1600 Grand Ave
St. Paul MN 55105
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.
Stories: We would still take the exam
In September, 1964, I flew to Los Angeles with a teaching contract and a contact address. Three days later I met my future husband, Will Baird. We have been married nearly 47 years--3 daughters, 2 sons-in-law, and 4 grandchildren followed.
I have had a great variety of teaching experiences--most elementary grades, one-room schoolhouse, juvenile hall, drug rehab facility, special education--in four states. One year we had a calendar made using photos of our homes, and we ran out of months first.
I have enjoyed a certain amount of travel, and am now enjoying retirement in the High Desert area of California, hopefully, in a permanent setting.
Worked at UNIVAC, Northwest Airlines, CRAY Research and NCAR (National Center for Atmospheric Research)
2 daughters, 3 grandchildren
Husband - William Bateman (class of 1963) died Feb. 8, 2006
Disabled by major stroke Oct. 2008
I left the Twin Cities in 64; to begin teaching art in Cleveland, OH in the beleaguered public schools. I was introduced to my career in an overcrowded, beyond run-down, cockroach-infested school accommodating grades 7-12. At the end of that first experience in teaching, I went to Norway to attend the U of Oslo for a summer of graduate work in design, and visiting friends in Europe, later returning to the states to continue teaching.
I met my husband, Lee, while skiing. We have two children, Keith and Jennifer, now with families of their own and living nearby, for which I am thankful. I worked intermittently when my children were very young, then returned to school to study architecture. My husband started his construction business, which celebrates forty years in business this year. I worked at different, yet interrelated jobs, including the most important, the raising of my children. Until recently, I had few hours to evolve as an artist.
My son, Keith, is a systems engineer and graduated from Case Western Reserve University, attending on a full-ride scholarship. He enjoys a very good career working in robotics for PCC Airfoils here. He is active as a volunteer with the local Science Olympiad. My daughter, Jennifer, graduated from Syracuse University with honors and a BFA in musical theater. She interned in theater in RI, but eventually became a ski instructor for Ski Schools of Aspen, and sang with the Aspen Choral Society, living in CO for about ten years. She is now a reference librarian here and working on her masters degree in library science (bit of a change). She is still singing, thank goodness!
Both kids were very competitive in junior ski racing, as my husband was the coach at a local area. I, too, became an instructor and eventually ski school director for a period of time. I taught skiing for thirty years. Ohio is pretty flat, of course, but we did get to ski in the mountains, as well.
To summarize, I have worked in the fields of education, architecture, construction, planning, and government, with a bit of time as a sales rep in the ski industry. I always felt my education at Mac stood by me. I was able to leave my last job, return to the Cleveland Institute of Art, and spend most of my time drawing and painting particularly, life forms and the natural world. I have a small portraiture business, and always exploring .
I also set aside time with my four grandchildren, Nathan, Ben, Lauren, and Chloe, who are amazing to watch and fun to be with. We draw and paint and I teach them piano. We hike and ski and paddleboard, and play with my dogs. Or, go to the art museum. They participate in many sports and activities, including lacrosse, which my husband coaches.
I am an advocate of fair housing and volunteer as vice-president of the board of trustees for the local tri-county Fair Housing Resource Center. My husband and I also volunteer at a local farm sheepherding with our border collies. Can they come to reunion? Hope to see you there.
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. I'm pretty sure my test results were confused with someone else's. I lasted eight months entering zeros and ones onto Fortran sheets for Archer Daniels Midland's 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 University's 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 don't see what you don't 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 graduation I joined Green Giant Co. and stayed there 31 years, although the company changed ownership twice during that time (Pillsbury in 1979 and Grand Met in 1989). I married Mac '64 classmate Cathy Lindsey in 1969 and we settled in Minneapolis. Our daughter Lindsey was born in 1972 and son Zak in 1975. Both live in the Twin Cities so we have 2 granddaughters nearby. We bought our current home from Senor Dassett, Cathy's Macalester Spanish professor.
In 1985, we built a summer home east of Ely, MN on a lakeshore lot we bought in 1979, just a stone's throw from the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, fulfilling a boyhood dream dating back to a Boy Scout canoe trip taken in that area in 1956. The lake home is a timberframe structure, a building style using heavy timbers joined together with mortice and tenon joinery and wooden pegs. When I retired from Pillsbury in 1994, it was to join that very small timberframe company that had framed our North Woods house. I worked there part time for the next 12 years, as their Business Manager/salesman/designer/payroll clerk/inventory control manager /estimator/accountant/purchasing agent/bank liaison/ bill collector and resident purveyor of wise-old-guy counsel.
For the last 6 years I have been rehabbing foreclosed houses in Minneapolis, using experience gained as the manager of several Habitat for Humanity projects underwritten by The Pillsbury Co. in the 1980's. My rehabbing partner is a friend I met at Mayflower Church, where Cathy and I have been members for 38 years, still singing in the 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 district's 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
I taught in the Roseville Schools where I had student taught after 4 yrs. in the Champagne, IL schools. I received my M.Ed at the U of I. I participated in a faculty program for students who were unsure of an Ed. major who would visit my classroom. I enjoyed low tuition, faculty parking, discounts and an extra pair of hands in the classroom. I taught grades 1-4, retiring from Roseville after 35 years. Thanks to Mac for giving me the opportunity to meet my husband and have two delightful sons. Our youngest, Matt, with his wife Stela will bless us with our first grandchild, a GIRL, in August:-) Love traveling, scrapbooking, volunteer church work, substitute teaching & reading.
My life since Macalester has sprung from my college major, English, and minors, French and religion. I went to Union Theological Seminary/Columbia University in New York City and got a master's degree in comparative religions, then on to teach religion and English at two private girls' schools for two years each. I moved to California in 1968, did Christian education at a Presbyterian church for five years, and then jumped into public relations with a job at a community hospital. I felt I'd found my life's calling in PR. During those years I seized every opportunity to speak French, go to France, and learn French cooking.
I married late and then followed the new roads opened to me by being with my adventurous husband. He led me into sailing, living in Hawaii, being a caterer in Las Vegas, and now living in an airplane hangar and being a pilot in Southern California.
I still love words, language, reading, and writing, as well as all things French. I have left behind the active life of being a believer, but as one who cares about people and justice for their lives, I am doing what little I can to have a positive influence in the world. I still find most meaning in the values and activities that I was imbued with at Macalester.
A wonderful start
Doug and I moved to Columbus, Ohio, then put down roots in Dubuque, Iowa. We have three children, all adults now and only two grandchildren. We are celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary this year. My specialty has been low-paying but satisfying jobs - pre-school teacher, librarian, church secretary and currently part-time in an independent book store.
I've always been a volunteer. Currently the activities that take up my time are the League of Women Voters, Sunshine Circle (hospital volunteer), Tri-State Wind Symphony (I still play the french horn), and Westminster Presbyterian Church.
