After graduating from Rochester Institute of Technology in 1963 with my BS in Foods and Nutrition, I stayed in Rochester and worked at Strong Memorial Hospital as a dietitian. I met Dick in Rochester when he was there was on business for 3M. We married in 1964 and I moved to St. Paul, MN, where he was already living and working for 3M as a research scientist. I completed my dietetic internship at the University of Minnesota Hospitals and Clinics in 1965, I worked a couple of years then took time off to raise my children. During this time I completed my masters in nutrition from the University of Minnesota. In 1977 I resumed working. I worked for national long term care chains in management overseeing dietary operations and food distribution companies. I had my own consulting business. I am a Fellow in the American Dietetic Association and I remain registered and licensed just in case I volunteer in the field of nutrition.
Flashbacks include : Mrs. Shannon ( my favorite) and her method of teaching and grading papers, my very very unsuccessful attempt of trying to learn to play the flute, the round and square dances after the basketball games, intramural girls basketball, chemistry labs , the senior play, and the Washington trip,and the time the school bus got stuck in the snow drifts and our folks were frantic when they heard school was out several hours ago and we were not home, Otto the engineer from JNAdam Hospital came to our rescue. Great times, well most of the time.
Other places you have lived:
St. Paul, MN
How often do you get back to Gowanda?
I returned to Gowanda approximately 10 years ago. I happened to be in the area (Canton,Ohio!) on business and made a side trip to Perrysburg and Gowanda and was the lucky recipient of Linda Stout Peck's generous and gracious hospitality. During my 24 hours as her house guest she had a pot luck dinner where I sat around with 12 classmates and we laughed and laughed and laughed and listened to 50's music. Great fun. The next morning Linda and Judy Gable gave me the grand tour of Gowanda and Perrysburg. It included a peek inside the halls of JNAdam Hospital, that I walked everyday for 10 years and the high school. Elizabeth joined us for lunch and then I was on my way to Cleveland to catch a plane. What a MEMORABLE trip and literally a dream come true. Thank you, Linda and my fellow classmates.
What did you do right after high school?
After high school, I attended Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY to pursue my goal of becoming a dietitian ( inspired by my washing pots and pans at JNAdam and the dietitian on staff)
What do you do now?
We are retired. We moved to Bethesda, MD to be near our son, Alan, and our beautiful grandchildren (ages 11, 8, and 5). We are a half hour Metro ride (when it is running on time!) from the Capitol, Smithsonian, White House and my son's office! When I get a chance I volunteer at the National Museum of Woman in the Arts. Never at a loss of things to see and do in this town. The other advantage of being on the east coast is having cousins nearby. Little did I ever dream of living in this area when we were on our senior trip.I am still in awe of the Capitol and Washington Monument.
What did you want to do or think you were going to do when you finished high school?
I was hoping to make it big in NYC (no not as a Broadway star, I only wish) but as a research dietitian in a medical center. Well after meeting Dick my life literally turned 180° and there I was in St. Paul, MN. We had 40 glorious years of living in one of the most livable, healthy and cultural communities in the country even with the -40 to-70 degree temperatures (we would just add another layer or two or stay under the covers). Great place to raise kids.
Dick traveled overseas regularly for 3M and so on occasion I joined him. I have traveled to Alaska, Austria, Bermuda, Canada, England, France, Hong Kong, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Liechtenstein, Netherlands, Russia, Scotland, Sweden, Switzerland, and Wales.
My job took me took me across country with primary focus on a nine state region including Minnesota, Wisconsin, South Dakota ( Mt. Rushmore, a must see) and with SD comes North Dakota, Michigan, Iowa, Nebraska, Wyoming, and Montana.
What is the furthest you have been away from home?
What would we be surprised to know about you?
My appreciation and developed interest of jazz and the design periods of arts and crafts, art deco and moderne especially the architecture and interior designs.