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Catch up with your classmates
These alumni from the Class of 1964 have shared brief bios and remember when stories from your time at Macalester. The submissions are sorted by current last name.
We would still take the exam
A line in a Wendell Berry poem goes, I go amazed into a maze my mind can follow but not know. It comes close to describing my path since Macalester. I took an interest inventory after I graduated, and it indicated my logic skills were strong and I should consider entering the field of computer programming. Im pretty sure my test results were confused with someone elses. I lasted eight months entering zeros and ones onto Fortran sheets for Archer Daniels Midlands payroll program, run on an IBM 1401 mainframe computer, before returning (running/screaming) back to Macalester to complete education credits to end the misery.
I accepted a teaching position with Minneapolis Public Schools, teaching English at Patrick Henry High School. I interrupted my teaching career to be a flight attendant with Western Airlines in Los Angeles, then returned to the Twin Cities to teach at Osseo Senior High. During this time I married 64 classmate Marc Brown. Our children, a daughter and a son, graduated from St. Olaf and the University of Denver, respectively, and live in the Twin Cities. In fact, our son lives two blocks west of Macalester, where he and his wife are raising our two wonderful granddaughters. After our children were born I did volunteer work tutoring and teaching basic reading skills to non-reading adults and cared for my aging father after my mother died.
In 1997, I graduated Hamline Universitys MFA program and have done some writing and editing since. A sharp bend in the road occurred when the alcoholism that ran through my family of origin became apparent (funny, how you dont see what you dont see), and having felt called into the field, I helped start a lay ministry in my UCC church, work which I continue to do in a leadership capacity. Our team has mentored other churches interested in starting such ministries in their own denominations. We focus on awareness, prevention, public advocacy and addiction support, keeping the disease of addiction out in the open, where it rightly belongs.
Summers, Marc and I live on a beautiful, clear, quiet lake in the woods east of Ely, Minn. My hobbies include cooking, reading, walking, kayaking, writing poetry and singing alto in a church choir.
After graduating with a history degree in December, 1963, I immediately left the country to live with my aunt and uncle in Munich, Germany for six months. That experience cemented my love of foreign travel and the German language. By 1965 I began studying German history for two years at the University of Munich.
When the University of Colorado offered me a place in the history graduate program I moved to Boulder, completing a Masters in European History . There I met a fellow graduate student, Douglas Busch. We were married in December, 1969, after I had accepted a teaching position with the wonderful Cherry Creek Schools in suburban Denver.
During my thirty-one year teaching career I helped open the districts new Smoky Hill High School, led student groups to work on the restoration of a castle in near Innsbruck, Austria, developed an experiential learning program, taught AP and IB European History, and earned a Ph.D. in Comparative History from the University of Denver. In the seven years before I retired in 2000, I served as coordinator of the International Baccalaureate Program. Since then, teaching German to adults at the University of Denver has been a fun challenge.
While at Smoky Hill I met Nancy Miller who has been my loving partner and travel companion for forty years. We enjoy our mountain house on the North Inlet in Grand Lake, Colorado, six wintertime weeks in Palm Springs, and cruising to the far sides of the world. Reading novels, particularly German bestsellers, skiing at Winter Park, and practicing Tai-Chi are my favorite avocations.
