I Graduated Albany in June '69. In September I
started teaching Chemistry at Sayville HS. In December of that year
I married Cheryl Dietz. Subsequently we had two sons, Chris & Scott.
Besides being a Mom, a full time job in itself, Cheryl owned and managed
a Dry Cleaner plant. I picked up two masters one in Liberal Arts and
the other in Computer Science. I started a part time business as a computer
programmer. Cheryl went back to school after 25 years and received a
degree in Russian History. Both boys are now married and Chris is the
father of our first grandchild, Charlotte June. Cheryl and I are both
retired and are vigorously pursuing our genealogy among many other avocations
including raising roses, which is a challenge in the North East. We
have over 75 plants.
After graduation from the SUNY Masters in Social
Studies program in June 1968, I prepared for my marriage to Linda Della
Villa of Schenectady in August 1968. She attended many of our frat activities,
and we've been married now for 34 years. We have 3 children----Sharette,
30; Damon, 28; and Janelle, 25.
After our marriage, I was employed as a Social Studies teacher at Longwood
High School, Suffolk County, Long Island, teaching American History,
Government, Public Policy, and Economics. I retired from Longwood in
June 2001 with 33 years of service----all at Longwood!
For the last 18 years I have been very active in politics in Suffolk
County and am now seeking the Republican nomination for a county legislative
seat in my district this year. The local newspapers have cited me as
the "leading contender" for the nomination. I presently sit on my Town's
Board of Zoning Appeals. I am the executive producer and host of a political
talk show on local TV every week entitled Republican Perspective.
George "Guv" Wallace
I got out of SUNYA in January '70 - and started
teaching middle school science the following Monday. It was a fill-in
for a maternity leave, and lasted a year and a half. I then got another
middle school job, got a master's in Ed. Communications and was the
district's A-V coordinator for 4 years 'til they ran out of money, and
went back to middle school science. The population went down - and I
wound p in our high school - teaching physics for 18 years and earth
science for 14. I pulled the plug early - with the state benefit in
6/2001 and now sub - occasionally in another district. I got married
to a SUNYA Psi Gam gal - and she is a math teacher in my old district.
She has another 2 years to go - unless they come up with a good early
out package. Our son, Adam is 20 and working on a television production
Judy and I married after my senior year (1968).
However, I was 7 hours short of my bachelor's degree and the Army had
first choice. I enlisted in Army Intelligence and spent 2 years, 9 months
and 10 days in service to our country. I was stationed in Newark, NJ
my entire time following basic and advanced training. I wore civilian
clothes and did background investigations. After the Army, we returned
to Albany and I completed my bachelor requirements in the fall of 1971.
I worked for Allstate Insurance for about 8 months until I got a call
from the U. S. Treasury Department. I became a Special Agent with the
Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation Division in Albany.
I worked there for just under 2 years and transferred to Los Angeles
in July 1974. I worked in law enforcement for the Treasury Department
until I retired in July 1999. Judy and I divorced in 1985 without having
any children. I met a super woman in 1992 and we were married in 1993.
We have 3 daughters, known collectively as "Charlie's Angels." My wife's
name is Jill (didn't have to change the towels) and my daughters are
- Emily, 8 years old, Anna, 7 years old and Grace, 6 years old. They
are truly the joy of my life. We live in Mission Viejo, CA. Emily was
diagnosed with retinoblastoma (eye cancer) when she was 2 years old.
She went through chemotherapy for 6 months and a year later she had
radiation treatments for 1 month. The cancer kept coming back and she
eventually lost her left eye. There is a web site for RB. You can read
about Emily's story by going to: www.retinoblastoma.com. Click on "Family
and Friends" and click on "Emily's" picture.
So, Carl, to answer your question earlier to me:
Yes, I still play hearts and pinochle, although I haven't played the
latter for some time. As far as the rest of my history since graduating
from Albany State, here goes a whirlwind capsule summary. Helena (Gadala)
and I did get married after leaving school. She taught for a while in
the Niskayuna school system, and I worked as a Systems Analyst for the
State Department of Mental Hygiene on Holland Avenue. My purpose in
doing that was to eventually pursue a career in hospital administration,
for which I heard the state would reimburse you in exchange for an equal
amount of time in state service. However, my plan was foiled when I
did not get accepted into the program. Apparently, I did not wear wing
tip shoes at the time, and did not have the proper bureaucratic brown-nosing
skills. (My apologies in advance to any state public servants!) Anyhow,
Helena and I decided we could do it on our own, and I applied to the
University of Missouri at Columbia Health Services Management Program.
They accepted me as a graduate student in the fall of 1969, and Helena
obtained a position as a computer programmer, which would lay the foundation
for her future professional career. (She currently works as a Systems
Analyst for Progressive Insurance Co. in Cleveland, Ohio) After graduating
second in the class (Yes, when applying myself I actually was able to
do well in my course work), I worked as an Assistant Administrator for
a rehab facility in Edison, New Jersey, and then eventually moved to
Cleveland, where I had several hospital administrative positions from
1973 through 1983. In the meantime, Helena and I were fortunate to bring
two wonderful sons into the world, Greg, who is currently a Vice President
for Marketing and Communications at Lubrizol in Cleveland, and Brian,
who now is on the NASA weather programming team and lives near Houston,
TX. They are the most important "work" I have ever done, and bring me
great joy. Unfortunately, the women in my life haven't brought me as
much joy, and after years of trying to salvage our marriage, Helena
and I parted company in 1983. At the same time, my boss at Euclid General
and I decided to agree to disagree, and I found myself self-employed,
doing independent consulting jobs, selling furniture, and umping softball
games. In addition, I was in an apartment about 2 miles from the boys,
who remained with their mother in our (used to be ours) home in Mentor,
Ohio (eastern suburb of Cleveland). After flopping around for a couple
of years, I accepted a hospital CEO's position in Albion, Michigan,
about 3 and 1/2 hours from Cleveland. I continued to visit the boys
every other weekend, and I'm glad I made that effort, because we have
a very close Father-Son relationship today. Skipping ahead, I met wife
number two, Kathleen in Michigan, and when I decided to leave the upper
Midwest, and go to a new position and a warmer climate in Tyler (East),
Texas, Kathleen came with me. We had some good years in Tyler and Pecos
(West), Texas, which was my last administrator's post. Then, when the
stress of hospital administration left me with runaway blood pressure,
I decided I wanted to live, and switched professions in 1994, when I
began to work as a Vice President at the Texas Hospital Association.
