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.)
I went from Mac to working at Munsingwear in the women’s division for 16 years in Minneapolis and New York. When I left I was serving as vice president of sales and marketing in the women’s intimate apparel division. I married in 1964; our daughter was born in 1969, and we in divorced 1980. In 1978 I moved to San Francisco and joined Koret of California, a women’s sportswear manufacturer, as vice president of marketing. Koret of California was acquired by Levi’s in 1979. I was promoted to division general manager in 1982 and left in 1985. I remarried in 1985 and am still married. I joined my wife in a consulting company and opened a marine accessories import business. In 1988 I acquired a women’s sportswear company, and I acquired two more companies over the next two years. I sold the apparel companies in 1994 and I joined a merger and acquisition advisor company in San Francisco. In 1995 it became an affiliate company of a San Francisco company by opening offices in Stockton & Fresno. Our practice today serves small to mid-size business owners from Sacramento to Bakersfield. On a personal note my wife and I continue to do M&A transactions throughout California, dividing our time between our home on the water in Discovery Bay, Calif., with boats in the backyard and a golf cart in the garage (on the delta of the Sacramento & San Joaquin rivers) and our home at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Calif. We are busy everyday with our practice and as members on several professional organizations, country clubs, and a yacht club.
I left Mac with teaching certification in English and, after one year at Harding High School in St. Paul, went east with the Peace Corps to Turkey, Washington D.C., and India. In 1965-66 I returned to Mac for a Peace Corps recruiting visit. I spoke at a faculty meeting and in one of professor Mary Gwen Owen’s classes about my experiences in Turkey. And they listened! Imagine that. When my husband took a job with an NGO, we moved to Korea and later the Philippines where I volunteered in various places. Returning to the United States in the late ’70s, we settled in Rhode Island, and I learned to be an American housewife with two children. In addition, I found opportunities to work with Brown University in Providence. After retiring in 2004, I returned to my hometown where I am learning to slow down.
After graduation from Macalester, I began working in my lifelong profession of social work. Initially, I worked in Stearns County, Minn. where I learned about poverty in rural areas. I spent the next nine years at the Hennepin County Welfare Department dealing with categorical aid programs, child protection and work training programs. After earning a master's of social work from the University of Michigan in 1973, I spent the next 27 years at the Hennepin County Medical Center covering the "social needs" of patients in the OB/GYN department, the Newborn Nursery and the Newborn Intensive Care Unit. I was involved in helping to establish legislation that gave cocaine-abusing pregnant women the opportunity for chemical dependency treatment. My work was often stressful, but overall it was satisfying. My husband, Jerry, and I have been married almost 50 years and have two daughters who live in the Twin Cities. There are five grandchildren ages 1-10. We have traveled in all fifty states and about a dozen other countries. In 2000, we both retired, and now, volunteering is a regular part of our life.
After graduating from Macalester, I received a law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School and later a Master of Laws (in taxation) from William Mitchell College of Law. I was a special assistant Attorney General for the State of Minnesota for a period of time after which I went into the private practice of law in the Twin Cities until 2004. I then went to work for a company (in which I was part owner) that manufactured and distributed water conservation products. Presently I am a part owner and officer of Early Morning Farms, LLC, which is a company that is establishing growing facilities throughout the United States in which to grow specialty mushrooms. I am married to Elizabeth McKie and we have a daughter who is a sophomore at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa. We live in Apple Valley, Minnesota, together with three big black dogs. I also have a daughter and a son from a previous marriage. For relaxation, I have enjoyed downhill skiing, and boating (power and sail) on the Great Lakes, the Mediterranean, throughout the Caribbean, and on Minnesota rivers and lakes.
I grew up in Hector, Minn., where I attended high school. I attended Macalester from 1958 to 1962. I majored in mathematics at Macalester.
I was on active duty for six months in the Army Reserve from 1962 to 1963.
I earned a master's degree at the University of Minnesota in 1969.
I taught math in Minneapolis secondary schools for 40 years. I taught at Phillips Junior High for three years, Central High School for 16 years, and South High School for 21 years.
While I was teaching I was the athletic director at Central from 1972 to 1978. I was also the tennis coach at Central and South: 28 years for the girls and 23 years for the boys. My awards include being the Minnesota High School Tennis Coaches Association Coach of the Year in 2001. I was inducted into the Minnesota Tennis Coaches Hall of Fame.
I also taught math for Adult Basic Education at night from 1980 to 1990 and from 2003 to the present after retirement. (ABE is primarily for GED preperation.)
Janice Beske and I live in Minneapolis and have three children and five grandchildren. We had two girls and one boy. Our grandchildren include two girls and three boys. Since the grandchildren have gotten older, we attend many of their school and other activities. The older ones are in baseball and competitive swimming. Attending these activities has been great fun!
