3/5/2015 70th Birthday Party Cancelled!
70th Birthday Party in Las Vegas Labor Day weekend (Sept 4-6) has been cancelled due to low numbers of interested classmates.
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7/21/2013 SEE WHO CAME TO THE REUNION!!
Skip & Jane Ahern,
Linda (Sloven) & Rick Albert,
Carl & Pat Amburgh,
Pat (Bagstad) & Ted Wong,
Jess & Barbara Barmatz,
Tess (Barmatz) & Jeff Freedman,
John & Jac
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9/17/2012 Sponsors of the 50th Reunion
We are deeply grateful to the following classmates and friends who have made generous pledges to launch our Fund:
Skip Ahern, Rick Albert & Linda Sloven Albert, Bank of the West*
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Hi, Dr. Don Shearer, Jr., PhD here. Y’know as you get older and aren’t job hunting which necessitates an updated resume, a lot of what I’ve done just drifts off into a historical desert. So I’ll try to have this biography make sense. The things I have done that are really important to me in the lengthy biography, I’ll underline.
To begin with, I have been divorced 3 times and remain so. I am a Master Mason; a Past Master, Mark Master, and Knights Templar. Also I am a Scottish Rite Mason and a Shriner. I have clowned with the Shriners doing many hospital visits to the crippled children. I also belong to Eastern Star. I have 6 degrees: 2 undergrad, two Masters of Science, an MBA, and a PhD. I have 4 children, and 5 grandchildren. The closest daughter is an RN and lives in Steamboat Springs with 3 of my grandchildren. I visit her about 4 times a year. I have had up to 4 Labrador Retrievers. I am a Vietnam vet, a retired Naval Flight Officer, and a recovering alcoholic (32 years). I have been retired since 2003. I have had up to 5 motorcycles and now have 3: an ’81 Harley FLH custom, a ’69 Triumph Hardtail custom, and a ’05 BMW K1200LT. My bikes are prize winners. I built the Harley and the triumph. I ride as often as I can. I spend 7 days a month at the VA hospital in East Denver. I am in a motorcycle club: “Rolling Thunder”. They ride every Memorial Day around Washington D.C. I collect Civil War memorabilia and I am a Civil War bibliophile. I own a Chevy Pick-Up that is big enough to haul my bikes to shows (I won a 25 year first place at the CO Motorcycle Swap Meet and Bike Show). Lastly, I am a “Raidr Hatr” from the get go.
1963 – Graduated from GW. With the Career Counselor’s words of “you’ll never get a degree” ringing in my ears.
Summer 63 - Worked for Western Electric installing central office telephone equipment and met my future wife.
Fall 63 – Began my college at Tramway Tech in pre-engineering. Quit school in November fulfilling the Counselor’s prophecy.
January 64 – Continued working with Western Electric
September 64 – Began a four year double degree program at Western State College in Gunnison, CO.
March 67 – Took the Naval Officer Candidate School (OCS) at Newport, RI application test and passed it.
April 67 – Was refused admission, but pursued it through naval channels.
June 68 – Married my first wife, Nancy Newman.
September 68 – Took the Aviation Officer Candidate School (AOCS) application test and passed it.
October 68 - Was accepted at OCS Newport and AOCS. I chose OCS because the failure rate was 96%.
April 69 – Graduated with Bachelor’s in Bus Ad, and a B.S. in Psychology. My wife graduated as well. Left for OCS Newport.
August 69 – Was commissioned as an Ensign and received orders to the USS Oklahoma off the North Vietnam coast.
August 69 – Changed my orders to AOCS in Pensacola, FL.
September 69 – Arrived in Pensacola and got into VT-10 (Naval Flight Officer) training about 2 months later.
February 70 – Transferred to Armed Forces Air Intelligence Training in Denver at Lowry AFB. A government ski vacation.
May 1970 – My first son, Christian, was born at Fitzsimmons Army Hospital on May 25.
August 70 – Graduated from Lowry and received orders to join Attack Squadron 94 VA94) embarked on the USS Bon Homme Richarde (CVA-31) as their Air Intelligence Officer – NFO.
August to November 1970 – Conducted combat flight ops over South Vietnam, North Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia. I received a promotion to Lt j.g. with Miss America pinning on my new bars.
November 1970 to December 1971 – Squadron turn around at LeMoore, CA while transitioning from A4Fs to A7Es. I went to Whidbey Island, WA to get training with VA128 as a Bombardier/Navigator (B/N): the right seater in an A6. Completed training in May 1970 as a qualified Visual Ordnance Delivery B/N.
December 1970 – Deployed to Vietnam aboard the USS Coral Sea (CVA-43) with VA-94, joining Carrier Air Group 5 performing combat flight ops over South Vietnam, North Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia.
May 1972 – Began flying with VMA(H) 224 in their A6s and completed 32 missions.
July 1972 - Turned the ship back to steam toward home.
