Name in High School: Stephen Anderson
Favorite High School Memories: High school was a very good experience for me. The various cultures that were represented; the many activities that were offered; the enthusiasm of the students and faculty; the chance to participate in clubs and events. The classes were rigorous enough to challenge without being overwhelming. I did enjoy photography and the development lab.
Favorite Teachers: Mrs Chisholm for Biology; Mr Meinicke for Chemistry; and Mr. Sipple for Physics. They were all great. And Mr Murray for English whose quiet, intelligent eloquence made the class pay close attention. Dr. Proppe was the very best Principal one could ask for: dignified, authoritative but approachable.
Spouse/Partner: Borgny Anderson
Children: Jonathan and family just moved from Colorado to Virginia. He works in space-based communication systems. David lives here in the Portland area with his family. He works for Home Depot and Jet Blue. Our daughter, Maren is a lawyer in Bellingham, Washington and works for non-profit charities.
Grandchildren: Jonathan and Angela’s three are Soren (9), Leif (7) and Sonja (3).
David And Erika’s three are Tryston (13), Dexter (6) and daughter, to be born august 2018.
Occupation: Nearly retired electric power engineer. I have enjoyed private consulting work for the past 30 years, and have worked on the development of geothermal, hydroelectric, wind and solar plants. Before that, I worked at PGE and PacifiCorp.
My other occupations included volunteer work with the Professional engineers of Oregon, the National Society of Professional Engineers and Warner Pacific College.
Favorite Pastimes: We have enjoyed time on the Willamette River, water skiing, jet skiing and drifting. We love to travel, and have enjoyed our visits to Europe and Africa. We spend a lot of time at church, with our grandkids and keeping up with relatives. We especially enjoy stage plays and Beaver sports.
Highlights of My Life Since High School: There have been many adventures with the kids – raising two Eagle Scouts is not without misadventures too! But seeing them grow into adulthood has been great. We have really enjoyed a few cruise ship trips. The Oregon Engineers honored me as the Engineer of the Year a while back, and then I was honored to become an NSPE Fellow. I found myself advising colleges on several matters, and soon found myself Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Warner Pacific College, a most rewarding experience. I continue to serve Oregon Institute of Technology as chairman of the Electrical Engineering Industry Advisory Board.
Hi Steve, Such a full life! I always remember you as being interested and curious about life and the people around you. I may not travel a lot now, but I share your enthusiasm for other cultures and people. It will be fun to talk to you this weekend!
It was great to read about your life since high school. You have rich memories. Thanks for sharing.
Thanks for your kind words, Krista. We have had a good life, and been able to stay in Oregon. It will be so great to see you in September; you are one of my very special memories of high school.
How commendable that both of your sons were Eagle scouts! Not an easy venture for children. You have had a wonderful life…
I look forward to seeing you in September! Your adventures intrigue me, and it will be fun to catch up.
Steve, Congratulations to you and the Mrs. for two Eagle Scouts. My father (deceased 2012) was a 1940s Eagle Scout in the Seattle Scouts (Chinese) Troop. I was a disappointment because I barely made it out of the Southwest Portland Cub Scouts Troop (blue uniform and canary yellow scarf) and did not pass first year Boy Scouts (drab olive green uniform). My Dad had the bandolier from +70 years ago with a zillion badges! Bona fide achievements e.g. no badge inflation because troop leaders were strict with all. It turned out okay between Dad and me because I passed the… Read more »