The activities that I wish I had more time for are every-changing - presently: growing and killing garden plants, reading, bicycling Dubuque's hills, traveling with Doug, playing mah jongg and pickleball with friends, kayaking Mississippi River back-waters and making music.
The summer I graduated from Macalester I went to work at Armour & Co. packing animal innards into cardboard cartons in the offal cooler. I'd somehow graduated without an inkling of what I wanted to do. Yet I promptly figured out a life surrounded by books--something I'd learned to cherish at Mac--was far superior to one surrounded by livers and kidneys.
Thanks in part to a gracious letter from Harry Morgan, I got into the University of Michigan, and left seven years later with a MA in Journalism and a Ph.D. in American Studies. By then I'd married another journalism student, Ginny Paley, and had a year-old son, Aaron.
My first 'real job' was teaching at William James College in western Michigan. Willie Jay, as we liked to call it, was housed at Grand Valley State University during the era of experimental colleges. We patterned our teaching after William James' philosophy of "pragmatism." This meant we had internships for all students, no grades, and 'equalized' salaries that allowed us to hire people with work experiences, not just academics. My greatest joy was working with students on tangible projects: the school newspaper, various magazines, and multi-media presentations using half-inch video.
In 1974, my Ph.D. dissertation got published by Scribners as a trade book, and I got divorced. Around this time, I became increasingly interested in the "other side" of William James philosophy as represented in his book on "The Varieties of Religious Experience." The following year, while still teaching, I cut my ponytail and took up with an Eastern guru.
Seven years later, I gave up my tenured position and moved to Sacred Mountain Ashram, outside of Boulder, Colorado. For the next 13 years, I was not just a disciple but my guru's right hand man, serving as trustee, as well as either secretary-treasurer or vice-president of the organization. The swami had several centers in the United States, India, and New Zealand. Often I traveled with him, arranging retreat logistics, taking care of various administrative duties, and editing the organization's books, newsletters, and magazines.
Then came Christmas Day, 1993. That's when I left my guru and flew to Seattle to spend the holiday with my former wife and son. To make this leap, I had to come to terms with the fact a so-called enlightened being could be far from perfect. Namely, his acting as if he were celibate and then having sexual relations with many of his female disciples and vowing them to secrecy. At this time, I also had to come to terms with my entire belief system: the degree to which my beliefs were directly related to my fears of life, death, and sexuality. Perhaps especially to sexuality because just as my guru had been in the closet, I'd been in the closet about being gay.
At age 50, I started life again. A friend gave me a 1977 propane-powered Oldsmobile that I drove across the country on what I called my "karmic reunification" trip, visiting friends and relatives, stopping at the Macalester campus, and spending an overnight with Bud and Donna Ogle at their project for the homeless in Chicago. I first settled in Ithaca, NY and later in Chapel Hill/Durham, NC. Fortunately, by the time I left the ashram, I'd written three books and had another about to be published, which helped me get editing work. I started out writing a newsletter for a Cornell University professor, and my last job was acquisitions editor for Carolina Academic Press.
Today, my partner of 16 years, Jamie Long (who was a NYC corporate attorney) and I, having survived our earlier years, are happily retired. We spend most of the year in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico--doing our best to learn Spanish, volunteering, and painting--and the rest of our time in Miami.
So today, 50 year post Mac graduation, it again seems time for karmic reunification. Earlier this year, Jamie's and my families met south of Cancun. Our festive gathering included my former wife, my son and daughter-in-law, and my two grandkids, as well as Jamie's daughter, son-in-law, and his two grandkids. And now, with June almost upon us, I'm looking forward to the Macalester reunion and catching up with you all. May our circles be unbroken.
Stories: 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 I'd really wanted to be when I grew up, a mother. (Why? I'd 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 didn't want me to go to seminary: I'll never see you! It will take over our life! Later began to say when asked, No, I'm not glad she's a pastor; now ask me if I think she's 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.
What's happened since graduation or the last reunion(s) not much or lots, depending on how you look at the past 50 years. I'm still at Dear Old Macalester! never having left but not ever the same.
I started working at Mac in August 1964 after taking an Ambassador for Friendship trip with another Mac student and four international students. We traveled 10,000+ miles visiting and learning about the United States for six weeks. It was great and started the many travels that I have done while at Mac. Worked at the International Center for Harry Morgan and several other bosses till 2002, where my work was with international students who came to Macalester to study, students who did a study away experience and, the World Press Institute, a program that brought working journalists from around the world to learn about the United States. I then started work in the alumni relations office in Weyerhaeuser Hall (the old library) Our office assists with events in various cities in the U.S. and abroad, working with reunion planning committees, and a variety of events for alumni with our advancement office that might include fundraising for operating funds, building construction, renovation, etc. It has been a wonderful learning experience
The travel bug hit while at Mac. SWAP started it in the summer of 1963, working at the Amsterdam Hilton Hotel and then a bit of travel after; Ambassadors for Friendship next. Several trips to Europe, in the U.S. and Canada have followed...A study trip with students to England for one month to investigate mystery writers and a meeting with author, P.D. James. In 1988 another study trip to New Zealand and then because I was so close, to Australia for vacation and meeting some of the journalists from the World Press Institute Program. Next a trip to look at the report on study away programs offered to Macalester students by Butler University in England, Ireland and Scotland. A trip to Iceland with alumni in 2004. Other trips with family have included the Outer Banks in North Carolina, cruises on both Atlantic and Pacific oceans, and mystery trips (where you get on the coach and do not know where you will end up. Clues are given along the way. They are always fun and interesting way to see sights in the US)
Another interest is crafts counted cross stitch, crocheting and knitting (which I started at Mac during convocations). Projects have included long robes for nieces, sweaters for nephews, baby sweaters and afghans/blankets of all sizes and shapes, and scarves.
Taking part in college events over the past 50 years have included highlights such as Alex Haley's visit to Macalester and the summer he spent on his book; Dr. John B. Davis' retirement dinner, Macalester's centennial picnic and alumni weekends, Dr. Robert Gavin's inauguration, Kofi Annan's visit to campus, and most recently attending His Holiness the Dalai Lama'
After Macalester, I went on to the University of Illinois and earned an M.A. in Spanish ('66) and eventually a Ph.D in Spanish (Latin American literature) with a minor in Latin American history from the University of Colorado ('73). Taught at Colgate University ('66-'68), Allegheny College ('70-'74) and eventually at Metropolitan State College (now University), Department of Modern Languages, in Denver, CO ('75-'10). Retired July, 2010.
Married in '66 in Colombia to Myriam Charry-Rodriguez. Three sons, all bilingual, Greg, Steve and Carlos. Five grandchildren. Have traveled extensively to some twenty countries (forty-five times to Colombia), as far north as Stockholm, as far east as Istanbul and as far south as Santiago de Chile, Buenos Aires, Rio and Sao Paulo. Enjoy: the grandchildren, travel including trips back to Minnesota and my roots, genealogy, gardening, reading and hiking.
