I grew up in northern
New Jersey. From 16 until I came to California at 21, I loved to
take the train or bus into Manhattan. I graduated from Middlesex
County Community College where I lettered in soccer and tennis
then moved to the San Fernando Valley to attend CSUN. I
graduated from CSUN with a BS in Health Science. I also attended
the UCLA School of Respiratory Therapy. I married Una in 1972.
She was a nurse and I was a Respiratory Therapist. In 1974, I
became the Director of the Respiratory Therapist Program at Los
Angeles Valley College. I was at the college for 34 years. 32
years teaching Respiratory Therapy and 2 years as Dean of
Academic Affairs. During that time I earned a Master of Public
Health (MPH) at CSUN and a Doctorate in Education (EdD) at
Pepperdine University. In 1984, I published a textbook. In 1995,
my program was honored as the most outstanding community college
occupational program in the state of California. I retired last
June as professor emeritus.
In 1975, Una and I moved to Simi
Valley. We have 2 daughters. Dr. Shannon is a Naturopathic
Physician in Palm Springs. Rebecca was a K-2 teacher until she
had our first grandchild, Amelia. Amelia will be 4 in May. Our
newest addition is 8 month old Xavier.
I played soccer in the Simi Valley Adult Men's League from 29
until I was 45. I then refereed soccer for AYSO until last year.
I enjoy fishing, woodworking and carving. I have been restoring
a 1962 MGA for the last 25 years. My most unusual hobby has been
traveling with Una to exotic places around the world.
I have always loved history, especially local history. I even
considered majoring in history in college. Una and I have
collected many American oak antiques. I feel that we must all
give something back to our community. It is an honor to be
affiliated with the Simi Valley Historical Society.