1600 Grand Ave
St. Paul MN 55105
These Class of 1962 alumni have shared a brief bio. This list is sorted by current last name.
Professionally I have worked as a director of religious education, a teacher of English to speakers of other languages (ESOL), an elementary public school teacher of all subjects, and a school librarian. I've enjoyed providing students with opportunities to make connections between curriculum concepts, literature, the performing and visual arts, and their own lives. My children were ages 2,3,4, and 8 when we moved to Houston. It is home. My adult children have seven children for me to visit in three different states and one newborn great-grandson. I've had exchange students and international visitors from four continents live with me, and I have visited them in Japan, Sweden, Norway, Russia, Italy, France, Mexico, and Guatemala. A dance teacher from Shanghai is living with me now. I'm an adopted member of a Vietnamese and a Mexican family, so I attend many celebrations and enjoy life. As the national co-chair for the Western Territory volunteer network for the Unitarian Universalist service committee, I assist with human rights and social justice projects. Locally, I support and volunteer with Project Row Houses, Asia Society Texas Center, Houston Greeters, Alley Theatre, and contemporary dance companies. I speak, I organize, I train, and I dance - mostly to zydeco music. My energy is daily renewed by being active in a diverse and caring community. I'm still dancing!
Jim Hansen '61 and I lived near campus and traveled in my job as a travel organizer for Americans Abroad in Dinkytown, until 1965. I've enjoyed driving in 19 countries and 43 states so far. We moved to the East Isles neighborhood in Minneapolis, and I lived there 41 years (Jim left in 1974). I went slowly through the University of Minnesota graduate school for English from 1967 to 1974 and was nearly to my doctorate, except thesis. I am currently on the Board of the Minnesota Independent Scholars' Forum, and also on Session at my church. From 1993-1999 I cared for my mother in rooms I remodeled for handicap access, including installing an elevator in my house. Because I anticipated edlercare, in 1985 I left the University healthcare departments (I had served Robert Gorlin, geneticist, and Michael Paparella, ENT, as office and editing assistant) and set up a freelance editing practice in my home. I am still freelancing, nearly 30 years later, although now my clients are retired from their careers in medicine, banking, academia, engineering, and business, and they write fiction, which is fun to edit. I am not an agent; I just edit. My mother died (1999), and just before that I met Gene Sullivan, a cement contractor. I've been with him ever since, until he just died (Feb. 24, 2012) of lymphoma and leukemia. That was a hard row to hoe, but I miss him. We'd hoped to do so many projects and trips. I'm still hoping to add another elevator (and handicapped-access kitchen) to my 1902 house in St. Paul (on the bluffs above Wabasha Caves), as now my joints are gone just as mother's had been. I have a big yard with many perennials and (when I finish remodeling) would love to see you visit me. If you would enjoy a car tour of the Cities, I give those (even for residents!), driving and guiding toward your interests. I "charge" lunch and gas money. Love to do those tours, as a tourist in my own town.
Following January graduation (I transfered from St. Olaf as a sophomore), Karen Ruddy, Marjorie Anderson, and I spent the winter and spring of 1963 in Europe on $5 a day! It was a great experience! Upon my return I began teaching elementary grades. Roger Hanson and I were married in June 1964. Roger has an optometry practice in Winnebago, thus we settled into southern Minnesota. After 11 years of teaching, I retired into a busy volunteer career. This involved Friends of Muir Library, AFS, Girl Scouts, Jr. Great Books, town celebrations and pageants, projects, study clubs, and, since 1977, a full commitment to the local museum. A few honors have come our way because of our community service. We have traveled extensively in the states and in Europe, and we return to Winter Park, Colo. each year for the cross country and downhill ski time. We have shared our days with a wild St. Bernard, two gracious Newfoundlands, and at this time a lovable, somewhat neurotic rescued dog. It will be amazing to attend the Macalester 50th class reunion. I am looking forward to putting names to faces, conversations, and laughter....bring it on!
Minnesotan for 26 years (three years after Mac)
Texan for three years
Coloradan for 22 years
Californian for 21 years and counting
I met my husband, Harold "Pete" Happe, in community theatre in St Paul. We married in Texas and just celebrated 46 years
Northwest Airlines three years
Braniff eight years
Frontier 11 years
Various forms of travel agencies 26 years and counting (five hours a week retired?)
Daughter: Roberta born in Colorado 1977 - murdered in California 2001. Ask me if you wish: I love to talk about her.
