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Steve Carpenter

I joined the Air Force in 1965.  They trained me as a computer programmer (and threw in an all-expenses-paid trip to Bien Hoa, Viet Nam).  Upon my return to the U. S. I went to work for the Division of Higher Ed at Oregon State University, where I met my wife, Dessie.  Our son, Martin, is an archeologist at Fort Vancouver and is currently working toward his PhD. I was the systems programmer at The Oregonian for several years, then accepted a programming job with Bell Helicopter in Tehran, Iran, in 1978.  I was there when the Shaw's government fell in February, 1979.  Ayatollah Khomeini's government was less friendly to Americans and Bell Helicopter decided to send its employees home.  While we were waiting for transportation arrangements at the Tehran Hilton it was attacked by Iranian revolutionaries.  Several rooms (not mine) were hit by gunfire but no one was hurt.  After several days under guard by the revolutionary soldiers the U.S. State Department managed to get us evacuated by Pan Am Airlines.  (The State Department people were the same ones who were taken prisoner several months later and held for two years in the Embassy.) I became a programmer for Kaiser Permanente and spent the next 31 years in various IT positions with Kaiser.  I retired in 2010.  Dessie and I took a three-week cruise last fall from Vancouver, B. C., down the Pacific coast to the Panama Canal with stops in Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Cartagena, and the Bahamas.
 

Doug Morgan

My first-ever trip to California was as a freshman at Stanford in 1962, and I guess it stuck.  I stayed on for law school there, worked briefly in San Francisco, then started a law firm with some college buddies in San Jose.  Our 40th anniversary is this year. Married Bridget in 1974 and we live in the same house we bought near Palo Alto in 1976 (torn down and rebuilt after the ’89 earthquake).  Raised our daughter, Molly (31) and son Mark (26) there.  Molly went east to college, then further east to the UK for a doctorate in her field of science policy (way over my head).  She married a Shakespearian scholar in 2010, and they live in Cambridge.  Mark followed me to Stanford, then hiked throughout New Zealand for a year.  He now lives in SF and is a marketing analyst in the health insurance field.  No excuses for missing reunions, but it’s not for lack of interest.  I’ve read everyone’s story on the web page, and am amazed at the range of adventures and achievements.  Still proud to call myself a Saxon—those were wonderful years. 
 

Karen Martin Ruby 

It is hard to believe that it has been almost 50 years since we graduated.  I missed our 40 year reunion and it was strange because my husband, Ron of 36 years passed away in his sleep that same weekend.  I still miss him.  Enough of that, we had 2 wonderful sons, one lives near me here in Boise with my 2 grandchildren that keep Gramee busy with Basketball and Volleyball games.  You can see Gramee coming, I drive a white PT Cruiser with Spiderman Airbrushed on the hood.  Ron wanted this and I got a new computer out of the deal.  Spidy is fading, but it is Ron’s Legacy.  Kyle is 15 and 6’23/4”, Maliea is 12 and 5’6” and taller than me.  My other son lives in Portland with a wonderful gal.  I keep myself busy with my quilting, keeping up a yard, my kids would like to see me move to a condo, but I have too much “Good Stuff”!  I am owned by a Calico cat named “Emily”, she is a good buddy and doesn’t back talk too much.  She even buys me new sewing machines!!    I belong to two different quilt groups and attend at least one out of town quilt retreat a year.  Planning to take a quilting cruise to Alaska next year!! I think Skip Days were the best and Red Licorice from the candy store!!  Hope the reunion is wonderful, look forward to seeing the pictures and everyone stay healthy and give your loved one a hug for me. . .
 

Gary Taylor

'62 National guard basic, '63 Army mechanics school, '64 Married Marjory, '65 worked for Cat Lift Trucks for 23 years, '66 cared for many foster children for the next 42 years, We have several children and adopted children and many grand children.  I retired from my lift truck repair business in 2004.
 

Greg Olsen

After leaving high school I attended OSU (undergraduate) and then Stanford for grad school and earned degrees in Electrical Engineering and Math. During my senior year at OSU I met the love of my life, Joanne Lochmiller, who was a student at Willamette. After graduation we moved to California (Silicone Valley), where we both pursued technical careers. I went to work for Lockheed (now Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company) and I am still there after 45 years. I have spent my entire career as a “rocket scientist” designing spacecraft that support our national defense.   I have become the local guru and now spend my time as technical advisor and mentor for the other engineers. I could have retired years ago, but the work has been too much fun to quit, so I still work part time. Joanne and I were married in 1968 and although we were never blessed with children, we had a truly wonderful life together. We enjoyed bicycling, cross country skiing, hiking and gardening. We also enjoyed international travel and did much of it by bicycle. I also played tennis for over 40 years until my hip gave out. And I still am involved with Ham radio, which I have been doing since junior high school. Life was all we could ask for until 2008, when Joanne was diagnosed with a rare cancer. She fought it valiantly with multiple surgeries, chemo and radiation. But she finally lost the battle and passed away this past January. Now I am trying to put my life back together. This will be my first high school reunion and I am looking forward to seeing you all again after 50 years.
 

Lee Hillerich

I graduated with a full scholarship for hairdressing.  My dad said I had to go to college, so I went to OCE and flunked out on purpose so I could go to hair school, and Dad would pay.  He didn't.  Then I worked for the phone company for 8 years but was fired for Go Go dancing at night. After moving to Tahoe I became a keno runner. There I got pregnant so I moved back to Salem to have my only child, Zac.  I moved back to Tahoe and became a Black Jack dealer.  A bad loser blew up Harvey's Casino where I was employed.  They kept me to deal but it was creepy to have the building held up by big boards.  I moved back to Salem and became a Veterinary Assistant and then attended Chemeketa to be come a Dental Assistant.  I switched to X-ray Specialist and then retired.  Here I am, poor but happy.  I have two grandsons and my animal friends keep me company in the house I have lived in for 17 years.
 