Along the way, I experienced somewhat of a mid-life crisis, and Kathleen
and I separated after 9 years of marriage. Helena and I had been married
15 years, and I dated each of them 4 years before marrying. So, it doesn't
sound too bad when I say I was only with two women for a total of 32
years! After spending 9 years at the Texas Hospital Association, I feel
very satisfied career wise. In addition, I have a life now and get to
travel throughout Texas and around the country visiting health care
administrators and attending various meetings. I managed along the way
to achieve my Fellowship in the American College of Health Care Executives
and also my CAE (Certified Association Executive) status, but in spite
of professional success, and having two great sons, I seemed to have
problems finding the right companion. Well, the third time (hopefully)
is a charm, and since last New Year's Eve I have been engaged to a lovely
lady named Debbie West. She is a tall, blonde lady of German descent,
with blonde hair and big blue eyes, and is as pleasant as they come.
So, it looks like I may eventually have it all.....health, which continues
to be excellent, a nice partner, and a satisfying profession....better
late than never....I just celebrated my 58th birthday! One last tidbit
of information: My Mom, Grace Pratt, just celebrated her 94th birthday.
Unfortunately, she is confined to a nursing home in Lake Placid, New
York. My sister retired and moved to Arizona, and I am here in Texas.
Mom had multiple health problems and there was no way to take care of
her in a home-like environment. But she is still the same feisty, intelligent,
and humorous lady, who was always there for me, and all of her grandchildren
and great grandchildren love her also! Sorry for the lengthy dialogue,
but it's been an interesting life! And, since my Grandmother lived to
be 95, and my Mom is 94, there is still a lot of living to do! It has
been interesting reading the stories of all the TXO bros!! I am hoping
to attend the reunion at the end of June, but it will depend upon when
it is. Please let me know as soon as dates are selected, as I would
love to "Fill the Steins for Theta Xi" and break bread with y'all! (As
you can see, I have been duly Texa-sized!). Greetings and Best Wishes
to all TXO Brothers from Dick Hoeth
The chap on
the left is Brian; he's the one who graduated from Texas A & M's School
of Meteorology Program, lives in the Houston area and works for NASA.
The tall fellow on the right is Greg, who does Marketing and Community
Relations work for Lubrizol, a 4 billion dollar international manufacturer
of chemical and petroleum products and additives. Lubrizol's headquarters
are in Cleveland, O. I think Helena and I did a pretty good job
with these two, and, of course, they deserve all the credit for making
the most out of their opportunities.
I think the
reunion idea is great, but I just don't think I will be able to make
it. My Mom is 94, and I just wanted to make sure we visited her. This
trip has been planned for several months.
Well, it is a pleasant and wonderful surprise
to be discovered out here in Iowa. I graduated from Albany in
1969. Randi Schumeister (class of 1970) and I were friends at
Albany and we married in 1972. We got our Master's Degrees at
Albany and worked in Albany for a few years - Randi in University College
as an Academic Advisor and I worked at the Dept. of Mental Hygiene.
We even lived on Crooked Lake in a small cabin for our last year in
We went to Ann Arbor, MI, in 1973 and completed our Ph.D.s at the U.
of Michigan. Somehow I managed to overcome the undergraduate experience!
Randi is from Minneapolis/St. Paul and in Ann Arbor I fell in love with
mid-west college towns. We moved here to Iowa City, a great University
town, in 1978, and have been here ever since.
I joined The University of
Iowa in management at The U. of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and also
was on the faculty in Hospital and Health Administration. Randi
started out at ACT and in 1984 left to start her own business which
was sold to Sallie Mae a few years ago. I joined the business
in 1991 to help grow it and sell it - left it in 1997 and retired from
Merrill Lynch last August. Randi retired the year before.
Randi and I have three daughters: Lauren, 15; Carly, 14; and,
Alyssa, 14 - yes, twins. Right now Randi and I are involved with
community organizations and volunteering. We also are developing
properties in Florida at a beautiful place - St. George Island - which
is located in the Pan Handle between Tallahassee and Panama City.
In the summer of 1969 I shared an apartment on
Livingston Avenue with Ron Pisani, George Patterson and a few other
frat brothers. That summer I worked the graveyard shift at the Fun Bun
bread factory with fellow brother Ernie Lamberti (has anyone heard from
Ernie?) and a bunch of other misfits. I’ll never forget the cows that
Ernie and I nearly ran over during one of our midnight “lunch” breaks
from the bread factory.
in the chaos of 1970, and the summer of 1970 was probably the most miserable
summer I ever spent in my life. Dead broke, with no girlfriend, no backup
plan after I didn’t get into veterinary school and, with shoulder-length
hair, and unable to get a any kind of job except at Pine Hills Taxi,
I shared a hellhole of an apartment on Morris Street (near Albany Medical
Center) with Ron Pisani and a few other guys. Had any of us known better,
we could have written the pilot for Beavis and Butthead out of our misadventures
on Morris Street.
My first ten
years out of college were a financial struggle. After the taxi stint
I spent a year at Albany Medical Center as a lab technician, a year
out in Utah as a graduate student studying aquatic ecology, and the
bulk of the 1970s as a producer and product manager for an education
publishing firm in Westchester, New York. In 1980 I finally made a career
move that brought me above the poverty line when I joined Forbes Magazine.
And in the mid 1980s I picked up an MBA from Long Island University.
On May 1 I celebrated my 23rd year at Forbes, where I am
now an assistant managing editor in charge of the statistics operations.
Most of the big lists published by Forbes—the Forbes 500s, Private Companies,
Mutual Fund Survey, Platinum 400, etc.—come out of my department. I
edit most of the Stock Focus articles on Forbes.com and in Forbes Magazine
and I also edit the Web columns for well-known auto industry expert,
Jerry Flint. Who would ever have thunk that I’d end up at the “Capitalist
In 1984 I met
Ina, who was first attracted to my motorcycle and my dog, and finally
warmed up to me. We tied the knot in 1989. When we were thwarted in
our attempts to start a biological family we went the adoption route.
In 1994 we adopted Luan, our son, when he was 3 ˝ years old. We now
have 3 kids, Luan (12), Hoan (girl, 11) and Huyen (girl, 18). Adopting
old kids is a challenge but it is also quite rewarding. I am happy to
say that all 3 kids are thriving.
We spent most
of the 1980s and 1990s living in Yonkers, New York, but moved to Shrewsbury,
New Jersey, on the Jersey shore in 1998. We’re now 10 to 12 minutes
from the beach, and there’s a guest room for any brothers who want to
visit us on the shore.
