ARTHUR W. KENDALL
50 years? That’s impossible!
After high school, I went to David Lipscomb College for two years, then to the University of Maryland. Anne McKenzie and I married the summer before I started at the University of Maryland, with Bill Brinsfield as my best man and John Kirby as an usher. While at the University of Maryland, Phil Rosenthal and I studied together some, and I checked in with John Kirby at the dairy store from time to time. At our class Christmas party when we were seniors in college, Bill Brinsfield asked me what was next. I told him I was thinking about graduate school in oceanography and he asked me what the best school in the country was. I told him University of Washington but there was no way I could get in there. Well, three years later I had my MS from the University of Washington, and got a job at a Federal marine lab in New Jersey. I worked there for 13 years, and got my PhD at the University of California. The job in New Jersey was dead-ending, and I had an offer to transfer to Seattle. So we packed up our three kids and headed west in 1978.
My work for the next 22 years in Seattle involved studying the eggs and larvae of fish, mainly in the Gulf of Alaska and the Bering Sea. I led a group of about 20 scientists working on pollock recruitment. Over the years I spent about a month a year at sea on US, Russian, and Japanese research vessels. It wasn’t exactly publish-or-perish, but by the time I retired I had over 50 papers in scientific journals.
When I retired in 2001, we moved to a small private community about 60 miles north of Seattle on an island in an Indian Reservation. We have lots of trees around and live on a hill with peek-a-boo views of water, fields and mountains. Our kids are all married and we have 5 grandkids. Our two sons (one a teaching emergency room doctor, and the other working for Sun Microsystems) live in Denver where the grandkids are so we zoom through the skies between Seattle and Denver fairly frequently. Our daughter lives in Seattle and teaches at a private alternative high school.
Retirement is great, although I keep my hand in professional things to some extent, having just finishing writing a technical book that has been in the works for about 10 years. Another highlight was teaching a course in Kuwait a couple of years ago.
I am involved in our church and continue to enjoy hunting (mostly waterfowl) and fishing, as well as doing some pottery. Life is good, and each day is full.
One regret of being so far away is that I have lost touch with our class, so I really look forward to the reunion.