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Gordon Lee Ferguson
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2017-06-25 15:39:46
 
After having had the honor to serve as the MC at our 10 and 20 Year Reunions, I missed the 30th, when I lost my first wife, Barbi, and the 40th due my wife, Shirley, having surgery to remove a tumor from her femur, followed by six months of rehabilitation. I am pleased to report that I had the privilege to serve, once again, as the MC at the 50 year Reunion. It was a most successful and enjoyable affair, thanks to the hard work Andrea Stevens and the Reunion Committee.
After graduation from WJ, I went to the Univ. of Tennessee, majoring in Geography/Cartography. Married Barbi two days after Christmas 1969 and returned to UT. After that, we came back to MD, where I went to work for the Army Map Service only to be riffed exactly one year later, along with 100 others, due to DOD budget cuts. I spent nearly 40 years with the MD. Dept. of Assessments & Taxation, starting as a Residential Assessor and retiring as Assessor Manager. Along the way, I served as President of the MD Assoc. of Assessing Officers and the next 30 years as the Secretary.
Some of you might remember the band I was in during our Senior year – “The Extreme,” along with Bill Picon, Mark Pitzer, Jerry VanAken, Klaus Pawlitsky and John Crippen. After that, my "musical career" included a stint in the “Pride of the Southland Band,” and UT. As well as an R n R band there, and another here, during the summer breaks. Upon returning to MD., I hung up my sticks to start a career and family. I was a percussionist in a local drum and bugle corps for 15 years. From ’84 to ‘’96, I was a member of the “Redskins Marching Band.” Lately, I have been sitting down at my Roland Electronic Drum Set, making noise while playing music from my years as a "teen idol." Sad, isn't it? 
In 1985, for the fun of it (it certainly wasn't for the $), I started DJ-ing at high school reunions, “Oldies” station pool parties, weddings, parties etc. After a year hauling the equipment around by myself, I took on a partner. Anybody remember "Dick Evans" - a DJ at WINX during the late 60s-early 70s? He is also the father of my son's best friend, which is how we met. Our first job together was the WJ Class of '67 Reunion, which was chaired by Mary Jane Flamish, who just happened to have been one of the Go Go Girls when the Extremes had center stage at the 1966 WJ BEACH BALL.
I joined the Freemasons in 1974, so I could do something with my father, while I still had the chance. I became very active over the years, eventually having the honor to serve as the Grand Master of Masons of the District of Columbia in 2004. During my term, Shirley and I travelled around North America and Europe, representing the Masons of DC. While in France, I was privileged to have participated in the 60th Anniversary of D-day celebration by laying a Masonic wreath, followed by remarks at the American Cemetery in Normandy. A truly special day.
This brings me to Shirley, my partner in life. We met in 1999, when a group of friends and I rode our bikes to Alexandria, VA to watch a parade. While crossing over the Potomac, we “bumped” into another group of bikers that Shirley was riding with. One of my friends struck up a conversation with Shirley and, when we got to Alexandria, came over to me and said, "Hey Lee. She's single." Well, as sometimes happens, one thing led to another and we were married in April 2001. Why she picked me (her first), I'll never know. Before we met, Shirley had been a busy woman. With a degree in biology, she worked in hormone research. During her spare time, she obtained several scuba diving certifications and a pilot's license, flying with the Civil Air Patrol. She was also a volunteer at the National Aquarium in Baltimore. If that wasn’t enough, she travelled, by herself, around Europe. Gutsy. Now she is living the "dull" life with me. We still ride our bikes. In fact, a few years ago, after she had recovered from her tumor removal, we participated in the "Shore Bird Century Ride" on the Eastern Shore, doing a one day, 100 kilometer ride, for charity.
We just built and moved into a new home at St. James Plantation, near Southport, NC. It is an all ages, active community with a marina, four country clubs, 81 holes of golf, private beach club, parks – one with an outdoor amphitheatre, another along the ICW, with a kayak launch - miles of trails for walking and BIKE RIDING, and many other opportunities for the physically active. All of which should keep Shirley and mw feeling "young" for many years to come. We hope. 
 