I joined NY State Police in Oct. '68. I went to
Attica Prison riot in '71. I made Sgt. in '79. I was Station Commander
at SP Williamson and SP Newark. I was promoted to Z/SGT IN '90 and retired
in 2002 after 34.5 years. I went to New York City 4 times after 9/11.
I am married and have 3 kids, oldest is Nancy who lives in Cal. I just
drove her dog cross country. Next is Lora who is a 3rd grade teacher
here in Newark, NY. She is getting married this Aug. A son David who
is an accountant for Piedmont-Hawthorne in Rochester NY and might be
getting promotion to go to Dulles Airport. I had a great career and
got to see a lot of our great New York State. I now drive a school bus.
After my short military training during 1968-69
in preparation for US Army Reserve duty I came back to Albany and finished
the credits I needed for graduation and also took the courses needed
to receive a teaching credential in New York. I have been in the field
of education for the past 33 years. I taught high school driver education
for 8 1/2 years in several school districts in eastern and northern
New York. I then went to Missouri (Central Missouri State University)
to complete my Masters degree and became employed by the West Virginia
Department of Education to assist in developing curriculum for their
driver education and school safety programs. I came to the New Hampshire
Department of Education in 1980 to work as the curriculum specialist
responsible for supporting the safety and driver education programs
throughout the state. I have been a member of the Department since then
and 4 years ago accepted an opportunity to move into the office of the
Deputy Commissioner to manage a statewide program to assist schools
in developing and implementing locally designed school improvement strategies.
That project is now finishing and I am going to be leading the Bureau
responsible for creating a support system to aid schools which will
be identified as needing assistance because of the federal "No Child
Left Behind" act. I have also periodically been an adjunct instructor
of traffic safety studies for one of the state colleges (Keene) in the
University of New Hampshire system. I have been happily married to Glenda
(met her at SUNYA) since 1970. She is a special education teacher, specializing
in working with pre-schoolers through the early elementary grades in
our local school district. We have a 26 year old daughter, Tracey, who
works as a web site developer and webmaster and lives about 40 miles
from our home. We live in a small, very traditional New England town
(Henniker, NH) which is about 20 miles west of Concord where I work.
We enjoy boating, jet skiing and snowmobiling and are NASCAR enthusiasts.
I graduated with a BS in Accounting in June 1970.
That Fall, I want into active duty with the Army Reserve (464th Engineers).
Upon returning to Albany the following Spring, I worked several part-time
jobs and finally took a sales job with Met Life until 1973. I began
my career as a staff auditor with the NYS Comptroller's Office in December
1973. Though the position was based in Albany, I traveled much during
the early years. I currently supervise a staff of auditors/computer
programmers dedicated to audits of the State's employee health insurance
program. My staff, essentially, use mainframe computer programming
techniques to identify erroneous or overpaid claims processed by the
insurance carriers who are under contract with the State. Our typical
audits identify and recoup millions of dollars from these companies.
I have been happily married for over 28 years to the former Peggy Fitzmaurice
and we reside in Albany, NY. Peggy works as a secretary in the
Albany City School District, and comes home almost every night with
stories about the crazy activities of the day. Peggy and I have
a son, Aaron (24) who graduated from Union College and now lives and
works in Brooklyn for Bear Stearn. We also have a daughter, Andrea (21),
who is currently a student in the Music Department at Schenectady Community
College. Andrea is singing in two operas this summer with the
Glimmerglass Opera (the summer home of the NYC Opera) in Cooperstown,
NY. During the summer, we escape many weekends to our RV
trailer permanently parked in a camping co-op near Schroon lake in the
Adirondacks. (Does that officially qualify us as " trailer trash?")
I enjoy fly fishing for anything in fresh or salt water that is dumb
enough to be duped by my hand-tied creations. I also still strum
and pick a left-handed acoustic guitar, although I never took a lesson.
I can't sing to save my life; but luckily, Andrea, bails me out with
her strong and beautiful voice. I think it would be a real "kick"
to see some of the brothers, again. Hopefully, we have all survived
mid-life crisis by now.
I married Mary Patrick, who I had dated at SUNYA
since my sophomore year, in 1971 shortly after her graduation. I was
then drafted into the U.S. Army in late 1971. I was trained as a medic
and then as an operating room technician at Brook Army Medical Center
in San Antonio Texas. Mary and I both enjoyed the City of San Antonio.
I went on to serve at Tuttle U.S. Army Hospital in Savannah, Georgia
where I ended up becoming the NCOIC (Non Commissioned Officer in Charge)
of the Operating Room Suite. This was a great experience, and I have
many funny stories about my time in the operating room. While I was
stationed in Savannah, Mary worked as a teacher in the Savannah City
School District during its first year of integration. Following my discharge
from the service, Mary and I returned to SUNYA. Mary earned her Masters
in Reading in 1975 and I earned a Masters in Speech Pathology and Audiology
in 1976. Mary went to work at the Schenectady City School District as
a Remedial Reading Teacher at the Junior High School level. I worked
for one year at BOCES before I took a job at Wildwood School in 1977,
a local special education school for learning disabled, neurologically
impaired and autistic children. At Wildwood, I became the chair of the
Speech and Language Department and then the Director of Camp Wildwood,
a summer program for handicapped children. I went back to SUNYA for
courses in Education Administration and in 1984 became the Business
Administrator for Wildwood School. Wildwood has expanded its services
to adults and now services over 650 individuals and families in the
Capital District. I am currently the Chief Financial Officer for Wildwood.
Mary has worked for the Schenectady City School District since 1974
as a remedial reading teacher. Mary is currently an Academic Intervention
Services Consultant working to assist teachers in bringing student test
scores up to the New York State Standards. Mary and I have three children.
I have been very involved with my kids' activities over the years being
an Indian Princess and Indian Guide chief, baseball and football coach,
and Boy Scout leader. Michelle, age 22, is attending Siena College as
a marketing major. Mike and Matt are twins, aged 18, who will be starting
college in the fall. Mike will be attending the University of Notre
Dame, and Matt will be attending Cornell University Mary and I love
to dance and are currently taking a variety of ballroom dance classes.
I am looking forward to visiting and sharing memories at the end of
June with everyone.
I have been married for 30 years to my wife Marty.
We have two sons, Jason 29, who is an architect in Virginia and Nathan
26, who is a sports editor for a small newspaper in the mid-Hudson valley.
