After Caltech

Margie and I and baby daughter Dana settled in Seattle after I finished the MS in Engineering. I took up work at the Boeing Co., and did a lot of shock and vibration test methods R&D over the next few years. Baby Anna showed up. And I got in four years of engineering teaching at the University of Washington.

While I was in the engineering faculty, my acquaintance with University of Washington Crew Coach Dick Erickson led to an opportunity to learn rowing. Turning out for training with the freshman crew was one of the most exhilarating experiences of my life, and it taught me a lot about being physically fit. After that, I maintained membership for several years in the Lake Washington Rowing Club.

We lived on the northwest shore of Mercer Island, an island suburb of Seattle. In 1969, I bought an antique almost-waterfront place which eighty years before was part of the site of a grand old hotel. The place had a beautiful outlook on the lake, and waterfront access for launching small watercraft. I spent two years rebuilding and remodeling the place with my own hands, and it became a very comfortable home. I kept a sailing dinghy at my neighbor's pier, and a kayak and a training single (wherry) at home. I got out on Lake Washington daily in one way or another.

In 1971 I left Boeing, with my eye on law school. I spent a summer season as chief engineer on a salmon tender at Egegik, Alaska. Returning to Seattle that autumn, I took the position of statistics computing consultant in the University of Washington Department of Sociology. That job quickly developed into the directorship of a satellite computer center for social science research. In the second year of that work, I also started on a law degree at the University of Washington School of Law. I completed the law degree in 1975.