Again, what I learned and experienced during those four years at Macalester has stayed with me forever.
Stories: 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!
Stories: Meeting People Around the World
I earned a Masters of Social Work degree from Syracuse University in 1967. I worked in the fields of adoption, family counseling, and in medical settings. I worked in St. Paul, Brooklyn, Northern Virginia, Germany, and rural Iowa. A very satisfying and unusual job was in the late 1970s/early 80s with Hospice of Northern Virginia. This early hospice program developed home care, inpatient care, bereavement follow-up, an extensive volunteer program, and influenced legislation that established hospice benefits with Medicare and major insurance companies.
I have enjoyed traveling to all of the "lower 48", through most of Europe, and Thailand. I survived one Boundary Waters canoe trip with Faith, Gail, and LeeAnn, but am no longer that ambitious. In recent years we have been to the Scilly Isles and Nova Scotia. Now it is bird watching and hunting for wild flowers. Photography is fun, and I recently picked up my water color brushes again. I sewed more when the kids were little.
At age 50, I remarried. Dick Eick and I have a blended family of four adult children. Already "empty nesters" as newlyweds, we moved from the Washington DC area to rural Iowa where Dick was pastor at Zion United Church of Christ for 16 years. We retired to Red Wing, MN in 2008. PFLAG members are among our good friends in our new community. Our children and their families (8 grandchildren, 1 great-granddaughter) live in Boston, Seattle, SF Bay area, and Wichita. We make a point of seeing them as often as possible because we like them a lot.
Stories: Ambassadors for Friendship
Facts are best written while embellishments are best told in person when it comes to sharing and explaining what happened in 50 years of one's life. I must admit that when I left MAC with my DeWitt Wallace scholarship in tow, I pledged three goals to set my life's course (per Dean Dupre's challenge): become well-educated for a broadened weltanschauung; succeed at a chosen profession as judged by colleagues; and devote personal energies to family through shared aspirations and resources. Thusly, here are the facts on my life to-date - - -
I earned a PhD (1974) in Educational Psychology and 2 Master's degrees, Curriculum (1966) and Asian History (1967) from Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. Concurrently I held positions of residence assistant, assistant residence director, teaching assistant, and research assistant.
My 40 years of professional experience centered on research-based approaches to supporting instruction and evaluating educational performance of K-12 students. My primary areas of expertise covered assessment development, instructional design, instructional leadership, professional development, program evaluation, research-based reading instruction, and school improvement. Major positions I held and years served, chronologically, were varied:
2 yrs high school world history teacher at San Ramon Valley USD, Danville, California
1 yr university instructor of Asian history, Wisconsin State University, Superior
2 yrs consultant/program evaluator under my firm's name, Rotzel & Associates, for 2 California school districts in the San Francisco Bay Area and the California Department of Education
1 yr director and curriculum writer for the original Master's education degree program at the Institute for Professional Development in partnership with the University of San Francisco (later renamed Phoenix University) in San Jose, California
5 yrs director of program evaluation, research, and secondary curriculum at Palos Verdes Peninsula USD, Los Angeles County, California
16 yrs director of research/development, & curriculum and assistant superintendent of instructional services at Sacramento County Office of Education, California
10 yrs chief administrative officer and partner with The David & Lucile Packard/Humanities Institute for the Reading Lions Project focused on professional development of K-5 reading coaches and teachers statewide based on the scientific reading research (including 6 yrs concurrently as instructor for UCLA Extension, K-5 reading instruction courses) in Sacramento, California
4 yrs research associate of RMC, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, at the Sacramento branch, involved with a US Department of Education contract focused on the implementation of Reading First.
I received two recognitions at the end of my career: the Achievement Award for Leadership in Professional Development presented at the Annual Conference of the National Council for Language Trainers (2005); and the Marion Joseph Award for Instructional Leadership presented at the Annual CA Reading First Superintendents' Summit (2007).
I married William S. Furry (1975), a graduate of Harvard and Stanford University and a chief public fiscal policy advisor to 2 CA Governors; and we are continuing our parenting of 2 unmarried children, a daughter who works in New York City and a son who has an online business in California.
With goals met, I now enjoy the full benefits of retirement (since June 2011) in Rancho Murieta outside of Sacramento daily swimming of laps, walking and playing ball with my golden retriever, reading exhilarating books, attending the San Francisco Opera, and getting together with my mentors and former colleagues who are now very close friends. Travel is still ahead for us. I am looking forward to everyone else's biographic narratives, post-MAC.
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.
Stories: 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. I'm sorry to miss our class reunion, but hope that it will be a happy and successful occasion.
Since I left Macalester I have been busy. In chapter one, I married while I was at Mac, worked to put hubby through seminary in Chicago, served as pastor's wife at two churches, had two wonderful children, went to school to earn two masters degrees, worked in different jobs as a social worker, counselor, and home health care administrator and then divorced. In chapter two, I earned two more masters degrees, worked as a social worker, a research director, and again as a home health care administrator. My last two degrees were in theology and I was (am) an ordained Lutheran pastor. I served five very different congregations. I have four delightful grandchildren. In chapter three I am retired, recovering from a horrific car accident, relaxing, and traveling and then traveling some more. I like retirement best of all. Most of my current friends are people I met at Macalester College. Those friendships have sustained me through the thick and thin of life.
Stories: My world was widened
Mac opened my mind
Elementary teacher and reading specialist, MA in curriculum and instruction.
Married in 1969 and we have two daughters and six grandchildren.
We had the opportunity to live in Boston, MA for ten years before coming back to MN.
Traveling to new places and countries expanded my horizons
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. I've had extensive international travel (mostly business) and was recently notified that I'd flown my 3 millionth mile with American Airlines–and I don't 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 daughter's wedding, Larry's funeral, Bob Stimson's funeral, and at Peter Malen's induction as Commodore of his yacht club in Florida.
In retirement, I've 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.
A few recollections
I'm writing at Susan Lundberg Johnson's kitchen table, waiting for Spring, wondering how long this bio should be, and thinking about what to include and (as Susan says) 'what tone'. I'm identifying with the folks who are trying to sign up for Obamacare this weekend. Oh well, might as well start .
Last night I went to my book club where we are trying to get to know each other and talk about books. When people raised their hands to indicate what part of the country they came from, I was the only Midwesterner!! And that is an important part of me ..hopelessly Midwestern, if you remember the song. I never (hardly) pay full price, try not to show off, am usually friendly, and dislike controversy.
I'm now into my 50th year out here in the mid-Atlantic, and I guess I have gained some skills since 1964. I will now return things that are defective without embarrassment, can argue about politics, read the newspaper alot, and can (almost) push my way into a crowd. I can be more obnoxious than I could at Mac. But I miss Minnesota old friends, old places (like Mac), and the LAKES!!
