Retired Kaiser Permanente Northern California, self employed 2016-04-30 18:11:46From 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.
Myra Foster (Huntington)
Retired 2016-02-20 11:40:11From the 40th reunion:
After WJ, I attended Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, where I majored in economics (thank you Mr. Ford) and history (and you too Mr. Walsh). I was then presented with an employment opportunity by Uncle that I was unable to pass up. So, in May of 1970 I was marching against the war, and a few months later I was marching toward it. By luck of the draw, however, I was sent to Germany, where I shuffled papers for a year-and-a-half.
When I got out, I came back to the DC area and landed a job as an economist with the Department of Commerce. I attended evening classes at GWU and got a Masters in economics. I wound up spending my career at the Commerce Department until I retired in 2003. The most rewarding part of my work was serving for 13 years as Editor-in-Chief of our monthly journal, Survey of Current Business. I'm now working part time as a consultant and am very much enjoying having the time to hike in National Parks (what a beautiful country we live in), exercise, play bridge, and whatever else I choose to do.
I am married to a wonderful woman (Roseanne) and have a daughter (Bethany) at Lynchburg College and two stepsons (Scott and Mark) at Virginia Tech and at UVA. We are living in Fairfax County, not far from Dulles Airport.
As I think back on those years so long ago, several images come to my mind: the interruption of a test in Mrs. Philpula's English class on the afternoon of November 22, 1963; teaching fellow students to parallel park as a drivers' ed assistant; seeing an excellent performance of "My Fair Lady"; and going to Mr. Walsh's wine party for his European history class.
Judy Fox (Simons)
2016-02-20 11:32:05Hi All, I’ve never wandered far from the Walter Johnson area. I’ve been living in Olney , MD for the past 22 years and plan to be here for at least several years longer. After graduating from WJ I went to Montgomery College for a year; worked for a semester; and then transferred to U of Maryland, College Park . I graduated from U of MD in 1971 with a BS in elementary education. It was the year of too-many-teachers-not enough-jobs. Worked at several jobs in the local area—including one at Suzanne Bogart’s father’s insurance agency (Bogart & Brownell). Married a Peary HS alum in 1974 and went to work for the National Institute of Mental Health two months later. Fourteen years and 2 kids later—a girl and a boy—transferred to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). It was a long haul—all the way from the 10th to the 16th floor of the Parklawn Building in Rockville !! I’ve been with the Federal government for 32 years now, currently as the Grants Management Officer of NIAAA. It’s not what I want to do when I grow up, but since I’m at the top of the GS grading system (and my ex will get half of 28-yrs worth of my government pension), it looks like I’m here for the duration! I was married for 28 years and have been divorced since 2002. It’s now back to sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll! Well, rock ‘n’ roll anyway. And I can attest to the musical prowess of Eddie Becker!!!
I have a beautiful, talented, brilliant, married daughter, Melanie, who did become an elementary ed teacher and taught 2nd and 3rd grade at the elementary school she attended in Olney. Teaching definitely is her calling. She is taking a break from teaching to be a full-time mother to my beautiful, talented, brilliant 9-month old granddaughter, Abby Danielle. Unfortunately, I couldn’t convince Melanie and my son-in-law, Jon, to leave Abby with me when they relocated to Charleston , SC in May! Oh well, Charleston is a lovely city to visit and now I have a good excuse to visit there often. My gorgeous and talented, 6’1”, former Sherwood HS/Montgomery College football player son, Darren, currently is living in Delray Beach, Florida, (another great place to visit) where he is working and attending school studying graphic arts and hoping to use his artistic talents to work in the field of computer animation. Anyone who happened to get to Sherwood HS’s 29th production of Rock ‘n’ Roll Revival would have had the good fortune of seeing Darren as a dancer, as well as a lead singer (Cool & the Gang’s “Ladies Night”).
My mom still lives in our Alta Vista Terrace home and my 3 sisters—who happen to be my best friends—and their families all are in the area: Rockville , Urbana , and Mt. Airy . I still have red hair—no gray yet; just a few well-earned lines in my face; and a few more pounds on my frame. All-in-all life since WJ has been good. Of course, if anyone would care to nominate me for an “Extreme Makeover” I wouldn’t mind!!!!
