I was college bound in high school and enjoyed Mr. Friend's class on World History and Miss Murtaugh's English classes. After Cap it was one year at CSM; graduated from the University of Redlands, '64, one year at Claremont Grad. School on a Ph.D. in International Relations and Economics where I did not like the Director of the Program; went to UCLA and got my Masters in Public Health (Medical Administration). I joined the US Public Health Service as a civilian in '66, in the S.F. Regional Office to start Medicare Providers into the Program. Two years later led the organization of the 1st consumer controlled federally funded community health center in US in West Oakland, Ca. That led to a transfer to Washington D.C.
Found out that Washington D.C. was not what I thought it was but got two promotions while there and at one point was the first white person to spend a night in Medgar Evers' brother's, Charles Evers', motel in Fayette, Mississippi. He was the first Black Mayor in Mississippi, and came to that role after his brother's assassination. I was there to protect the monies he was getting from the federal government to help train health workers from being miss-handled and as he told me, "there are allot of people that want to get me for anything they can and you better keep me out of trouble." He later ran for Governor of Mississippi and requested I leave the federal government to advise him on health policy, but I declined. I lived in San Francisco 2.5 years; Washington D.C. area for 2.5 years; Kansas City for 5; Milwaukee for almost 2; Florida for 2; St. Louis for 8; Phoenix for 14!
; and San Diego for 9.5.
Married more than once and widowed in '98 when my wife was assisted out of her suffering from Lou Gehrig's (ALS) disease by Dr. Kevorkian. Re married in '01 to Simin, my wife of 8.75 years. No children as I am a Bohemian personality seeking less personal obligations than children always seemed to me to bring. I play golf, hike, and enjoy the sun. We visit San Francisco almost every year, staying in Cow Hollow. Every other year we stay at Kit Carson Lodge on Silver Lake, Highway 88, for a week, near where we used to own a family cabin.
Civic involvement: Inactive Distinguished Past President, Kiwanis Club, Scottsdale, Az
Education: B.A., University of Redlands, 1964; MPH, UCLA, 1966; J.D., Taft Law School, Cum Laude, 2009. Licensed California Real Estate Sales Agent.
Health Care Management carried me through '65-'86 starting with a full scholarship to UCLA, then a career path in Federal service for 9 years then the private sector and a short stay with Florida State government. I helped start Medicare; organized the start-up of the West Oakland Health Center, the first federally funded yet locally controlled community health center in the US; promoted and developed HMO's in the mid-west causing the first federally qualified plans to start-up in Kansas City, Wichita, and St. Louis; served as President of the Missouri Pacific Employees Health Association (founded in 1880) as the oldest health plan in the US leading it into the late 20th century with HMO,PPO, and indemnity coverage in the mid-west and mid-south; developed the largest PPO in Arizona of its time and negotiated the first managed care contract in its history with the Mayo Clinic. In Real Estate, I was Broker for the 6th largest Brokerage in Phoenix, at its time; and, have been a manager for the #1 Century 21 franchise in the network (Century 21 Award) where I teach, business coach, recruit, and make transactions close.
I will probably work for several more years if there is a challenge to it and I can make a contribution. Then, apply my experience and education to health care advocacy issues and volunteering to read to the hearing impaired. I intend to expand my golf game times and travel with my wife.