So after that, I went to grad school twice, married a good, kind, smart (though hyperactive) man, had three good, smart, kind (though hyperactive) girls, and worked as a school psychologist in public schools. We live in the DC suburbs and enjoy our 8 grandkids, who are scattered from Virginia to Colorado. One daughter and family are in Bemidji, so I get back there to rediscover my roots, wear warmer clothes, and try to remember how to drive in snow.
Funny about the career .I loved the school work, particularly the last 9 years when I worked in an assessment center with preschoolers who had developmental issues. Although I have questions about the overuse of special education and its expense, I feel good about having helped young kids get the services they needed. And feel good about our country making such services available. Nonetheless, I do NOT miss working. These days, I prefer reading about the Civil War or Chinese history to psychopathology in adolescence.
So I can't make it to the reunion life is too full. A special thanks to Gail Dufelmeier and Georgia Zugay (and Connie and Sue) for their attempts. Hope you have a great time, and would love to hear from y'all.
Now that it's been 50 years
I entered graduate school immediately after graduation from Mac. I hated it; went to Nigeria for the summer, came back and dropped out. I went to work for the poverty program in North Carolina and stayed there for three years, during which time I met my husband, Charlie, who was a law student at Duke. After we were married, we lived in Washington (DC) for three years; he was on the Hill, I worked at HUD. We returned to his hometown, Binghamton, NY where he and a partner started their own law firm and I worked in local economic development. Our daughters were born in the early 1970s and after our youngest, Molly, was born, I decided it was time to return to graduate school (not perfectly well advised with a four year old and a six month old, but it worked out...) at Binghamton University. Got the degree, taught at Binghamton for two years, became County Commissioner of Economic Development, and then began teaching at Syracuse University's Maxwell School. Except for the commute, I loved every minute of it---the students were wonderful and teaching was such a joy! Twenty two years later, I retired from Syracuse as a Distinguished Professor of Public Administration. Less than a month after that, I was offered a job as Dean of a new College of Public Affairs at Binghamton. I promised my family I'd only do it for two years and said "yes". Seven years later (June, 2013) I retired again---and this time I'm serious!!! I feel very lucky and who knows what's next?
Lebanon, France, Uganda and more
I'm writing from the woods of Great Falls, VA, where we have lived for forty years the place where our children have grown up, where we have been close enough to Washington, DC, to have been involved in the international community, where we have become advocates of the arts, and where, surprisingly, I have discovered a passion for music from teaching to performing.
At Macalester, I didn't own an instrument, but fortunately, a cello was available for practicing, so I joined the Mac orchestra never imagining I would come to love music. I had heard about the Suzuki Method but didn't understand the underlying principles until I took a teacher training class at Catholic University in DC. I was intrigued to learn that one of the Suzuki goals was to become an honorable human being. For the past fifteen years I have been teaching Suzuki cello and piano, playing in quartets, orchestras, and studying music.
Before becoming a music teacher, I taught high school English in MN, NY, MA, and Washington, DC. All those inspiring American Lit lectures by Pat Kane also led me to become a contributing writer on American authors for the R.R. Bowker Company in NYC.
We have a wonderful son and daughter who grew up in Great Falls. Since our area was mostly woods, they learned to love nature, to love animals, to be extremely creative, and to love to read. We did trek into DC to the museums and Smithsonian exhibits as often as possible. Summers were always a Minnesota adventure - canoeing in the BWCA and visiting all our friends (the Sages, the Ranheims), and so many relatives (about 35 went to Mac).
Many of you know that Mike passed away in 2013. My DC Mac friend, Margy Thomas Human, was a great support at that time. Our experiences at Mac at International House and meeting the World Press Institute journalists were major influences in our lives. In Washington, DC, we cultivated the values we developed at Mac, fostering international friendships through participation in numerous international organizations and events over the past forty years.
Drama Choros with Miss Owen
This girl from Pittsburgh has never really left Macalester country for very long. After a summer in Berlin with SWAP following graduation, I started teaching French in Roseville, MN and stayed there for 35 years. My husband Budd ('67) spent a year in Vietnam during the turbulent 60s. In the 70s we adopted our sons, Kyle and Evan. They each have two sons now, so I'm living a life filled with terrific men. I've been lucky to travel to France with students, friends and family more than 30 times. Since I retired in 2000 the travel bug has had lots of chances to infect me - we've gone to Asia, Europe, the Caribbean, Alaska, Mexico and Morocco and there are still many places that interest me. When I'm not subbing or tutoring, I volunteer with the Friends of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.
Collage of people
Taught English for 5 years in Fridley.
Married and moved to Grand Rapids.
Have two children--Doug (Roanoke, VA) and Stephanie (Cook, MN), and four grandchildren.
Masters degree in 1991/ high school counselor for 21 years. Retired in 2006.
We: have a big garden, keep one or two bee hives each summer, grow shitake mushrooms and hunt mushrooms, like to fish and golf, travel a bit, winter in SC, and live simply. Visitors always welcome.
The year following graduation I started teaching at South School in Minneapolis. During the following decade I completed my Masters degree in Business, Education and a PhD in Educational Administration at the U of M. While at SouthHigh I coached football for nine years and was athletic director for 14 years. I taught for 35 years at South and enjoyed my years there very much. I also taught in the graduate school at the U of Minnesota for three years.
I married my wife Judy in 1965 (49 years) and have two sons and one grandson.
I retired in 1999 from teaching and enjoyed working at various types short term odd jobs for a number of years.
Life is good. I have lived in Maple Grove, MN on 7 acres of beautiful land for the past 28 years. These days I enjoy following athletics: fishing, reading, gardening, and my family.
I was pleased to be inducted into the Patrick Henry Hall of Fame in 2006, and the South High Wall of Honor in 2007.
Taught Speech and English 2 years in Mounds View. Married to Bob Krough July 1966. Taught 3 years Speech & English in Coon Rapids High School. Moved to Omaha, NE, son Jason born in Nov. 1969. Moved to Toledo, Ohio, Feb. 1979. Son Korb born May 1973. Moved to Minnetonka, Oct. 1974 - stay-at home Mom until fall 1986. After media liscensure started at Osseo schools - 5 years Fernbrook Elementary. Opened Maple Grove Senior HS fall of 1996 - dream job. Retired June 2007
Personal highlights: July 4th on Cape Cod ech year. 2 trips to Europe, 1 bareboat trip 10 days in BVIs, several business trips with husband for Owen Corning Fiberglass; being married 47 years, having reasonable health for this stage of life and many great friends and memories
Obtained a M.A. in Mathematics at KU and a Ph.D. in Mathematical Statistics from SMU in Dallas. Worked in industry for seven years and then got into college teaching (5 years at the Univ of Alabama in Birmingham and 33 years at the University of North Texas (30 minutes north of Dallas). Still teaching - 3 years to go.
