I joined the class of í65 in the second grade when my family moved to
Sharon in 1954. Many of you may remember my mother who worked at
Moultonís Drug Store or my father who drove a school bus as a part time
job in the morning. I started high school in the general course then in
my sophomore year I switched to the college course which required me to
repeat my sophomore year. Therefore, I actually graduated in 1966.
After high school I attended Newman Prep for a year then attended
Wentworth Institute graduating with an associateís degree in
aeronautical technology. I went to work at Pratt & Whitney Aircraft in
East Hartford Connecticut as an engineering aid. Pratt & Whitney had a
massive lay-off after losing a government contract and not being able to
find a job, I moved back to Sharon. I had several odd jobs for a while
then I answered an ad in the Globe for a technician at CTI-Cryogenics in
Waltham MA. After working for about a year I got married and my wife
Audrey and I moved to Canton. I went back to school evenings at
Northeastern University and earned my engineering degree. I had been
working in the engineering lab at CTI and after graduation I was
promoted to product engineer. Audrey and I moved to Mansfield in 1976,
in 1984 we built the house weíre currently in. In 1991 CTI moved from
Waltham to Mansfield (what luck), I had a 6 mile ride to work every day.
I really enjoyed the work and stayed there for my working career. In
2005 CTI was purchased by Brooks Automation and moved us from Mansfield
to Chelmsford, MA. My 6 mile commute went to 65 miles one way. I stayed
there for five years retiring as a senior product design engineer in
2011; I couldnít take the commute anymore.
Audrey and I have been married for 41 years; we have two sons, Chris and Brian. Chris earned his Ph.D. in astro-physics and Brian has a masterís degree in theology. Chris is currently the astronomy writer for Science News magazine in Washington DC and Brian is a substance abuse counselor at the Bridge House in Framingham.