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History and Political Science double major and a teaching certification.

Where are you from?

Parkman, Ohio.

Where do you currently live?

Conneaut, Ohio.

3 words to describe yourself?

Energetic, dedicated to things I believe in and am family orientated.

What is the most interesting thing about you?

I am a Martha Holden Jennings scholar. It is an education foundation in Cleveland, I was nominated as a teacher for my exceptional work in the 80s.

How did you find Hiram?

I was the first to attend college in my family. My choices were Lake Erie, Hiram or Kent because I did not have a license yet and my parents did not want to drive me too far. My dad took me to campus when I was visiting a friend from high school who was a freshman. He walked around campus while I visited and was instantly sold because it was the friendliest place he had ever been. I had his approval before I even picked where I was going.

What clubs were you involved in?

I was in the senate and on the terrier newspaper. I was the editor from my sophomore to senior year. Our proofs were taken and printed at the Record Courier in Ravenna before distributing the papers around campus bi-weekly. Campus was in a politically creative time so there were may opinions and conversations on campus that made people want to read and make comments in the paper. I ran and lost for VP of the Senate my Junior year

Your favorite Hiram traditions?

I loved the holidays, maple days, leaf days and especially snow days. You would not know until morning if it was a campus day and there were movies in the evening.  

Favorite professor?

Wilson Hoffman was a history professor and made beautiful skeleton outlines on the board to lecture. He locked the classroom door in old Hinsdale because he did not like late students, but people were rarely late because it was such an enjoyable class.

What is your favorite location on campus?

The Garvin House where Koritansky is now. The radio was in the front, the very back was the magazine and the newspaper was in the middle.

What is your favorite Hiram memory?

Graduation in Price Gym. We lined up outside in order, ready to march but it was always hot.

What is the most important thing that you learned from Hiram?

The ability to stand for what you believe.

Do you feel that Hiram prepared you for your future?

Yes, I think it helped me mature, I got involved and wanted to be a responsible adult. Hiram is number one on my list for impacting my life.

What is your current employment? Retired? What are you doing now?

I worked as a teacher, I received my teaching license at Hiram. I taught at Berkshire high School in Burton, Ohio and so did my husband. We recently were invited to and attended out fiftieth-year reunion from Berkshire. I went to Bowie State University for my Master of Education in ’74. I worked with high school kids in the newspaper club and was privy to many of their issues as they talked about everything under the sun, so I started to give lots of advice. This made me decide that I wanted to be a guidance counsellor, so I received my MA in guidance counselling in Maryland and went on to work back in Ohio at Pymatuning Valley Schools as a guidance counselor from 2002 until retirement in 2016.

What do you enjoy in your spare time?

I am a quilter. I run a quilt camp where I teach about fifty quilters a year. I’ve done a few solo shows too.

What brought you back to Hiram and why the Alumni Executive Board (AEB)?

My last year in the AEB is coming up. I knew a lot about it from a former member and I lived not too far away so I decided to come back. One of my roommates used to live in town so I was coming back for events over the years so AEB was a great way to get involved.

Anything else you would like to share?

My husband and I have been married for forty-nine years. We met teaching at Berkshire’s class of ’68. We are both retired, our son, Jason, went to John Carrol and is the Vice President for Comerica bank in Michigan. We have three grandsons too.




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