Mary Koski Fowler
I followed the college prep path at CAP and because of the influence of my mother being a nurse and also working for Kaiser Hospital in the summer, I decided to go into the medical field. I spent my first year of college at the old CSM campus on the bay, and then transferred to SF State where I received a BA in Clinical Science. I did a year long internship at Peninsula Hospital in the laboratory and continued working at Peninsula Hospital for ten years in the lab, the first few years in the general laboratory, and then I specialized in Nuclear Medicine.
I have lived in California since high school, first in the Bay Area, then a few years in Fallbrook, California after I was married and my husband was transferred by his company to Southern California.
I have been married to my husband John for 38 years. We have three children, Amy, Andrew and Mark. No grandchildren yet but we keep hoping. John and I met at a party given by mutual friends. We both were skiers and did a lot of skiing at Tahoe and in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming before the kids came along. John and I both love the mountains and outdoors and got interested in fly fishing, which has replaced skiing as our favorite pastime. I also enjoy working in the garden and I take my bike out now and then.
I have been a California licensed Clinical Laboratory Scientist for my entire career. I also hold American Society of Clinical Pathology certification as a Medical Technologist and a Nuclear Medicine Technologist.
I worked as a clinical laboratory scientist before my children were born. I retired to be a full time mom for about 17 years, and then returned to work when my oldest child started college. I ended my working career in January of this year when I retired as a Quality Assurance Manager for the State of California Environmental Health Laboratory where I worked in The Lead Poisoning Prevention Unit.
Retirement has been great. I did a little contract work in the winter and then this summer decided to spend time having fun. This past summer John and I rented a house in Dillon, Montana for two months and spent the time exploring southwest Montana and fishing all the rivers there; the Beaverhead, Big Hole, Ruby, Big Sheep Creek and the Madison.