Arlan Schendel

I went to Chemeketa Community College and then went to work for the City of Salem, Public Works Dept.  Started in drafting and design, then surveying, construction and services for a total of 39 years.  In that time, I also completed 22 years in the Oregon Army National Guard.  We have two children, Scott Schendel, an Electrical Contractor in Bend, Or.  Our daughter, Sandy Chase in Northfield Mn., a hairstylist.  We have three grandchildren that we enjoy very much. All in all, the last fifty years have been pretty good to us and I hope many more will follow.  Hobbies have included:  fishing, adding on the our first home with a complete remodel, building a second home, and the construction of a 1937 Chevrolet street rod that was a combination of work and pleasure. 
 

Steve Schendel

Two wonderful daughters and five grand kids make getting up in the morning worth while.
 

Billie Wilson

After graduating from South I went to Oregon State and received a BS and then on to Iowa State for MS in Engineering.  I spent the majority of my years working in project management roles for Boeing, spent a lot of time traveling and finally retired.  I have been enjoying spending more time with Henri, my wife of 42 years, and the rest of my family of 3 daughters, their husbands and eight grandchildren.  I am today an avid golfer, build small hard wood boxes in the winter and completed a half marathon this spring.  Have a lot to be thankful for.

 

Douglas Gwynn

When I asked her why she had a good attitude towards life an old lady once told me “I learned that it is not my business what other people think of me”.  Too often we seem to think that we need to “look good” in front of others so as to feel good about ourselves.  At our point in that should not be important.  We all have made bad decisions, or gained too much weight or whatever but life is still good and there is much to look forward to. The best advice I ever got was from my father who said “Dough, I don’t care if you marry someone rich or poor, or beautiful or ugly.  Just marry someone more intelligent than yourself.”  I did that about 40 years ago and it was the best dumb luck I ever had.  I met my wife (Eunice) at Cornell University where we each got our doctorates.  She in Nutrition and myself in the dual areas of Economics and Sociology.  She is from Colombia and having been a Peace Corps volunteer (Philippines) I was already very interested in other cultures.  Our first positions as academics were at Eastern Washington University in Cheney, Washington (close to Spokane).  Each of us became chairs of our respective departments but Eunice desired a more urban environment.  Thus when she was offered a faculty position in the Dept. of Nutrition at the University of California (Davis, CA) I accepted a staff research position.  While I held courtesy faculty positions in several departments including the medical school it was not the same thing as being regular faculty.  I am an excellent teacher but a mediocre researcher.  If you should want to see some of the research I have done in the past just go to Google Scholar (ask for this in the regular Google search bar which will take you to the academic side of Google) although you will most certainly be bored.  As a private consultant I also regularly worked for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation regarding the social impacts of a number of water projects and the state of California regarding the distribution of poverty and inequality.

At the age of 50 I decided to take an early retirement from the University of California.  While it provided very little retirement it gave me the chance to make a life change and do other things.  My brother and I had inherited a building in downtown Salem (Crystal Gardens ballroom) on the corner of Liberty and Ferry across from the new convention center.  After the Trend business school went bankrupt which had been renting the building from us, the building was basically abandoned.  For the next five years we remodeled this building largely ourselves.  It was a labor of love.  I enjoyed the manual work of construction, dry walling, helping to put in bathrooms, stairs, and an elevator.  We rented spaces to a variety of business including the Salem school system.  A few years back deciding to move on with our lives we sold it. While we do not have children of our own we have helped Colombian nephews and nieces who have the right backgrounds go to school in this country. Because of this we have three physicians, an engineer, and an architect professionally established here.  Thus in Tampa, Florida our home is always over flowing with relative (never lonely).  We also live in Mexico and Colombia during part of the year.  When you get this we will be in our condo in Morelia, Mexico.  I love it as it is a beautiful colonial city with over a thousand buildings over 500 years old.  At over 7,000 feet it gives a cool retreat from the heat and humidity of Florida.  But it has become more dangerous in recent years and if it gets worse we will sell.  But that is fine also as there are always other interesting places to spend time.  Maybe spend more time in Colombia which has become safer, or live a while with some of our French in-laws close to Paris.  Life while not perfect is good and with retirement has been much better than expected.  Just relax and remember the good things we have all done.  And remember what that old lady told me in that it is not your business what others think of you. 

 
Janice Goodall-Jewell

: I retired June 1, 2006 from the Lancaster Walmart after 8 years and 2 months. I currently live in Starlite Mobile Village-a mobile home park for 55 and above. Gee, it seems strange to be 68 and getting so close to70!  I guess "time flies when you're having fun".  I have 12 grand-kids ranging from 21 to almost 2 years old. My daughter, Monica, has 3 step-kids and 3  biological kids. She is now 42 years old and moved to Casper, Wyoming in May of 2011. I miss her and the three little kids a lot. It would be nice if she would move back "home"!  Alan, my son is now 40 years old, is married again and has 4 step kids and 2 biological kids. His kids range from 17 to 10 years old. There are 4  boys and 2 girls and needless to say, he and his wife are extremely busy!  I won't be able to attend the reunion.  Please tell everyone "hello" for me and I hope to see or hear from some of you soon.