graduated from Iowa State U with a degree in animal science. From there
I moved to Wyoming and farmed for a few years followed by doing some
construction work. In 1975 I married and went to St Paul School of
Theologoy in Kansas City MO, graduating with a Masters of Divinity.
I was ordained and served churches in Montana, Wyoming, and
Colorado. I also spent 8 years in chruch administration as a
district superintendent and assistant to the Bishop. When I was
"outed" as gay, I retired and worked for 8 years with developmentally
disabled adults in Colorado.
Following my divorce is when I
moved to Colorado. There I met a partner I was with for 6 years when he
died of a brain aneurism. Following retirement, I returned to MT
to be closer to my sons and their families. But, as fate will
have it, I met Roger Sims. He convinced me that Arizona heat
wasn't bad- "it's a dry heat - and I moved there in 2014. Marriage
became legal that fall and we married in December of that year.
I look back on my life, I realize that I have gone through so many
transitions. It was a long struggle accepting myself and coming
into my own. But, each passage has offered me opportunities to
meet and experience such a variety of people and places. I would change
What classmate would you most like to see at the reunion? It
would be wonderful to see all of you. I remember one line from
our graduation speaker's talk. (Probably because my family was moving a
couple of weeks later). He said, " You will return for a reunion in 25
or 50 years. At the registration table you will be filling out
information and someone will walk up and say hello. You will
greet them and return to what you're doing. Then you will ask the
person at the table who that was that greeted you. It will be the
person who has been your best friend" Many of you I think I would
recognize. But not all. I'll not be attending. But will enjoy
reading about the lives of all of you.
That I would have traveled to Israel, Egypt and Korea. That I would be
married to a man. And that I would share all of this information with
all of you.
Tom and Roger