- Taught in the Minneapolis Schools from 1964–1998
- Taught at Henry HS 1964–1982 ( taught Jr. High Science, Biology, Physics)
- Taught at South HS 1982–1998 (taught Biology, Genetics)
- Coached–Jr. High FB, Jr. High BK. Soph BK, Varsity Track, Varsity Cross Country Running at Henry HS
- Coached–Varsity Track, Varsity Cross Country Running at South HS
- Married 1969–Karen–teacher
- Children–Daughter–Heidi–1973–teacher Robbinsdale Schools
- Son–Terry (TJ)–1975–coach Osseo Schools
- Grandchildren–James–7; Avery–5; Maverick–1; Max–0
Hobbies and Interests:
- Athletics–Officiate HS and College Track and Cross Country Meets
- Spectator at both HS and College Games
- Participate in golfing and bowling leagues
- Spend up North at Cabin–fishing, snowmobiling, and riding ATV
- Play cards once a week with friends
- Enjoy swimming with grandchildren
That Eternal Flame
Following graduation from Mac, my wife (Beverly Bates Crow '63) and I moved to Louisville, KY where I enrolled in Louisville Presbyterian Seminary. I graduated from seminary in 1968, having served a year as a Campus Ministry Intern at Oregon State University and a year as a student pastor at an African-American church in Louisville. During that same time, our first son, Dallas, was born. Upon graduation, I became a Campus Pastor at Oregon State University where I served for a year. During that year we adopted our daughter, Heather. Over the next 25 years I served as pastor of 3 different Presbyterian Churches in Harbor Spring, MI, Boone, IA, and Hudson WI. While at Harbor Springs we adopted our second son, Michael. It was also during that time that I earned a D. Min degree from McCormick Theological Seminary In 1995, I began serving as a member of the staff for the Presbytery of the Cascades in an innovative shared leadership role with three other Co-Executive Presbyters. I retired from that position in 2003. Immediately upon retirement Bev and I served as co-pastors of a small, international, interdenominational, English speaking church in Stavanger, Norway, for 15 months. Upon returning to the United States, the Presbytery of the Cascades, named me Executive Presbyter Emeritus for the Presbytery. Since that time, I have served as pastor or co-pastor with Bev for several months each at two different churches which had lost long-time pastors due to sexual misconduct
First Era: Married special guy--Russ Cummings; Kindergarten teacher; and then what Id really wanted to be when I grew up, a mother. (Why? Id gotten good liberal education, wanted to be good wife/mom/part of world community!) Raised three sons who came three different ways: planned, adopted, and unplanned. Full-time mom/volunteer (at church and helped start a Family Center). Lived in Roseville.
Second Era: Surprise! Decided had a passion for ministry, so to United Theo. Seminary in New Brighton. Got lots of help trying to raise middle son who came to us wounded and challenging, AND to keep marriage together. Said spouse didnt want me to go to seminary: Ill never see you! It will take over our life! Later began to say when asked, No, Im not glad shes a pastor; now ask me if I think shes a good one, and if I can imagine her doing anything else! Served churches in New Brighton and Stillwater, Minn., then Ithaca, N.Y. (University town with 150 named waterfalls in 10 mile radius.) Russ retired early and became the "house spouse"--his words.
Third Era: Back to Minnesota rather than move to warmer climes since grandchildren trump weather and two had already arrived. Officially retired, but asked to preach, teach, lead retreats. Started STAR MINISTRIES for spiritual direction--one with one and in small groups. Pastoral Associate at Presbyterian Church in Shoreview. Flexible time helps with 5 grandkids. Other highlights: mission partnerships in Ethiopia, Ghana, and now Burma. Parasailing in Mexico, hot air balloon in Wis., parapenting off mountain in New Zealand. Married almost 50 years.
It might be best to describe my life by location. I got married a few days after graduation and shortly thereafter went to then-West Berlin to become a military dependent. The Macalester degree name recognition was important in helping me get employment as a civilian Library Assistant in the Special Services Library at the Headquarters Berlin Brigade. After surviving the Cold War of nerves for two years there, I returned to the Twin Cities, found work as a copy editor on the Minneapolis Tribune and then as a reporter for the St. Paul Dispatch & Pioneer Press. With my then-husband enrolled at Macalester, I lived on Grand Avenue and witnessed the Late Sixties at Mac, including the infamous commencement of 1969 when students took over the occasion and parents rioted. Cairo was next, teaching English as a Foreign Language (now more politically correct: Second Language) at the American University in Cairo. Illness forced departure without a degree, first to Cyprus, then France, and ultimately to New Ulm, Minnesota. There my daughter, Sylvia Alexis Rolloff, was born. Denver was next, where the husband was a graduate student and I worked in Public Relations at the University of Denver. Then, as a grad student myself, I worked for the American Studies Program. The marriage fell apart in 1976 and my daughter and I relocated to my hometown in northern Minnesota, McIntosh. Dear Old Macalester hired me as a grants writer that year, so Mac-Groveland was again home for me and my daughter in St. Paul. Then came work at St. Catherine's in public relations and (finally!) a master's degree in history from the University of Denver in 1980. After marriage to a professor at Carleton College, I lived in Northfield, Minnesota for 15 years. Sabbatical sojourns in Pune, India and Florence, Italy provided opportunities for research and writing. In 1990, while again working at St. Catherine's, I started a nontraditional Ph.D. program in American Studies through The Union Institute (now Union Institute & University). Its internship requirement led to work as Director of the Brown University Women Writers Project in 1994, in Providence, Rhode Island. My husband retired early from teaching to follow me (and do exciting anthropological projects around the globe). I got my Ph.D. in 1996 and in 1998 began teaching in what is now called the Nonfiction Writing Program at Brown. In 2011 I became a real faculty member of the Department of English at the lowly rank of Lecturer. So, 50 years on, I am still pretending to be a redhead and figuring out what I want to be when I grow up.
