Major: General studies
Profession: Retired computer programmer
Q: Where were you born and raised?
A: I was born in Madison, Tennessee, outside of Nashville. My father was sickly, so when I was 12, we moved to Tampa for better weather.
Q: Was it always your dream to go to college?
A: When I was in junior high school, the principal called me into his office. I was so scared. I didn't know what I could have done! But when I got in the office, the principal told me I had earned the highest score in the school on a placement test given to all eighth graders. He said to me, "You are a scholar! You should study Latin and Greek." Well, I didn't want to study Latin and Greek, but I did want to go to college.
Q: Why did you decide to attend UT?
A: Tampa U was the only school nearby where I could stay at home. I really did not have the resources to go elsewhere.
Q: Did anyone in your family go to UT?
A: No. As a matter of fact, I was the first person in my family to attend college.
Q: Did you live on campus?
A: I lived on campus one semester. In those days, the classes and living quarters were all located in Plant Hall. As I recall, girls were on the third floor and boys on the fourth.
Q: Did you have a favorite place at UT?
A: My favorite place was the Plant Hall lobby. That's where you went to socialize. It was the hub of everything. The lobby was open to the second floor, so you could look up and see classmates staring down at you, or if you were upstairs, you could see everyone coming into the lobby. We met there before, after and between classes. TU was much smaller then, so we could see everyone in the lobby.
Q: What friendships began at UT?
A: At my first sorority meeting before classes began, I met Diane (Achenbach) Vallee '59. We have been close friends ever since. Most of my friends now, I met at TU, including Diane, Gerry (Law) Hynes '59 and Jerry Krumbholz '62.
Q: How did UT help prepare you for a career?
A: TU helped me learn how to budget my time. It also taught me that even though I was talented in some areas, I still had to study and concentrate on my classes.
Q: Did UT help with your career goals?
A: Absolutely! I was a computer programmer for IBM. People revered computer programmers as the experts behind all the new technology. We were greatly respected wherever we went. What a great feeling! Eventually, I left IBM and became a consultant and was able to travel all over the United States.
Q: Why do you support UT?
A: I love UT! I want to see it grow. I want to help current students have a better opportunity to get an education. I am glad that many UT students have the opportunity to get a scholarship. If I won the lotto, I would make scholarships available for my high school and for all UT students.
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