graduation from PCS in 1960 I went to Cornell (where my parents
had gone), studied English, met my husband Byron McCalmon,
and got married. We stayed in Ithaca, where our children Margaret
(Meg) and Evan were born in 1967 and 1969. Byron worked at
Cornell and I for a well-known historian, David Brion Davis.
I was fortunate enough to do basic research on several of
his books on the rise of antislavery sentiment in Europe and
America. Later, I worked part–time as grants editor
for the Charles Merrill Trust, a charitable organization administered
from the Business School at Cornell. We lived an idyllic life
in a leafy suburb of Ithaca, but adventure called in 1976
and we moved to Boulder, CO, after Byron was offered a job
at the University of Colorado. I must say, after a week there,
I felt that I had died and gone to heaven. No more upstate
New York winters or interminable grey skies! We have never
looked back, although we still visit Ithaca for Cornell reunions
and to see Byron’s sister and old friends.
Our life in Colorado has centered around our family and the
University. We skied or hiked, depending on season; played
tennis and golf and attended football games, concerts, and
plays. At first I worked part-time for an outdoor outfitter,
a maker of sewing kits called Altra Kits. Later I joined the
staff of the University of Colorado Foundation, where I worked
for twenty years and ultimately became a Vice President. I
represented CU to major national corporations and charitable
foundations, and also raised funds from selected CU alumni.
I was part of a team that created the first serious fund-raising
effort for the University. Our daughter Meg graduated from
the University of California at Santa Barbara, and our son
Evan from CU. He later got an MFA degree in creative writing
from San Francisco State U. They are now both married and
living in the San Francisco Bay area. Our greatest joys of
late are our granddaughter Irene McCalmon and grandson Billy
Bingley. They were born within a month of each other and will
soon be two years old. Needless to say, our orientation is
westward these days!
I retired in 1999 (Byron had retired a few years earlier).
Now I have the liberty of reading, gardening, sewing, hiking
or doing anything I please, more or less. It is a fun stage
of life, if it weren’t for the “getting old”
part! We also enjoy international travel and domestic travel
(frequent trips to California and Florida). I spend part of
one day a week tutoring “I Have a Dream” Students
at a local high school. The parents of many of these students
have little more than third grade educations, yet these kids
are, increasingly, the future of our country. They have so
few advantages, and I have had so many.
Regards to all.
View from Boulder