E. 10th St., Houston, TX 77008
is an interesting project to write a bio of the last 46 years
of my life! Here are the “facts” of my life, to
date – March 2007.
I attended Goucher College and graduated in 1964 with a BS
in psychology. What a privilege to be in school in the 60’s
what with all the consciousness-raising that was going on,
especially for someone like myself who had led a relatively
protected and sheltered life. My studies as well as exposure
to issues impacting our country –civil rights, poverty,
and women’s struggles- impacted very strongly who I
married shortly after graduation my husband Roger, who I met
on a blind date at the Naval Academy. His work in the Navy
took us to Long Beach, CA, then Boston for 3 years of graduate
work at MIT, followed by 2 years at Boston Naval shipyard.
During this time I worked in public welfare social work and
“Great Society” programs everywhere from Watts,
CA to the slums of Boston.
Before leaving Boston in 1971 we gave birth to our lovely
daughter Jennifer, followed by son Daniel three years later
while Roger was serving on the aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk,
based in San Diego, CA but sailing off the coast of Viet Nam
most of those troubled years. In 1976 Roger decided the Navy’s
plans for him did not coincide with being an involved parent,
so we moved to Houston, TX for a job with Shell Oil in marine
I wallowed in motherhood for my children’s early years,
and then returned to work in a coalition of religious congregations’
social outreach programs in 1985. We were blessed to have
the opportunity to live in London for three years from 1987-1990,
and I contracted “travel bug syndrome” as did
my children who were teens at the time.
When we returned to Houston, I went back to school and received
a Masters of Social Work, then worked as a clinical social
worker in a non-profit agency, delivering mental health counseling
to a wide range of persons with varying life difficulties
– pregnant and parenting teens in inner city schools,
persons with AIDS, abused and neglected foster children, sex
offenders and victims of sexual abuse, individuals with depression,
major mental illness, relationship problems, etc. I “retired”
two years ago in order to spend time with Roger who had been
struggling with a recurring cancer of the kidney illness.
Currently he has been cancer-free, so we take advantage of
being “off the cancer train” to travel, play,
volunteer in local schools, food pantries, and with our church,
and see as much of our dear granddaughters (ages 2 and 5)
who live in Los Angeles with Jennifer and her husband Scott
McDowell, who works for Warner Chappell Music as an attorney.
mother now lives in San Diego, and will turn 90 soon –
is well and still plays golf, and we love visiting her in
that gorgeous part of California. Our son Dan lives in Houston,
works for a shipping agency and was married in October 2006
to a lovely young woman from Philadelphia, Julie Olmstead.
I return to Rochester to see my brother Steve and friends
fairly regularly, and will certainly plan to visit for the
class of 60 reunion in 2010!
Diana and her lovely grandaughter