Greetings to all. Sorry I will miss all of the festivities but I will be canoeing in the Quetico Provincial Park with my youngest daughter — its the only week we both had open. There are few things I would rather do than canoe in the wilderness especially with one of my children. When you have the opportunity to spend quality time with your kids, you have to take it.
Since leaving Mac at the end of my Junior year, I spent a year at the University of Colorado where I received my BS in Business Administration. In the fall of 1967, I started law school at the U of MN and after my first year left to teach school for two years. I returned to law school and graduated in 1972 from the University of Minnesota along with many of our ’67 Mac classmates.
In 1972 I joined my father (Class of 1930) in the practice of law on Snelling Avenue just north of Macalester in St. Paul and have been there ever since. I practice in the low stress area of estate planning and business planning and hope to continue to practice for another 10 years, God willing.
In 1972, I married my baby sister’s freshman roommate from St. Olaf and we have three great children. Our oldest and only son just got married this past year to a lovely lady from South Korea that he met in a French class while working for the U.N. in Geneva, Switzerland. We attended a lovely traditional wedding ceremony in South Korea in a restored historical village. Our oldest daughter after graduating from Wartburg College is working in White Bear. Youngest daughter will graduate from Hope College in June 2008 (Yippeee!). No grandchildren and none on the horizon. My wife and I have enjoyed traveling when time permits. We hope to visit our youngest daughter in December when she finishes her studies in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
I continue to stay active in many volunteer organizations. I helped organize and incorporate a group called St. Paul Partners that has partnered with a Tanzanian NGO that is drilling wells in the Iringa area of Tanzania. I recently retired from its board of directors after three-plus years. Water is one of the most precious commodities on this earth and here in Minnesota it is hard to believe that in many areas of this world, not everyone has clean safe drinking water like we have in the US. I also continue to be involved in other nonprofits and I manage a small private foundation created by a former client.
My wife and I live in Arden Hills, Minn., on a small lake (Lake Johanna) about eight miles from Mac. I continue to enjoy many outdoor activities and especially winter and water skiing, canoeing and sailing. I try to keep myself in good shape so I can continue to do the things I enjoy. I celebrated my 40th year on the Welch Village Ski Patrol this year. I enjoy patrolling because it forces me to get out and enjoy the beautiful winters. However, my real love has always been water skiing. About six years ago, I got a bee in my bonnet and decided to try competing in water skiing. I occasionally will see Kent Erlandson ’67 at the water ski tournaments where he is one of the top Slalom skiers in our age group. This year I had a good year and I even surprised myself when I won regional and national competitions in Men’s VI (the old farts’ group) tricks. Sometimes you get lucky!
Have a great time at the Reunion and if you are ever on Snelling Avenue and need a lunch partner give me a call 651-646-5000.
My Mac Memories: Lots of mischief. One memorable prank occurred in the fall of our freshman year and involved the late Dale Edstrom ’67. We worked together to rewire the electric motor on the old bell tower one Friday and Saturday night and then plugged it in to an outlet at the library. We listened to the motor wind up so slowly and ring for over a half hour until the security found and removed the cord. I was up in the tower while several of the new coeds were being kissed under the bell tower by the upperclassman. My dad always used to say if I had spent as much time studying as I did fooling around, I probably would have gotten better grades. Many enjoyable times at Mac.