I came in to this class (WHS '64) in the spring of my junior year from schools in California. My dad was in the Navy. Freshman year was in Costa Mesa (about 11 miles south of Disneyland). Sophomore year was in Chula Vista (SE San Diego). Junior year was in Mission Bay (NW San Diego).
After graduation I attended Olympic College for two years, before transferring to WSU. Met my wife, Kathleen, at Olympic College. She was a friend of my sister (also a grad of WHS, 1966). We had Chemistry together (pun intended). Kathleen was a grad of South Kitsap (1965), Olympic College, U of W in Chemistry with a minor in Math. Retired after 21 years as a kindergarten teacher with Puyallup School district.
I was sucked into the military(Navy)in 1968, and served two 7 mo. tours to Viet Nam in Naval Construction Battalion.
Went back to WSU. Graduated with a BS in Civil/Structural Engineering (1974). Worked at Ralph M. Parsons as a structural engineer from 1974 to 1977 in Pasedena Calif.. Then moved back to the NW. Kathleen was a little homesick, I believe, and she did not like the hot summers of Simi Valley in Southern California.
Worked at Berger ABAM Engineers, initially in the Port of Tacoma, but finally in Federal Way, retiring from them in 2012. As structural engineer, I primarily designed highway bridges.
Since retiring, we have been living in a new, older home in Tacoma with a view over the Narrows.
Son, Alan, is a graduate of Puyallup High,then U of W in Electrical/Computer Engineering, with a Masters in Math. Received a PHd in Physics from U of Michigan. Worked at CERN on the Atlas team, one of two that discovered the Higgs Boson. He and his family (2 grandsons) live in Corte Madera, Calif.
Daughter, Sharon, is a graduate of Puyallup High, then WSU in Animal Science and Microbiology (5 yrs). She then was accepted and went through the 4 yr Veterinary Medicine program at WSU. She now works as a Veterinary Doctor in Edmonds, WA.
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