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(Revised 3-13-2018; 5-15-2018)
Let us know what you've been up to for the past 50 years! Well, not every single thing...in detail...in order. But some highlights would be nice.
An online form will appear after you click the gray Add Your Profile button below (so you can submit your bio). Only the boxes with * are required. All others are optional.
But, it might be nice if you mentioned your maiden name (if appropriate), your spouse/partner/significant other, and your current home town. Whatever. Up to you. We just want to hear something from you.
Your email address will NOT be published online; it's just so you and other registered classmates can send private email messsages to each through the website, but only if you select that option.
You can also Edit Your Profile as needed, if you want to correct or add something.
Click on the Where Are They Now? button to see a cumulative map of the cities where our classmates are living now. (You can opt out of this feature if you like, by not including your town in your profile.)
Then, click on a pin head on the map to see who lives there. You may have to "zoom out" to see entire US map (or world map), by using the - (minus) icon on the lower right of map.
(Disclaimer: the GPS map coordinates are seriously crude--some of the pin heads are pointing to cities quite far away from their actual geographic position!)
Click on a photo (below) to enlarge it.
Have a question? Need some help?
Contact Patricia Biesiot if you have questions or want help uploading text and/or photos: firstname.lastname@example.org or 601-466-8102.
Pat will upload your Senior Class picture (assuming you had one) or a photo from a previous yearbook for the "Then" photo, unless you want to upload another one instead. Images must be in .jpg, .gif, or .png format.
If you don't have access to a scanner, let Pat know and we'll figure out a way for you to mail the photos for her to scan and upload for you.
Grosse Pointe Farms MI US 48236 Consultant Married 2After graduating from the College of Wooster in 1972, I taught high school and coached debate in the Toledo area for 3 years. Much to my amazement, I then returned to Bowling Green to go to graduate school in Industrial-Organizational Psychology, marrying a fellow graduate student, Wendy Soubel, in 1978 and receiving my Ph.D. in 1980. Wendy and I lived in Cincinnati for several years where I taught in the Business College of the University of Cincinnati and then left academia to go into consulting. We moved to the Detroit area (Grosse Pointe) in 1983 and I joined together with another BGSU grad with the intention of operating the firm out of our houses. That company got out of hand and we had 6 offices across the US and a couple in the post-communist states at the point where we sold the company. I've had another couple of firms since then, both focused on assessment (developing/validating tests, interviews and other tools).
Wendy and I raised our family here in the Detroit area. Our daughter, Kaitlin, now lives in Chicago where she is a clinical psychologist. Our son, Christopher, is in Bozeman, Montana where he skis, snowboards, hikes, camps and spends an occasional hour or two trying to find himself. Now that we're empty nesters, we thought about moving to another part of the country but found we'd developed roots. So we're sticking with Detroit and have moved to a house that is just large enough for the two of us and the 3 dogs. Both Wendy and I still work part-time (she does executive coaching and assessment) but manage to travel a fair amount and spend time at our cottage in Canada (on Lake Huron close to Grand Bend).
Long Beach MS US 39402 Retired (formerly associate dean, College of Science & Technology, The University of SouthernI retired in 2015. Had a rewarding career in academia, but there is more to life than work! Happy to have more time to enjoy reading, gardening, traveling. We live 2 blocks from the beach (Mississippi Sound); I walk a lot for exercise and relaxation.
Mississippi) Married 1 Shiao Wang
I attended BGSU; received my B.S. (1972) and M.S. (1975) in Biological Sciences. Worked as a technician, later laboratory supervisor at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) in Ocean Springs, MS before going back to graduate school. Received my PhD in Biological Oceanagraphy (1986) from the MIT/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program in Oceanography. Did postdoctoral research at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, TN. Spent the rest of my career (26 years) on faculty in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. (A USM claim to fame: it's Bret Farve's alma mater; he still lives in Hattiesburg. Not that we hang out with him or anything.) My favorite class was "Caribbean Marine Biology", which I taught 8 times as a 16-day Study Abroad course in Ocho Rios, Jamaica during the break between Spring and Summer or Fall and Spring semesters. Loved introducing students to snorkeling on the reefs and in the mangrove forests and interacting with Jamaican scientists and educators.
I met my husband at GCRL but we went to separate grad schools before doing our post-docs together at Oak Ridge. Married in Oak Ridge after a long duration / long distance courtship. Shiao is a professsor in Biological Sciences and teaches/does research at the Gulf Park campus of USM in Long Beach. I had our son late in life, so Henry actually may be younger (25 in 2017) than some of our classmates' grandchildren! He lives and works in NYC, and we visit him periodically.