My 5'18" frame
Upon graduation in late May of 1964 with a BS in Business Administration, specializing in Accounting (thank you, Lloyd Buckwell!!), the only job offer I received was with a large CPA firm in my home town of Marshall, MN. This was close to the escalation of activity in Viet Nam, and only having a 2S deferment (school/college) on my record, I took a chance and volunteered for our military before accepting the position. I arrived at the appropriate place with a host of other volunteers, virtually all of them coming up to my shoulders in height (my being a silly millimeter under 6' 6" at the time). With my hay fever, my flat feet, my height (at the time 6' 6" was the height limit for getting in), and my bum right knee, which I blew out at the beginning of my senior year playing basketball, I flunked. 41 wonderful years later, after my Marshall job and 5 various positions in the Twin Cities, 2 of which being a Financial Controller for 30 years, I retired in June of 2005. I am presently Treasurer of a plethora of groups/organizations of which I belong, to which one of my good friends said, "You're still doing what you always did; you're just not getting paid for it!" No truer words were ever spoken, as I still love working with the numbers. In 1965 I became involved with the Barbershop Quartet Singing Society, joining a quartet in September of that year. In December of 1972 I joined another quartet, the Happiness Emporium, and in June of 1975, after three grueling days of competition with 44 other quartets, we were fortunate enough to win the Gold Medal as International Quartet Champions at the International Convention in Indianapolis. We still have three of our original members, but we are retiring in October. Traumatic & you bet!! An interesting note regarding our quartet; our original baritone who won the Gold Medal with us is a 1956 Macalester College graduate, Bob Spong. I'm looking forward to reconnecting with many of my classmates at our fabulous 50th reunion next June, 2014!
Meeting People Around the World
Following my Macalester graduation I attended Northwestern University for a masters degree in African history. I returned to St. Paul to teach history and political science for ten years at St. Paul Academy; then decided to enter the University of Missouri School of Law and practiced litigation and mediation for several years in Kansas City. In 1995 I was asked to form a mediation unit for state government in Jefferson City. Now I am retired and traveling a bit with my wife Karen, my dog Max, and cat Indiana Jones. Macalester has been with me all of these years. My perspective on life was shaped at Mac.
Finding my passion
Macalester College gave me a full tuition scholarship, which I used to study English and French. I am grateful to have studied under Roger Blakely, Ray Livingston, and F. Earl Ward in the English Department and also Hugo Thompson, Helene Peters, Huntley Dupre, and other distinguished professors then at Macalester.
Halfway through my last year at Macalester I researched potential careers for English majors since I did not want to teach. I chose publishing. A few months later, Ray Livingston asked me what I planned to do, when I was able to reply, Go into publishing. He promised to introduce me to his editor at the University of Minnesota Press who, by sheer good luck, had just lost her assistant to the Peace Corps. I began my new job immediately, attending summer classes mornings and working afternoons until I graduated early, in August 1963.
Academic publishing was a happy choice, furthering my education over a vast range of subjects with the support of graduate privileges at a major research library. I stayed at the Press for ten years, advancing to editor while free-lance editing for the business school and the Institute of Child Development. In January 1978 I moved to London, working as a free-lance editor and visiting galleries, museums, and historic places throughout Great Britain and France.
