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1953
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Jerry Gaultney


After WTHS, I attended Central Michigan University, graduating in 1957 with degrees in Business and a teaching certificate in Communications. However, like most young men of that time, I faced a military obligation. Exploring my options, I decided to enlist in the U.S. Navy. I always had a strong interest in aviation so I entered flight training and was off to Pensacola, Florida only three weeks after graduation.

Naval Aviation was everything I expected. Hard work, but thrilling. I gave some thought to extending my time a while longer but eventually decided to return to civilian life. Navy ships go to sea and eight or nine month cruises were customary. Thatís a long time to be away from oneís young family. So, I returned back to Michigan looking for a job.

A navy friend introduced me to Aetna Insurance Company, a Hartford, Connecticut based company. I eventually joined them and went to Hartford for training, after which I was assigned to their Saginaw office. Joann Crouse, whom I met college, and I were married shortly thereafter at her home in Flushing, Michigan. We promptly added three children to the family. After six years in Saginaw and what seemed like twelve winters, we were given the opportunity to manage Aetnaís Albuquerque, NM office.

Living in the high desert was a great experience. Bright sunny days became monotonous. Aetna had agents located in most areas of state, which gave me an opportunity to get back into aviation. Flying around the state saved valuable travel time. We also traveled extensively in Mexico and visited Las Vegas on a regular basis. The climate was perfect for golf and I played year around.

Like most large companies, young managers usually start in a small office before given the opportunity to move up to more responsible positions. During my last year in Albuquerque I had conversations about moving to a new assignment. Our interest was going further west, but I was offered a position as head of the Washington, DC office and back east we came. The Nationís Capital was too much to resist.

Washington has the ocean, Chesapeake Bay, mild climate and all the rich history associated with the area. In addition, Aetna had part of the Federal Government group insurance program, which was good for business.

Nearly 40 years later and we have no regrets. Our three children are grown and their work has taken them to other cities. Daughter Shana, attended Emory University, in Atlanta, and is now a full time mom and part-time dentist, practicing in Atlanta. Daughter Karri is a registered nurse residing in Baltimore. Our youngest child Michael lives in Colorado Springs where he is sales manager for Kaiser Permanente Healthcare. We have six grandchildren, all girls. Joan and I recently celebrated our 50th Wedding Anniversary with the entire family traveling back home for the occasion.

My major community activity has been promoting youth sports. I coached and was president of Potomac Boys Club for several years. Michael played youth football with the Boyís Club teams. He continued to play through high school and for the University of Delaware.

My primary leisure activity has been golf. Our country club has hosted four major golf tournaments over the years and I held committee assignments in the last three, including the 2011 U.S. Open, last June. For the past nine years I have served on the Junior Golf Committee. We presently have over 250 youngsters participating in our Junior Golf Program.

Shortly after retirement, our daughter Karri was suffering from an illness and to give her some extra rest, took our three year old granddaughter, Kathleen, for the weekend. She is now 16 and has not left yet. Karri has never recovered completely and is now disabled. After becoming legal guardian for a few years, we all felt it best to formally adopt her. In no way is Kathleen a burden, but having a high school girl in the household requires considerable work. Kathleen is a good student, neat kid and a member of the varsity golf team at her high school. She is a low handicap player and last year earned her way into the state high school championships. She is looking forward to her senior year. We wish her well and maybe real retirement is not too far in the future.

I missed the opportunity to see my WTHS friends over the years and look forward to getting updates on this site.


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