Juanita '68 Jackson
Retired Divorced 2
James (Jim) '68 Alley
Dept of Defense Consultant Married 1It has been a long road but in so many ways a blink of the eye. I can remember growing up thinking in the year 2000, I will by 50 years old! And here we are in 2019. After W-L, I went to Virgina Tech where I studied chemistry. Viet Nam called so I preferred serving using the chemistry I learned and ended up in Admiral Rickover's nuclear Navy on submarines. Thinking I would do my 6 years and get out, I took to submarining and finally retired form the Navy after 31 years. I served on four submarines, commanding the USS Seahorse (the thoroughbred of the fleet) along with commands at Submarine Base, Kings Bay Georgia; Naval Shipyard, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; and a swan song as Professor of Naval Science at Cornell.
I am still working as a subject matter expert (SME) for special weapons and serve as a consultant on them to DoD.
I am a life long model railroader (now gone digital) and am passionate about Cosmology, the study of the universe. All of Washington's teams stink so I gave up being a sports fan (sore loser) and just enjoy what life gives me.
John '68 Anderson
Writer/Editor bluecardinalpress.com Married 3I started out at U. Va. in the fall of ’68. Did two years there, but did not finish due to family circumstances. Graduated with a BS in business from George Mason, then followed that up with an MBA (also from Mason). Most of my career focused on marketing and communications in various capacities. This path started out in the banking industry, transitioned to the hospitality field, then to construction management, and concluded as senior writer for a multimedia company specializing in technical training and informational videos and manuals. Along the way I did a fair amount of freelance consulting and writing for a variety of clients as well as a few years as an adjunct professor of business at NVCC (Woodbridge campus).
The most significant development in my personal life has proven to be rekindling my enthusiasm for equestrian activities. Although stuck growing up in the Arlington suburbs, I was a horse crazy kid from an early age. Some of you might remember the W-L riding club, The Mounted Generals. I spent many weekends riding in Rock Creek Park and in what was then the open country of Fairfax County. College, grad school, career, and family responsibilities put my equestrian pursuits on hold. But after a long hiatus I returned to it about 25 years ago, got involved in foxhunting, and horses have since become the central focus of my life, both as a hobby and writing about horse sports professionally.
I’m now mostly retired, living on a small horse farm in Culpeper County with my wonderful wife, Ellen. We have four horses and ride most every day. Handling all the horse care duties and farm upkeep is a great way to say healthy and fit! I’ve written two books (foxhunting-themed novels) with a third on the way. (www.BlueCardinalPress.com.) I have two children (son and daughter), a stepdaughter, and two grandchildren. Life is good!
Heather '68 Miller
Penniless Poet & Folksinger & eBay PowerSeller Single Again 2
Regrets in re 50th Reunion
Ain’t a lawyer, pilot, nurse.
I’m tellin’ you this life’s a curse.
Marriage was disaster!
Money flew even faster.
Twice beat cancer.
Surgery went well!
Twice adopted kids
Who told me “Go to hell.”
Ain’t a library lady or truck driver;
Just a tough old life survivor.
All that’s here are my dogs and a bed.
My friends all left – “She’s sick in the head.”
Ain’t a doctor with a Gucci purse,
All I’ve got in this refrain, reverse.
Bend way down here
Let me whisper in your ear:
All you’ll get from me’s this little verse:
Red Rover, Red Rover, Don’t I get a Do-Over?
Do you know? Won’t you tell?
Isn’t there some way to get back to W-L?
Heather Colleen Miller
April 4, 2019
Scott '68 Van Cleef
Retired Married 2Attended Purdue Univ (BS-'72) and Auburn Univ-Mongomery (MS-'83). Married my W-L sweetheart, Barbara Olson ('69) in 1972 . Over 29 years as an Air Force officer and fighter pilot. Retired in 2002 as a Brigadier General. Built furniture as a woodworker for ten years after retirement. Became active in the Air Force Association, rising to chairman of the board from 2014-16. Still involved with that, Civil Air Patrol, Military Officers Assoc of America, and the Virginia Museum of Transportation in Roanoke, VA. Love to travel and take pictures. Life is good.
John '68 Cannefax
Retired law enforcement Married 2
Carol '68 Quaintance
Retired Divorced 1I worked in private industry for 10 years and then worked for the federal government for 31 years. In 2014 I was offered a buy out and retired from the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.
My daughter works as a soil scientist for the Army Corps of Engineers and lives in Portland, Oregon. I try to get out there a couple times a year to see her and my grandson who is 5.
I live in Flint Hill, VA which is in Rappahannock County. I stay busy by going to the gym, lunching with friends, hiking, playing arena polo and fox hunting.
Paula '68 Corson (Knighton)
Retired Widowed 2I'm pretty much a perpetual student starting with two years at William and Mary. Did finally get an associate degree in Ornamental Horticulture in 1999. Turns out Algebra and Chemistry are things you can actually use in real life. Met my husband David in Flagstaff while going to Northern Arizona University 1973. He was one of the carpenter's building married housing. Moved back to Boise, where David grew up. Had two daughters - both grownups now with careers and everything. One Grandchild. He's graduating from High School in May. How is that possible? In Boise, we both went back to college, except David actually got a degree - in Accounting. He joined Morrison Knudsen 1977, a large construction company, and we started seeing the United States starting with a year in Hawaii rebuilding a military base. Ending in Arkansas distroying Chemical Weapons. Meanwhile I did whatever was available at the time - mostly Motherhood, College classes, Secretarial, Curves trainer, Plant Nursery salesperson, Botanical Garden plant inventory, City Tree enumerator. David died of a brain tumor in 2014. I've been a parent caretaker with my siblings since then. My Mom died in 2017 but my 94 year old Dad is going strong. I'm loving living in Colorado hiking in the wildflowers with my Dog Hansel and friends. Currently buying Solar Panels and driving a hybrid not because I think we can stop "Climate Disruption" at this point but because I'd like to step out in my backyard and take a deep breath of clean air instead of whatever that stuff is I'm breathing and drinking.
John '68 Rottet
Retired MarriedAfter W-L, I went to the University of NH for 4 years. My first year I thought I'd be a mechanical engineer, but after flunking calculus and physics, I took a clue and switched over to business, finishing with a BS in Administration. When I graduated, I had no idea what I wanted to do, so I got married early and bummed around for awhile. I eventually got a job in the world of banking and finance, but it never felt right, so in late 1979 I quit my job, left my wife, gave her the house and said adios to everything!
It took me about 2 years of free lancing before I got hired as a staff photojournalist for the News and Observer newspaper in Raleigh, NC and I ended up staying there for 32 years, the last several years as a photo editor. I retired in 2012 and live out in the woods of northern Durham County with my wife of 25 years plus two cats.
The "NOW" photo is at my grand parents' cottages on Swanzey Lake, NH.
Ann '68 Howard (Turpyn)
Retired Married 2
Went from sociology and social welfare majors at Mary Washington and Virginia Commonwealth University to Catholic University and the library field. Worked at Northern Virginia Community College almost 40 years, first as a library assistant and then a librarian. Loved educating transfer and workforce students and working with faculty and staff in the library!
Happily married since 1976. We are blessed with 2 adult daughters and their husbands and 5 grandchildren, ages 5 and under. Have had several memorable trips—one to New Zealand and one to Paris. Love the Outer Banks. As a retiree, keep busy with church activities including choir, walking our dear Doberman, visiting grandchildren and mother-in-law, cooking, swimming, and birdwatching on our deck!