I travel back to Ohio several times a year now that I have more time; my parents and 2 sisters still live in the area. Attended the 10th year BGHS reunion but couldn't (didn't?) go to the 20th. I'm looking forward to the 50th!
Bowling Green OH US 43402 RetiredWork: Retired in May 2014 after 42 years in the daily newspaper business. Most of the time with the Sentinel-Tribune in Bowling Green. Eight years in the 1970s as sports editor, then city editor, newsroom computer specialist and in the later years added web editor to my duties.
Education: Bachelor of Science in Journalism from Bowling Green State University in 1972. Certified Interpretive Guide through the National Association for Interpretation. Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist through the Ohio State University Extension and Wood County Park District.
Retirement: Summers of 2015 and 2016 as a volunteer program assistant with the Yellowstone Association Institute based at the Lamar Buffalo Ranch in Yellowstone National Park. I recommend their field seminars to anyone interested in getting off the beaten path at Yellowstone. YAI is now known at Yellowstone Forever Institute.
Locally, volunteer for the Wood County Park District and the Wood County Museum and Historical Center (the old Wood County Infirmary-Poor Farm on County Home Road).
Other: With my brother (Larry) in 2009 completed a frame-off stock restoration of a 1942 Chevrolet 1/2-ton pickup truck. This is a "blackout model" manufactured in 1942 after the start of World War II. Looking forward to getting it back on the car show circuit this summer after being away the past two summers. A 1946 Chevrolet Suburban restoration is underway. It may be finished by summer 2018, we hope.
Columbia SC US 29205 Attorney Married 1Hi everybody! I'll be brief for now in telling you just a little about how I have spent the past 50 years. I really look forward to seeing you and catching up at our reunion!
After graduating from BGHS, I attended Winthrop University for one year then transferred to the University of South Carolina. I graduated in December 1971 with a BA in Sociology. Having led a fairly sheltered life, I wanted a challenging experience, so I became a prison guard. While in that position I was inspired to go to law school. I have now been practicing law for 40 years. I am a Certified Specialist in Employment & Labor Law, and this year will publish the 5th edition of Labor and Employment Law for South Carolina Lawyers. I also practice civil rights law and am a Certified US District Court Mediator. My most exciting recent case was Condon & Bleckley v. Wilson & Haley, which brought marriage equality to our state in 2014.
I have been married to Mike LeFever for 28 years and we have one daughter, Grant Burnette LeFever. Mike formerly was Deputy Chief of Staff for Gov. Jim Hodges and now is CEO of the SC Independent Colleges and Universities. We enjoy spending time at Edisto Beach, but our house there sustained a lot of damage from Hurricane Matthew in October 2016. Our daughter, Grant, is finishing up her second year at the University of South Carolina School of Law. She earned her Masters degree in Southern Studies from Ole Miss, which gave her many excellent skills in researching and writing. Now if we could just get her out of the house permanently . . . She has a boyfriend, Steven, who lives and works in Charleston. Yes, we do like him.
We also have a psycho Goldendoodle named Eddie, but that's another story. More later!
Carol Emans (Crandall)
Van Buren OH US 45889 retired RN Married 2 Dave CrandallAfter graduation I attended a semester of college at Murray State University, Murray, KY. I returned to obtain my nursing degree at Owens College. I practiced in Findlay, OH as a home-health nurse, specializing in mental health for 20 years. I have 3 grandsons. Cole and Conner are active in all sports, and Adrian loves boy scouts. Dave, Rusty (my golden retriever), and I have a home in Fla. where we like to spend our winters on the gulf coast. We enjoy traveling, hiking, and time spent with family and friends. Currently I spend retirement dog-sitting and when the weather cooperates running a produce stand! Remembering my 4 years of school at BG -Priceless!
Andover MA US 01810 CEO www.locusrobotics.com Married 2After graduating from BGHS I attended and graduated from BGSU in 1972 with a BS in Business & Computer Science. While there, I played on the university golf team.
After graduating from BGSU, I married Kathy Aring (BGHS Class ‘71) and we moved to Boston so she could attend Harvard Law School.
After moving to Boston, I initially worked for Owens Corning Fiberglass as a field sales representative. Very quickly I became attracted to the software business. I started a software distribution company, First Software, that grew to more than 500 employees in three years.