My Dallas barbershop quartet won the 1973 International Quartet Championship, two years ahead of The Happiness Emporium, who won in 1975 featuring none other than a skinny basketball player named Bob Dowma (class of 64). Bob actually beat me to the international stage (that's a story for another day) but I beat him to the gold medal. I had no idea he could sing and it turns out he could sing like a bird (think canary, not vulture).
It's 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 I've forgotten SO I have NO time to grow older ..
I'm 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-law's 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.
A few things stand out
After graduating in 1964 with a degree in elementary ed., I taught 4th grade for 2 years. then I worked at 3M for 15 years, starting as a secretary in General Physics and later as a sales admin. services analyst and sr. sales coord., taking few business courses. Also I helped organize the 3M Language Society, a program for employees to learn languages during the lunch hour.
The Twin Cities area has always been my home. In 1971 I married Gonzalo (Marty) Martinez, who grew up on a farm in the mountains of the northwest Spain and worked many years here as an electrical engineer. We have two sons: Eric, an automotive engineer in Detroit and Mark, a mechanical engineer who is married and lives near us in Burnsville. When the kids were young I quit work for a few years and did a lot of volunteering, especially at the elementary school. Then I worked part time for 8 years in the Title I program tutoring small groups of elementary students in reading and math.
Travel: In 1968 I traveled for 3 months in Europe, also visiting relatives in Norway and Sweden. Visited relative in Norway twice more and hosted many of them here over the years. Went to Spain numerous times to visit relatives and sightsee. Trips to East Coast, West Coast, the southwest, Florida, camping trips, and annual ski trips to the Colorado Rockies, which we are still doing.
We retired in 2001 and helped my elderly mother. Marty's retirement job is as ski instructor at Afton Alps and I am in a ladies' downhill ski club. I volunteer teaching English to adults from other countries and play piano for chapel services and sing-a-longs at a nursing home, and play in a couple bridge groups. We enjoy our group of Spanish-speaking friends form Spain and other countries. We spend a lot of time at our summer lake cottage with family and friends boating, swimming, sailing, canoeing, and biking. 50 years - wow! We've been very fortunate!
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!
Mac Football and my roommate Tom
Four grown children: Kathy, Alicia, Kimberly, and Eric. Eight grandchildren; Mckenzie 25, works for Campus Crusade for Christ, Morgan Ramie 23 a nurse, Braeden King 20 entering the military, (Kim's,) Noah Dane 17, Emilee Delyn 12, (Kathy's), Jamie Eric 22 in army, Ryan Stanley 16, (Eric's), Landen Strilzuk Matthew 21, student at Bethel, (Alicia's), and Ryley Mckenna, deceased at 3 months from SIDS, also belongs to Alicia. I've written a children's book,The Night Before Easter, Tate Pub. and its avail. on line at Amazon. Travel in the U.S. Took one cruise to Bahama. If I make it to the reunion it would be only on Friday as I have a granddaughter with a birthday on June 9 in Sedalia, Mo, but that is my loss!
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.
Enrolled at Macalester from 1960 - 1962 in a pre-engineering curriculum.
I was recruited for the Macalester basketball team.
Left for the University of Minnesota to seek a Bachelor of Physics degree (1965).
Joined the 5501 Army Medical Unit out of Fort Snelling to fulfill my military duty after I lost my student deferment. The medical unit assigned me to the X-ray section because of my Physics background.
Started my Professional career at the Northern Pacific Railroad in St. Paul in 1967 as a computer programmer.
Got married in August of 1968 and a month later left the railroad for a company in Edina named Fabri-tek.
In 1982 I was laid off and was fortunate to find an opportunity with Hennepin County Public Works in Hopkins. I got transferred downtown to the Government Center in 1992 and worked in their IT department until retirement in the spring of 2008. Currently living in Minnetonka where I have been for the past 35 years.
My only contact with Macites has been with some members of the basketball team.
Returned for the 25th Macalester reunion and hoping to make the 50th.
Have three grown children and one grandson.
Blessed by many magnificent friends
I was born exactly nine months after Pearl Harbor, my mom and dad deciding that even if my dad did not make it back from the war they wanted a child. I became my mom's "Buddy" while dad had Army Air Force buddies while piloting B-17s. So perhaps even more than others of us, I have been shaped by war. Surprising that i became a pacifist, draft and war tax resister. And Mac had a lot to do with it by teaching me beyond a doubt every person is a precious child of God.
After using my Ph.D. in US Diplomatic History for only a few years God and Northwestern University students inspired a group of us to start Good News Partners, where I continue to work, in 1976. For 38 years we have been trying to discover ways to end poverty -- homelessness, hopelessness, and injustice by creating and nurturing small Christian residential communities via faith and ABCD (Asset Based Community Development).
Donna and I have been immensely blessed to be able to take leaves and mission breaks to teach, do leadership training, share faith and learn in Tanzania, China, Kazakstan, Russia, Afghanistan, Guatemala, Taiwan, Philippines, Liberia, Peru, Argentina, and Mexico. Along the way we continue to celebrate God's love and forgiveness.
My husband and I worked in Peru for 15 years with the Aguaruna people in Northern Peru. We were part of a team with the Wycliffe Bible Translators working in the areas of translation, education, medicine, and community development. Later we worked with the Apaches in Arizona and then in administration in Colorado and Texas. I worked as a Medical Technologist for 25 years in various locations. We are now retired and enjoying life on a little lake in Minnesota.
Bundled up in Bigelow!
After Mac, my husband, Gene Craven (Class of ’63), and I lived in Rochester, MN, where he taught high school Russian. We moved to Madison in 1966 where he earned a doctorate at the University of Wisconsin and I worked in the UW graduate library catalog department transliterating Slavic languages. We raised our twin daughters in Madison with a year’s sabbatical at UCLA in 1973-74 where I discovered that I had an “inner artist” who wanted to emerge. Back in Madison I completed a degree in art at UW.
After Gene’s death in 1982, Madison continued to be home. The decades of the 80s and 90s included memorable adventures in the Grand Canyon, a place of healing and personal growth. Ten rafting trips down the Colorado River through the Canyon (277 miles of river with many thrilling rapids), turned me into a true river rat. I’ve gone through a rapid sans raft, explored many of the rugged side canyons, and hiked rim to rim. After my first trip in 1984, I was hopelessly hooked: the Canyon and the River captured my heart and soul and have had a profound impact on my life ever since.
In 1992, Parker Palmer (Carleton ’61) and I were married and we live an active life in Madison. Parker’s a writer and I’m his editor—from the first draft to the last. In the spring we spend time in Santa Fe where I paint, Parker writes, and we hike in the nearby mountains. We spend late summers in the Boundary Waters on Gunflint Lake, hiking, canoeing, writing, painting, and more recently, zip lining. Interests in addition to painting include photography, quilting, gardening, and reading, especially poetry. Parker’s work through the Center for Courage and Renewal, a non-profit he founded in 1994, has given us rich opportunities to develop meaningful relationships with folks around the country who share the Center’s mission “to create a more just, compassionate and healthy world by nurturing personal and professional integrity and the courage to act on it.”
