Joined the US Naval Reserve in 1958. Entered Alexian Brothers School of Nursing, in Chicago, August, 1959. Curtis B. Johnson of our class entered at the same time. Graduated in Sept. 1962, and remained working in Chicago until May, 1963. Returned to La Crosse to join the staff of St. Francis Hospital, working in the psychiatric department, as a charge nurse. I was the first male nurse to practice at St. Francis.
Within a month, I met my wife of 50+ years, who was then a student nurse at St. Francis. We married in rural Waukon, Iowa, Nov. 7, 1964, and had our first child in 1965. In my fourth year as a psychiatric nurse, I was approached by the St. Francis anesthesia dept. head about becoming a nurse anesthetist. After working some six months in the emergency room, I entered the School of Anesthesia in Sept. 1966. After the internship was completed, we departed for the State of Oregon, a location I was familiar with from my childhood summers.
I began my career in anesthesia at a small hospital in Oregon City, Oregon, 6 days a week, 24 hours a day. Nearly five years later, I made a move to join the Kaiser system in Portland. Four years later, I was elected chief of the department at a new Kaiser campus location close to my home in Gladstone, Oregon. After twenty five years with Kaiser, I retired out in 1997. To keep my license, I worked a few days a week at a local nursing home. Too much work! I decided to take it slow and easy.
In Nov. 2002, I contracted a rare disease, similar to polio, which left me paralyzed on the left side. After a period of recovery and learning to walk again, we completed our plans to travel and see as much as possible in an unknown amount of time. About 2011, walking became difficult, and our travels ended, but now, as for many years, I keep busy as a collector and researcher of Western history. I still manage to attend as many antique and document shows as possible.
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