After more than a quarter of a century as a practicing engineer, and after more than a quarter of a century in my first marriage, I “retooled.” Life has been good!
Shortly after marrying my wonderful wife, Emily, I moved out of the formerly wonderful world of manufacturing into higher education. I began my first of my three full-time positions at Elgin Community College. Eight years later, I completed my doctorate at NIU and started looking for more challenging opportunities. That opportunity opened up in January of 1996, when I was hired as the Dean for Technology, Mathematics & Physical Sciences at Waubonsee Community College. I have set the longevity record for my position and am still a year or two away from retirement.
Emily is a wonderfully talented EAP counselor/therapist who works for the Kishwaukee Health System. Her passions include counseling families with young children and Christian counseling.
My oldest child, David, is a very successful professional who found is sole mate in 2011. He married equally successful professional, Jennifer, this spring. It is the first marriage for both, and the really exciting thing is that grandson Henry is due to make his appearance in October.
David’s younger sister, Christie, has already blessed us with two grandchildren. They would be Joey and Karsen - quite the handfuls!
Robert, my stepson, is an amazing young man of 26. When many would have pulled up stakes and moved back home, his 4-year quest to make a life for himself in California appears to be a reality. He is in charge of golf outings at a California golf resort and is well on his way to becoming a PGA Teaching Pro.
Emily and I will be selling our Sycamore home in the next year or so (we hope). We plan to rent a place locally. We spend virtually every weekend and holiday at our Lake Geneva house. NO, we are not wealthy – blessed yes, but monetarily rich, no. It is a little 106 year old home on a tiny lot in residential Lake Geneva. We are four blocks north of the library, the next block north of the grade school if you are familiar with Lake Geneva. From the sidewalk in front you can see a tiny, distant glimpse of the lake, after the leaves have fallen that is. I guess that means we have a lake-view lot. :-)
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