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Richard Taylor
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Retired Married 3 2016-05-10 11:24:20
From the 40th reunion:
 
Seeing the bio from Marilyn (Taylor) Couture reminded me of the old joke that people in our home room at WJ liked to play on the five Taylors sitting alphabetically in a row. Once every few weeks someone in the back of the room would yell  "HEY Taylor !" And sure enough the whole row would turn around. Every time.  
After graduating from WJ in the bottom quarter in the height of Vietnam I suddenly realized I was prime candidate for the rice patties. To avoid this fate I bounced around to 4 different colleges before graduating from John Carroll University in Cleveland . Unfortunately the war was still going on and since I drew number one in the draft lottery I knew where I had won a trip to.  
Before leaving I married Dianne , who has stuck with me for 35 years. Our first son Chris was born in Cleveland while I was in Nam . Somewhere in Nam I realized that since my major in college was draft avoidance and that I did not have a clue as to what I wanted to be when I grew up. So I did what many of the children of the 60's did and went back to school (and let Dianne support me) to avoid the thinking process, earning a masters in International Business. From there we started a nomad life living in Phoenix , Kansas City , Wichita (our daughter Ashley was born), Denver (our son Jeff was born), Westfield , Massachusetts , and for the last 12 years in Henderson , Nevada which is a suburb of Las Vegas .  
I am currently an outside salesman for a Houston based company selling plastic that is used for waterproofing municipal landfills wastewater treatment plants and gold mines through out the Rocky Mountains and Western Canada . To me it is one of the most beautiful parts of the world and to get paid to travel the region is a great life. Dianne is the assistant director of a non-profit organizations that helps low income families and the elderly in Las Vegas . Low pay, but I am very proud that someone in our family is willing to give back for all we have received in life. Non profit is a different world. You work with people who wake up angry that the government does not give them more to the people who are desperately looking for the tools to improve their lives. And or course there are the impoverished elderly who just want to survive for as long as they can.  
Our oldest son, Chris, is in sales and lives in White Salmon, WA where he spends as much time as possible in the summer kite boarding on the Columbia River and kayaking or skiing on Mt. Hood in the winter. He is part of the generation that believes that the purpose of work is to have enough money to play hard.  Ashley is still single, works for an advertising agency in Santa Monica, CA and goes to San Diego almost every weekend to party. Our youngest, Jeff, is still at home going to school to become a certified Auto Mechanic. He wants to be a snowboard instructor after graduation. Regardless, in 8 months he graduates, receives the boot and after 36 years we will be free of kids for the first time! Hurrah! 2007 we moved to San Diego.
 
Fast forward to 2014.  After spending most of my working career in different cities we finally retired in San Diego.  While the best city we have ever lived in, it is way to expensive for us to live in without a job.  So we moved back to Las Vegas we own a home.  After 6 months we decided that this is not the city to spend the rest of our life, but where do we go?  We saw a news story on Cuenca Ecuador as one of the top retirement cities in the world. 
 
We made the decison to try Cuenca for a couple of years and then if we didn't like it maybe Costa Rica or Thailand.  A year into Cuenca we love it.  Lots of friends, nice climate and the locals actually like Americans. 
 
First time living under Socialisim.  It is a great system till the gevernment runs out of money.  Gas is fixed at $1.48 a gallon, and food and medicine are subsidized.  A public doctor is free and a private doctor costs $20.00 a visit. Furnished two bedroom apartments can be had for $350 a month.  (2 story penthouses  can be found for a $1000.)
 
Don't know how long we will be here but we are really enjoying it now.  But it is a big world that can only be appreciated by living it.  Not through tourisim.
 
looking forward to seeing everyone.
 
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Bonnie Tayman (Powell)
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2015-12-08 17:37:47
Still living in Staunton VA (since 1971).  Five grandsons: 12, 10, 8 and 4 year old twins!  Active in church, singing in choir, accompanist for childrens choirs and singing in a local performing group.  Involved in several community theater groups over the years.  I love Staunton, an old Victorian town with lots of art, theater and beautiful old homes, not to mention the lovely town in the heart of the beautiful Shenandoah Valley.  I am looking forward to the Reunion. Send Bonnie a MessageSend Bonnie a Message
Carol Terry
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2015-12-09 15:20:08
John (Jay) Terry
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2016-02-22 10:34:00
From the 40th reunion:
 
My life after WJ actually began during Christmas break ’65 when I was married to Jan, my HS sweetheart. I didn’t make it to the class graduation ceremony because I had a job as an apprentice electrician. Who was our graduation speaker anyway? In July ’66 my daughter, Lori, was born. Wow, what a life changer!  My son, Rusty, was born in Lafayette IN, in '71.