My wife and
I are both retired. I retired from SUNY Plattsburgh last December. I
was the Bursar at the college at the time I retired but had worked for
them for 20 years in a variety of positions. I did leave the college
for a 10 year period in the middle of those 20 years to work as a civilian
employee for the Air Force, but returned to the college in 1993.
graduating from Albany (the ink was hardly dry on the diploma), I was
drafted into the US Army where I spend the next 2 years. A few months
after that in April 1972 I went to work at SUNY Plattsburgh. Along the
way I picked up a master's degree in educational administration.
although retired, I still work a couple of days a week at the college.
Prior to arriving at Bouck Holloway in 1979, Tom
O'Connor was a successful Assistant District Attorney, and later Chief
Assistant District Attorney for Schenectady County, New York. Tom has
since successfully defended insurance companies in actions involving
first-party coverage. Tom O'Connor has tried over seventy-five cases
to verdict, achieving success in the vast majority. He has been given
an "AV" rating by Martindale Hubbel and is a member of the New York
State and Albany County Bar Associations.
Greetings to the Brothers of Theta Xi Omega from
the most humble Brother Kevin Magin After leaving Albany State in January
1968 (3 ˝ year graduate - loved summer school), I spent a year as a
VISTA volunteer in the State of Washington. My college sweetheart and
I broke our engagement in 1969 just in time for me to meet a wonderful
coed at the University of Portland who went on to be my lovely young
bride of now over 31 years. From VISTA I taught school in Washington
for 2 years, returned to Albany (remember, I was a townie) and joined
the USMC reserves in Sept 1970. Thirty years and one month later I was
forced by Department of Defense directive to retire or I would still
be in now.
to the Pacific Northwest in April 1971, was married in March 1972 and
did a variety of things including teaching at the State School for the
Blind, getting a Masters in Special Education and having a daughter,
Heather. In 1980 I moved my Northwest born and bread wife to Michigan
for a job - but only for a couple of years (we're still here and I still
hear about it.). In Michigan I spent 8 years a consultant with the State
Department of Education, 11 years as a special education director for
5 local school districts, a year as an elementary principal and two
years as a special education director at a county level. Since July
2003 I have been superintendent of school for Lewis Cass Intermediate
School District - in NY it would be a BOCES. The problem is my office
and house are 110 miles apart. Due to Sue's job I commute Mon-Fri. It's
only 2 hours so sometimes I come home in mid-week for dinner, etc. or
Sue and the good looking dog in the photo, Corky, come down for a few
days. We've been doing this for 3 years and expect to do is a few more
before retirement. Along the way we had a son who is now in the USMC
and thank God did not see combat in the recent conflict. We still pray
for his fellow Marines and servicemen and woman every day.
Since my folks
still live in the Albany area, we get back there about once a year.
I've watched the old campus and new campus change over the last 35 years
and have seen the demise of Olendorfs, O'Heanneys, Yezzi's, Mike's Log
Cabin and some other watering holes we used to frequent. But lest our
wives and children be exposed to the seamier side of our educational
careers, we'll leave that for June.
Can you identify
the brothers making potato salad in my mom's kitchen in '67 or getting
ready for a night on the town that winter?
to seeing all the old brothers soon.
old guys- I did run into a brother from the last year of the fraternity
several years ago. I think his name was Albright or Albrecht and he
was from NJ. Has anyone hear of the classes that followed us?
Dear Brothers of TXO; I look forward to seeing
you again. For me it has been a wonderful 34 years. God has given me
so much. I have Wendy, my wife of 34 years (class of `69) and our daughter
Krista, now 19, and a wonderful home on Long Island. For 25 years I
was in NYC up and down Madison Avenue in advertising sales, but for
the past 6 years I have a new career in Emergency Restoration Services
- Fires, Floods, Puff-backs and more - I love helping people. I still
love to draw and paint, garden, fish and golf! See you soon to raise
the steins! Barry
Sullivan III: TXO 1962-1966.
After graduating and marrying Ann Barry, I went
straight on for my MA in English at Albany and then, after a year of
teaching high school, taught at Albany for three years. In 1971, Ann
(who had been teaching high school English at Colonie and had earned
an MLS from Albany) and I packed up ten-month-old Jason and moved to
Eugene, Oregon, where I received a PhD in 1976. In 1977, Ann and I packed
up Jason, now almost 7, and Aaron, just 5, and moved to Greenville,
NC, halfway between Raleigh and the coast, so that I could take a job
in the English Department at East Carolina University-and I have been
here ever since.
My arcane interests
in such things as medieval Welsh myth and legend have enabled me to
travel to England, Scotland, Ireland, and, most of all, Wales to do
research and have led to such publications as Welsh Celtic Myth in Modern
Fantasy (1989) and The Mabinogi: A Book of Essays (1996). More recently,
I have become interested in nineteenth-century Irish political prisoners,
researched in Ireland and Australia (to which many of them were transported),
and have published Fenian Diary: Denis B. Cashman on board the Hougoumont,
1867-1868 (2001). While I have been doing that, Ann has been a librarian,
first in the public schools and now in the county library, Jason has
received an MS in computer engineering, is married, and works for IBM
in Raleigh, and Aaron has received an MS in mechanical engineering and
works for GM in Detroit (if "playing with cars" is work).
I have very
fond memories of TXO. In the early years, it was home to a bunch of
misfits like me who didn't belong in the jock frat, the society frat,
or the gross out frat (you figure out which was which). We were such
an motley crew that we were able to win the academic trophy and the
As usual, I
have exceeded my word limit.
My very best
to all of you.
After graduation from Albany State, I began my
teaching career at Greenwich Central School-located in a rural community
in upstate New York. While there, I taught 7th grade social studies
and served as a part-time assistant principal. I enjoyed my 34 years
of teaching and coaching girls basketball. This June I'm retiring to
persue other interests-Such as spending time at our camp called Indian
summer, located on Indian Lake. Candy and I have been married for 36
years and are the proud parents of 3 great kids. Kim 33 has a degree
in elementary education and mother of our lst and only grand baby- Isabella
Sophia (18 months old) Erika 30 is an attorney practicing corporate
law in Maryland. Ryan 27 just completed his mba and is employed by the
carnegie corp. I'm looking forward to seeing all my fraternity brothers
See you soon, John Morabito
I am sorry to have to report that Tina and I will
not be able to travel north for the reunion. It sounds like a real BLAST!!!!
and I was getting really pumped up with one-liners to explain how it
is that I haven't aged over these 30 plus years. Maybe I would even
have scraped up some cash on my secret formula. Since I am gainfully
unemployed for the summer, and still have some wedding bills to pay
Tina has determined that I must work this summer instead of enjoying
my first summer off since I was about eleven years old.
