After Mumford, I headed for the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Majored in Accounting, but spent at least as much time working in theater. I was a lighting designer, including a year as the lighting designer for the Pennsylvania Ballet Company, a new, regional, professional company. After Wharton, I returned to Michigan and married Vicki Miller [celebrated our 45th wedding anniversary last year]. Vicki is an interior designer.
After returning to MI and beginning work in the photography business, I completed a Masters degree in Radio and Television; afterward, I completed the course work for a PhD in Communications [no, never did the dissertation]. While at Wayne, I began teaching a course in Oral Communications and spent the next 31 years as an adjunct faculty member at WSU.
For many years, I have served on the Boards of both the Penn & Wharton Club of Michigan and the Penn & Wharton Club of Arizona. In 2005, I was asked to become a member of the newly-formed GAN [Global Alumni Network] Advisory Board, and in July, 2010, I became the Board’s Chairperson. In 2008, I was both surprised and honored to receive the University of Pennsylvania Alumni Award of Merit, one of only four or five given each year.
Keeping with the Television background, I have served on the Bloomfield Township and Bloomfield Hills Cable Access Board for the past 27 years, including serving as its chairperson for the last 22.
Our daughter, Ellyn, is a Breast Cancer survivor and has become very involved in both the Susan G. Komen 3-Day [60 mile] Walk for the Cure and FORCE, an support organization for carriers of the BRCA gene mutation. Vicki has joined Ellyn, walking the 3-Day for the past three years. Last year, I was one of only three photographers nationally selected to be staff Official Photographer for one of the 3-Day Walks; it was great joining Ellyn and Vicki in this worthy cause, and it's been fun seeing many of my photos in the national brochures for 2011. This year, I will be the only staff photographer, nationally, photographing for Komen.
13 years ago, Vicki and I built a house in Scottsdale, where we spend six months each year.