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Sharon McGinty (Speich)
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April 01, 1944 retired Married 2

So I have been getting a bit of pressure to get my profile out on the reunion web site. Here's my attempt at 50 years in three paragraphs.

Worked my way through college – B.S, M.A. Met Tom in a poetry class. This fall we celebrate our fortieth anniversary. We spent most of our careers in community colleges with job titles such as Basketball Coach, Counselor, Director of Financial Aid, Dean, English Instructor, Athletic Director and Vice President. See if you can figure out who did what. Early retirement has allowed us to golf, read, travel, volunteer, knit, play tennis, hike, cook, facebook (is that a verb?) and generally enjoy life and good health. Again, you can figure out who does what.

We bought ten acres in rural Stillwater and built a house and later a barn. Our two daughters grew up there, along with horses, dogs, cats, hamsters, turtles, snakes and wood ticks. I raised vegetables and learned to can and freeze the bounty for winter meals. When the girls graduated and moved out of state, we bought a townhouse and moved in to town. It gave us freedom to come and go at will and we have enjoyed spending several months each winter near Palm Springs CA, as well as cruising to Alaska, the Caribbean and the Mediterranean. Land destinations include Ireland, Scotland. Wales. Italy, Iceland, England, New Zealand, Australia, Kenya, China, and Thailand.

Two years ago our girls decided we were old enough to become grandparents, and Tobin, Harper and Stella arrived in quick succession. Though they live far away we are fortunate to see them several times a year and Skype is wonderful! I am also fortunate to keep in touch with several friends from high school (Old friends are really the best.) but am still looking forward to seeing many more of you this September.

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Keith McLaughlin
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June 30, 1944 Forester/Hydrologist US Forest Service (RET) Married 2

Jean and I have been married for 45 years and have a daughter and a son.  They are both married and between them we have six grandchildren, two girls and four boys, ranging in age from eight months to nine years old.  They all live close to us so we get to see them quite often; it's always nice to love and spoil the grandkids and then send them home to their parents.

After returning from Viet Nam and being discharged from the Army in 1967, I attended the University of Minnesota School of Forestry and earned a BS degree in Forestry, Watershed Management and Hydrology.  After graduation in June of 1970, Jean and I began a great adventure when I started my career with the US Forest Service.  We had the good fortune to live in Utah, Wyoming, Georgia, and Virginia/DC.  On the last day of 2000 I retired from the Forest Service Chief's Office in DC and we returned to Georgia.  It was a career that provided me with challenges and opportunities to make a difference in natural resource management on public lands located in the continental United States, Alaska, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

Since retirement, we never lack for something interesting to do and wonder how we ever found time to work.  My mother and sister still live in Minnesota and Jean has relatives that live in Wisconsin so we return to Minnesota to visit and fulfill family responsibilities on a regular basis.

