I am retired.
My wife Jacqueline and I have been married for 54 years. We have two sons and three grandsons. We are avid choreographed ballroom dancers and are active in our church. We do a lot of choreographed ballroom dancing and are parliamentarians for the International Choreographed Ballroom Dance Association (ICBDA), website http://icbda.com/. We have our own website http://www. we-dance.info/ where we show dance videos with choreography instructions for dancers to view and learn dances. I am Clerk of Session for the First Presbyterian Church in Plant City and I am on the Board of Trustees for the Presbytery of Tampa Bay. After graduation, I started my 34-year career at Honeywell as an Evaluation Engineer. I retired as a Project Engineer. My most notable achievement was the co-invention of the “Hot Line Gun Sight” for fighter aircraft with Robert Schultz, another University of Minnesota graduate. We received a patent for it in 1973, patent number 3,716,696, “Projectile Stream Display Apparatus”. Industrial publication “Aviation Week” published an article describing its
operation in their August 17, 1970 issue. I received the Honeywell Sweat Award for this achievement in 1970. Over my career at Honeywell,
I worked on navigation, fi re control, marine and space systems. The
last fi ve years I was a Project Engineer at the Honeywell Systems and
Research Center. One of my projects was the development of Honeywell
systems for the Space Defense System Initiative, more commonly
known as “Star Wars”. I retired from Honeywell in 1990. I accepted a
position as a Church Business Administrator at the First Presbyterian
Church in Bellevue, WA. I refer to this second career as moving from
near space to outer space. I retired from this position in 2000. We
moved to Florida. My favorite memory has to be the times I spent dating Jacquie, going to football games, watching Paul Giel run up and down the field, hockey games watching Ken Yackel at Williams Arena, and studying in the Engineering Library. After Jacquie and I were married, we moved to the student housing on the Saint Paul campus. We had close friends there and enjoyed many happy times. On several occasions,I had the pleasure of sitting next to Dr. Alfred Nier as we traveled on the intercampus trolley. My favorite physics courses and professors were modern physics from Alfred Nier and George Freier, mathematical physics from Edward Hill and electronics from Morris Blair. My favorite course was in the EE 261-263 Problems Electromagnetism from William Shepherd. We met in the conference room next to his office. He assigned us problems to work on and present to the class. My greatest intellectual experience was the derivation of the relationship of energy to mass from Einstein’s theory of Special Relativity and the derivation of the velocity of light from Maxwell’s equations.