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Class of '63 50th Reunion: Memories

Allan TeRonde
Allan TeRonde
  Personal Update
What have you been up to since graduation? Advanced degree? Jobs? Changes? Hobbies?
For the first two years after graduation I taught music in Norridge and Des Plaines, IL. I then changed fields and began a career at American Grinding & Machine in Chicago that lasted for 42 years first in sales, then as Vice President of human resources and insurance, and finally as President and CEO. During my career I also served as a member of the Board of Directors and later Chairman of both the Tooling & Manifacturing Association and the 401(k) Profit Sharing Council for America(PSCA). Following retirement I was employed again fulltime as an administrator of an insurance trust and then part-time as a consultant for PSCA. I also was privileged to serve on numerous church boards, the church council, and as a sunday school music teacher, choir director and member of the church choir. My hobbies include music, gardening, and travel.

Family Update:
Married? Spouse/Significant Other's Name and occupation? Children? Names/ages?

In August of 1963 I married Marilyn Kuchar, the love of my life, who was at Carroll for two years and then at the Lutheran School of Nursing in Park Ridge, IL for three years. In 1963 she graduated from Carroll with a BS in Nursing. Marilyn has also sung in our church choir, taught vacation bible school, volunteers for our church resale shop and is a member of the women's network of Lutheren Social Services of Illinois We have two married children, Wendy Haugh who graduated from Carroll and is now living in Arlington Heights, IL and Lynne Thomas who graduated from Northwestern U, earned a Masters degree at Harvard and now lives in Brookfield, WI. We have three grandchildren Amanda Haugh, Spencer Thomas and Lila Thomas. We are also proud of our son-in-laws Bernie Haugh who is an RN and home care specialist and Dr. Danny Thomas, an emergency pediatrician and brain concussion researcher at the Childrens Hospital of Wisconsin.

What is your most vivid memory from your years at Carroll?
Music played a major role in my life at Carroll including, the college choir, All School Sing and the Ripchords, a babershop quartet that also included Earle Dimmick, Bruce MacIntyre, and John Rusch. The Ripchords even sang for each members' wedding and then again for our 40th class reunion.

Professors: Which professors influenced your life?
The greatest Carroll influence for me came from Shirley Hilger when she convinced me, as well as my mom and dad, that I could attend Carroll on a scholarship. While there are numerous professors who influenced and touched my life at Carroll the opportunity to be there and receive an excellent liberal arts education completely changed my life. That allowed me to not only pursue music as a career, but to expand my horizons in numerous other areas.

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