"In the summer of 2010 we will celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. We will also note 35 years of owning land on the Cascade River in Skagit Co., now grown to 44 acres and 3900' of river frontage. Our friends are welcome to use the property and do so, among them being such former students as Gene Myers ( ? ), Aimee and Peter Frazier (91), Chris Moench (87), Jenny Hahn (00). In fact, much of our social/intellectual life still involves Fairhaven. When Bob published the award-winning book "Whatcom Places" Rod Burton (75), Aimee Frazier (91), Wendy Walker (72) and Bill Dietrich (73) were among the contributors. When he retired from full-time teaching, Chris Moench convinced him to join the Whatcom Land Trust board where he still serves and where he has worked closely with Chris, Gordon Scott (69) and Rand Jack. For a distraction he co-authored "American Indians and National Parks" with Fairhaven alum Mike Turek (82). We have seven granddaughters, all with Pat's genes. Her daughter Bryn climbed Rainier last summer; sons Ken and Doug are a lawyer and commercial fisherman (how's that for contrast?). Cheryl Keller now lives in England while Donna is in Bellingham. Last fall marked the 7th time we have lived in the same small southwestern German village located between the Rhine and Danube rivers. Even here we encounter former students, Bruce Borntraeger (85) and Joerg Rademacher being two examples. For payback, 18 Germans have visited us in Bellingham since 1995. Another major, continuing student embroilment involves a cooperative Bellingham work group called Porcout, its members including Karl Meyer (? ), John Hatten (87), Stefan Freelan (87), Jennifer Miller (?), Robyn Albro (07), Tracy Spring (04), all of whom attended college you know where. As if this isn't enough, Bob continues to instruct through Continuing Education. Last year Roger Gilman (73) allowed him back on campus to teach a Fairhaven class "Conservative Voices" which examined ideas ranging from Edmund Burke to William Buckley to David Brooks. Does this sound like the Fairhaven you knew? Despite the aging that goes with 25 years of bliss, and despite steel knees, a steel hip, a stent, and spinal fusion, we remain in good health. Pat takes groups of women into the Grand Canyon while Bob has twice traversed that little chasm in one day. We probably won't spend three weeks crossing the Brooks Range by foot and canoe again, or kayak the Queen Charlottes, but we still hope to paddle more of Vancouver Island's west coast. Or at least Chuckanut Bay. We have enjoyed our careers and our lives. Fairhaven College's students and faculty have been a big part of it."
Bill Heid and June Gordon continue to enjoy life in Santa Cruz. Along with June's work as a Professor of International and Comparative Education at UCSC, we do as much traveling as possible. Three around the world trips had such highlights as South Africa and Chile on our way to south India and the Phillipines while another trip included Lithuania, Croatia, and north India on our way to Japan. We have had three trips to China, including Tibet and Xinjiang, and a tour of southeast Asia as well. Most of this adds to June's understanding for research and teaching about how education in Asian cultures has affected the schooling experience of Asian immigrants to the U.S. Several years of research in Japan resulted in June's book, "Japan's Outcaste Youth: Education for Liberation," while collaboration with Japanese scholars has led to a new book, "Challenges to Japanese Education: Economics, Reform, and Human Rights." Family visits to Seattle, Akron, Long Beach, Ireland, and England have added to our travels -- and Santa Cruz is as good a place to live as anywhere in the world.
"Since retiring, I have tried on some things I always thought I'd like to do: the first year I sold a bunch of my stuff on ebay. It was fun for awhile, but I'm not cut out for retail. At the same time I participated in some holiday arts & crafts sales with my knit/felted hats & cat beds, as well as scarves, knit caps, and wool socks. Now that I have tried that one, I don't think I was cut out to be a professional crafter. So I continue to create, to spend as much time as possible with my declining parents and other family members. This season I did lots of gardening--at my place, for my parents, and at my sister & brother-in-law's farm where we planted a large vegetable garden. Then starting in August it was my goal to preserve as much food as I could from the garden. With my old hippie food dryer I dried lots of zucchini, tomatoes, apples, pears, and more. My freezer is full of various squash, tomatoes, fruits, etc. I definitely am cut out to be a gardener/harvester/preserver--this has given me the most satisfaction. I get together with David Mason and Pat Jackson (76) for lunch fairly often. I thought when I retired I would catch up on reading the hundreds of books I have, but mostly I prefer books on tape so I can knit at the same time. For the New Year, I'm going to be seeking out some volunteer activities that will get me off my butt. Any good ideas? I miss the student energy and faculty wisdom, but know that I can go up to Fairhaven and get an infusion whenever I want--I get free parking now that I'm a relic! I am very relaxed, living mostly in the moment, and not missing having deadlines whatsoever." - Sooby