After First Software, I became CMO at Lotus Development (1-2-3 if you remember back that far). I’ve also founded and/or held executive positions at Intronis, j2 Global, WebEx, Intranets.com, Mzinga, Shiva & PictureTel.
I’m currently CEO of a very cool robotics company in the Boston area named Locus Robotics. http://www.locusrobotics.com
Locus automates warehouses that ship ecommerce orders. It’s an exciting & growing space.
I also sit on various boards including Influitive, and Hostway and am an advisor to many early-stage companies.
Kathy and I have two children, Brian & Ashley. Brian teaches Chemistry at Phillips Academy in Andover. Brian has two children. Ashley is a nurse practitioner and was most recently working at Children’s Hospital in Boston, until she had a baby girl.
In the “now picture” from left to right are Emmy (Ashley's daughter), Ashley (daughter), Jeremy (Ashley’s husband), me, Juliett (Brian's daugfhter), Kathy (wife), Brian (son), Jack (Brian’s son), Cat (Brian’s wife)..
In all, we have three grandkids, with one on the way … Brian’s third.
I’m looking forward to our 50th reunion and catching up with everyone.
Kay Francisco (Hoane)
Findlay OH US 45840 Coordinator of Life Long learning at University of Findlay Married 3A Bowling Green Bobcat, BGSU Falcon, Liberty Benton Eagle, University of Findlay Oiler.
Life's adventures....marrying Steve Hoane, raising three wonderful sons, teaching kindergarten, owning a teacher supply store, and presently working at the University of Findlay.
Fifty years of great memories .....and now making precious memories with my seven grandchildren....... the greatest joys of all !
Mary Jane Hemmerly (Browne)
Crestview FL US 32536 Retired Married 2In 1982, my husband and I along with our two daughters, moved to Winston-Salem, NC. I retired in 2010 after twenty-eight years as a Training Manager for a Fortune 500 company. After my husband retired in 2011, we decided to become full-time RVers. In 2012, we sold our home and most all our possessions, bought a 37' motorhome and off we went. Unfortunately, after only 6 months on the road, my mom had a stroke. We spent the next three years taking care of her until her death in January 2016. We are now back to full-timing and loving it. We've been to 43 of the 50 states and hopefully will eventually get to all the 49 continguous states. We have 4 grandsons - 3 in PA and 1 in NC. We generally spend a couple months in PA and NC and spend our winters in Ft. Myers, FL.
Findlay OH US 45840 Retired Married 3 Kay Francisco HoaneI attended BGSU and after my marriage to Kay Francisco and starting a career I finally graduated in 1977. Kay and I have 3 sons who have grown up to be fine men and great fathers you couldn't ask for more...... until the grandchildren came along and now the boys are second fiddle to 7 extremely spoiled and wonderfully entertaining children. I spent 43 years in the Automotive Aftermarket and retired in 2015 as the COO of a $500M business located in Nashville TN. I am happy to say I don't miss it one bit and now enjoy playing more golf and boating of which I am not very good at but I haven't sunk the boat yet so things are looking up. Kay and I still live in Findlay but we spend our winters on Marco Island and our summers on Grand Lake St Mary's.
Valerie Hockenberger (Giedenghagen)
Lawrence KS US 66049 Retired Social Worker Married 2I retired last May from a 20 year career in Social Work. I got a late start, not getting my MSW till 1997, and later my LSCSW. I worked primarily w/kids, in Adoption, a Psych hospital and a middle school. I married in 1970 and divorced in 1979, after 2 boys - Ryan and Derek. Married again in 1986 to Marc, who is a Presbyterian minister. I lived in BG when I was single and then we moved to Pontiac, MI for 10 years, and to Topeka, KS for 10 years (for Marc's jobs). He is originally from KS. We now live in Lawrence, KS, (where Basketball was invented!!) Marc teaches Clinical Pastoral Education at a hospital in KC. Derek is disabled and lives here in Lawrence. Ryan lives about 40 miles away, w/his wife and our 3 granddaughters. My Mom moved here about 7 years ago - she is 97yo and in an independent apartment. We spend a lot of time w/our family, especially the girls! Isadora is 13, Maya is 10 and Rosa is 4. We love KU Basketball, even though neither of us went there - it is kind of mandatory when you live in Lawrence. We like to travel too and hope to do more when Marc retires. I took up Scuba diving about 5 years ago and love it. I like to walk and lift weights for fun and to maintain my ability to continue diving. Those are the high points of my life. Thanks to everyone who has worked so hard on this, especially Pat, Judy and Ron. Having worked in a Middle School for 10 years, I know that Middle School Principals really get things done! Hope to see you all in October, 2018!!
