Think about the highlights of your life since you left the hallowed halls of Northfield/Mount Hermon…tell us about yourself. Please write as much as you wish:
After I graduated from Northfield, along with about six others from our class, I went to Drew University in Madison, New Jersey. I stayed there for the full four years, majored in Classical Literature, minored in History, and graduated in 1968.
After college, I got a job teaching Latin at Lyndon Institute, a small, semi-private high school in Lyndon Center, Vermont, way up in the "Northeast Kingdom." At Lyndon Institute I taught mainly Latin, but after a few years I also taught one or two classes of Business English each year, too. And, over the years, I occasionally taught other courses such as Mythology, College Prep English, English II, and English II College Prep. I loved teaching and taught at LI for 37 years until I took early retirement in 2005.
I grew up a Congregationalist, but in the early 70's I started going to the Lyndonville United Methodist Church and started to sing in the choir. I joined the church about 2000 and still sing in the choir. I also enjoy taking Bible study classes there, and since retirement I have been able to go to morning classes in addition to or instead of evening Bible studies.
My dad, Ray, who owned Thompson's Texaco Service Station in East Northfield, died in 1978 of a heart attack, and my mother Helen, who taught Latin at Northfield from the late 50's til the early 70's, died in 1995 of Alzheimer's. My sister Carol stayed in Northfield and taught 4th grade in the Elementary School until she retired a few years ago. She married Kenny O'Brien (was head of the history department at Bement School), and they have two kids, Megan and Tim, my favorite niece and nephew (of course). Meg is now head Athletic Trainer at Gordon College, and Tim (recently married) is an Assistant Manager at a Walmart store.
As much as I loved teaching, I love retirement. I love to read and joined a book group and swap books with friends. I have noticed that I now seem to read more history and biography than I used to (quite a lot about World War II), but I still love (non-scary) mysteries, particularly historical mysteries. I like to watch old movies and some British and American mysteries. Some years ago I got into quilting and enjoy making (easy) quilts. I am also in a quilting group at church. I like to take pictures of family, friends, and my pets and other animals. I love to be able to spend more time at home with my pets (two dogs and four cats), to help friends with their pets when they're not home, to visit with friends and help them with rides or other things when they need it, to keep in touch with family and friends, and generally to lead a more relaxed and less stressed life. I feel blessed and lucky that I have been able to enjoy these years of retirement.
I have also very much enjoyed being able to reconnect with Northfield classmates through our class "website," and I want to thank the people who have made this site available and who have maintained it. It's a wonderful site.