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Laramie, My Wife


I was very lucky to marry Laramie in 1961.  We thus celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary last year (2011) with 108 guests at Mount Pisgah Arboretum’s White Oak Pavilion.

She spent most of her childhood in the little town of Roosevelt, New Jersey.   Roosevelt has an interesting history and was the home of many artists and writers during her childhood.

We have three children: Jesse (1968), Abraham (1970)  and Ruth (1972).  Both boys are married:  Jesse to Kristi Kenney in 2011 and Abraham  to Stephanie Dulawa in 2002.  Abraham and Stephanie have a daughter, Ariela Palmer born in 2009.

Laramie graduated from the University of Wisconsin (Phi Beta Kappa) with a BS in psychology in 1964.  While I taught at Kansas, she did the course work for an MS in botany, but we left before she completed her thesis.  At the University of Oregon she received an MS in educational psychology in 1983.  After we returned from a sabbatical leave at Indiana University she was employed as a school psychologist by The Child Center from 1984 to 2000, working with severely emotionally disturbed young children.

Since retirement Laramie has spent an increased amount of  time volunteering with many nonprofit groups, particularly Reach to Recovery (sponsored by the American Cancer Society), Master Gardeners, Mount Pisgah Arboretum and the Oregon Mozart Players.

Her interests include gardening, wildflowers, walking, history, folk music, and reading.  We have always enjoyed traveling and learning about other places.  Since retirement we have been able to go further afield.


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  1. Sam permalink

    Laramie was one of my mom’s (Chilton Peterson) best friends. I have fond memories of outings with the 2 of them growing up.

  2. Tell Laramie I said hello… I’ve been thinking about her lately and wishing to say hello

  3. Hi Abby, I’ll relay your message. She may email you.

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