Fifty years ago I graduated from Mac and got married one week later to Tom Boat. That's how we did things back then, right? We lived in Iowa City, Iowa, Bethesda Md., Cleveland, and Chapel Hill, N.C. before finally landing in Cincinnati for the past 19 years. We have three daughters and five grandchildren, ages 6 - 5, all of whom have migrated to Cincinnati. I continue to work full time and really enjoy being a clinical psychologist working in the area of childhood trauma and maltreatment at Cincinnati Children's Hospital. SPAN experiences left me with a love of travel. We've touched the whales in Baja and visited Costa Rica, the Galapagos, Ecuador and Patagonia. Work related travels have taken me to Russia, England, Eastern Europe, Israel, China, Japan and Saudi Arabia. I am so lucky! We left part of our hearts in North Carolina, so we now have a house in the Appalachian mountains and a beach cottage on the Outer Banks. Come and visit! I still can recite many of the lines we learned in Drama Chorus: "As Maine go oh so Pogo go," which must mean that Macalester memories are deeply embedded in my being. I am so looking forward to seeing my classmates and celebrating our ever renewed lives!
After graduating from Mac I began teaching in the Moundsview School District and continued there for five years. I then began a 13 year hiatus while our children were young. I had married Mike Bock ('61) in 1963, and we had three children, Tom, Lindsey and Kari. I then returned to teaching until my retirement in 1999. Our children all live in the Twin Cities area and they have provided us with six grandchildren. We thoroughly enjoy spending time with all of them. I continue to volunteer and enjoy many wonderful days at our lake home in northern Minnesota. Mike and I love to travel both in the United States and Europe and plan to keep our bags packed and ready for the next adventure for years to come.
After graduating from Macalester, I flew for Northwest Airlines, taught kindergarten and first grade for White Bear Lake for 13 years, worked as an insurance examiner, and retired from Fairview University hospital and triage lab. I have five grown children. I had three husbands and lived through death, divorce, and I am now married to David Bonneville. The most unusual part of my life happened 12 years ago, when I read in the newspaper that the state of Minnesota had my property, I wrote and hoped for money. What I received was a hundred-year-old letter written in French. It was a sad letter from my great-grandfather from Quebec, Canada. I decided to find my lost family. I started by going through pictures and documents and writing priests in Quebec. I went to the history museum and found that my ancestor arrived in Quebec by sailing on a ship in 1684. He fought the Iroquois Indians. His army left Ile-Sainte Helen with 400 canoes. They fought in the Niagara Falls area. He replaced the musket with a pen, learned Native American languages, and wrote treaties. I next found my family on the Internet and flew to Quebec City with my 85-year-old father and my husband, toured Quebec with family members, visited their homes, learned to speak French and learned Canadian history. My family goes back nine generations and their stories have changed my life. What am I doing today? I am a quilter. I learned long-arm quilting last year. I also took a University of Minnesota naturalist volunteer course up at Carlos Avery Game Farm. My husband and I volunteer at the Maplewood Nature Center in the winter teaching children about French Canadian voyagers and the Ojibwe Indians. We snowshoe, teach about wild rice, fire building, maple sugar and the fur trade. I am healthy and active and I keep learning new activities.
1. Winter holiday trips with our family - a different country every year - provide wonderful and hilarious memories for our two daughters. Milo and me: more than 10 and 12 trips! We also spent a memorable five weeks with my mom in central Europe (five countries). I sang in a masterworks choral competition in the Hague. My music background began at my second year at St.Olaf College.
2. After my years of teaching, the opportunity to be a full-time mom and volunteer in art education, music education, and League's Children's Museum was so valuable to me.
3. A major event in our lives was the decision to leave California and move our family to beautiful Oregon. Our girls were both educated at PLU and the sons-in-law in the Northwest, so our roots are all in the Seattle/Portland Area
4. I still have an unfulfilled goal. It will be a Nature Center for inner city children, neighboring children, and mentors. We have a beautiful little farm two minutes from our home. It's pastoral with a creek, vineyard, and orchard with plenty of room for urban children to run, raise children, plant a garden, etc. All the time learning to respect God's creation and the freedom and beauty of nature, the hope to work with the Boys and Girls Club and other children programs, mentored by seniors. I love the potential of this program! Please wish me luck!
After graduation I attended the University of Minnesota law school and graduated in 1965. I served for one year as law clerk to the Chief Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court and then hung out my shingle in my hometown of west St. Paul. I was elected mayor in 1966 and served for two terms until 1970. I joined the law firm of LeVander Gillen and Miller in 1988 and retired in 2005. My wife, Sue, and I have retired to southwest Florida and enjoy our busy days with golf, tennis, and all manner of volunteer activities.