I retired from Bell Labs and started teaching elementary school this
past September. I love every minute and the kids seem to really like
learning science in the weird way I teach and do laboratories.
We have two not children any more, one grand-daughter and one more grandchild
on the way. Our son Nathaniel Forest Draper (yes, sort of named after
NFG) and his wife live outside of Richmond, VA. He played basketball
and Randolph-Macon College and teaches high school. He is the basketball
coach and runs his defense with a "tenacious" objective that only Mike
Slezak could appreciate. Our daughter Sasha just got married and we
(myself, Rabbit, Fugi, Steve B., Phil Hoffman and Walter Weinberg) sang
the fraternity beer song. We did have to remind ourselves of the words
with a handout, but it sounded pretty good for a bunch of mid-fifty
Tina (girl I dated throughout college years that was a "townie" from
Rotterdam Jct.) is the only grandmother playing women's soccer on a
central NJ club team. She is also working part-time still as a floral
and gift basket designer. She eventually got the 1963 Corvette she always
dreamed of having. She still has it but almost never drives it. We tried
selling it on EBay last year but did not reach the minimum bid level
we knew the car was worth. If you hear of any brothers that are into
muscle car restoration pass this email on.
Life has been very good to me. I did my tour of duty in the Air Force
and saw Vietnam from 35,000 feet. The GI bill paid my way through graduate
school. Bell Labs was a great place to work until early retirement and
now I just love working with kids everyday. Not having them at home
to deal with on a daily basis makes the "loving them" at school pretty
That's the Draper update in a nutshell. I will try to attach a picture
of our grand-daughter.
Clif Draper (class of '70)
Thanks for promoting the reunion, I love your
site. A lot of names I haven't heard in many years. It should be a great
time. Anyway, I will try to make this as interesting as I can. Shortly
after graduation, I was captured by space aliens. I was able to negotiate
my release by promising to enter the most mundane of careers, to be
less funny than Shecky Greene, but funnier than Joey Bishop, and to
check in annually with my captors. So, I took a job as a chalk salesman.
Whiteboards and the declining nation homicide rate conspired to erase
the profitability of the chalk work. At my next checkin, I negotiated
a better deal. I could pursue a more creative career, be as funny as
Greene. and did not have to return. I embarked on a career designing
practical jokes, largely for the rich, breakaway Chippendale chairs,
Waterford dribble glasses, fake exotic animal doo-doo, gourmet rubber
throwup et al. It was fun while it lasted, but alas, in 1978, I took
a job with state government and have been doing the Lord's bureaucratic
work ever since. Jeffrey J. Faulkner
I'm with my daughter Kim and my ex at my retirement
in one,and my son John and Kim are together at my camp in the other.
After school I had a couple of offers, but Dave Smith convinced me I
should work for the State. After 35yrs I retired as a Human Resources
Manager. I still can't type so this will be real brief. I'm still single-never
remarried- and am still good friends with my ex.My hobbies include everything
from hiking to hunting. I've been out west and to Canada for game, and
have cross country skied most everywhere too. I'm thoroughly enjoying
myself and have no plans to go back to work. I'm looking forward to
seeing everyone! On the 28th, Jud
I took a look through my old pictures and didn't
come up with much but there's one of Molly and me on our first date,
a Psi Gam beer party (she was a guest not a member) and one on Jim Flanagan,
John Dornbush, and Mike Northrup at our wedding reception. A scary group.
See you on the 28th. Bob Kelly
It's hard to believe so many years have passed...until
I look at everyone's pictures. So sorry I can't make the reunion, our
youngest daughter graduates from high school that weekend. To bring
you up-to-date: after graduation I enlisted in the Army; went to OCS
and Missile School at Ft. Sill, OK. and spent the remainder of my commitment
in Bavaria. Upon returning to the States, I began my career at Tropel
Inc. as assistant comptroller and completed my MBA at RIT. After several
years, I became comptroller at Bunnington Corp. and was there for four
years. In 1981, I went with a division of British Petroleum and held
various positions in various cities for the next twelve years. In 1993,
it was time to move back to Western NY and I began my current position
of CFO/Treasurer of Taylor Devices, Inc. The family stats. are: married
Betty Grant in Dec. '69; first daughter Heather was born in '71; second
daughter Gretchen in '74; and third Lindsay in '84. Heather graduated
from Indiana U. and held various PR positions in the not-for-profit
sector before leaving to be a stay at home Mom. She, her husband Gideon,
and our one year old pride and joy Ethan live in Austin, TX, where Gideon
(a Stanford grad.) works as a team leader in chip design for Sun Microsystems.
Gretchen graduated from Ohio State U. and has worked for five years
as an ICU nurse at Strong Memorial in Rochester. She is quite an outdoorswoman
and plans to be married within the next year. Lindsay will be heading
for Geneseo in the fall. As of now she thinks she want to go into law
as a child advocate...who knows? Betty (or Elizabeth, as I prefer to
call her) has worked in a number of positions, as my transfers have
dictated. Most recently in the Williamsville Sch. Dist. for Primary
Mental Health Project and also E.L.L. We are finally finding time to
travel and I play golf as often as possible...when not caretaking the
yard! Please keep me up to date on the brothers and have a great time
at the reunion! Ken Bernstein
I believe I told the Guv most he following ....
My older daughter (on the right) is a biology High School teacher. Her
mentor , when she first started teaching, was TXO brother Rick Mele.
They taught together at Vooresville H. S. . She now teaches in Baltimore
County MD. A wedding is coming up.
The wife is a retired RN. I met her at a bar below a steak house on
Fuller Road, by the Albany campus. ( as I told you before, she picked
me up off the bar room floor , when I fell off the bar stool.)
The youngest is also a teacher in Baltimore County, MD. She teaches
science and history. She also has her Masters in Special Ed. She has
her certificate in advance education from Notre Dame in Maryland. She
can be an Administrator! She has the Masters + 30 and is paper away
from a Ph.D..
As I told the Guv, both Daughters are Albany State Alum. ( Masters)
, via Potsdam and Cortland.
As for myself, I have been in the employ of Liberty Mutual , or a company
now owned by Liberty Mutual, for the past 33 years. I don't plan to
retire for a while. May in another 4 to 6 years. I have an SCLA, (see
below). I attend trials, mediations and arbitrations. I review coverages
and do what ever is necessary. to handle a claim.