July 1972 – Received orders to Naha, Okinawa to be stationed with Commander Fleet Air Wing 1. I was an air intelligence officer but performed all of the tasks of the detachment’s officers. This command had operational control of all the Anti Submarine Warfare assets (P-3 aircraft) in the western Pacific Rim areas from the Soviet Union to the South China Sea. Naha had control of assets to patrol the area from the Straits of Tsushima to the Philippine Straits.
September 1973 – My first daughter, Katherine (Katie), was born at the Army hospital on island.
December 1974 – I received my first graduate degree, an M.S. in Systems Management (Summa Cum Laude) from the University of Southern California.
October 1975 – After turning down orders to Hawaii, I was mustered off activity duty in California.
March 1976 – I went to work with Texas Instruments, Inc., with my office located in El Segundo, CA. I was a data terminal field sales engineer.
February 1977 – Transferred to Houston Marketing as a Marketing rep and was later promoted to Product Manager.
April 1978 – Transferred to Dallas as a computer field sales engineer.
October 1979 – Left TI and joined Xerox as a Branch Manager in the Digital Systems Division in St. Louis, MO. Managed 9 salespeople in 6 states.
December 1980 – Second daughter (Corine) born on December 3, 1980.
July 1981 – Entered a treatment program for addiction on the 25th.
December 1981 – I received my second graduate degree, an MBA (Summa Cum Laude) from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville. Also, I received a scholastic award from the American Marketing Assoc. an Alpha Mu Alpha. I also received an academic award Beta Gamma Sigma for my scholarship.
November 1981 – Left Xerox for Philips Medical Systems headquartered in Eindhoven, Holland. I managed both Sales and Service of Medical Imaging in St. Louis for 6 states.
September 1985 – Left Philips for a job as a National Sales Manager with Goebel Printing Gmbh from Darmstadt, Germany who operated a national sales and service in Portsmouth, VA.
April 1986 – Divorced my first wife.
July 1986 – Married my second wife, Diane McCrory. We lived in Virginia Beach.
August 1987 – Got my first tattoo (I now have 27).
September 1989 – I began classes at Old Dominion University seeking a Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology. After passing the entry tests I began classes.
June 1992 – I received my third graduate degree an MS (Summa Cum Laude) in Industrial and Organizational Psychology. My published thesis title was “The Investigation of Electrodermal Activity (EDA) As It Relates to The Recognition And Naming of Faces”. I co-published an article with my thesis chair using my thesis research. I began my Ph.D. work shortly thereafter.
June 1998 – I received my fourth graduate degree, a Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology. My published dissertation title was “Participative Decision Making in a Multivariate Context: A Structural Model of Antecedent, Process, and Effect Variables”. I then joined the American Psychology Association (APA) and the Society of Industrial Psychologists (SIOP).
June 1998 – Using the SIOP web site I found a couple of openings. I applied to the first company which was International Learning Systems (ILS) in Golden, CO and after the interview, I was immediately hired. So Diane and I moved from Virginia Beach, VA to Littleton, CO.
July 1998 to April 2001 Worked at ILS which was sold in April 2002. I resigned and Karis and I began our own management consulting company: PSI Consulting Group, LLC.
August 1998 – Divorced Diane amicably. She went back East to be with her mother in Alabama. It’s unfortunate because she was the best wife I ever had.
December 1998 – Married Karis Ware, a co-worker at ILS. I took up residence at her Arvada residence.
May 2001 – Karis and I took our first consulting contract.
February 2003 – My father died after a lingering bout of Alzheimer’s.
April 2003 – Retired with a 100% permanent disability from the VA and a 100% disability from Social Security.
June 2003 – My second son, Daniel Gard, was born on the June 6, 2003. He is now in 5th grade and doing very well.
June 2003 to September 2006 – I was (and still am) a stay-at-home mom for my new son while Karis travelled with her firm. She took a 9 month gig which was 4 days out 3 days back. Ad nauseum.
September 2006 – Began construction on a new house in Arvada, CO.
July 2007 – Moved into our new house. It had an unbroken view from downtown Denver to where the Medicine Bow Mountains began.
August 2007 – Was the chair for the Excel Academy Science Fair.
February 2008 – My mother died of dementia, kidney failure, and consumptive heart failure.
October 2009 – Karis and I were separated. The divorce was contested. She rented in Arvada and began to use the web to try to hook up.
September 2011 – She and a girlfriend were arrested in New York for trafficking drugs, DUI, and mis-use of a rental vehicle (a total of 10+ years in the NY prison system). She called me at 3:00 a.m, asking me to help her. I got her a local lawyer who subsequently
Got the charges dropped. As soon as she got back to Denver, she signed the divorce papers. Since then we have split custody of Danny 1 week on 1 week off.
October 2012 – I rented a very nice house where I can display nearly all of my Civil War artifacts.
March 2012 – I met a woman (Mary Lou) who visits me on Danny’s off weeks. We travel and entertain ourselves watching movies, cooking, and taking drives.
July 25, 2013 – Celebrated 32 years of clean and sober living.
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