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Nancy Miner (Reiff)
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June 25, 1944 Retired Married 2
   I graduated from the University of Dubuque and married Dee Jay Reiff in 1966.  We have 2 sons: Jim-has worked in Nicaragua, Lithuania, Albania, India, and now Latin America doing economic development work for the non-profit Opportunity International.  His wife grew up in Lithuania.  They have 2 daughters, 11 and 9.  Chris-is a registered nurse at the VA in Tomah WI. He met his wife while deployed in the Sinai.  They have a son (8) and daughter (11).  What a blessing to spend time with the grandkids!
   I worked as a Christian Education director for 2 years following college, then became a stay-at-home mom before enrolling at Mankato State to earn a BS in teaching.  Since 1988 have taught grades 7-12 in public schools, served as the initiating teacher/coordinator for the Worthington, MN Area Learning Center (alternative school), plus 10 years teaching for a residential psychiatrist facility for adolescent girls.  I retired in 2010 after 9 years as a special education teacher in Council Bluffs, IA.  I stay connected to education as a volunteer tutor several days a week.
   My husband is a pastor so we have lived in varied locations: LeSueur MN 10 years, rural Indiana 3 years, Ellsworth MN 10 years, and Omaha/Council Bluffs for the past 21 years.  We have traveled to a number of countries, mostly while visiting our son and his family:  Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary, Albania, and India.  Over the years I have come to realize that nothing in our lives is wasted, it is simply preparation for something in the future.
  I began my 10th grade year at RHS, but our family moved to Florida in the middle of the year.  Gratefully, I was able to return to RHS for my senior year and graduation.  I enjoyed growing up and attending school in the 50s and 60s, a much slower-paced and simpler time.
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Jim Mitchell
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January 23, 1944 Retired Married 2
After graduation, spent a year at Gustavus majoring in fun and games and then finally got a degree from U of M on the seven year plan. Coach Collison convinced me early on to get into sales and I followed that advice spending my entire work life in various medical sales and sales management positions with one company. Loved doing what I did for 36 of the 38 years and retired in ’08 when corporatism got out of hand. Job transfers took me to the Chicago area in ’74 and then Alpharetta, Georgia in ’99 where we are currently trying to sell our home. We really enjoyed the lifestyles in the three very different cultures. When you look closely, native Southerners are a lot like native Minnesotans, honest, sincere, hard working and warm hearted. The plan is to move to Asheville, NC if we can ever find a buyer here. The Blue Ridge Mountains there are magical.
Tried marriage the first time in ’71, but didn’t try hard enough and divorced in ’82. Remarried in ’84 to Mary Jo (a ’63 Edina grad) and am still trying. (We met the first time in ’64 where she worked at the information booth that Dayton’s used to have during the Christmas season. She wouldn’t give me her phone number but did give me her father’s name and address. Even without Google I could put the clues together. We ended up going our separate ways and then got back together after 18 years of no contact in ’83). I think we are figuring it out now, but can you ever get it completely right? MJ is also retired, from a very successful career in sales. We each have a son from the previous attempts, and both are good kids. We are lucky that they are both pretty normal and have given us mostly just the usual to fret about. No grand kids yet.
Things I most enjoy include old cars, antiques, cooking and the results, and the wine to go with it, growing stuff, fun people, people who give a damn, old jeans, new experiences, small towns, and cruising the Southern mountains in our 1960 Mercedes convertible. Best memories  include experiencing the birth of my son, visits to Europe, staying in touch with several life-long brothers from RHS (sadly have lost so many of them at too young an age), traveling much of the USA and participating in The Great Race in 2011. I navigated while my partner drove his ’68 Mercedes. It’s a time/speed/endurance event and we rallied 1,700 miles in, around and through the Appalachian Mountains in 7 days from Chattanooga, TN to Bennington, VT. Very challenging, demanding and hugely enjoyable! Amazingly, we finished in second place in the rookie division.
What keeps me busy in retirement is helping to run two car clubs and volunteering with two animal rescue groups. MJ uses her sales experience as director of fund raising for the two rescue groups.  We just completed an event that was a combined car show/dog adoption fund raiser we call Cars for Canines: Fifty-two very interesting older ( a 1915 Simplex!) and newer cars and plenty of dogs in need of a permanent home. Four of the dogs were adopted! Phoebe, our adopted dog, walks me about 10-15 miles per week in an attempt to keep us both in shape. Among the things learned in 68 years those that have helped the most are, to try not to sweat the things over which you have no control, stand up for what you think is right, never quit trying, have fun doing it and most importantly, it really helps to be lucky!
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carol museus (arnold)
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July 14, 1944 retired teacher, shop owner Married 2

Anybody else from the class of '62 win a belly dancing contest in Istanbul?  Life has been interesting!

carol museus (arnold)
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Thank you guys for doing all the work. I know everyone will appreciate it. I wonder how many of us will be recognized by our classmates....55 years and many experiences later. 