I'm running out of time, for I have an appt in 15 min. .
I'll see you on Saturday.
Sr. Claims Law Associate (SCLA)
Sr. Claims Analyst
P. O. Box 4858
Syracuse, NY 13221
Ph: 1-800-443-4000 ext 6153
direct 1 315- 431-6153
email : Anthony.Mele@Peerless-Ins.com
After graduation in '72, I
went to work for Met Life and stayed for 6 months before moving over
to Connecticut Mutual. I stayed with CML through the '96 merger with
Mass Mutual (specializing in Insurance and Financial Services). April
this year marked my 30th anniversary with the company.
In the spring of '73 I met my future wife Maritta. Later that summer
she returned to Finland. We kept in touch and in the summer of '74,
I took a trip to Finland. We returned to the U.S. in August. (I had
to read about Nixon resigning in Finnish.) We married in April '75.
Our daughter Sonja was born in 1979 followed by our son Brian in 1983.
Sonja is getting married in August this year and will move to PA. She
will start her PhD fellowship in Criminal Justice at Penn State. Brian
will return to SUNY Albany as a junior.
As a family we have traveled back to Finland several times, crossing
the country from the Baltic to the Arctic Circle. On one extended trip,
we "side tripped" to St. Petersburg, Russia. The Hermitage is an amazing
place to visit. Another trip took us through the fjords of Norway and
across Sweden, where we stopped in Gothenburg to pick up a Volvo directly
from the plant to bring back to the U.S. We are looking forward to new
For "fun" I restored a 1945 Willys MB that my father bought as Army
surplus in 1949. Any extra weekends we have we spend in the Poconos
fixing an old family compound. Nothing like cutting grass and clearing
brush for relaxation!
So like many others, the draft
board contacted me in June 1968. I didn't have enough credits to graduate
since I changed my major from Chemistry which was too smelly to physics,
which was much less messy. The draft board didn't care. The pre-induction
physical said I was fine for either the Army or Marines and 1 in 10
were being sent into the Marines. My good old mom got busy for me and
got me a deferment for another semester, during which time I joined
the Navy Reserves, two years active duty, 3 years weekly drills. Very
lucky timing, no more Navy folks being sent to Vietnam in Oct 1969 and
I spent my time in Norfolk Virginia, (too hot) and 6 months floating
around the Mediterranean. I got to see the Acropolis, Agamemnon's tomb,
the Parthenon, Mt. Vesuvius, Coliseum, the Vatican, and Barcelona Spain.
The cruise ships were a guided missile cruiser and an aircraft carrier.
The sleeping quarters on the cruiser were one deck up from the nuclear
war heads. It was eerie hearing the warhead being rotated in their racks
to keep them at an even temperature. Two years in the Navy provided
more memories and experiences than 10 years outside.
After that came back to Albany and found that the end of the space program
had created a glut of physicists so, I went for a Masters in education
to get a teaching degree. I taught 2 years at a Catholic girls boarding
school before it merged with another school and let the new guys go.
Fortunately by October the professional careers test came through and
I got a job with the State Education Department where I still am. I
have been involved with instructional technology for most of my 30 years
with the department. While being a physics teacher might have given
me some direction, my personal typing class in highschool led to computer
training in the Navy and to database development in the Education Department.
I am currently an associate in educational television in the Office
of Technology Policy.
While I grew up on a dairy farm near Binghamton, I really liked the
ocean and took up sailing as a hobby while in Navy. I have sailed from
near NYC to Provincetown on Cape Cod, from Florida to the Bahamas and
around the Virgin Islands. I strongly prefer the Caribbean for sailing
as survival in the water there is a matter of days rather than minutes
or hours in the chilly New England waters.
Not one to rush into things, I married my wife Terri about 8 years ago
and I now have a 7 year old son, Tommy and a 17 year old stepdaughter
Emily who will be senior next fall. At age 50 I learned about the demands
of a baby, night feedings, diapers and such. Very cool raising a baby,
but incredibly exhausting for a while. We live just about 10 minutes
south of Albany tucked a half mile into the woods off route 9w in a
rustic county like setting, no cable TV, a modem for the computer and
our own well water which means no flushing when the power goes off.
That's about it, next more parenting and eventually retired full time
1968 was my graduation year,
but I didn't attend the ceremonies since I had an opportunity to go
to Europe on the Maritime Academy's training ship, "Empire State". It
was a fun trip, I did a little weather observing on the ship, but, in
truth, it was mostly a great boondoggle. I applied for graduate school
at Albany for the fall, but I got my greetings from Uncle Sam in September.
I made the best of it by joining the Air Force with a Weather Officer
opening at Officer Training School. I left for School in November of
On Feb 7, 1969, I was commissioned a second lieutenant and headed for
my first assignment, Griffiss AFB. As luck would have it, I received
a telegram changing my assignment to Langley AFB, Virginia while I was
home on leave in Albany. True to form, the Air Force did not even pay
me the extra mileage costs from Griffiss to Langley, my first taste
of the government bureaucracy. Anyway, that was it, I had no recourse.
I was at Langley for only one year, but I met and married Diane Fisher
there. She was a schoolteacher from Parkersburg West Virginia. Roger
French was an usher for me at our wedding (in Parkersburg, West Virginia).
My choice of the Air Force was basically to do something along the lines
of the career I wanted. I continued my path and volunteered for Thule
Greenland because I wanted to experience Polar weather extremes. Thought
it would be fun. Anyway, there were no slots for weather officers there
(nobody told me!). They selected me for Shemya AFB Alaska instead. Shemya
is the second to last island in the Aleutian chain. I left for a year
at Shemya after being married only 4 months. That was the last time
I volunteered for an assignment. I have to say I benefited indirectly
because I didn't have an opportunity to go to Vietnam until after the
war concluded. Shemya was also very interesting because of the missions
I came back to Washington D.C. where we stayed for 4 ˝ years. Our son,
Scott was born there in 1973. From Washington, I went to Omaha, Griffiss
(finally), Blytheville AR, and returned to Omaha. All the time I was
in the Air Weather Service. I retired in Feb 1989 as a Lt Colonel.
I tried to come back to Albany, but the State was in the red and cutting
back on people. That made the job market nearly impossible for me. So
we stayed in Omaha, I found a job with Creighton University. My son
went there, too. I took advantage of their benefits and got an Information
Technology Master's degree. After my son finished, I joined First Data
Resources, the nation's largest third party credit card processor-they
do 35% of all the cards issued in the United States. They do them for
banks and credit unions under their name and control.