Catherine France (Nelson)
From the 40th reunion:
In 1984 I got a job as a letter carrier. I thought it would be healthy and entertaining, but it was more Sisyphean. Every morning, painfully early, a mountain of mail . It did share with the race track the sense of a world complete with its own strange rules and language, but after five years I quit.
I live in a small house in Cabin John, that I bought in 1976 and, admiring self sufficiency, I learned to do simple car and house repairs. I even, with lots of expert help from friends, built two rooms onto the house. It is surrounded by the garden I love. In 1985 I met Brian, my dear mate. He has shared my life, helped me bring up my children, and now we walk along the river with our beloved dogPaddy and enjoy life and each other. Tim is an artist, a Buddhist, a searcher, while Hope is deeply happy as a mom, wife, and librarian.
Even though I can't remember a time when I wasn't drawing or painting, and I take a sketchbook everywhere I go, it still amazes me that I have ended up doing art and teaching it in a little studio at Glen Echo Park. I started as a resident artist there in 1992 and I teach children, or to be more accurate, I collaborate with them in wha is sometimes amazingly creative and if not, is almost always enjoyable.
I feel glad that so many of us are having good lives, and I hope to hear more interesting news in years to come. Until then, take care of yourselves, Cathie France Nelsen
Elise Frank (Masur)
Retired Professor of Psychology Married 2 2019-09-08 13:18:52My husband, Howard, and I met during our first year at the U of Chicago, and we got married after our first year of grad school at the U of Minnesota. After a couple of preliminary positions, I spent 35 years as a professor of developmental and school psychology at Northern Illinois University. I am now retired but continue to do some research on young children's language development. Howard retired as a math professor ar U of IL-Chicago and is now a long-term Visiting Prof in math at the U of Chicago. We have 2 grown children. Susannah lives in NYC, and Jonathan and his wife and 2 adorable kids live in Chicago, where we now live. Family, friends, cultural activities in Chicago, and as much travel as we can fit in keep us busy and happy. Sorry I can't make it to the reunion, but it has been fun to read so many bios. I remember my time on the yearbook staff and friends from 50 years ago. I wish you all the best!
Terry Franz (Dixon)
2016-02-20 11:44:03From the 40th reunion:
had trouble in Grade School writing "What I did on my summer vacation" - now my assignment is to sum up what I have done for the past 40 years? YIKES!
I didn't go to graduation (was it Robert or Ted Kennedy who spoke?) instead I went to a kayak training session in Maine, training for the World Championships. I always thought of myself as academic, but in hindsight, I look at my choices and realize . . . . I chose the University of Vermont to be in a place where I could ski, something that looked fun. I started out as a math major but my expensive three semester book was stolen my freshman year so I switched to zoology and pre-med. When I got an ulcer, I dropped the pre-med. After graduation in 1970, I drove out west with my college roommate, landing in Denver. I got a job at a bacteriology supply company, mixing and pouring culture media. This was during the big push for equal rights. The Denver Zoo was opening a position for the first woman zookeeper and I got the job. I loved this job but after the first few pollution alerts, I decided to leave Denver in 1973. For a break from what I felt was a long work stint, I hitchhiked up to Alaska for the summer. I went as an unpaid aide on a kayak course with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) in Prince William Sound. Afterwards I moved to Wyoming and worked as an instructor for NOLS based in Lander, Wyoming. A local survey company was hiring NOLS instructors to do some surveying for uranium claims all through the southwest. The crew was ferried in by helicopter to the survey site. Since there was the possibility that the helicoptor would not be able to return for the pick up due to weather, it was good to have a crew with backcountry experience. While on the survey crew I met Steve who was also bouncing around the world. It was so easy to fall in love out in the desert, walking all day pulling a chain, eating and sleeping on an expense account. So that is what we did. Steve was from Walla Walla and wanted to live in Seattle. I wanted to stay in Wyoming. So we compromised and moved to the Methow Valley in Washington State. We have been here since 1977. Steve is now a sixth grade teacher and I have been the Twisp town librarian for the past 22 years. (Google "Twisp Library" and you will see my battle with the administration to keep the iguana in the library - I lost.) Steve and I have two wonderful children, Sarah born in 1980 and Peter born in 1982. They did 4H so we have raised pigs and sheep, still have chickens and now cows, horses and commercial organic garlic. I live in the best spot to go riding! and boating! and garlicing! We are planning retirement but right when it looked possible, we bought 50 acres which we need to pay for.