Clark Lake MI US 49234 Retired Principal Married 2 Beth (Noe) JuneAfter graduating from BGHS I attended and graduated from Adrian College in 1972 with a BS in Education and Political Science. While there, I pitched on the AC baseball team. I also attended Eastern Michigan University where I received my masters degree in Educational Leadership in 1976.
I spent my entire career at the Middle School level as a math teacher, coach and principal. I loved that age. I worked in Adrian Public Schools for 18 years from 1972 to 1990 as a teacher, football and basketball coach, and math coordinator for the district. From 1985 to 1990 I also taught Elementary Math Methods classes for Siena Heights University and Adrian College. I also served on the Michigan Department of Education mathematics reform committee at this time.
In 1990, I went to Tecumseh Public Schools and was principal at the Middle School. While there, my first assistant principal was Bill Croft. Bill was a High School teacher, football and track coach at BGHS when we were there. He always liked to have people guess who his boss was whenever he returned to Bowling Green. The reactions were rather interesting.
Saline Area Schools asked me to come to their district in 1997 while they were in a building project. I helped design and configure a 5th/6th building that housed around 950 students. I retired in 2005 and now spend my time at Clark Lake from May to December and then winter in Sarasota, FL from January through April.
My passion right now is pickleball, a great sport that is the fastest growing sport in the country. Whenever I mention pickleball, people ask, "What is it?" It is small tennis or large ping pong. It is played on a badmitten size court with a paddle and a plastic whiffle ball. It is wonderful exercise and allows me to still have some place to be competitive.
You may remember that I dated Beth Noe through high school. Beth settled in Adrian while I was still attending Adrian College. She also was a teacher and principal in Adrian. We married in June 1971 between my Junior and Senior year of college. We have two children; Brian, an engineer for Rolls Royce in Indianapolis and Sarah, a math teacher in the same building in Adrian where I started my teaching career. We also have two wonderful grandchildren. My grandson is 15 and plays hockey and lacrosse and my granddaughter is 11 and is a swimmer.
I look forward to our 50th reunion and renewing friendships and catching up with everyone. It has been fun and rewarding to reconnect with all of you. I hope that each and every one of you can make it to BG the first weekend in October 2018.
Finally, the picture above is me watching a sunset at Clark Lake. Almost every night I sit on the dock and watch the sun paint the landscape. As the colors sweep across the water, touching each ripple of water in it's own unique way, I contemplate how lucky I am as another day comes to a close.
Taos NM US 87571 artist www.stephenkilborn.com Married 1 LaVerneStephen Kilborn
Over the last forty one years Stephen Kilborn has had the good fortune to support himself solely through his art. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree (specializing in painting and ceramics) from Bowling Green State University in 1972. Following his graduation, Stephen moved to New Mexico where he worked in Santa Fe as a furniture maker from 1972 to 1975. In 1975 he made the transition to pottery making and in 1978 Stephen moved north from Santa Fe to Pilar where he setup a pottery studio and started employing up to twelve assistants to produce pottery to be sold in over one hundred shops and galleries around the United States, Europe and Japan. In 1994 Stephen opened a gallery in Taos where he shows both his pottery and paintings. The gallery is managed by Stephen’s wife LaVerne and is in the historic Phillips house in the center of Taos. The studio is still located in the Village of Pilar, 17 miles south of Taos and is also open to the public. Presently these locations and the internet are the only places that Stephen’s pottery is available.
At this time, Stephen spends most of his time painting. To that end, in 2004, Stephen setup a separate painting studio in Pilar where he works and teaches workshops. He also travels throughout Mexico and Europe where he can get away and concentrate on his painting. Whether working in wood, clay or paint, Stephen has learned from the different unique processes involved in working with each material. He is at a point in his career where he is able to directly reach collectors through his Taos gallery and in doing so he has the freedom to pursue whatever direction he cares to.
