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Ronald Peterson (BS '67)

I have recently completed my autobiography: An Introvert Learns to Fly.

Caltech grads will enjoy seeing how a shy nerd from Minnesota survived Caltech and Lloyd House and grew into a leadership role in a major corporation. Essentially, my whole life was an experiment. Learn more, or buy the book at my website: or through Amazon.

Some highlights:

  • Scoring a record low on a Lloyd House “purity test” on knowledge of sex—eventually figuring it out

  • Convincing Feynman to drop me from a graduate course the day before he made it pass/fail

  • Rooming off campus with Doug Osheroff who later won the Nobel Prize

  • Doing groundbreaking research on low-temperature heat flow, and coatings for solar collectors and satellites

  • Leading technology for all of Honeywell despite being charisma-challenged

  • Helping teenagers build a 900-pound yellow submarine

  • Retiring as a consultant, writer, founder of a huge community garden, and teacher of precocious grandchildren (hoping one will be a third generation Caltech grad).

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Thomas Bostick (BS '67)

Very much enjoying retirement.  Keeping active in all the stuff I couldn't do while working.  I help the Maloof Foundation with photography, computer support and creating catalogs of their art exhibits.  I volunteer in a high school physics class in an under served neighborhood.  This is sponsored by EnCorps, a wonderful SoCal charity that provides meaningful training and support to professionals helping in STEM teaching, or will help you get a teaching credential in a STEM subject.  I'm working on wood working as a hobby (but usually too busy to actually do it).

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Terry Allen (BS '67)

Continuing to enjoy the retired life (second childhood without parental supervision!) in Texas. Celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary in July with a family reunion where all 5 children, their spouses, and 19 grandchildren came together for a week in the Colorado Rockies. Earlier in the year we visited our daughter and her family in The Netherlands and included a cruise through the fjords of Norway. Also enjoyed attending our 1967 50th Class Reunion. It was great to relive memories and see "old" friends.

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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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Clyde Zaidins (BS '62, MS '63, PhD '67)

Clyde Zaidins (BS '62, MS '63, PhD '67) came out of retirement to chair the physics department at the University of Colorado in Denver, where he spent his career. "I arrived in 1967 as one of the first three faculty," he says, and notes that while he's no longer at his beach house, he finds the work satisfying.

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