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Encore Profiles


August 19, 2016

Bob Roseth: Getting to know — and love — YTP

I said good-bye to the kids on the last day of summer classes in the Youth Tutoring Program and it dawned on me: I love these kids. I had signed up for the minimum tutoring gig, one day a week. YTP, which has been around for 20 years and proudly cites its effectiveness in helping…


May 11, 2016

Barry & Patty Abrahamsen: Giving and receiving

UWRA members Barry and Patty Abrahamsen always understood and appreciated the value of education. They’ve devoted a lot of their time and energy to tutoring students toward academic achievement.  When an organization with which they’d been tutoring went through some major changes they decided to go on hiatus for a short while. Then Patty saw…


September 17, 2015

Exploring an Encore Pathway through JV EnCorps – Chapter 1

by Peggy Frazier, September, 2015 I retired from my position as Director of Academic Human Resources and Administration at the UW Bothell campus in May, 2014.  I was employed at the University of Washington for 28 years and like a lot of new retirees, I discovered after retirement that I derived much of my intellectual…


March 17, 2015

Vince Stricherz: Addressing a Need

I was just a year out of high school when my dad retired. I still recall the concern family members shared about how he would handle this new reality after more than 30 years of physical labor in a meat-packing plant. At the time (the early 1970s), there were studies showing many new retirees didn’t…


John Parnell: Forever a Ham

John Parnell got his first ham radio license at age 12. Now, more than 50 years later, he’s still at it. And why not? After all, his hobby has taken him around the world, brought him new friends and allowed him to be of help to people in need. His recent retirement from the UW…


Roy Black: Exploring a “Crazy Idea”

Two years ago, I had an intriguing theory about the origins of life. But I had nowhere to test it. I had spent my career at Amgen Corporation, studying enzymes that played a role in inflammatory diseases. But I had a growing interest in questions about how life began – questions that led me to…


Jim Green: Theory into Practice

I retired as a faculty member at the University of Washington after 36 years in the anthropology department. When I thought about what to do next, naturally I thought about what I had been doing for so many years as an active researcher and teacher – and put a new twist on it. I had…


March 11, 2015

Bud Saxberg: Contributing a Lifetime of Expertise

After 53 years of teaching at the Foster School of Business I decided that the time had come to retire and have a new generation of colleagues take over. Even though we recognize how short life is, it’s amazing the variety of engagements and responsibilities that we’ve experienced. Yet it can be quite brutal to…


March 9, 2015

Weldon Ihrig: Continuing Public Service

For many individuals, a career of giving back through public service doesn’t end with “retirement” from a demanding job. Weldon Ihrig had a long, distinguished career in higher education, culminating with 12 years as UW executive vice president. He retired in 2008 but consulted nationally within higher education and also advised the Seattle Chamber Music…


March 4, 2015

Heather McHugh: Caring for Caregivers

What does an award-winning poet, MacArthur fellow, longtime university teacher and mentor do for a second act in her life? If you’re lucky and enough to be Heather McHugh, you become a social entrepreneur, creating a nonprofit that cares for caregivers, and throw all your passion into the effort. McHugh, who was the Milliman Distinguished…



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