65th Anniversary: Mid-’70s bring change to PMMA

Presbyterian Manors of Mid-American: Celebrating 65 years of the art of lifeWe continue our celebration of Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America’s 65th anniversary with a look at the mid-1970s.

In the mid-1970s, the national Presbyterian Church underwent a reorganization that resulted in the combining of Synod of Kansas and the Synod of Missouri and brought about big changes for the Presbyterian Manor system.

In 1975, United Presbyterian Foundation of Kansas entered into an agreement with the Board of Pensions of the United Presbyterian Church of the United States of America to manage the Mid-Continent Presbyterian Manor retirement home located two blocks from the famous Kansas City Plaza in Kansas City, Mo. This agreement also secured health care services for its residents. Mid-Continent was established as a well-care-home for church pensioners, but the site was later opened up to anyone, church pensioner or lay person, who sought residency.

Dec. 1, 1976, Lawrence Presbyterian Manor opened its doors for residents. It featured at five-story high rise apartment complex overlooking the Alvamar Golf Course and the Clinton Dam to the west and a sweeping panorama of the city of Lawrence and the University of Kansas to the east.

Following the merger of the Kansas and Missouri synods in 1976, Presbyterian Homes of Missouri sought management assistance from United Presbyterian Foundation of Kansas, known as UPF, for the three retirement communities in Missouri at Fulton, Farmington and Rolla. A management agreement was signed in 1977.

At the same time, an ecumenical group in Manhattan, Kan., called the Manhattan Retirement Foundation and UPF began working on the development of a retirement community in Manhattan. The Rev. Robert L. “Bob” McIntire, who was formerly administrator at Clay Center Presbyterian Manor, was named development coordinator. The group obtained 24 acres of land in the Blue Hills district of Manhattan for the construction of a multiple story apartment complex, several sixplexes and duplexes and a Health Care Center.