After two years I relocated to Boston, where I free-lanced as a medical editor for Little, Brown and art editor for Houghton Mifflin. In March 1984 I joined the full-time staff at Houghton Mifflin, eventually becoming Art Editing Manager for the College Division in charge of maps, photographs, covers, and other illustrations for college textbooks. Encouraged by the company, I completed an MBA at Simmons in 1989 and moved into international sales, becoming the Director of International Sales & Marketing for the College, Trade & Reference Divisions. I was also responsible for staff and warehouses around the world, including England. In this role, I visited many countries, including Thailand, where I was able to see my Macalester roommate Wipa Wichaidist who by that time was a professor of music in Bangkok.
A great privilege of publishing is the chance to meet interesting people publishers, authors, and booksellers. After leaving Houghton Mifflin in 2000, and using contacts and clients met there, I set up a foreign rights business, selling rights to books published in English to publishers in other countries. Now I attend the Frankfurt and other book fairs, but also conduct business via couriers and the Internet.
My private life evolved in tandem with my career. My first husband and I were English majors, a promising start but our paths diverged. In England I met my long-term partner, who died in 2004; we shared the house where I still live. My second husband is a Scottish engineer who lives and works largely outside the UK.
Now I live in Hereford, spending a few days a month in London seeing friends, theatre, and exhibitions. I travel outside the UK a few times a year (usually by train to continental Europe) and also within England and Scotland. I volunteer as a Hereford city guide and as a Friend of Hereford Cathedral. Im sorry to miss our class reunion, but hope that it will be a happy and successful occasion.
My world was widened
I am married to a woman I met when we both worked at Gortons of Gloucester, Gloucester, MA. We have two children: a married son who is a doctor in the greater NYC and a daughter who is a teacher in Denver. She and her husband have two sons (all are the lights of my life).
Work/Career: General Mills (5yrs), Dayton Hudson (8yrs), Citigroup (21 yrs)–all in Finance, Control, Risk Management disciplines. Ive had extensive international travel (mostly business) and was recently notified that Id flown my 3 millionth mile with American Airlines–and I dont look a day over 85!
23 almost consecutive (and counting) years of doing the Boundary Waters with David Bloom 65 and Larry Demarest (until his passing in 2005) and others. Some outings have included stays with Marc and Cathy Brown at their wonderful place near Ely.
Variations of our brand, Dewey Decimal and the Librarians, founded during our senior year at Mac, have performed at several earlier reunions, my daughters wedding, Larrys funeral, Bob Stimsons funeral, and at Peter Malens induction as Commodore of his yacht club in Florida.
In retirement, Ive enjoyed volunteering at the affordable housing/community development organization, Good News Partners, in Chicago founded 35 years ago by Bud and Donna Ogle. I also handle the finances for a group organized by my sister, Sally 58, that built two houses in Greece for fun and what has turned out to be a sort of cultural immersion.
Its so great to be able to write a bio for our 50th college reunion; something not everyone has the opportunity to do. I was married for forty years (my husband, Bob Lacher, another Mac grad, passed away suddenly in 2008), have two daughters, two sons-in-law and two granddaughters.
I was in the educational field for thirty-four years as a physical education teacher and later on academic advisor at MSUM during our twenty-three years in Moorhead, MN.
I received my MA from the U of MN and almost finished my PHD when I was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma in 1986 and given six months to a year to live. I am VERY relieved I have outlived that sentence by more than 25 years.
I retired in 2001 and we moved back to Twin Cities area. I love all sports and am a member of a devoted, year round soccer family with nine games some weeks. Also, my attorney daughter is a MN Roller girl in her spare time. Her derby name is Winona Collider and her team is the Dagger Dolls. What a riot!!
I play bells in a private handbell choir with five or so gigs each season. I belong to an active Red Hat chapter, I travel, read, babysit, volunteer plus those things Ive forgotten SO I have NO time to grow older ..
Im really looking forward to visiting with all of you in June, 2014!!
