Joan Erickson (Thompson)
teacher MarriedMy Family: My husband Dan and I have two horses, a dog, and a cat. We have a grandnephew who plays the role of grandson.
My Working Career and/or Retirement: My major work experience was as a high school English teacher for 30 years (Texas, Massachusetts, and Oregon). Now I teach Connected Riding. I travel to teach in Corvallis, Eugene, Portland, etc., and riders haul in here. My “discipline” is dressage, although I’ve spent years trail riding as well.
Hobbies and Interests: The horses of course. I have a two-stall barn and a lovely outdoor arena with all-weather footing. We have a huge vegetable and flower garden and small orchard and put up most all of our fruits and vegetables. We live on five acres with two creeks; it is beautiful here. We’re located six miles from a wonderful little town, 45 minutes from Eugene, which is south, and 45 minutes from Corvallis, which is west, in Oregon’s beautiful Willamette Valley. We are 1½ hours from the lovely Oregon Coast where we escape the work on the farm. I also took up knitting again after a 30-year hiatus.
Significant Life Events, Accomplishments, Experiences, or Lessons: My most recent accomplishment is my certification as a Practitioner of Connected Riding. (Check me out on the Connected Riding website.) For years I just had my project to do to complete requirements. Whew—it was like doing a Master’s thesis!
Other significant experiences have been graduating magna cum laude from Gustavus Adolphus College; in the ‘80s, directing my favorite play, Skin of Our Teeth at the high school where I taught (remember that from HS?); in the late ‘60s, early ‘70s being very active in the new radical feminist movement in NYC; earning a Master’s Degree from Western Oregon University; working hard to be the very most engaging good teacher I could be in the HS classroom; and living my childhood horse-crazy dream, beginning as an adult, in my late 20s, and continuing today.
March 04, 1944 Retired Single 4
December 31, 1943 MarriedUSMC 64-67 incl. Viet Nam, Univ. of MN '75 School of Forestery. Worked at 3M till retirement in 2000. Now living in Az
Karen Farrell (Jackson)
February 29, 1944 Retired Married 2After graduation, I headed for the U of M. I met Bill the first week in collage when Betsy Heeter lined me up on a blind date. Two years later, my higher education was temporarily delayed when I got married, went to work while he went to grad school, and had 2 wonderful children (a son and then a daughter). When the kids got old enough, I went back to school and finally got my BA in 1979.
I started my career as a tech writer which led to training development & delivery roles in computer-based learning. That morphed into instructional design and website development. I semi-retired in 2002. I guess I'm fully retired now. I still do a lot of web stuff, but don't get paid anything for it.
I LOVE doing the reunion websites. It has given me such a wonderful opportunity to reconnect with old friends and classmates from RHS.
I have an 15 year old grandson and 3 grandaughters, 14, 13, & 11. My son and daughter and their spouses live in the western suburbs, so I get lots of gramma time. Those first 3 summers as a Playground Leader after graduation have really paid off.
We've lived in Minneapolis, Pittsburgh for 12 years and finally back to Minnesota. We spend our swnters at our home in Saddlebrooke, AZ so we are now snowbirds in the winter.
In addition to computer stuff, I read, golf, help my mom, spend time with friends, and enjoy my family.
I loved my time with all of you at RHS. What a great place to grow up and go to school. We had a lot of fun, but we also had wonderful teachers who gave us the support, knowledge and skills to succeed, and a community that gave us solid values and a foundation on which to build our lives.
I'm looking forward to catching up with as many of you as possible at the 75th Birthday Party in September.
March 04, 1944 retired Married 3After 40 years teaching at the U.S. Naval Academy (political science), I retired in 2017, but failed retirement and was called ack to teach a course last semester. Jane and I have been married 51 years and enjoy traveling and our three grandchildren. I contine to write proifessionally, recenlty publishing my 25th book. Much of my time currently is spent as president of Books for International Goodwill, a non-profit which has sent over 8.8 million books to underserved populations in the U.S. and abroad (www.big-books.org). I keep in touch with Trywell Nyirongo from our class and visited him in Malawi. I have tried to secure funds for his medical clinic and would be happy to help others contribute (contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org).
March 04, 1944 Retired Professor Married 3It has been a great ride. Almost 50 years in a good marriage. 3 great kids (and three even more enjoyable grandkids). Still teaching political science at the Naval Academy (I had to stay until I get it right). Working on writing my 27th book. President of Books for International Goodwill (www.big-books.org)
After graduating from Richfiled I received a B.S. from Hamline and a Ph. D from the University of Minnesota. Taught at Denison University and Hamilton College before beginning my current run of 40 years at the Naval Academy (teaching, serving as department chair). Professionally poudest of winning the outstanding teaching award among a civilian faculty of over 240.
Serve as a consultant to a nubmer of foregin government, the U.S. Congress, C-SPAN, and a variety of educational foundations.
Still an active skiier, gardener and traveler (with recent trips to israel, Ireland, Sweden, and Africa--to visit Trywell Nyirong). Always enjoy those who visit us when they are in the D.C. area allowing us to pay back some of the people we have "sponged off" araound the world.. (The guest room is always open--- email@example.com)
We have been very fortunate to have lived in six different countries and travelled to forty. Not much to complain about.
