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Don '68 Orndorff
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Father of two sons, soon to be grandfather. Both sons seem to think I should be looking up to them! Just because they are 6’2” and 6’4”? And that they are smarter than me – just because they did very well in college and both have master’s degrees? OK, maybe they are correct on all counts. But you did not hear it from me. Older son is helping prepare young children, teaching elementary school. Younger son and his wife are both environmental scientists trying to protect our water resources.

After surviving (barely) four years with Bill & Mary in Williamsburg, I lived in Virginia Beach for ten years as a bank internal auditor. Promoted and transferred back to Northern Virginia. Soon after relocating I rebooted life with new wife and new career as CPA; both were very challenging J. First son was born on April 15 to parents who were both CPAs! I tried to file for extension.

After too many years of missed family dinners and time with my sons, my older son “convinced” me that I needed another career change. Instead of accepting a position as CPA Partner, I gave my notice and started working as a contract CFO/Controller, initially with one of my former clients. I significantly reduced my commute to 13 steps to my home office. This provided much valued schedule flexibility (still working long hours, but under my schedule) and allowed my younger son to work on his homework on a table in my office. By the time my younger son graduated from high school, I was ready for career number four: CFO/COO for a small, local government contractor (an industry that I had intentionally avoided as CPA). I am currently trying to figure out “career” number five: Retirement and grandchild spoiler.
 
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Carol '68 Quaintance
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I  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.

 
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John '68 Rottet
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After 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.
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Chuck '68 Sara
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Dorothy Elaine (Lainie) '68 Tingen (Silny)
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retired - amateur theater, quilter Widowed 2
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John (Jack) '68 Webb
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After W-L, I attended Old Dominion College for my freshmen year ('68), then transferred to VA Tech for fall '69, declaring a physics major--which didn't last long, but we won't talk about that. 

The following summer ('70), I met a wonderful Radford girl named Bonnie at a mixer who told me she was a christian.  In my naivete, I figured anyone who wasn't something else was a "christian" by default.  What did I know?  We dated that summer, despite her knowing I was not on her team, spiritually.  Long story short, between her influence and what I learned from the biblical teaching on it, I came to personal faith in Jesus Christ that summer. It was, and will forever be, the single most important decision of my life.

Despite my change of heart, Bonnie and I didn't continue as a couple; her role in my life had been fulfilled. But to this day--nearly 50 years later--we're still good friends. She never married, still lives in Roanoke, and has even visited our home a few times over the years.  (I'm the only married man I know who has maintained a relationship with his old college girlfriend and his wife doesn't mind.)

Anyhow, after I graduated from Tech, I worked very briefly at a restaurant in VA Beach, quit that job and came back home to Arlington.  Got a job at C&P Telephone (later Bell Atlantic, then Verizon), stayed with them until the end of 2001, then became a self-employed telecom tech until the end of 2016.  During that time, I tried the Amway business twice, dabbled in stocks and stock options (not for the faint of heart), owned a Ferrari, visited Taiwan and China, had two minor sugeries, married once, and had two children.

Our daughter graduated from Radford and became, for a time, a 1st grade teacher at the same christian school where she'd been a student herself years before.  Our son, after college, worked both in Springfield and Richmond, and then joined the Army as a guitarist in one of their field bands. He's at Ft. Stewart, GA today.

For much of the last 10 years or so, my mother-in-law needed increasing help as she reached her late 80s and beyond, so we knew we would be in N. VA as long as she was alive.  Upon her death, we decided it was time to strike out for...somewhere.  After looking around for locales that seemed right for us, we moved to the racehorse capital of the country, Versailles, Kentucky--a little town just west of Lexington.  My wife has been a huge racing fan since the early 60s, so living just minutes from Keeneland race track and horse farms where Triple Crown champions and other winners are stabled is a dream come true for her.  And I love the peacful surroundings with no 495 or 395 or 95 anywhere in sight.  The "beltway" around Lexington has two lanes in each direction, not eight or nine.  After spending all my life in N. VA, this is the change I've needed.

We've gotten involved with ministering to the homeless here (they are in every community, even small ones), so our "retirement" is not as idle as I'd expected.  At this point, we're both healthy--if not as nimble as before.  So no complaints.

All the best to my classmates.  May God richly bless each of you.
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Mike '68 Wilkinson
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Chris '68 Wright
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Couples Therapist Married
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Charlie '69 Batten
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Life has been good.  Attended UVA (did not graduate) ... married, had two great kids, divorced...moved from VA to PA...retired from Giant Food Transportation Dept. after 24 years...got remarried 7+ years ago to Class of '69 classmate Dotti Blum...now both of us are retired and looking forward to our next adventure.... Send Charlie a MessageSend Charlie a Message
Dorothee '69 Blum
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During the first 19 years after we graduated from high school, I never lived more than 4 consecutive years in any one place.  I spent 3.5 years in Chapel Hill earning a BS degree in mathematics, then 2.25 years teaching middle school mathematics as a Peace Corps Volunteer on the lovely Carribean island of Nevis, then 2 years at Virginia Tech earning an MS in mathematics, then 2.25 years teaching college mathematics as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the African country of Zaire, then back to Virgiina Tech for 4 years, earning my Ph.D. in mathematics, then 2 years in Cincinnati teaching mathematics at Xavier University, then 3 years in Richmond, teaching mathematics at VCU.  Finally in 1988 I found my dream position at Millersville University in Lancaster County, PA, where I taught mathematics for 30.5 years, retiring in January 2019.  Along the way I became reacquainted with our classmate Charlie Batten and we got married at age 60.  It feels really good to be settled down. Send Dorothee a MessageSend Dorothee a Message
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