Ruth Leiendecker (Defuge)
Naples FL US 34110 Retired Teacher Married 1 LarryAfter graduation from Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, MI, with a BA degree, I took a position in the management training program with Equitable Life Assurance Society of the United States. My year of training was in the Cleveland Office followed by a transfer to the Philadelphia Office. I met my future husband at the train station on the way to work in Center City where his company was across the street from mine. His job change meant a relocation to central Pennsylvania and the Camp Hill Office of ELAS where I was the administrative office manager. However, it also meant that we were just in time for the melt down of Three Mile Island. The insurance office closed in 1982 giving me a chance to return to my first love, teaching. I was a long-term substitute in the Mechanicsburg School District for a year until I was hired in the Northern York School District where I taught until I retired in 2005. I taught Western Heritage to 9th. graders and AP European History to Seniors while serving as the Social Studies Department Chair and the coach of the Mock Trial Team.
We have always been active in the community. I served as the secretary of the Dillsburg Library Board for 10 years and as the Treasurer (with Larry's help) of the Harrisburg Altrusa Chapter. I enjoy reading, sewing, embroidery, gardening and travel.
After 10 years as "snowbirds", we relocated to Naples, Florida in 2016 selling our home of 37 years in 3 weeks. We are happy to be in the sunshine state and weathered hurricane Irma with no problems. Larry is on the condo board and I am chair of social committee. We are both in the bocce league. We stay active and involved in life.
Rev. David C. Lippert
Marion OH US 43302 Retired Minister Married 5 Janet Sechler LippertJanet and I were married April 11, 1970. I was attending Toledo University and Janet attended BGSU and OU Zanesville branch. We were blessed with 2 girls Wendy and Jill, and adopted Roger, Michael, and Tyler. I attended Winebrenner Seminary after being called by The Lord to serve Him, and graduated with a BA in Pastoral Ministry from Trinity Seminary and College. I was called to Green Camp Ohio to serve my first church in 1994. Ordained by the Conservitive Congregational Christian Conference in 1995. I began to serve a second church in Green Camp at the same time and later obtained a second ordination with The American Baptist Churches USA. I also began a nursing home/Assisted living chaplaincy in Marion employing two other chaplains. I also served as a hospice chaplain for a year. I semi-retired in 2013 and fill pulpits and continue with my nursing home duties. Janet and I have been blessed with 6 grandchildren and 1 Great granddaughter. In 2016 I had open heart surgery to remove a large clot in my artery with one bypass. Looking forward to see all our classmates in 2018. Blessings, Dave
Fort Wayne IN US 46804 Retired Married 4
I headed off to the U.S. Navy for four years after graduation. After that, I began a career with GTE. I married my first (and current!) wife, Terri (Chambers), in 1974. After 33 years of service and several corporate transfers with GTE/Verizon I retired in 2006 in Fort Wayne, IN. I worked a few more years contracting with them and called it quits for good in 2011. Terri and have been married 42 years and have four wonderful kids - two sons, two daughters and eight grandchildren (soon to be 9 in July). They’re pretty prolific, so who knows how many there will be by the reunion. We have a son and daughter in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, a daughter in the Houston area and a son here in Fort Wayne. They are all terrific fathers and/or mothers (a huge testament to Terri!) and I count my blessings every day for each of them. We’re fortunate to visit them periodically throughout the year. Fort Wayne is home for us spring, summer and fall and we winter in New Smyrna Beach, Fl. That’s about it - we’re healthy and life is good!
Judy Wright (Fisher)
OH US 43431 Semi retired teacher Married 4 Tom FisherAfter high school, I spent the next 4 years at BGSU and earned a degree in elementary education. I was lucky enough to teach for 37 years in a school system that I absolutely loved: Gibsonburg, Ohio. I taught every grade from 1st through 6th and enjoyed them all! I retired in 2009 after the birth of our first grandchild, so I could spend as much time as I want with grandkids. But I still am active in our district as a substitute teacher and have no plans on "retiring" anytime soon.
I married Tom, whom I met at BGSU, in 1973 and together we have two sons and two daughters, and three grandsons and four granddaughters (the youngest was born in April of this year). Our children are all pretty well scattered---both daughters live in the Phoenix area, our oldest son is in Lansing, and our youngest son is in Columbus. Needless to say, we do a lot of traveling to visit, babysit, help kids move, etc. (I fly at least 3X a year to Arizona for extended stays.)
Since my husband and I have both semi-retired, we have developed a few hobbies that we enjoy. Tom golfs frequently and also continues working on our house which is always in need of updating. I have relearned knitting (not well, but I make a mean scarf and personalized mini baby blankies) and sewing (creating cloth books from scratch for my grandkids). We also like to travel the country together and see new sights.
The last 50 years have been good ones for us, and I am looking forward to seeing many old friends at the reunion and catching up with them!