Queen of my official Red Hat Chapter
Steering Committee of the local chapter of The Compassionate Friends
Travel and anything Disney since my husband still works for The Mouse.
After graduation I taught elementary school in St. Paul for 11 years. In August 1968 I married Bud Hauser. We met my freshman year in the union cafeteria. I was able to be home to raise our three children: Matthew (1973), Ben (1975) and Jessica (1978) at a time when one gathered with other moms while the kids played around us. We moved to Eagan in 1986, and I found a wonderful job working with Early Childhood Family Education through our school district. I worked there for 17 years until retiring in 2005. Bud and I have had a good life and we look back fondly to our Mac years where it all began. We are fortunate to have had good health, some travel, and children and grandchildren who live nearby and seem to still like us.
I taught junior high math in Mounds View and St. Louis Park for seven years. I have been doing private tutoring in my home for 42 years and continue to do that. I married Bob Hokanson in 1963. We have two sons: David (born in 1970) and James (born in 1972). We have three granddaughters: Natalie (13), Ella (9), and Hannah (5) who live in California with David and his wife Jill. We made many trips in the United States with our sons when they were young and to visit our sons and granddaughters since then. Bob and I have travelled to: Europe (several times), Australia, Japan, and many places within the United States. We also have had a cabin at Big Sandy Lake by McGregor, Minn. This past year, I was diagnosed with rectal cancer. I had surgery at the Mayo Clinic. My latest CT scan shows no evidence of cancer. I am back to walking and playing tennis two times a week. We look forward to seeing everyone at the reunion.
I retired in 2003 after an eclectic career of teaching in elementary and nursery schools, working my way up to placement director at the Eastman School of Music, traveling for Citibank student loans, and then serving in various positions at First Union, then Wachovia, now Wells Fargo. I've lived in Minnesota twice, Illinois, New York, North Carolina, and now California and Idaho. I have two daughters and four grandchildren; they live in North Carolina and California. After 27 years as a single I met Richard Hoppe in 2004. We live in the Napa Valley, and in the summer we live in a larger valley north of Coeur d'Alene, Id. where we are the "snow birds." Sorry I won't be at the Reunion, I have a grandsons graduation to attend.
I graduated from Mac in 1962 cum laude. I spent 43 years in the investment management business where I worked as diligently to help grow and protect my clients' assets as they did earning it. I retired in December of 2005. I earned a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation in 1968. I became president of the Twin City Society of Security Analysts in 1982. I was a member of the TCSSA and the CFA Society from 1962 to 2005. I was a member of the Minnesota State Board of Investment from 1982 to 1988. I was a member of the invenstment committee for the Women's Club of Minneapolis from 1987 to 1991. I was a member of the finance committee for the Golden Valley Country Club from 1996 to 2000. I was a cubmaster and scoutmaster in New Hope, Minn. from 1978-1988. I was a youth head baseball and basketball coach in New Hope and Plymouth, Minn. From 1978 to 1988. Among our five children we have a teacher/education consultant in Littleton Colo.; a pediatrician in Fort Worth, Texas; a Hollywood actor; an assistant golf professional at Wilshire Country Club in Los Angeles; and an owner and manager of a health fitness facility in Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. I also have eight grandchildren and one great granddaughter!
Since leaving Mac I have taught school in Omaha, Lincoln, Bellevue and Weeping Water Neb. I received a masters in guidance counseling from the University of Omaha and stayed in education as a school counselor. In total I have spent over 40 years in educational systems. While I was at Mac I was very invloved showing horses throughout the midwest. I continued this while teaching and counseling here in Nebraska. I continued with the horses, becoming a horse judge in eight western breeds and have been lucky enough to judge shows all over the world. Traveling to Europe, Australia, Alaska, Canada, and thoughout the United States, which has been an unbelieveable experience. I have two sons who have made me a grandmother of five grandchildren. I continue to ride my horses, substitute teach, judge and enjoy the young children in my life. What more could one ask?
J. Ricard Johnson
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I got my master's degree in business administration from Stanford in 1964. I married Beverly in 1965. Our daughter Jule was born in 1968. Our son Frederick was born in 1969. My marketing career included being the vice president on the Kraft Foods account at NH&S Advertising and holding the top marketing positions at Fisher Cheese Co. and the Weaver Popcorn Company. I retired in 2007 as the senior vice president of marketing for the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board.