The reunion is a wonderful event and I'm sorry I will miss it. We all want/need to connect with each other, our past and that person we were. I have very little memory of high school, lots of questions (could we go out in the courtyard?) Two weeks ago I went riding with a lady (Ellen Lamiman) who has lived here almost as long as we have and it turns out she is a 1964 graduate from Walter Johnson. She also did her graduate work at the University of Maryland and had my father Dr. Franz as an instructor. A month ago I went to a workshop on "every child ready to read" and the workshop was given by a 1969 graduate from WJ (Saroj Ghoting - not her maiden name.) Small world! We were given a great education at WJ, something I always took for granted. This was substantiated when I saw WJ on the list of the top 100 high schools in the entire US.
Patricia Fredine (Narrowe)
2016-02-20 11:45:05From the 40th reunion:
After high school I first went to Hiram College in Ohio but later transferred to the University of Delaware in order to major in fine art. I graduated in 1970 with a concentration in painting, and soon discovered that without a class driving me, I had no desire to paint. Thus began a thrilling waitress career in downtown Bethesda. That got old after a year. I remember talking to Karen Nordenson's parents at the restaurant and hearing that she was already married with a career. Yikes! I returned to the U. of Delaware half-heartedly to get a teaching certificate and happily ended up with a master's degree in graphic design in 1975; I have been working in that field ever since.
While in graduate school, I met a guy named Joe at Buckley's Tavern in Wilmington, an unlikely place for either of us to be. We were married by a yogi in 1976 and have been together ever since. Among his many endearing qualities were his roots in Colorado, and we quickly headed west-a dream come true for me. We lived in Denver, Berkeley (I had a graphics business in San Rafael with a friend from college from 1977-1980), Santa Monica, upstate NY (while on tour with Baba Muktananda-I prepared his books for printing), and then back to Denver where our daughter Meredith was born in 1982. There, Joe managed an apartment building that was being converted into condos. The painting contractor was an outspoken guy from Maui who became convinced that we would be much happier living on Maui, that we would fit in better there than in Denver. He called us every three months for three years to remind us of this observation. In 1985 we moved to Maui sight unseen and have lived there ever since. Rebecca was born in Haiku, Maui, in 1986.
Right away I found a job with a design studio, and Joe found a job as a tour guide. In 1989 he renewed his '60s era Universal Life Church minister certificate in order to be a wedding officiant in Maui's growing destination wedding business, and he continues doing both endeavors. Currently he takes people three times a week to see the sunrise on Haleakala-a 10,000 ft. dormant volcano where it actually snows every few years. He also does wonderful custom weddings for people from all over-see www.distinctiveweddingsmaui.com.
I continue to do graphic design. If you ever come to Maui, the most visible pieces I do are the publications "Art Guide Maui" and "Centerpiece" (available for free at all Maui Starbucks) or any of the Tedeschi Vineyards/Maui's Winery wine labels. My work also shows up in a couple of Mainland projects: the newsletter for the Sonoma County Library in California and the logo design for the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
Our daughters loved growing up on Maui, but they couldn't wait to go to Mainland colleges. Meredith graduated from Stanford University in 2004, majoring in Communications and American Studies. She worked for Stanford in Washington (DC) for two years and moved to San Francisco last month. Rebecca is a junior at Northwestern University, majoring in theater.
Every now and then I find someone on Maui from WJ. Joe and another dad were talking in the preschool parking lot many years ago, and they found out that both of their wives went to a high school named after a baseball pitcher. Sure enough, it was WJ. An Australian woman who worked down the hall from me turned out to be a former AFS exchange student from Brisbane to WJ in the 80s-odd because my family had housed WJ's AFS student from Brisbane, Austrailia in '65-66. The most bizarre meeting was finding a tourist at a remote and deserted waterfall in Hana who was a Walt Whitman '66 graduate.
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Amy Fried (Belasco)