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2011 College Grad - University of
Airplane belongs to
Dave's brother Travis & his
Sister in law
(AHS '65) & bro
(Terry's wife); niece
(Travis's wife); our matey
wife Anita was
ill and unable to attend the ceremonies and celebration]
With a bit of urging, Dave discloses some details about
himself, family and how he ended up getting a college degree at
Question: Your brother Travis flew all your siblings to your
college graduation in his own airplane?
Yes. My brother Travis put the graduation celebration trip
together and lined up the various stops to pick up our other
siblings.. Friday morning he and his wife Sharon flew in
their plane from their home in Austin to Dallas, where they picked up
our sister Priscilla.. then they
headed to Santa Fe to pick up brother Terry, his wife Hanneke and
their daughter Anna. All landed in Tucson around 12:30
noon, got a bite to eat and arrived at the Convention Center
for the convocation, which began at 2:00.
Q: What's your background?
Well, I was born
in a mining camp north of Tucson; my father
worked for ASARCO at the time, so I am a native of Arizona. During WWII, he was transferred to El Paso
to work at the
smelter there. We lived up the valley on a farm
until I was in the eighth grade, when
we moved to Kern Place. My first two
years of high school were at El Paso High. Our next move was to
the Memorial Park area, so my sister and I transferred to Austin and
our younger brothers attended Crockett.
Jobs included being resident general manager of Paso Del
Norte Hotel in downtown El Paso; a stint at the El Paso Natural Gas Company..
then I worked at State
National Bank in El Paso and for a few years owned 2000 acres of
farm land in Esperanza, Texas, on the
border about 80 miles south of El Paso; we had a general store, pen
feed operation, and an Exxon station. I eventually sold
the property and moved to Los Angeles, where I was regional
manager for UCB bank and later an
advertising artist for NCR.
Most of my customers were movie and movie-related firms, it was
fun and I met a few movie stars along the way.
Finally I made my way back to Tucson, a city I'd always
liked since early childhood, and went to work for CBS Property Services,
where I stayed put till retirement. My wife Anita and I
enjoy ourselves here.
One might say my life has been one big adventure in many
ways, never dull for sure.
Q: Why did you decide, in your 70s, to finish college?
Long ago I worked on a team to pass the UCC codes
and the Truth and Lending Acts in all the states and Great
Britain; the team consisted of nine lawyers, a legal secretary and
me... I felt like a dummy because
I was the only one without a college degree, so I began studies by correspondence from La
Salle University in Chicago, planning on a law degree. The American
Bar Association thwarted that plan, however, when it did away with all clerking
correspondence studies and apprenticeships, and created the
requirement of "having to be in attendance in a recognized
college for a minimum of two years." By that time I had accrued
174 hours of college studies, but in a lot of different degree
plans. To wrap it all up, I needed to get into a degree plan that
fit everything I had studied -- Political Science was a fit
for a major and because I worked in commercial real estate for
38 years, my minor was economic redevelopment.
Now I'm a college graduate... and considering what interesting
new plan to pursue.