From September 1962 to August 1967 I worked for the St. Paul YWCA´s teenage program then went to the University of Minnesota to get my secondary teaching degree in English and theater. Chance brought me to Denmark in 1969, where I fell permanently into the Danish folk school movement. From 1971 to 1974 I founded and directed Judson Life School, a day folk school for adults in Minneapolis, based on the Danish model. In l975 I moved permanently to Denmark and married a Danish folk school teacher, whose two children became mine. We have lived and taught at Ubberup Folk School 1975 to 1980 and Kerteminde Folk School 1980 to 2002. Currently, as a retiree, I work with Friends of the Library, teaching piano, tutoring immigrants in Danish, gardening, and reading. We return to Minnesota to Burntside Lake every other summer to be with family.
After graduating from Mac, I went to work for Gamble Skogmo in Minneapolis for three years, and then it was on to the University of Minnesota where I obtained a master's in English. While working on that degree, I also returned to Macalester to coach track and cross country from 1966 through 1968. From there I went to Woodhaven, Mich. to teach English and coach track and basketball. The Michigan experience was enjoyable, but I decided to return to Minnesota where I settled in to teach English and coach track and cross country at Rosemount High School for 30 years until I retired in 2001. During the summers in the 1970s, I led Outward Bound classes in wilderness survival that entailed climbing and backpacking in the Teton and Wind River mountain ranges as well as ascents of Gannet Peak and Devil's Tower in Wyoming. In the late 1980s I became involved with the Myers/Briggs personality assessment program. This evolved in the formation of a company I developed to help educators discover their unique teaching styles as well as enable them to identify individual student's particular learning styles. Knowing these styles would enable a teacher to tailor her/his style to a particular student's needs and abilities. Finally, as luck would have it, in a peculiar twist of fate, I reconnected with my friend from those college years Ginny Hanson '63. We are now enjoying our retirement together hiking, biking, traveling, and searching for new experiences and adventures.
Having gotten married the summer before my senior year at Mac, I moved to Maplewood, Minn. where my husband, Ed, was a junior high teacher. After we bought and renovated a home in Oakdale, he became its first mayor. We were both active in Washington County, he on the planning commission and me in establishing immunization clinics. Our four children were born there, and, after they were all in school, I taught high school English in the North St. Paul/Maplewood District at Tartan High School, briefly, then was the catalog librarian at Hamline University while taking classes at University of Minnesota in library science.
In 1979 we moved to Denver, Colo. where Ed was a development director, and I worked for Martin Marietta as a computer programmer and eventually a senior analyst in finance. They helped me take classes in computer science and start an MBA at Colorado State. In 1983, Ed took another development position in Kansas City, Mo., and I've been here ever since. Knowing that Ed's health was deteriorating, in 1997 we built our dream home and enjoyed it until he died in 2002. I continued to maintain our home and continued to work at Mediware Information Systems, where it was my job to travel around the country adding customized modules to hospital pharmacy systems.
In 2006, I retired and amused myself with family, friends, reading, sewing, upholstering, and volunteering. Two of my daughters live in the area, and between them, I have six grandchildren to enjoy. My other daughters live in Minneapolis and Dallas, and I visit them often. One of my daughters became my personal travel agent and we explored England, Greece, and even New York City. Then I took a job as a test center administrator at a test center that gives computerized tests to people trying to qualify for some type of professional license and also began volunteer work at a local hospital. For fun I am taking classes in interior design at a local college and join my gym-rat friends at a fitness center for aerobics classes. It's the Macalester mentality that keeps me connected and active, being a lifelong learner and doing the things I love. Hard to believe that 50 years have gone by when I still feel like I did when I graduated.
I have been retired for 15 years and have enjoyed every minute of it. My wife Cherie and I have been married for 48 years and spend the winters at our home in Florida where I play golf, tennis and bike. The summers are spent helping our son and daughter with various projects and working around our home in Hudson, Wis. We have one granddaughter, Zoey, who was adopted from Colombia. She's an amazing 12 year old and we spend a great deal of time with her and thoroughly enjoy her. Since graduating I have taken 24 canoe trips into the Quetico and rafted 235 miles on the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon on a three man raft. I am a certified scuba diver and have enjoyed trips to many reefs. I was a Vulcan in the St. Paul Winter Carnival and was president of the American Court and Commercial Newspaper Association. When we lived in Afton I was treasurer for the city of Afton for many years. Cherie and I love to travel and have seen many places within this beautiful country and around the world. Life is good!