Fall ‘66, I began a job in radiological safety at Goddard Space Flight Center and began taking night classes at MJC. In fall ’67, I moved to an Engineering/Consulting Co. in Columbia, MD, doing radiation safety and environmental work. After five semesters of night classes and full time work, I took a job at Purdue University, running the campus radiation safety program, and took classes until I got my BS degree in Radiological Health in ’75. Since I graduated in December and was already moving to another job, I missed that graduation too. My next move was to a nuclear power plant in northeast Ohio, where I was Supervisor of the Radiological Protection Unit. Four winters of more snow than I ever had nightmares about convinced me to move south. I held technical and management position for Carolina Power and Light Co. in Raleigh, NC supporting two operating nuclear power plants and one under construction. In ’83 I transferred to the Brunswick Nuclear Plant on the coast between Wilmington, NC and Myrtle Beach, SC. Here too, I was in technical and management positions supporting the plants radiological safety and chemistry programs. In ’98 I took an early out with a great benefits package and essentially retired. Since then I’ve done some consulting at nuclear power plants, with the Dept. of Energy, and back at the Brunswick Plant. I even tried teaching at the local High School. Trying to teach Biology, Physics and Environmental Science in today’s educational atmosphere made me appreciate how good we had it at WJ.

Life has been great. Describing my wife as my soul mate isn’t justice. She has been my inspiration and support for everything I am. Last December we celebrated our 40th anniversary. She is a loan officer for the local BB&T bank and looking forward to retiring soon.

My daughter is in Nuclear Medicine at a hospital in Wilmington, NC, and lives about 40 miles away from us. She’s married and has provided us with two outrageous granddaughters (5 and 7).

Our son is a boat Captain and lives about 25 miles from us. He’s also married and has given us a wonderful grandson (10).

For the last 23 years, we have lived on Oak Island, NC, less than a hundred yards from the ocean. Whenever I would get down at work, I’d think about the surfing, sailing, fishing or crabbing I’d be doing after work. I grin when I think of all the people that save a week of vacation so they can do what I do most any day. Life has been very good! Besides boating and the beach, we enjoy going on cruises and taking the grandchildren to Disney and Universal.

Now if I could just do something about those hurricanes…

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Lorraine Thackston (Anderson)
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Interior design Married 4 2016-05-10 11:08:46
I've lived in Orange County ca for the last 35 years. I have 4 children and 2 grandchildren. Most of my kids live here, with the exception of one son who lives in Alaska! I've spent the last part of 40 years doing residential home interiors. I continue to do this today on a personal referral basis. I love color and design and havakways been excited to see how design tastes change. My husband was in the Shutter industry, ( window covering) for 40 years. In fact I met him shortly after moving to So Ca. I have lived in Utah, Texas, Alaska and So, Ca. Since leaving Bethesda. I have traveled  a lot and feel blessed to have been all over the world.  I love the West with its beautiful mountains. I live 10 minutes away from the Oacific Ocean. Love the weather. No bugs and no high humidity, best of all no snow, and yet if I have a yearning for it I can drive 2 hours away and find it! Send Lorraine a MessageSend Lorraine a Message
Sherilyn Thomas
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2015-12-09 15:20:53
Terry Thomson
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Retired Engineer/Manager Married 2 2016-05-11 20:58:35
Married 48 years to my lovely wife Dian (Ferrell) from Richard Montgomery, 2 children and 2 grandchildren.  Retired Test Engineer/Manager Aerospace and military track vehicle industry 13 years United Defense/ BAE systems, York Pa. and 27 yrs Fairchild space electronics company, Germantown, Md.  Jet aircraft mechanic A4C Skyhawk 4 years US Navy, Mediterranean, North atlantic and Vietnam cruises. Semi-Proffessional football Frederick Falcons, IFL 1970-72. Other sports softball, basketball and volleyball.  Hobbies Car and Gun enthusiast. Send Terry a MessageSend Terry a Message
Donna Titley
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Terrence Tracey
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2016-05-01 19:38:56
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