Judy '68 Choate (Ekiert)
Retired HR Married 3
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.
Maynard '68 Creel
Retired MarriedMAYNARD P CREEL
Life After High School
06/1968 Moved to Augusta Georgia
09/1968 Attended University of Richmond
Majored in Sociology and Speech and Dramatic Arts
ROTC Cadet Corps as Freshman.
Member Sing Out South/Up with People two years. Toured State of Virginia weekends.
University Players 1970-1971. Eight productions.
Worked for MCV Hospital 3 years.
05/1972 Senior year ended. No degree. Went home to Augusta Georgia. Visited Army and Air Force recruiters. BP too high. Worked at Augusta University Hospital in building maintenance. Learned how to run three miles twice a day.
03/1973 Enlisted USMC. Reported to Parris Island 05/1973.
Medically discharged 06/06/1973. BP.
07/1973-06/30/2003 Appointed to US Postal Service Merrifield. Returned to Arlington. Over 29 years working as:
Distribution and Window Clerk, Expediter, Bulk Mail and Passport Clerk.
09/1974 to 06/1975 Attended NOVA Annandale Campus. Medical Record Technology. No degree.
05/1976 to 08/1976 Attended Control Data Institute. Arlington VA. Certificate in Computer Programming and Operations.
06/1977 to 05/1983 Attended George Mason University part time. BA Government and Politics.
08/1983 Hired as an extra for the George Washington Mini-series on CBS. Filmed partially in Northern Virginia locations. Extra job in movie Prime Risk in 1984 locally filmed.
05/1989 Met the love of my life, Kay. We were married in September 1996. Second chance for both of us.
06/2003 Applied in 2002 to go to DOD. Transferred in June 2003. Worked in personnel security. Finally retired on September 2, 2014 after eleven years.
I love relaxing with my wife, tv, movies, music, writing stories, computing, taking online classes, attending church and working out. Life after high school has been interesting to say the very least. Looking forward to what’s next.
Chris '68 Davis (McDermott)
retired Married 2After graduation, I left Arlington for Harrisonburg, VA at that time Madison College, as a hopeful music educator. A year later, having run out of funds, I was back at home, where I started my work life at C&P Telephone Company, in the footsteps of my father. Best time of my life.
C&P paid my tuition to complete a double Bachelor’s degree (Art History and Computers) and two Masters’ degrees: at Marymount (MSIM) and GW (MBA). I stayed in the communications industry through the infancy of the internet – managing the network build out of Comcast, Cable and Wireless and other small phone companies, then returning to the phone company to complete 23 years of service. During this time, I married the love of my life, Mike McDermott in 1971, and raised 2 daughters – Erin and Kelly – in Reston, Va.
Over the following 20+ years I held various project management jobs in small companies and as consultant to various government agencies. I’ve retired now after 48 total years of employment, enjoying my days, visiting our grandson in San Francisco, and our eldest daughter in Denver.
Margarita '68 de Jongh (Bellinger)
Retired Committed Relationship 1After graduation, I went to NVCC for a couple of years and then landed a job at the World Bank, where I made a career for 36 years, advancing through the ranks and ending up with "the" dream job. I retired in 2005 and am now living in Miami Beach--also a dream place to live. Most importantly, I married at 21 and had a son, who has given me 3 wonderful grandchildren. I was divorced twice and am now finally with a man who makes me very happy. So I can't complain: I had a good career and ended it with the best job ever, have a wonderful family--including my partner, and live in what most people would call paradise.
Since I moved full time to Miami in 2014, I have not visited Virginia very much. I very much miss it and still think of it as home, but circumstances change and we move on. I have kept in touch with very few classmates, but life pulls us in different directions and it is good to live in the present.
Ed '68 Gallagher
Retired Married 1Spent 4 years in the US Marines soon after high school. Then back to NVCC in Annandale. Been in medical ultrasound equipment sales for over 30 years. Never thought of sales as a career path while in high school.