My life has been full of travel and living in wonderfull places (17 houses and counting!) and meeting many interesting friends around the world.  It's been great!!!

Like most people of our age, I think that family is the most important and rewarding part of our lives. My two accomplished adult daughters and three unique grandchildren have never lived close to me distance wise, but we have managed to stay "close" anyway.  All of this modern technology has come in handy.  (My 20 year old grandson is playing baseball for Notre Dame, his sister is beginning college at the University of Georgia and the third (8 yrs.) spends most of his time playing on Miami's South Beach sand.)  Oh, yes, and my daughters made both made great choices in selecting their husbands as did I.

With that in mind, I am sending a picture of my family (and my dog, Oluf).
Gary Newman
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October 02, 1944 Retired Married 5

Retired after 48 years in the food business (30 with Red Owl stores and 18 with Super Valu/Cub). Married to the love of my life Joanne for 44 years. Five children 3 boys and 2 girls ages 24-42 ,  the youngest a set of twins. Twelve grandchildren ages 1-13  all boys but ONE Girl and one set of twins. Enjoy spending time with the grand kids, caring for my mother (91), and at this age we all have someone friend or family who needs a helping hand, also if theres any time left we love to travel. Just for kicks I inspect the strawberries for the  Lunds and Byerlys stores in the summer months. Hopefully I will make it to the reunion. Would really enjoy seeing some of the teachers,  like Mrs Frank who thought I should learn English before signing up for German.

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Carol Norton (Campbell)
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July 28, 1944 Retired University CFO Married 6

After a few false starts, I found the right partner and the right career path.  I have spent the past thirty-plus years married to Jack Campbell and working as a business officer at various colleges and universities.

Jack and I raised six children...three "his" and three "hers."  They ranged in age from 5 to 14 when we married, five boys and one girl, so it was a full and raucous household.

I graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in accounting and spent several years as a CPA working for PricewaterhouseCoopers.  In 1982 I left the firm to join the University of Minnesota, first as the Director of Accounting, then as Controller, Treasurer, and Acting Sr. VP for Finance and Administration.

Once the kids all left the nest, Jack and I moved to Northfield MN where I served as VP and Treasurer at Carleton College for 10 years.  An interesting job, given that Carleton's first treasurer had been shot dead defending the town bank vault from the Jesse James Gang during the (foiled) bank robbery.  This duty to the town had been passed down from Treasurer to Treasurer, or so the local bank president informed me.

We then moved to Fort Worth Texas and five years as Vice Chancellor at TCU.  While I found Texans to be warm and welcoming, it was quite an adjustment politically and socially.  But having cheered on a Golden Gopher, then Carleton Knights, it was uniquly fun to  call oneself a Horned Frog!

I wrapped up my career as a Sun Devil and Executive VP and CFO at Arizona State University, coming full circle back to a large, urban research university.  Arizona remains home and we just moved from Phoenix to the retirement community of Sun City.

We have two children living here in Phoenix, one in L.A., and three in Minnesota.  Perhaps its the cold winters, but all of our ten grandchildren reside in Minnesota.  To keep close to them, and to avoid the summer desert heat, we have a second home in Shoreview and spend long summers in Minnesota.

I'm looking forward to seeing old friends at the reunion.

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Judie Olsen (Holm)
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February 14, 1944 Teacher Widowed 3
Looking forward to seeing everyone at the reunion.  It should be so much fun. I can not believe it is 50 years, WOW Send Judie a MessageSend Judie a Message
Carol Olson (Gohman)
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February 06, 1944 Retired Married 3
After graduation I worked for the phone company for 5 years. In 1966 I married my wonderful husband of 46 years. We had three children, and now have six wonderful grandchildren.I was lucky to be able to stay home with our kids for 12 years. I then, went to work part time in retail for 9 years, and then went out on my own cleaning homes for 16 years.
My husband and I are now retired, and enjoying traveling and being with our friends and family.
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