I left Macalester with a degree in Business Administration and a great relationship with a woman who is now my wife of 47 years. Karin 65 and I raised two daughters, one of whom is a 1992 Mac grad. They gifted us with great sons-in-law and a total of four grandkids. We continue to learn from all of them.
After graduation I joined the Army Reserve which mercifully kept me from being sent to Viet Nam. Many of my peers were not so fortunate. I was able to obtain my CPA certificate and held several finance jobs, the longer ones being 17 years with Ecolab, and now 26 years with Mass Mutual as an investment representative and insurance agent. I enjoy counseling clients and have no plans to retire. We spend some time in Hawaii in the winter and make frequent trips to Hamburg, Germany to keep up with our younger daughter and family.
Two significant losses during this period were my father-in-laws 1972 death at the hands of a drunk driver, and the total loss of the family farm buildings in the Brown County tornado of 1998. It has since been totally restored.
I am enjoying being part of the Class of 64 Reunion Committee and look forward to being reacquainted with more of my fellow classmates next June.
Well, our 50th Reunion is on its way! Hard to believe... Of course, we all still look the same, so what's a "number," huh? (chuckle) I'm now living in Rock Hill, South Carolina running a private practice in community counseling and life coaching--primarily providing 50 year old-plus individuals with strategies to guide them toward happy, healthy and successful "second-halves" of their lives. Previously worked for several corps. (Reader's Digest, Time Warner, Merrill Lynch) and owned 2 advertising agencies in Northern Virginia during the 90's. Have tried to retire on three occasions, but my golf game sucks & I get really bored with nothing to do. I'm having a bunch of fun!! Married to a wonderful woman, I have a 34 year old daughter living in Northern Virginia and four great step kids. My daughter teaches high school English, her hubby is a banker and they have made me a proud 2-time Grandpa! My family (a bro & and sis) still live in Minneapolis so I get home often. I have always absolutely loved Minnesota--the state & the people. Just wish it wasn't so darn cold.... A Christian, I am loving my walk with the Lord. He's led me to a very full life, has blessed me in many, many ways and centers my life wonderfully. My best to you all!
After graduating from Macalester with a degree in Psychology, I worked for 2 months in the Hilton Hotel in Rotterdam, Netherlands as part of the SWAP program. Then I purchased a 10 year old VW van for $150 and set off to tour Europe for 4 months, sleeping in the back of the van. After returning to the US, I started working for Honeywell in Minneapolis as a Customer Service Representative and married my college sweetheart, Rhoda Goodrich '65. After 5 years, I transferred to the Credit Department and continued my education at the U of M (52 credits in business). At the end of 1976, we moved to Milwaukee, Wis. where I joined Rexnord Industries as Credit Manager. I retired as Director of Credit in 2005. Accepting an offer from our daughter, Melissa, who said she wanted to take care of us when we got old, we moved to Portland, Ore. in 2010 before she could change her mind. We keep busy paddling Dragon Boats, hiking, biking, traveling and spending time with our 2 grandsons. I have traveled to all 50 states and 40 foreign countries. Every summer we spend 4 months in northern Wisconsin, where we have a cabin on a lake. Our son, Mark, lives in Marietta, Ga. and has a son and a daughter. Rhoda and I continue to be amazed at the accomplishments of Mac grads over the years and are very proud of our alma mater for continuing to improve and stay in the upper echelon of small liberal arts colleges.
David A. Ranheim
I spent the summer after graduation in Madrid, Spain on SWAP, and that fall began three eventful years at New York University School of Law in Greenwich Village. Upon graduation in June 1967, I moved back to Minneapolis, took the July bar exam and began my law career on August 1st at the Minneapolis firm now known as Dorsey & Whitney. For the next 35 years, I was a member of the Trial Department and represented clients in a variety of business disputes. I also was involved in providing pro bono legal services. Since retirement from Dorsey in 2002, I have continued to serve as an arbitrator and mediator in commercial matters.
Throughout my years of active law practice and in the years since my retirement, I also have enjoyed serving and providing leadership on a number of non-profit boards. These have included, among others, several arts organizations, our church, and, of course, Dear Old Macalester. Our alma mater has continued to be a major part of my life, as I served first on the Alumni Board in the early 1970s and then on the Board of Trustees from 1975-2005. This has proved to be a wonderful counterpoint to my life in the law.
