967, Mr. Fortney wrote a book on properly running a real estate office.Mr. Fortney was also involved in the Kiwanis, Ararat Shrine, Blue Valley Businessmen’s Association and Order of the Eastern Star.#KCParks #FromTheArchives

NED J. FORTNEY (1952-55) #64As part of #KCParks125, we are featuring all Park Board Commissioners in order of their service.Ned Jasper Fortney (1911-1981) was born in Boone County, Missouri.  His family moved to Kansas City’s northeast area where he attended East High School. In 1934 he married Irene Alexopoulos.  They had two daughters.Mr. Fortney worked as a machinist then in engineering for several years.  In 1947 he went into the real estate business. His wife, Irene, joined in the business as well and they were a very successful team.  Both were involved in local and national real estate organizations.Mr. Fortney taught boxing to youth at the Whatsoever Circle Community House as a volunteer.  This organization still exists and provides a safe environment for children to engage in positive developmental activities such as athletics, early learning and pre-school programs, GED classes and English language classes.In 1952, Mr. Fortney was appointed to the Park Board.  He was also named to the city’s Recreation Board.  He served on the Park Board until 1955 at which time he resigned.In 1963, he ran for the city council but did not win.  In 1967, Mr. Fortney wrote a book on properly running a real estate office.Mr. Fortney was also involved in the Kiwanis, Ararat Shrine, Blue Valley Businessmen’s Association and Order of the Eastern Star.#KCParks #FromTheArchives
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