Suzanne '68 Underwood (Rhodes)
Poet, Writer and Editor https://suzanneunderwoodrhodes.weebly.com/ Married 3I moved to northwest Arkansas last year from Virginia Beach to be near my grandson, Marcus. I'm happily married to Wayne Rhodes, a photographer and retired builder/contractor. For many years, I taught writing and literature at several colleges but also to other age groups, including children and seniors. I've published several books of poetry, creative prose and nonfiction, and have a new, full-length collection of poems due for publication in 2020 (Paraclete Press). But, since I have to earn a living, I have a writing/editing business, PR Flair. My children are Katy Atkinson, Stephen Clark and Emily Clark. Katy lives in Arkansas, Stephen in Amsterdam, NL, and Emily in Salt Lake City. I received a Bachelor's degree in English from James Madison University and a Master of Arts from Johns Hopkins University. My husband and I are avid outdoor adventurers.
Judy '68 Choate (Ekiert)
Retired HR Married 3
Greg '68 Ray
Retired Married 3After graduation, I attended James Madison, but that didn't last long. Finished up at NVCC and then on to the Air Force National Guard for six years. Worked retail management for several years and got into automotive mechanics. Became a master certified technician and began working for Ford Motor Company. Retired from them after 30 years. Married for 46 years and have three childern and five grand kids!
Have had many passions over the years including drag racing, dirt bike racing, Jeep off roading and atv riding. Began a love affair with bass fishing and still have that occupying two to three days every week! Seems I always had an interest in the stars. Got into astronomy about ten years ago. I built a backyard observatory that keeps my nights active doing photos of galaxies and nebula.
Looking forward to see you at the reunion dinner!
Kathryn (Kathy) '68 Ray
librarian Married 2Looking forward to seeing everyone in October! If you are interested, here is the link to my bio at Amercan University.
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
John '68 O'Neill
Community Volunteer Married 2If I had known I'd live this long - I'd have taken better care of my body...
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.