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Fran (Wetter) Finney (BS '76)

After graduating from Caltech in 1976, I furthered my education with a Masters in Physical Therapy. Many years down the road, after my husband Hal FInney (BS 1978) was diagnosed with ALS, I found my background was very helpful. After Hal passed away in 2014, I continued to work with other people who were living with severe and progressive neurodegenerative diseases. This year the ALS Association approached me, offering a position in their organization.  I am very happy to be able to use my experiences and expertise to help so many other people.

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Kim Thomas (BS '76)

I retired early from an academic career spent mostly at Whittier College teaching in the Department of Economics. My husband Paul Thomas, another Caltech alum, retired last summer from Intel, where he had been Chief Economist for more than 10 years. Suddenly free for the first time to live wherever we wanted, we chose Port Townsend, Washington on Puget Sound. Established originally as a seaport during Victorian times, PT has found new life in the last twenty years as a weekend destination for tourists from Seattle. We have a lovely home south of town on 2/3 acre in the forest only blocks from the beach, where we walk three times a week and see bald eagles, otters and signs saying "Don't disturb the seal pups." (We've not been here long enough to see the pups themselves, yet.) Paul and I have formed a small consulting company, Economic Stories, LLC, and we continue to write and--in Paul's case--give invited talks on topics in economics and business.

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Ronald Carson (BS '76)

After 27 years at Boeing I retired as a Technical Fellow in Systems Engineering. During that time I worked on commercial and military airplanes, satellite communications (five patents), and developed methods for requirements engineering (two patents).

I now teach part-time for Seattle Pacific University (undergraduate Engineering) and Missouri University of Science & Technology (graduate Systems Engineering). It was great to reconnect with Steve Mitchell (BS 77) through the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE). I continue to be active in INCOSE as a Fellow, certified Expert Systems Engineering Professional (ESEP), and member of the measurement working group.

Retirement provides more time for travel with my wife, Merrie, D.Min. and pastor, and visiting with four children and a growing number of grandchildren (six and counting) in the Seattle, WA area.

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Dayna Salter (BS '76)

Dayna Salter (BS '76) has retired from ExxonMobil after 35 years in the oil industry. Her next project will be teaching Developmental Math to junior college students in her hometown of Spring, TX. "I am enjoying the extra time," she says, to pursue her interests in personal training, yoga, piano, and maintaining an active B-17 with the Commemorative Air Force (Gulf Coast Wing).

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