I went to seminary and earned a masters from Union Theological in New York City and a doctorate from McCormick Theological, in Chicago. After ordination in the American Presbyterian Church, I served as follows: assistant minister in Auburn, N.Y. (three years); hospital chaplain with special training in pastoral care through Clinical Pastoral Education in Buffalo, N.Y. (four years); pastor in Kansas City, Mo. (10 years); senior pastor in Baltimore, Md. (six years); senior pastor in Wilmington, Del. (14 years.); mission volunteer with the PCUSA serving in the Presbyterian Church of East Africa, Kenya (eight years) and one year with the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian, Malawi. They were satisfying experiences, along with my enjoyment of serving congregations. 1) I developed and field tested a 20-hour curriculum for newlyweds called Growth in Marriage for Newly Weds with the Association for Couples in Marriage Enrichment, now named Better Marriages. I did research for the book "When the Honeymoon is over" by David and Vera Mace. I received an all expense paid trip to China where the Growth in Marriage for Newly Weds curriculum was presented to the head of the Department of Psychology at Beijing University. 2) I participated in Jewish/Christian dialog with clergy and laity as a means of addressing anti-Semitism in the American society. I received an all expense paid trip to Israel with the Baltimore Jewish Council. 3) I developed an anti-racism program in New Castle Presbytery where the participants discovered the subtleties of systemic racism and developed strategies to overcome them. I was a mission volunteer for eight years in Kenya. My wife Terry and I were in Kenya under the auspices of the American Presbyterian Church and the Presbyterian Church of East Africa. Terry and I taught in the School of Theology at the Presbyterian University of East Africa. I taught Introduction to Pastoral Theology, Homiletics, and Clinical Pastoral Education and served as Chaplain. Terry raised money for the university to install internet technologies and provide scholarships. We finished our work in Africa after teaching a course in pastoral care to ordained pastors in Ekwendeni, Malawi in December of 2011. Terry has written a book on our experience in Kenya called "This Little Light of Mine; Letters to My Grandchildren" by Terry Lee (Dick) Dykstra. It can be found on Amazon.com. I married Terry Lee Dick my senior year at Macalester. Terry graduated from Maryville College in Tennessee and received a masters from Buffalo State University. Our oldest daughter, Lisa (Macalester '86), lives in Mt. Airy, Md. and is married with two children. Our youngest daughter, Jennifer, lives in LaCrosse, Wis. and is married with four children. Terry and I are retired and living in Newark, Del. We welcome any classmates who would like to visit. Our home is well positioned for trips to Washington, D.C. and New York City. I would be at the reunion except for a commitment to be at the 150th Anniversary of the first church I served.
I have been married for 50 years this June 30th. I raised three children, the youngest son with special needs. I decided to be a stay-at-home mom, since my children were closely spaced and my youngest needed special attention. I was a soloist for years singing at weddings, funerals, and special events. I decided to take up running for exercise in 1968, and that led to competing in races. I have been Minnesota Runner of the Year in several age groups and I have set 52 state age-group records over the years. Last year I ran 27 races. This is a woman who barely made a "B" in Phy. Ed! I am a member of The Association of University Women, The Woman's Club of Minneapolis and Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Burnsville.
After graduation from Mac, classmate Dottie Hart and I decided to accept the challenge and adventure of teaching in California. After two years I was ready to come back to good ol' Minnesota. I taught several years in Bloomington; then, Ralph and I married in 1966. After teaching in Mahtomedi until 1970, I quit to enjoy being a stay-at-home mom with our family of three children, Nan, Grant, and Julie. After they were in school, I went back to teaching, first in pre-school and then in Title I programs in several school districts.
Since 1999, I have been working for the Minnesota Historical Society at the History Center and our State Capitol. It has been a most enjoyable and interesting job. I helped develop a program and tour about the suffragists who worked so hard to win the Vote for women in Minnesota. I also worked on research of the interesting accomplishments and activities of the wives (the first Ladies) of governors of Mininesota which will also be a part of our program offered at the capitol.
Ralph retired after 46 years of teaching at the University of Minnesota Veterinary College, and I plan to join him in retirement at the end of this year. We have loved becoming grandparents to six grandsons and, finally this year, a granddaughter! They keep us busy with their activities in hockey, soccer, school concerts, etc. We, also, continue our involvement with the Como Zoological Society, church, and genealogy research.
I have three children. I was a physical education teacher in Los Angeles for 20 years. Presently, I volunteer for AARP doing advocacy work.
I married Jim Fraser in June of 1962 and began my first year of teaching fourth grade in New Brighton. What a great year! Our first son was born in 1963, and we moved to Hopkins. I taught third grade in Hopkins until 1967, and our second son was born. We then moved to my current home in Minnetonka, and I continued teaching even though Jim and I were divorced in 1976. Teaching and motherhood have been my way of life until 2000 when I retired. I met Tom Hau in 1979, and we have been together ever since. We have enjoyed trips to England, Italy, Russia and Alaska. Our major place for recreation is our lake home on Lake Osakis near Alexandria, Minn. There, we can enjoy the peace of the blue skies and water from our pontoon. Between the two of us we have four grandchildren. The youngest was just 5 weeks old as of March 29, 2012.
Following 30 years of operating an engineering business with my husband, I am on a new path. I was in charge of the office functions, including accounting, vendor and customer contacts and collecting overdue accounts, the least enjoyable part of the job. While at Macalester I had a work contract in the economics department, never dreaming that I might again rub shoulders with those in the business world. I enjoyed so many of the contacts we made and was hesitant about life after we sold the business. However, I now have a part time position in a church office, quite a different field, where I do lots of word processing and attempt to keep up to date with the latest computer technology. I love gardening; I still read a lot and work at classical piano. We have lived in Ilinois for over 40 years now, and we have two sons, one in Illinois and one in Iowa, and five grandchildren. We feel amazingly fortunate to have them all close enough to share in their activities.