Judy - my wife of 42 years and a professional flutist and teacher - is a Luther College graduate, but also certainly has become a warmly welcomed member of the Macalester family over these past many years! Our oldest son, Luther, a professional development officer, and his wife, Michelle, a CPA, live in south Minneapolis. Our other son, Bjorn, a professional cellist, and his wife, Dorie, an early childhood educator, live in St. Louis. We are grateful for our wonderful family and good health!
But Where Can You Practice?
After graduating in January of 1964, I began a career in the financial services industry. My wife Mary and I have three children, Jean, Sara and Mark of whom we extremely proud and four grandchildren. The grandkids all are out of state which allows another excuse for us to travel.
I was fortunate enough to be able to retire in 1995 but I remained involved in the financial area by being a cofounder of an investment banking firm, venture activities, as well as an advisor to two financial advisory firms which I still do along with a few corporate directorships.
We have been fortunate to be able to do extensive travel and to remain active as we try to work through our bucket lists, while enjoying our winter home in Tucson, Az.
I feel my road to life experiences began at Macalester and continues as we will be celebrating our 50th anniversary and then a few months later being reunited with friends at our 50th reunion.
After graduation, I went to work for Ramsey County Welfare (now Human Services) . as a social worker. I moved to supervision (first woman hired in that position for some twenty years) and management. I retired in 2003 as the division director for financial assistance services.
I enjoy a lake cabin, my yard and garden, traveling, volunteering with Meals on Wheels, fostering dogs for Second Chance Animal Rescue and contacts with Mac friends, those who live near here and those who visit.
After graduating from Macalester, I was involved in public education for thirty-five years. Nearly thirty of those years were at Henry Sibley High School in Mendota Heights, Minnesota. For the first sixteen years at Sibley, I taught mathematics and also coached soccer, basketball, and golf. The remaining years were spent as an athletic director and assistant principal. My wife Barbara was an English teacher in South St. Paul.
Since retiring in 2000, I have been active in our school districts educational foundation. I have also been a member of the Macalester M Club board of directors for many years. My third interest is working with Minnesota State High School League at various section and state tournaments. In my spare time, I love to play golf and go fishing. We actively commute between our home Mendota Heights and our lake cabin near Brainerd.
My life is a wonderful adventure. I have a remarkable husband, three terrific, married children and eight delightful grandchildren. Tony and I call Garden Ridge, TX home and in the summer months are restoring my family home in Lake City, MN.
After graduation I led an Ambassador for Friendship Tour with Mary Oosterhuis 64 and then taught first and second graders in Colorado and Alaska.. In Anchorage I met the love of my life, Tony Zugay, a Penn State grad, engineer and a USAF air traffic controller. After our wedding in Lake City, MN, our first home together was in beautiful Wurtzburg, Germany. Six months later, Tony was one of twelve Americans working with the German Air Force in Freising, Germany. Our lovely Dawn Elizabeth was born, she learned to understand German even as we were challenged to speak it, Lifelong German friendships were developed with whom we traveled and skied. MN was our next home while Tony was in Viet Nam, and I taught pre-school Montessori. We moved to Wichita Falls, TX and Michael Anthony was our delight. A job search followed and San Antonio, TX became our home for the following seven years. The birth of Kristi Anna brought joy.
What a privilege to return to Germany for the next nine years with our children. Tony was a civilian engineer with USAFE. As a family we absorbed Europe and its culture as we lived, traveled, skied, camped, visited relatives, renewed and made friendships, As our children retuned to the US for college so we also returned to the San Antonio area where we built our home and have lived for twenty one years. Ive been a military and civil service wife for 45 years, maturing through the daily experiences of life as a Christian woman, wife, homemaker, mother, friend, prayer partner, volunteer in our church, childrens schools and community and now as grandmother. Im grateful for Gods guidance and love on our journey of ups and downs, sorrows and joys. I look forward to our MAC 50th reunion and renewing friendships. Yall come!