We built a house on Beaver Lake, a lake near Omaha. Diane and I are
currently enjoying life at the lake.
As luck would have it, I was laid off last October (Oct 2002). I am
currently looking for employment.
Air conditioner is humming
and the Northeast is drying out. Steve Kichen says to come on down to
Albany for the reunion--freshman and sophomore roomie, he called me
"Johnnie vid vooden shoes." Bill Schusler's been living in my hometown
protecting my family and friends for over 30 years--we appreciate that.
It is great to read everyone's story. I think all our stories probably
fall into one of several categories--mine would be multiple marriages
and other long-term relationships, moved lots of times--by the time
I was 30 I had lived in as many places. And frankly I was surprised
to still be alive at 35. And we are all on the downhill slide of years--no
getting around that. I'm kind of used to that for myself, but whoa--you
guys. See, you did that thing when I wasn't looking. So, yes, we all
have our story: the story of Me, starring Me. And maybe our wife, our
kids. Because Kathy came with three boys, already grown, into my life
about a dozen years ago, I am blessed with a big family to love. And
she did all the hard work. And now I've been Opa to four grandchildren
their whole lives--a wonderful thing. Kathy says she's not into sharing
me, but I wonder if I ever would have had anything to offer without
all the prior relationships--so in a way she is sharing me with others--those
that came before. I feel there is no Me without them. I've certainly
gone through long periods without anyone, and Me wasn't so much fun
then--just barely tolerable. I've worked for the past twenty years in
various capacities with the developmentally disabled and that has made
all the difference--a finer group of people than most. And they never
forget a kindness. I will never forget the kindness of my TXO brothers.
I was pretty raw then and you guys helped season me some. My best to
all the brothers who wrote and can't make it to the reunion--the rest
of you, see you Saturday. John Juckema
After graduation in 1967 I went on to graduate school at Penn State,
and graduate with a Ph.D. in Math in 1971. I have been on the faculty
at the University of South Carolina since that time. Currently I hold
the rank of Professor and am Department Chair. Professionally I have
over 40 research publications and three books. My profession has given
me the opportunity to travel all over the world.
I married my first wife, Linda, in 1966, and we divorced in 1989. In
September 1990 I married my second wife, Mary Lee (a good southern name).
I have three daughters from my first marriage and Mary Lee has two sons
from her first marriage. My youngest daughter and her oldest son are
both married, with a child each. Our family gatherings can be rather
I graduated SUNY Albany in
1967 a triple major, in history, Spanish and philosophy and a double
major in social science and education. I got to the University of Arizona,
where I got an MA in history. I then transferred to the University of
Massachusetts, Amherst, where I taught American history for a while
before moving to Boston. In a Boston suburb, while working for Dunn
& Bradstreet, I met Christine O'Neil, married her, and we have been
together ever since 1969. I, or should I say "we", returned to Arizona.
Chris became pregnant with our first, Matthew, now a lawyer in Virginia,
and I went to work as a teacher in upstate Arizona. We then had two
girls, Leigh, a teacher of French and Brooke, a hairdresser. I keep
in touch with Lou Gallo and Bill Russell and that is how I wrote my
bio to get me up to date. Matt has two children, which, I guess makes
me a grandfather, and my eldest daughter, Leigh, just got married to
Alexandre, a Frenchman. She spent some time living in Paris. I got my
Ph.D. in education and retired from teaching high school in 1999. I
am currently enjoying retirement. I live in Tucson with my wife and
love seeing the group photo of your get-together.
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I live in Saratoga with my
wife, Geraldine, who was known as "Amazon" when we dated in college.
(she's the one who dumped beer on Bernstien's head for calling her "Amazon".
the name stuck, the beer fight ensued, and we were all thrown out of
the rented hall.) we have 3 kids; Josh, 27,(who ended up attending SUNY
Albany and living in the exact same suite that I shared with Dornbush,
Hogue, Coleman, Prestigiacomo.) Arielle, 23(who now attends Columbia)
and Naomi, 15,(Girls Academy in Albany)
Right out of college I married Geraldine, and
we damn near starved for a few years. then I became a commercial photographer
for over 20 years, and photographed Meg Ryan, Paul Newman, Mia Hamm,
and other interesting characters. My work took me to Europe, South America
and the Caribbean.
We lived in Milford, CT. from 1977 to 1987,
then moved to Saratoga. Geraldine became a famous real estate agent
(see our website: geraldine.com) and I retired from photography and
now work with her. Our # is 518-583-3356 call us!
I attended SUNY at Albany from
1961-1965. I dropped out in my last semester and joined the Navy. I
think I was afraid of having to work for a living, or otherwise being
held accountable for all the knowledge I missed somehow while I was
enjoying college life to the max.
From January 1966 to July 1974, I was a Communications
Technician in the U.S. Navy. I spent first 4 years as Morse code intercept
operator and last 4 as Russian linguist. The last 4 years were all in
Scotland (tough duty, but someone had to do it!). During this period
I had 3 stints on aircraft carriers and one on a destroyer. All were
temporary duty tours. Interesting note: I had orders to serve on a vessel
called the USS Pueblo and missed spending Christmas in North Korea by
only 1 week!
From November 1974 to June 1975, I was a maintenance
man at apartment complex in No. Virginia, near the Pentagon. I worked
for my brother-in-law and got to do neat stuff like clean boiler tubes
from inside the firebox!
From June 1975 to December 1977, I was a Personnel
Management Specialist at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington,
From December 1977 to the Present, I have been
a Personnel Management Specialist at the National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration, which is a small (but influential) part of U.S. Dept.
of Transportation. During this period I did one 5-month stint with the
Federal Aviation Administration in 1981-1982.
I was finally able to leave the boiler tubes
by getting my B.A. from the University of Maryland (in Biology, though
I never used it) in June 1975. My college career had spanned 14 years
from the time I started in 1961, and with 178 semester hours credit
(enough for multiple degrees!).
I have been living in the same place and house
since November 1975, with the exception of a 20 month period in 1986-1988
when I was separated from my wife. (We're back together again!)
My years of dissolute living caught up with
me in early 1988 when I had a heart attack, but I came through it okay.
I'm finally eligible for retirement and continual
golf, though I haven’t set a firm date.
My #1 (and only) son, David, graduated from
Towson University, north of Baltimore with a Master’s degree in Sport
Management. After that for him? Lots of money and women, if I read him
right. Apparently the apple does not fall far from the tree!
