Konrad M. Kressley
I fir st en c o un te re d m e m b er s of thi s cl as s in Ja nu ar y, 1 9 5 2 w he n I ar ri ve d fr o m G er m an y. Mrs. Fl o o d, o ur 5t h gr a d e te ac he r, an d so m e of y o u he lp e d m e to le ar n E ng lis h at Oxon Hill Elementary School. I have fond memories of those years, particularly when we sixth graders were taken for a visit of the high school down the hill.
Following graduation from OHHS, I entered McDaniel College (nee Western Maryland) and earned a worthless degree in History. ROTC ushered me into the Army which allowed me five years to see the world with service in Korea, France, Germany and New York City. I eventually lost my taste for camping and decided to pursue an academic career. That decision launched a series of professional misadventure which lasted a good number of years. Along the way, I picked up a PhD and three masters degrees in various fields of Political Science. Some of the latter were not intended; a master’s degree is frequently awarded when someone flunks out of a doctoral program. Having become an overeducated idiot, I accepted faculty positions in Louisiana and North Carolina before landing in Mobile. During 22 good years at the University of South Alabama, I headed a masters program in Public Administration, while conducting research and publishing in the field of Future Studies and Forecasting. I am still an active member of the World Future Society. My summers were spent with the Army reserve which gave me the opportunity to return to the D.C. area for service with the DIA and National Defense University. On retirement in 2003 I was appointed professor emeritus. My first retirement year was spent as a cruise boat lecturer entertaining passengers with visions of the future. When Hurricane Katrina devastated our region, I signed on as a medical volunteer. That experience persuaded me to go back to school and I became a licensed Pharmacy Technician in 2007. I currently work as a part time volunteer at a clinic which serves working people who don’t have health insurance. Please don’t ask me for recreational drugs.
My personal life has also been untidy. I have been married and divorced twice with a number of grandchildren and one great grandchild on the way. Over the past decade I have been blessed with the company of Cathi Windom, which proves that happiness can occur in late life. Cathi and I are attending her eldest son’s wedding in Los Angeles on Saturday, June 20, 2009. I have found time for some wonderful hobbies along the way. I am a long time jogger and actually ran the Boston Marathon while a graduate student at Harvard. Now, I’ve slowed the pace and also do yoga, swimming, hiking and occasional SCUBA diving in the Caribbean. I’m an outing leader with the Sierra Club. My other hobbies are wine, cooking and condo speculation (ouch!). Cathi and I are planning an Australia-New Zealand voyage when my investment portfolio recovers.