Been happily married for 40 years. One son who lives in Houston.
Lived in Washington DC area, Virginia Beach, Atlanta, Houston and West Palm Beach. Now retired in Saint Augustine. Hope everyone is happy and well.
Lynn '68 Godfrey (Hancock)
Retired Elementary School principal Married 1After graduation, I worked 2 summers as a Congressional Intern. Went to the University of Missouri, 1968-69, then transferred to Virginia Tech, graduating in ‘72 in the first class in Tech’s School of Education. Married Mike Hancock 4 days after graduation. Mike was an Air Force C-130 navigator. In ‘75, the Air Force sent us to Tacoma, WA. Mike got out of the Air Force in ‘78 & we stayed in the NW for the next 35 years. I got a Master’s in Education at Pacific Lutheran University. I taught elentary students in grades K-3, supervised student teachers & mentored first year teachers, then became an Elementary Principal for 6 years. I retired in 2008. Stilll married to Mike. We have one son and a 6 year old granddaughter. In 2013, we moved to Pinehurst, NC - live just down the street from W-L friend, Diane Anello!
Debbie '68 Greene (Ridgley )
Retired www.marykay.com/dridgley Married 2
Carol '68 Greenlief (De Deo)
Retired Widowed 2
After graduating from W-L, I spent a year and a half at UNC-Greensboro (rooming with W-L alum Lisa Goodrich) and then transferred to George Washington University and graduated in 1971 with a BA in English. I married Jim De Deo, who was then practicing law in Fairfax, in April of that year and I entered law school the following fall at GW. After law school, I spent ten years at the National Labor Relations Board, litigating cases involving labor issues. While I was at the Board, I briefed and argued cases in the federal courts of appeals and worked on briefs to the Supreme Court and, more importantly, Jim and I had two children: Elinor, born in 1978, and Daniel, born in 1980. In 1984, I took a position at the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and spent the next 25 years in various positions handling a variety of labor and employment issues, with the exception of a brief stint as a shareholder in the Washington office of a Dallas law firm. In 2009, I retired from my position as Deputy Solicitor, after almost a year as the career official responsible for the Office of the Solicitor, awaiting the appointment of a Solicitor.
I am lucky enough to live next door to 3 of my grandchildren (ages 10, 8, and 5) and see them every day. My two youngest grandsons live in Keswick (just north of Charlottesville), so I see them fairly often as well. Both of my kids are far more successful than I ever was. Elinor owns and runs a design agency (Blue House DC, https://bluehousedc.com/) and Danny is a lawyer with Baker McKenzie in DC. I only wish Jim was here to enjoy this wonderful family with me; unfortunately, he died of a heart attack in 2006. He was far more of an athlete than I, coaching both kids’ soccer teams, and would surely have enjoyed his grandchildren’s prowess in soccer, softball, baseball, and hockey. I keep busy helping out with grandkids and as an administrative judge on the Personnel Appeals Board at the GAO, a part-time position that requires very little of my time.
Lisa '68 Grinnell
Therapist https://www.lisagrinnell.com/ Married 2
In the 50+ years since graduation, I lived in California where I received a BA in Management and worked with start-ups in Silicon Valley. In the 1990s I studied mindfulness, ordained as a Buddhist nun in Asia to practice mindfulness for a period of time, and seeing how transformative it can be for physical and emotional stress, returned to the US for a master’s degree in Counseling to specialize in mindfulness based cognitive therapies. I lived in New Mexico for 15 years where I co-founded a volunteer center, worked in the state women’s prison as a mental health therapist and mindfulness teacher, and developed a private practice. Today I live in St Petersburg, Florida with my husband Miguel and our dog Lucy. I have 2 stepchildren and 2 grandchildren. I am a Counselor in hospice, and have a small private practice. Although Miguel and I will miss the reunion, please feel free to reach out for a call or a visit.