Member Spotlights of past members.
John Procknow at 89 is intellectually vibrant and as enthusiastic as ever to step out and enjoy the day. Though limited some physically - due a pair of cranky knees a round of golf, weather permitting, is still on the menu. He claims that his full life just keeps filling up. He says Learning in Retirement is a wonderful capstone to a long life of enjoyment -- learning and living to the fullest. John is one of the founding fathers of this organization and its first curriculum chair. "That was back in 1998" he recalls, "when we were all aglow trying to find ways to bring a fledgling organization to firm footing."Read more about John...
In Gloria Link's dynamic LIR presentations, we have had the benefit of an extraordinary life steeped in literature and theater.
A graduate of Marquette University, in the mid-1940s she added a master of arts degree to her undergraduate majors in speech (theater) and English; and she went on to earn her doctorate in speech/ theater at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. After teaching at Marquette and Tampa University, in 1959 she joined the faculty of what is now the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. In addition to her teaching assignments, she was for 26 years coordinator of the theater program here.
Del and Nancy Zimmerman
They came from different places. Del grew up in Fond du Lac. Nancy is from a small town in Iowa. No covered bridge in Madison County was handy to tether the two, but separate careers in healthcare provided the connection that still continues to fuel two lifetimes ... with three kids and two grandchildren to sweeten the way.
Del and Nancy Zimmerman have served the Learning in Retirement organization since its inception five years ago. Our curriculum committee blessed to have them still active as coordinators, sleuthing out new ethnic restaurants to lunch at, exploring new symphony and opera venues and finding presenters to speak on local and state history. Nancy says, “I really like the hearty ethnic lunches. Doesn’t eating well at midday mean I don’t always have to make supper? “Here’s an apple, Del!” Del Zimmerman’s interest in music, from jazz to opera, has kept him feeding our spring and fall menu of classes with many theatre and music based opportunities. Coupled with the support of Gloria Link’s and Don Burdick’s theatre and music sessions, this has become a large component of our overall offerings.
The noted choreographer, Katherine Graham, once said, "To love what you do and feel that it makes a difference, what could be more fun!"
LIR member George Tipler can identify with that comment. He loved what he did - and still does - in the educational arena. He would be too humble to say that he definitely has made a difference, but he does acknowledge that he's had fun.
Although his early work was as a partner with his father in a trucking business, it was his 25-year stint as a Winneconne School District board member that eventually redirected all of his energies to ensuring the best for Wisconsin's school children on a statewide basis. George served as executive director of the Wisconsin Association of School Boards from 1954 to 1988; and although he attended every WASB meeting and sometimes had to cope with volatile issues such as reorganizing the state's school districts, what he remembers most was the fun of working with interesting, capable and public service-minded people.