Jenny Fredrickson (Adams)
November 02, 1944 Retired Married 4Fifty years in a nutshell:
After graduation, I spent a year at Augsburg College and a couple of quarters at the U. I was sort of floundering, having no idea what I wanted to do, so I dropped out of school, went to work and then got married. Bad idea. After ten years and two kids (a daughter and a son) we divorced.
In 1983, I remarried. My husband is an architect (now retired), former Navy officer (EOD diver), artist, sailor, skilled handyman, smart, funny and a real character. He also came with two delightful daughters.
The four kids are all married and we have nine grands, aged 6 to 19. The oldest is now a college sophomore in Florida but the others all live nearby and we go to their games, swim meets, piano recitals and all the other stuff that grandparents do. It's fun - they're great kids.
As for work - I've been a payroll clerk at Northwest Airlines, a secretary to the President of the U of M, a TV and print model, a prop and location finder for a local film company, an office manager for an architectural and construction management firm, a sales rep in the restaurant division of a liquor and wine distributor and, for the last 23 years of my working life, the administrator for a law firm. I never did figure out what I really wanted to be, but I sure learned a lot over the course of forty-eight years. I retired in July of 2010 and, at the time, it felt like jumping off a cliff - but it's been good.
I've always had a garden (my sisters and I had our own little garden plots from the time we were in grade school, except for a few teen-aged years when it didn't seem cool) and I still do. I do some photography, like to cook (had to stop experimenting with dessert recipes when I noticed that my stomach was beginning to hang over the top of my jeans.) I read a lot and we travel when we can. We spend a fair amount of time working on our old house and even older cabin. Sometimes I like all the projects and sometimes I'd like to sell both places and go park by the ocean in one of those little Airstream trailers ....... but my tribe is here in Minnesota and I still like to ice skate.
August 16, 1944 retired pastor Married 4I expect the reunion to cap my first full year of retirement after 40 + years in ministry. It has been good year beginning with the purchase of a winter place in Cape Coral, Florida (I never expected to own three places on water - a condo on a canal, a home on a lake inMichigan and a cabin up north in Minnesota.) When we returned from Florida in May we went on a two week cruise of the Mediterranian visiting lands of the bible - a retirement gift from the last congregation I served. After riding camels by the pyramids I have a new respect for the visit of the wise men.
After leaving high school I went to Valparaiso Univerity graduating with a double major in Philosophy and Political Science. After a year of specialized study of Biblical languages, I entered Concordia Seminary in St Louis. While at seminary I married my college sweetheart and we had three terrific bright sons. My career as a Lutheran minister was marked by variety beginning with a two point parish in rural Wisconsin followed by a "town-gown" ministry in River Falls, Wisconsin. While there I went through a painful divorce and I left the parish ministry for a two year time of personal and professional exploration through the process of Clincal Pastoral Education at a Mayo Clinic hospital. The 80s found me in chaplaincy and counselor roles first in a hospital setting and then in a chemical dependency treatment center. In 1990 I returned to parish ministry in a mega congregation north of Detroit where I met and married Susan. She has two grown children and together we now have four married children, seven grandchildren and the sweetest great granddaughter. Sadly, my oldest son, Peter, died of cancer in 1996.
The last ten years of my ministry I served a small and friendly congregation on Clear Lake in north east Indiana where we remain active.
It seems that every year we get a little older, a little softer, a little grayer, a little slower but we are enjoying lake living, traveling, spending fun times with the grandchildren and look forward to seeing you all in September.
Update:Since the 50th Susan and I have downsized and currently spend summers in our condo in Michigan (close to 9 of our 10 grandchildren) and 6 months in Cape Coral Florida. We now have two greatgrandchildren. We are enjoying great health and will be celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary in Dec.
August 04, 1944 Retired Railroad Conductor Married 4
Nancy Gaustad (Clark)
August 27, 1944 Retired Married 2Upon graduation, I took a secretarial position with Control Data Corporation that ultimately supported my husband, Gary (RHS '61) during his final two years at the U of M.
Our two daughters, Christine and Kelley, were born in Minnesota, and we continued to live in the Twin Cities area until a corporate transfer brought us to the New York/Connecticut area in 1983. The move turned out to be a very positive one for both our daughters and ourselves. Christine and Kelley attended a much smaller school in a beautiful semi-rural area of northern Fairfield County, Connecticut. After high school graduation they headed off to college in Rhode Island and Florida.
In 1988 the entrepreneurial bug bit, and we became Arby's Roast Beef franchisees in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, area. We were fortunate to have our principal restaurant in a spot that reinforced the retail concept of location, location, location.
Upon retirement in 2007, our youngest daughter and her husband became the owners of the original Arby's we purchased. Both our daughters and their husbands live within 15 miles of us so we are able to spend a lot of time with them and our four grandchildren ranging in age from 6 to 21.
Also during retirement, we have found time to travel. A few trips to Europe as well as China have been both educational and fun.
Gary and I live in an active 55+ community in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and we spend winters in our second home on Marco Island, Florida.
We will be traveling with RHS friends to Washington D.C. and thus will not be attending the reunion. I hope everyone has a great time at the reunion.