I spent 30 years and retired from Dain Rauscher and Co. as a Senior V.P. when I was 57. Spent the past few years with spouse Donna and kids and grandkids at our lake home in Hayward, Wisconsin and spending some of the winter in Ft. Myers.
I got involved thru our church with Christian groups in Nairobi, Kenya and traveled there four different times.
Was on Board of Directors of Daystar University (which is the only liberal arts Christian college on the continent of Africa. Also then went on the board of Kenya Childrens Fund, we have supported and helped educate kids thru the 12th grade in some of worst conditions one could imagine.
Donna and I live in Bloomington, Mn. and the kids ages 45, 42 and 39 live in Twin Cities area along 5 grandkids ages 9-19. Looking forward to seeing old and new friends at the reunion.
As an August '64 graduate I guess I'm always going to be neither here (in '64) nor there (in '65) -- straddling two classes. No matter where I end up, it is very clear that the gifts of my Macalester education continue to enrich my life. I am grateful for all the experiences that I've had as a result.
CURIOSITY has led me to life and travels abroad -- a love of nature, languages and cultures. (Gracias to Prof. Dassett)
CREATIVITY has led to photography, nature journaling and calligraphy. (Thanks to Profs. Caponi & Rudquist)
WELL-BEING has led to my lifelong commitment to physical (mental & emotional) fitness through hiking, women's spirituality, choral singing, yoga, and Qi Gong. (Thanks to Prof. Weisner and others)
SERVICE has led me to volunteer in many areas -- including as a massage therapist, as a master naturalist, and as a caregiver to my mother and spouse. (Thanks to the spirit of commitment and caring that Mac instills)
And then there's HUMOR. Can't live without it. Lots of memories to help me remember to "always look on the bright side of life!" Like where would Wayne P. be if Judy F. and I weren't able to pull him out of the Mississippi River that January day when the ice gave way?
Since my love of adventure and insatiable curiosity are taking me to Iceland in June, I won't be present in form at the reunion, but I will be present in spirit. Oskie Wow Wow!
After graduation from Mac I started at the University of Minnesota Law School in the fall of 1964. Following graduation from law
school in June 1967 I took the Minnesota bar exam and began work with the Ramsey County Attorney. Within a week of being sworn in I argued my first case before the Minnesota Supreme Court. My career as a trial lawyer lasted some 29 years. I also served on the Board of Directors of the Saint Paul Red Cross. At
the same time, I wanted to serve my country, as my father had done. He served in the army and was in the Normandy invasion in World War II on D Day, June 6, 1944. So in 1968 I accepted a direct commission in the Naval Reserve Judge Advocate General Corps. My active duty assignments, included service as legal
officer for a command ship in the Mediterranean and on the aircraft carrier USS ENTERPRISE and at several stateside and other overseas duty assignments. I also taught at the Military
Judge course and at several Lawyer courses as adjunct instructor at Naval Justice School, Newport, RI.
In 1992 the Judge Advocate General of the Navy appointed me Military Judge in the Navy-Marine Corps Trial Judiciary. During
the next five years when called on active duty I presided over numerous General and Special Courts-Martial at various Navy bases and at Camp Pendleton with the Marines.
In 1996 I was appointed Judge of District Court in Minnesota, and while serving as a District Judge I established and initiated Dakota County Peer Court in the high schools, which is still continued today.
In 1998 I retired as a Captain, United Stated States Navy, but since 2000 continue to serve as a Blue and Gold Officer, interviewing local applicants here for the Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland, for the Admissions Office. Almost every year for the past 40 years I have presented The
Legal Aspects of the Trial of Jesus, to churches or civic groups during Lent. This year I am celebrating 45 years on the National Ski Patrol. I continue to serve as a Senior Judge in District Court following my early retirement from the bench three years ago.
Carol and I both love boating and have had the privilege of traveling worldwide. We love spending time with our son and
daughter and four grandchildren and visit them often. We carry on the tradition of service from Macalester by staying active in our church and donating time in the community. We have so much to be thankful forwe have been very blessed. I look forward to being reunited with friends at our 50th reunion of the class of 64.
Stories: All-nighters in the art studio
Married to Virginia L Potratz; father of Kyza and Ahren Potratz
Grad School at UC Berkeley
Professor and Scholar of the College, University of Minnesota, Department of Art 1969-2014
Chair of Art Department 1985-1998
Founder and First Director: International Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron Art
50+ year artmaking career; see my work at ironwain.com
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 1970's 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!
Stories: But Where Can You Practice?
Life has been good for us. Rodger Sage and I got married a week after graduation. I taught PE for 2 plus years when I retired because my principal did not want anyone teaching with a baby bump. We have 3 great kids and when they were all in school full time I became a super substitute for the Mounds View district. Our family spent any vacation time seeing the USA and being involved in YMCA camps. We were in the Twin Cities for all but 8 of the last 50 years. Those years were spent in Brainerd. When grandchildren started coming along we had retired early and moved back to cities so we could play with them one day a week. We had 13 years of bonding with them, a great opportunity. We also traveled 3 months of the year around the US and Overseas. We still love to bike, hike, swim, canoe and sail. We have volunteered for many years and the last 20 years have been active advancing LGBT rights. Our youngest son came out when a junior at St. Olaf and he and his partner have a 6 year old son from an open adoption. At one LGBT event we were talking with a group of students from Mac and I chanted Oski Wow Wow and they looked at us like we were nuts. They had never heard this chant. We have seen so many changes since our years at Mac. We look forward to renewing memories at the reunion.
Following graduation, Jean Mahle (class of 1964) and I married and honeymooned in Maine for the summer while working at a Camp. Starting that fall I worked for the St. Paul YMCA for 3 years.. The next 30 years I worked for State Farm Insurance and in the fall of 1967 my boss explained how the retirement program would allow me to retire in the year 2007. We were able to move that date up and retired in 1997. During retirement we have been able to travel more, volunteer, enjoy our 3 children and partners and play, care and travel with our 5 grandkids who all live in the Twin Cities.
Craig was Communications & Marketing Director for:
The Guthrie Theater
San Francisco Opera
Trinity Repertory Company, Providence
Long Wharf Theater, New Haven
Artpark, New York
President, The Nonprofit Management Center, San Francisco
Writer, "The American Horseman," nationally syndicated television show, Houston
Public Information Officer, Los Angeles Unified School District
Managing Director, Eastside Theater, St Paul
Craig served in the US Army and US Army National Guard 1965-1971 in Minnesota, Alaska, Missouri, Colorado, Rhode Island and Connecticut.
In 1978, Craig married Paula Paskov, a student services executive at the University of Southern California(USC). They have two children and five grandchildren..
