What a great place!!—both this website and Paschal HS. I have fond memories of PHS and Ft Worth. After having been gone from FW since ’56, I enjoy returning and have even considered returning permanently. It was a great place to grow up — especially in the ’50s. It’s wonderful to have an opportunity to find out about classmates–both remembered and forgotten over the years.
After finishing PHS I “went west” to Lubbock & Texas Tech. A great time was had by all (several other Class of ’56 were there, too). With a degree in Home Economics and no job I moved to Dallas (the city of choice at that time). I did find a job and also a husband. Don (we’ve been married 41 1/2 years) and I both were in Tech at the same time, but met in Dallas through mutual Tech friends.
We returned to Lubbock in 1966 for Don to work on & complete his PhD in Industrial Engineering. At the same time I completed a second BS in Home Economics Education (insurance for the future!) A couple of moves later–Lubbock to Houston, & Houston to Bryan and here we are in 2003. We’ve been in Bryan nearly 30 years. It has been a great place to raise kids.
In 1975 Don left the Industrial Engineering faculty at A & M to devote full time to his consulting business. For the next 20 years he was an outside consultant in the beverage industry–his primary clients being Pepsi and Anheuser-Busch. When he began this business I started teaching & taught school in the Bryan ISD for 26 years, retiring in 2001. The district liked the fact that I have several certifications (Home Economics, VEH Food Services, and Marketing Education) and so moved me from one discipline to another over the years. I spent 18 years at Bryan HS teaching 10 – 12 grades, and 6 years at Sam Rayburn MS teaching 8th graders. So much has changed in education over the years–some good, some not so good– that retirement looked exceedingly inviting. I Love It! I spend my time (who had time for a paying job?) being a Docent at the George Bush Presidential Library & Museum, active in my church, traveling, reading, & weaving (a recent hobby!). Even though I am retired I can’t get Don to do the same. He stays quite busy with Computer Tutor, his educational software company. He represents a large number of publishers and sells software to schools and teachers.
Don & I have three children: Tracy, who with her husband and son, live in Roswell NM. She is the Pastor at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Roswell. Tim, our oldest son, and his wife Brenda live in the Metroplex and will have their first baby in July. He is Shelf Set Manager for Golden Distributing (Coors) in Plano. Matt, our youngest, is single and looking hard!! He lives in Houston and is the manager for a small day trading firm. We are very proud of them and their spouses. Much of the traveling I do is to Roswell to spend time with Caleb (grandson)!
I know most of you will have to go to your annuals to remember who I am. So run get your annual and take a peek! I hope to see a lot of others on this link soon. Surely we can’t be getting ready to celebrate 50 years! I remember when my mother went back to a little town in east Texas for her 50th—I was surprised at how many were there and thought they were all OLD! Time makes everything relevant. Let’s make ours a good one!!!!