Richard Blish (BS '63, MS '64, PhD '67)

I read 3 newspapers (on line) daily, among which The Guardian is my favorite (also read Wash Post & NY Times). I often write comments back to the authors. I stay fit with daily bicycle rides (indoors due to major fall 15 yr ago) + twice a week to trainer to work on balance and flexibility. I am moderately active with the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (fund raising and Advocacy), having survived pancreatic 7 yr ago (successful Clinical, only 6% survived at that time,now up to 9%). I publish a blog on Pancreatic Cancer Research. My wife died unexpectedly and quickly 8 months ago after 52 marriage. I was badly depressed and then got incredibly lucky. I met a neighbor and we hit it off really well. At our introductory meeting we discovered we went to same High School Covina in So Cal) at the same time. Yet we never crossed paths in HS or here in HOA. My daughter is now an Asst Prof in Medicine at Stanford, just 15 mi away, so I see my granddaughters often. My son is an internet security expert living in New Hampshire, but he passes through here often and I go there. Lots of traveling this past year: NH, DC+NH, Morocco, Sicily, Hawaii. Will go to DC/NH again in 2017 and intercept the total solar eclipse ... maybe more.

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