After working in the residence halls at ISU in the 1960s, I went to Florida State University for my doctorate. I returned to Illinois State University in 1974 to teach in the Department of Educational Administration and Foundations (EAF).
In 1995, I took early retirement so I could go to Malaysia on a World Bank Project at the Malaysian Institute of Technology. While in Malaysia, I traveled extensively in the Middle East, the Far East, Europe, and Australia. After 15 months in Malaysia, I taught at the University of North Dakota for two years.
With my last job in North Dakota, I was advised it would take eight months to sell my home. It sold in two weeks—thus “homeless” and no plans, I traveled around the United States for six months. It was a great experience. I bought a home in San Antonio, Texas, and stayed there for six years. I moved to Washington State in 2010 because both of my children are on the West coast.
Since returning from Malaysia, I have become a real bike nut and ride extensively. My current home is a half a block from a bike trail. Theoretically, I can go to Canada on my bike. I have yet to do so. I continue to travel, brew beer, raise Koi, and explore the Northwest and British Columbia.
I can be reached at 8512 Summerwood Drive SE, Olympia, Washington 98513. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. JoAnn (Switzer) McCarthy ’69, M.A. ’70, can also be reached at this mailing address or at email@example.com.