All in all, I'm doing well and feeling reasonably
fine, arthritis aside, and would very much like to see my old TXO buddies
I recently found your TXO website
and think it's a gas. It has been a long time since I thought about
my fraternity. There were 24 of us in the original group that started
TXO in the 1960-61 school year. I can still remember all the discussions
at night with Ted Wacker, Pete Peltz, and Jim McAden and then meeting
in Dr. Thorne's office pleading for permission to start TXO. He wasn't
inclined to let us form, but in the end he relented and allow TXO to
get started. Dr. Thorne was filling in as Dean of Students for Dr. Hartley
(I think) who was on leave of absence that year. My understanding was
that Dr. Hartley hated fraternities and would not have let a new one
form. It was just good luck that allow the group to form. I believe
that more than 1/2 of the original group never graduated. The only one
of the original 24 that I noticed in your group picture was Bob Gibson.
When I get a chance I will write up a little bio and send along before
(if I can fine one) and after pictures. At any rate, I survived
TXO and SUNY at Albany and ended up as a professor of Mathematics and
Statistics at RIT. I've been here since 1967 and would love to get into
contact with a few of the original group. Do you have any contact information
for the brothers from the original group? Thanks for creating the site.
David Crystal, Class of '64
I stayed at Albany after graduating
in 1964 and got my MS in Mathematics in June, 1965. After my student
teaching (on Long Island) I decided that I really didn't want to teach
in the public school system so I searched for a job teaching at a College.
In August of 1965, I became an Instructor at Clarkson College where
I stayed for two years. In my second year at Clarkson, I met my wife,
Melissa, an Asst Dean at SUNY at Potsdam. In June 1967, I accepted a
job at the Rochester Institute of Techology as an Instructor of Mathematics.
Melissa and I married that July and it was all uphill after that. I
took some further graduate work at University of Buffalo and spent a
year (1970-71) teaching and studying at Montana State University at
Bozema but deside to come back to RIT the next year. I then continued
to work my way up the ladder until I made full professor over a decade
ago. During that time, I became heavily involved with computer graphics
and programming. During the 1990's I was part of a group getting a NSF
which allowed me to design and build a microcomputer laboratory to support
the teaching of statistics. I recreated the lab twice and finally gave
up the computer roll and have gone back into the classroom full time.
My wife and I are the proud parents of two fine young ladies. One is
married, living in Virginia and she and her husband train thoroughbred
race horses. The younger daughter works in the catering business and
owns and runs a riding stable in Western New York. Both of them, as
well as my wife, became very involved with riding (English) and "roped"
me in and I became very involved with 4H and the United States Pony
Club. As part of my Pony Club service, I was the Regional Supervisor
of Western NY (covers 2/3 of NY) and also served on the National Board
of Governors. I recently retired from the organization and have some
time for travel.
In the mid 1980's, I decided that it would be nice if I used some of
the education courses so when someone resigned prematurely from the
Bloomfield School Board I decided to run and won the seat. I spent 13
years on the board, serving as President for 3 of them. During those
years I also served as the president of the Four Counties School Board
Association. After I resigned from the local school board, I ran for
the BOCES board (Board of Cooperative Education) and I am currently
serving my second 3 year term. I will be giving it up at the end of
this term. Somehow, I think I have made up for not spending my career
"maiming youthful minds" by spending 19 years trying to get the school
administraters to "do it right."
My wife and are currently own a two year old race horse. She hopefully
will go to the track this May and earn us some money. The filly certainly
has a good name, "Perfectly Happy" and she is doing very well in training.
Even though Melissa and I have retired from most of our volunteer efforts,
we are still very heavily involved in one. It is a horse related activity:
The Stuart Horse Trials. This particular event has become a very major
competition and has established itself as a major player in the sport.
If anyone is interested, you can check it out at
It is really neat having a TXO web site. I am
enclosing a couple photos. The first is myself (on the right) and Art
McCall (TXO '65--who would likely hate to have himself described as
on the left). Art and Gale (Sigma Alpha) are retired and spend their
winters in Phoenix which is not too far from where we live on the Colorado
River in California. Art and I roomed together for three years--including
a semester with Dave Crystal. The second, as you might guess, is myself
and my wife of nearly 40 years, Sue We began dating in junior high school
and were married the summer that I graduated from Albany. Our wedding
party included TXO brothers Art McCall, Jim Slenker, Chip Sullivan,
Dave Simons and Dave Crystal.
We now have two children, a wonderful
daughter-in-law and son-in-law and two incredible grand daughters. Our
son, Robby lives in Seattle where he manages production for a commercial
bakery. Our daughter, Jo-Elle and family live in Blythe, California,
about a mile across town from us.
I finished at Albany a semester early (thanks to the Marine Corps
Reserve--its a long story) and immediately began graduate school at
the University at Buffalo where I earned an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Political
Science. My first job was at Grinnell College in Iowa--a really fine
undergraduate liberal arts institution. We stayed there for four years
before sunny southern California and the desire to "try" administration
lured us. I was Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and
an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of San
Diego for ten years. During that time I was able to pursue my scholarly
interests in public opinion and politics. But, unfortunately, I became
addicted to college administration which has ruled my life since.
In the early 1980's I became the Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor
of Political Science at Eastern Oregon State College. We moved from
San Diege to La Grande, Oregon--a town of 12,000 in the mountains of
northeastern Oregon. Our children both grew up in La Grande while Sue
and I became involved with politics. Interestingly, while at Eastern
Oregon, one of my closest friends from childhood in Batavia who was
also a 1965 graduate of Albany (but, unfortunately a member of Kappa
Beta) Dick Stenard and I worked together--me as chief academic officer
and Dick as chief student affairs officer. It is a small world.
In 1995 I became the President of Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston,
ID. LCSC was the last college in the United States to be named "normal
school" which says a lot about its roots in preparing teachers. It also
was shuttered by the state legislature for a few years in the 1950s.
One of my greatest privileges as President there was awarding an honorary
degree to the former Governor of Idaho who had foresight and political
moxie to re-open the college.
After five years at Lewis-Clark I got the wanderlust and left. I
spent a brief period as a faculty member teaching Political Science
at the University of Idaho. Then, I became the President of Palo Verde
Community College in Blythe, California. So, here we are in a small
town, in the southern California desert on the Colorado River and loving
About a decade ago I decided to pursue a life-long interest and earned
a private pilot license. I should have known better. I now have a commercial
pilot license with single engine land and sea ratings, a multi-engine
land rating and an instrument rating. I fly a lot for business (college
presidents go to lots of meetings) and for the Civil Air Patrol.