What have you been up to since graduation? Advanced degree? Jobs? Changes? Hobbies?
After Carroll, I got my PhD in physiology at Indiana University and returned to teach at Carroll in 1968. I early retired from full-time teaching there in the fall of 2002 after 35 years of teaching physiology and Bio-Ethics, and 20 years as chair of the Biology Dept. In 1975, I had studied the new discipline of BioEthics at Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley & U. of Cal Med School, San Francisco on an NSF grant, and I also had an NIH grant in 1996 to study the Human Genome Project in Tacoma, WA. I continued to teach Bio-Ethics on a part time basis for three years after retiring to be able to enjoy just teaching—no administrative responsibilities and no labs! My hobbies over the years have included singing in a barbershop chorus, (& sometimes with our DRU Ripchords), various areas of work for our church for 45 years, putting in several perennial gardens with Kathy, ballroom dance lessons, and expanding our travel from road trips all over the States and some of Canada with our son and daughter to cruises and bus tours taking Kathy and me to Alaska, Hawaii, the Panama Canal, western Europe and the Mediterranean. But our most delightful ‘hobby’ for the last 13 years has been anything to do with grandkids!!
Married? Spouse/Significant Other's Name and occupation? Children? Names/ages?
Kathy Couillard ’64 and I married in 1965. She taught near Bloomington, IN and got her MS in Education at IU. She early retired in 1999 with 23 years of teaching 5th & 6th graders in the public schools of Waukesha and 4 other districts earlier. She enjoyed being an at home mom for 11 years which allowed her time for crafts and volunteer work. Kathy also worked part-time then for Carroll College 5 years supervising student teachers and for our church as Christian Education Coordinator and preschool teacher for our church’s preschool. Our son David and daughter Sarah both found the jobs they wanted in Waukesha—David teaching Exercise Science at Carroll, and Sarah teaching hs physics in Waukesha for 17 years and now Mukwonago. So we have the special blessing of having all of our family within 15 minutes of us, as well as attending the same church—our kids & ‘MI kids-in-law’ Stacie and Ken, plus 4 wonderful grandkids! David & Stacie keep busy with Matthew 13 (baseball & football, ms band, plus church youth musical) and Jason 10 (baseball, church choir, and a part in a hs play). Sarah & Ken handle busy schedules too with Mackenzie 13 (gymnastics & cross country, ms band & church youth musical) and Nick 10 (baseball & football& church choir).
What is your most vivid memory from your years at Carroll?
My most vivid memories are of All School Sings, singing with the Ripchords, and the porch at Morgan Manor with Kathy. I also enjoyed being equipment manager for football, wrestling, and track and being a lab assistant in the Biology and Chemistry departments. Tri-Beta field trips with the Biology Dept. were also a lot of fun.
Which professors influenced your life?
The professors at Carroll that most influenced my life were Dr. Roy Christoph, biology and Dr. Arthur Sunier, chemistry. It wasn’t just because of the quality job they did of teaching their disciplines, but the kind of people that they were. They both were readily available and willing to listen. They were both to me excellent models of how to be a professional and personal college professor.
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