I’ve had three major careers since leaving Mac. One in the field of education, one in training to be a sculptor and the one I’m still using, clinical psychology. I was married the December after leaving Mac to Manouel Azad, a physician. We left the next day to live in Iran. A series of events happened that brought us back to Minnesota where we lived until 1993. At that time, Manouel took a position in Modesto, Calif., as medical director of radiation oncology. Along the way, we raised seven of his family, been through a shipwreck, major flood, car accidents, surgeries and survived them all! I can’t remember ever being bored.
Living with the three flags that flew at Mac opened my eyes and heart to moving from a local mentality to an international perspective. Mac’s education enabled me to further my education through to a Ph.D. I facilitated a cancer support group, People Helping People, for 20 years and learned to live life to the fullest — every day, every year. I conserve and recycle — Hildegard would be proud; vote in every election — Ted, too; and am a concerned citizen who gives back to the community. I’m still pursuing excellence, learning, love my work, am passionate about art — especially from Asia; travel extensively and spend winter on Maui. Family and friends are my first priority, work second and art third.
Esther L. Freyborg (ELF) Swan
jwswan57 [at] aol.com
See my Remember When stories:
· Senior year in Bigelow
My career has been in accounting — first as a senior cost accountant with Honeywell after graduation and now as a senior tax professional and EA with H & R Block. I just finished my 20th year with them. It is a great part-time job, working from about January 15 to April 15.
Before that I stayed at home with the children. My son James lives in Heathrow, Fla., and is CFO of a communications technology company. My daughter Nancy lives in Denver, Colo. She is a CPA and now a stay-at-home mom.
Besides working part time as a tax professional, I have been doing a lot of skiing and playing golf. We do a lot of traveling and spent some time in Italy last fall. I also seem to keep busy being Treasurer of the Black Hills Symphony League and P.E.O.
I made some great friends at Macalester and wish I would see them more. Of course, all the accounting and business courses I took at Macalester have been of great importance.