In 1986, Craig and Paula established Scherfenberg Paskov and Associates; they consulted for management and strategic planning to more than sixty San Francisco Bay Area and Northern California arts organizations.
Craig and Paula retired in 2005 and moved from Marin County to the Sierra Nevada foothill town of Roseville CA, twenty miles east of Sacramento. Craig enjoys singing with the Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra, salmon fishing, reading,
whitewater rafting, progressive grassroots politics and travel, including lengthy stays in Paris and Chatillon-sur-Loire.
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.
To realize 50 years have gone by since graduation is a bit frightening but so many good things have happened over that period of time. Still happily married after almost 48 years, have two wonderful sons, two wonderful daughters, and two terrific grandchildren. Our younger son was just married last summer (for the first time) -- 12 days before he turned 41.
I still live in St. Paul -- actually in Lilydale -- in a twin home with no more lawn mowing or snow shoveling. Since stepping down from two 3-year terms as president of the Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International at the end of 2012 I have had much more time to devote to my own family history search. In May 2013 I visited the area of one of my great grandfathers in Germany; prior to 1990 the area was part East Germany and at the time my great grandfather left, Pomerania. It is mostly rural, rolling landscape, dotted with small towns. I did not find any family homestead but there is a beautiful little castle. Unfortunately, so far all my efforts to find a family connection have been unsuccessful -- a person can dream, right?
My husband and I have enjoyed many travels to many destinations and I continue to travel with wonderful high school friends on 2-year intervals. Road Scholar (formerly known as Elderhostel) trips have been popular with recent destinations of Napa Valley, Boston, and New York City. Our pension is still in operation at 76 Niebuhr Strasse and is now Pension Ariane.
Looking forward to the reunion!
Since leaving Macalester College my pharmacist husband David and I lived in several places - Minneapolis, MN, Mundelein, IL, Ganado, Az, Tucson, AZ, and Winona,MN. I taught second grade one year in Robbinsdale, MN before we started our family and I "retired" from teaching. Twelve years and four children later we moved to Neillsville, WI and have lived there 38 years. We were involved here in starting an Evangelical Free Church which is now 36 years old and in a God-provided building! I returned to full-time teaching in 1986 and was blessed to teach third graders for 17 years. My husband and I are now retired and are enjoying traveling and visiting our four married children and our 19 grandchidren, all living in various parts of Wisconsin. I would like to hear from former classmates, especially friends from Wallace Hall and Inter Varsity Christian Fellowship. Congratulations on surviving for 50+ years after Macalester.
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.
My wife Jackie and I have been married for 45 years. We live in Apple Valley. We have two married daughters. One is an attorney in Chicago and one is a manager in a drug wholesaling company in Bloomington, MN. They have given us three grandchildren. Our son was killed in a terrible propane explosion in Colorado.
After graduating from Macalester, I attended graduate school at the University of Minnesota and obtained a Ph.D. in nuclear physics. I worked as a research physicist at the U.S. Bureau of Mines until it was closed in 1996. Part of our project research was to improve the safety and reduce the environmental impact of uranium mining, and involved a combination of physics and geophysics. After the Bureau of Mines closed, I started a business developing software for a specialized application in geophysics called tomography and processing data for clients. Geophysical tomography resembles medical tomography in concept, but uses sound waves to look through underground rocks instead of X-rays to look through a body. My first client was a company in Hong Kong. We collected and processed data at a site of a planned rail station on the line to the Hong Kong airport. An interesting application for which I did the data processing was the restoration of the famous historic Mostar Bridge in Bosnia-Herzegovina after the war there. Other applications include examining dams for damage after earthquakes in Thailand and examining the rock under potential building sites, tunnels, and roads to avoid dangers during construction and prevent people falling into sinkholes later. I enjoy working on these projects and attending related professional conferences in the USA and other countries, so I have not retired.
My wife taught science at a school for pregnant teenagers before our children were born and drove a school bus after they were grown. She is now retired. A past shared hobby was flying a small airplane. We both have a private pilot's license. Our biggest trip was flying to Florida to visit relatives and Everglades National Park, and to see friends in Illinois on the return flight. Most of our present social activities are related to volunteer work for our church and the Sons of Norway. We have visited Norway and been to the farms where our ancestors lived.
It would have worked 25 years later
It was so clear in May of '64
I'd be married that same week, start a lifetime career as a high school German teacher in the fall.
But after a few years the guidance counselors' job looked pretty interesting; took only nine years to learn that it wasn't. The Minnesota State Senate provided a staff position as an escape that lasted another nine. With two daughters thinking about college, it was time to get serious, so off to the College of St Catherine to get an accounting certificate allowing one to sit for the CPA exam. Three years in an accounting office sufficed, and it was back to government; 20 years at the Met Council working with the finances of the Twin Cities' systems of transit and waste water.
Travel is enjoyable, though I resent the time it takes away from the cabin on Lake Superior.
Retirement's pretty quiet. I've always thought law school looked pretty interesting. :)
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 district's 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.
Mac memories that have stuck with me
- traveled to Ashton, Idaho for my very first teaching job which was not p.e., but language arts
- learning how to downhill ski while in Ashton, a sport that my family and I still enjoy today
- meeting my future husband in the mountains of that area at a summer job
- eloped to Pocatello, 48 years ago.
- having a daughter, Carrie, and a son, Stuart, who are both in their 40's, yikes!
- moving about every 5 years since my spouse worked for the US Forest Service
- changing my teaching major to language arts, thanks to my liberal arts education from Macalester.
- teaching for 18 years plus some subbing
- finally, settling in a small town in eastern Oregon for the past 25 ~retired in 2001 and then traveled to Spain, Italy, Brazil, Germany, Australia, much of the western US, and a bit of Canada with my best friend, my husband.
- part of a local group that proposed and built an assisted living facility in our small town, on the board for that facility for 12 years and wrote grants for financial help to build the building.
- a member of our county-wide library district's board as well as secretary for our Friends of the Library group
My life has been fortunate and, at least to me, rewarding as I have had an interesting career, remarkable friends and family, decent health and lots of cool travel. Ron and I married when we were seniors so we celebrated our fiftieth last winter. We have two sons, a daughter-in-law and no grandkids.
After Mac, we lived in Syracuse, Bloomington (IN), Baton Rouge, Milwaukee and San Francisco. As we moved around, I finished law school, took a new bar exam every time I moved (3 state exams in 15 years including civil code Louisiana) and backed into a legal specialization in legislative law and drafting. After retirement, we eventually came to Portland (OR) 3 years ago where we live in an independent apartment in a really nice retirement place.