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Kathleen Ferguson (Grosso)
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Stevie Flather (Ross)
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formerly The Waldorf School of Garden City 2015-12-07 21:07:27
After WJ I went to college in upstate NY where I met my husband, Bob. We lived in the Bronx and Westchester were Bob did graduate work at Cornell Medical school and then continued to do research and teach at Fordham University and I worked in special ed. with autistic children. We later moved to Long Island where we raised our two daughters and I taught Kindergarten at the Waldorf School of Garden City. We have both recently retired and plan to move to a more rural area in upstate NY were we also have a home. Life has been very good! Send Stevie a MessageSend Stevie a Message
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Don Forrester
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Retired Kaiser Permanente Northern California, self employed 2016-04-30 18:11:46
From the 40th reunion:
After WJ, I went to Lehigh University in Bethlehem PA graduating with a BS in Chemical Engineering. I got to play two years of basketball there. A highlight of which was learning from future hall of fame coach, Pete Carril, who coached one year at Lehigh before going on to his distinguished career at Princeton. While in my senior year, I met my future wife, Elizabeth Volk, who graduated from Cedar Crest College with degrees in English and Psychology. For a year after graduation I worked as a Chemical Engineer at the National Institutes of Health awaiting the start of medical school. My job at NIH allowed some free time to do substitute teaching. I worked some days at Walter Johnson... an interesting experience.              Two highlights of attending Georgetown Medical School were elective rotations in Indian Health near Sante Fe , NM and a pediatric clinic in Nassau , Bahamas . After graduating from Georgetown I completed my Family Practice residency in Sacramento CA . We have been here since. I don't miss the humidity or the gnats. There is almost no rain between April and November. The summers are hot but dry and it seldom freezes. Being 90 miles from San Francisco and 100 miles from Lake Tahoe is great. I do miss warm ocean waters as you need a wet suit to swim off the northern California coast.
            I went to work for the Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program. In addition to managing my own medical patients I have had the opportunity to serve in various leadership roles. I completed my requirements for my certification in medical leadership in 2000 and am currently working on my fellowship requirements. Four years ago I opted to go back to patient care and prepare for retirement most likely in April 2008. I currently work 3-4 days/week doing patient care. I'm working to set up a consulting/training business. For more information on this developing project see my website, www.clinicalcatalyst.com .
            Beth, my wife and best friend of 36+ years, went back to school part-time while the kids were growing up. She got a Masters in Experimental Psychology at Sacramento State University before settling on Philosophy. She obtained her PhD in Philosophy of Science at University of California at Davis . She enjoys her work as a professor of Philosophy at Sacramento City College with interests in philosophy of science, feminism and animal rights. Last year she completed the Nike Marathon in San Francisco which benefited the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society.  
            We have three terrific children. Our 31 year old son, Jonathan, lives in Oakland and works for PG&E in their renewable energy group. He has a sociology degree from University of California , San Diego and did his graduate work at Michigan obtaining his MBA and masters in social policy.  Jon and his wife, Sarah who is a K-3 teacher live in Oakland , CA .   Our 29 year old daughter, Alexa, lives in Ann Arbor MI with her husband of three years, Christian Guenther. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Philosophy from Vassar College . They are both graduate students at the University of Michigan . Alexa is currently writing her dissertation in action theory to finish her PhD in Philosophy. While pursuing this degree she obtained a Masters in Creative Writing and Poetry.  Her husband will finish his MBA/Masters program in sustainability this spring. Our youngest, Bryan , works in sales for Sonic Wall, a software firm, and lives in San Francisco . He graduated from University of Arizona with a degree in Psychology.
            I have enjoyed my work as a Family Medicine physician and physician leader. In my spare time I was heavily involved in coaching youth sports, both soccer and baseball. I am an avid bicyclist. I ride over 100 miles per week and am fortunate enough to be able to commute to work. Three of my peak cycling experiences were: riding for three weeks in Italy with friends which included the highlight of a visit to the Shrine of the Madonna Del Ghisallo, the patron saint of bicyclists, which overlooks Lake Como . The second was cycling part way across the country with America By Bicycle. I plan on finishing the ride across country after retiring. I have also regularly participated in the Markleville Death Ride near Lake Tahoe in July. I also enjoy travel, golf, and a developing interest in vegan cooking.
            The attached family picture was taken at Jon's wedding this past June in Sonoma , CA. (Left to right, Beth, Bryan, Chris, Sarah, Jon, Alexa, and me).
            The cycling pictures were from the ride from Riverside CA to Topeka KS, the first at the start "dipping the wheels in the Pacific Ocean" and the second six days later "standing on a corner" in Winslow AZ on the way to Gallup NM. The last picture is during a Markleville ride at the top of Monitor Pass.
            Beth and I are empty nesters except for the two rescue dogs and two rescue cats. We have two grand kittens in Ann Arbor , but no grand kids yet. We have plenty of space if anyone finds themselves in the area just give us a call. I have extra bikes for a ride along the American River Bike Trail and Sacramento has an excellent train museum. 

For the 50th Reunion: 
Since our 40th reunion, Beth and I have become grand parents. Two grand daughters and four grandsons ages 8 through 2. Our oldest, Jon, works for Google and lives in Oakland. Our daughter, Alexa, is a philosophy professor at Santa Rosa Junior College and lives in Santa Rosa. Our youngest, Bryan, works at eFolder and lives in Lafayette. We enjoy seeing them regularly and helping out. We also occasionally see my sister, Lani, (e.g. WJ class ’65) who lives in Phoenix. (See attached picture Thanksgiving 2014)
         Beth and I are in good health especially since changing to a plant based diet 10 years ago. The only hitch is my 2010 bike accident resulting in a hip fracture… got me a “new” hip. Complications led to limited range of motion but no pain.  
         Beth is still teaching philosophy at Sacramento City College. She cut back to ½ time recently and is enjoying the reduced workload. My “retirement” in 2008 after 30 years with Kaiser Permanente quickly morphed into an encore career of working with patients and communities to build healthy populations and reduce healthcare costs. My clinical focus is on reversing and curing chronic conditions (e.g. diabetes, hypertension and obesity) while trying to maintain my Family Medicine skills. Last year I passed my boards for the sixth time. I continue to add to my administrative skills with the completion of quality improvement training at Intermountain Health Care and becoming a Fellow with the American College of Physician Executives. Currently, I’m working as the Chief Medical Officer for Switch Healthcare
         Since our last reunion I have been impressed with the importance of diet as well as the difficulty in getting the best information. I recommend three websites for obtaining reliable resources. They are all commercial free. These are www.nutritionfacts.org  (e.g. subscribe for thrice weekly video’s), www.drmcdougall.com (e.g. subscribe to monthly newsletter) and finally www.PCRM.org  (pamphlets, 21 day Kick starter Programs).
         Beth and I are still in Sacramento and still have plenty of space if anyone finds himself or herself in the area. Sorry to miss the reunion as I enjoyed our 40th. Kudos to everyone involved in the planning.
Have fun and be well.
Best, Don 
 
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