Mac ratcheted up my interest in travel and we have been fortunate to travel and live in various places around the world. Ron’s Fulbright teaching jobs got us to Hiroshima in 1982 and to Uppsala in 2002. In between, I visited him when he Fulbrighted in Budapest while I was still working. My favorite and weirdest overseas gigs were through the American Bar Association CEELI program. I spent a year in Astana, Kazakhstan, in 2001 trying to use my legislative experience to help democratize their parliament and work for transparency. I was pretty unsuccessful but I loved working with law students and learning that there is some place on earth colder than Minnesota. That experience led me to teach drafting and participate in conferences in Montenegro, Lublin and Leiden. Our recreational travel has taken us to dozens of interesting places around the world, most recently to Cuba.
At home, I have been involved in various projects -- Girls Club, International Women’s Year, Hurricane Katrina relief, etc. -- in various places. I was active in the Unitarian Church for a few decades but now choose to be unchurched. I actively work for marriage equality and various LGBT initiatives. This is partly because my gay minister brother was forced to resign his ordination, and he and my parents worked tirelessly and unsuccessfully until their deaths to achieve equality in Presbyterian ordination. But also, one of my two incredibly nifty sons is gay and I would like his life to be as unrestricted as his brother’s. Ron and I now spend an annual March week in Florida watching the Twins in spring training and hoping for a return to the glory days of yesteryear. We have lived with cats since leaving Mac and I find them to be challenging, warm, uncompromising and furry companions.
Eight years after graduating from Mac I landed on the moon with Ginger Rogers.
I was doing Mame with her at The Houston Music Theater at the time and NASA arranged a VIP tour of their facilities for the actress including a spectacular lunar landing in their flight simulator.
I have often thought how fortunate I was to have an education from Macalester. Theodore Miteau, Mary Gwen Owen, Jerry Rudquist and Douglas Hatfield were among many professors who helped shape my life.
While still at Mac I founded the Eastside Theater in St. Paul with Craig Scherfenberg, Dave Hobart and Lydia Brummand.
After completing a Masters in directing at the University of Minnesota in '68 I began a 40 year career of directing, writing and producing.
I served as the Associate Director at The Omaha Playhouse, and Director at the Alley Theater in Houston, Texas with Nina Vance.
I was the head writer and field producer on the nationally syndicated weekly TV show The American Horse and Horseman with Dale Robertson and fellow Macite Craig Scherfenberg.
In 1975 I became the Executive Director of The Biggest Li'l Theater in Texas, in Texas City. It was there I met my wife, Anne- a nursing instructor at University of Texas in Galveston, Texas.
Currently we split time between Southern France and our homes in the Texas Hill Country and Taos, New Mexico where we like to hike, backpack and play tennis.
Regrettably I won't be able to attend the reunion- but a hearty greeting to all my old Mac friends.
Stories: Being the first student from KC
I was elected the first woman President/Chief Executive Officer of the St. Paul Urban League in June 1974 and served in that position for 30 years or until December 2004.
In addition to providing services in finding jobs and job training, in teen pregnancy prevention, and in housing services, I developed and built affordable housing for senior citizens--S.E. Hall-Whitney Young Plaza--, and for low-income people infected with HIV-AIDS --Martin Luther King Court.
Following my years at Macalester, I went on to Nashotah House Episcopal Theological Seminary in Wisconsin. Good years there prepared me for seventeen years of congregational ministry. Then came marriage, parenthood, and a mid-life change in ministry focus. I returned to school to prepare for a hospital chaplaincy. I then spent almost twenty-five rewarding years as a chaplain at St. Luke's Hospital in Duluth, MN. Now officially retired, I'm still engaged in spiritual direction, grief counseling, and occasional courses at the University for Seniors at the University of MN, Duluth.
After graduating from Macalester I earned an MA in Political Science at Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois. I had a short stint with the Legislative Research Service, Pierre, South Dakota (also did some parachute jumping!), then took a position with the Agricultural Research Service, USDA, in Minneapolis. Mary Fowler and I were married at ranch in my native New Mexico, in 1966. Two years later we went to Honduras on a one year contract (ended up staying for five years) to work with a project originally sponsored by the National Council for Churches. We lived in the remote Mosquitia area on the northeast coast and worked with the Misquito Indians to improve their health, sanitation, literacy, and agricultural practices. Our first son was born in Honduras, and we adopted a Mayan Indian daughter there.
Upon returning to the US, I re-tooled with an MS in Agricultural Economics at New Mexico State University and then worked for a several years in rural development with the state of New Mexico. Our second son was born in New Mexico shortly before we moved to Kansas, where I finished a PhD in Agricultural Economics at Kansas State University. Mary, who is an RN, and I also completed our family there, adopting a daughter of black/Native American/white descent. (I should say that doing a PhD while adding more children to an already busy family comes with the risk of turning your hair whiter by far in five years than the changes we've all observed in Barack Obama's locks!) At this point our family has added a third generation - seven grandchildren - who with their parents are spread from Kansas and Missouri to Hawaii and Poland.
When I completed my PhD we had the opportunity to take our family to Botswana in Africa, where I worked with a consortium of five Midwestern universities sponsored by USAID and the Botswana government. We spent five years with the Agriculture Technology Improvement Project, doing farming systems research in conjunction with the Botswana extension service. The children attended British-style schools, and we spent our holidays doing our own safaris into the amazing national parks and reserves of Southern Africa (and experiencing some of the final moments of South Africa's apartheid regime).
Upon returning to the US, I spent two years with Kansas State University and then accepted a teaching position in Agricultural Economics with Central Missouri State university, in Warrensburg, about 50 miles east of Kansas City. I taught for sixteen years here, in addition serving as Department Chair for the last nine of those.
Mary and I are now retired, living on a 55-acre farm outside of Warrensburg. We participate in the local Farmers Market, where we sell produce from our gardens, orchard and beehives. We raise a hay crop, take care of the horses and dogs, and entertain grand kids whenever we have the opportunity. We've also done a considerable amount of traveling, trying to keep up with our family! Through years, I've appreciated the foundation I acquired at Macalester, which gave me the tools and the flexibility to pursue such a variety of professional and personal experiences. Life is good.
Fifty years: How can such a long time have gone by so quickly? My carreer path was centered around service to people, first as a Presbyterian minister in Grand Rapids, Mn. Than as a therapist in private practice, followed by the clinical supervisor at Northwest Youth and Family Services and eventually as the president/CEO there. All were rewarding but helping to build an agency from the beginning was especially fun and gratifying.
My family consists of 3 wonderful sons and their families who add up to 13 unique individuals with whom to interact, ranging in age from 1 to 49. Separately and collectively they greatly enrich and at times challenge my life.
I still love to read, swim for exercise, go to concerts and plays, and often get together with many friends for discussion, food and laughter. Although the years haven't always been easy, I feel very grateful to be alive and now be able to enjoy retirement and do whatever I feel like each day.
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. I've 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, children's schools and community and now as grandmother. I'm grateful for God's guidance and love on our journey of ups and downs, sorrows and joys. I look forward to our MAC 50th reunion and renewing friendships. Y'all come!