Charles G. Winter

Little Rock, Arkansas

 

Editorís note:     

The best write-ups are those done by the classmate. This is one of them. I decided not to shorten it.

 

       ďThe fall after we graduated, I enrolled at Juniata College, majoring in chemistry.  I received a good education there, but was an indifferent student since I was learning a lot of non-academic things!  During this time, I met my future wife, Betty, who grew up in Maryland and graduated from Manchester High School.  We married shortly after I graduated.  Since 1958 was a recession year, I volunteered for the draft, entering alternative service as a research technician at a lab at the University of Michigan.  This lab was funded by the U.S. Army to study human stress.  After completing my 2-year obligation, I entered graduate school at Michigan in Biological Chemistry.  During this time, Betty and I had two sons (David and Douglas), so we left Michigan with both a family and a Ph.D. in 1964.  During a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship in Physiological Chemistry at Johns Hopkins Medical School, we had a 3rd son, John.

       As I completed my fellowship at Hopkins, my mentor became Chair of the Biochemistry Department at the University of Arkansas College of Medicine, and offered me a junior faculty position there.  Little Rock is a medium sized city, a good place to rear a family, so we moved here in 1966 (37 years later, we are still here).  My job was to teach medical and graduate students and do research in my area of expertise, the movement of molecules across cell membranes.  The position also enabled me to travel around the world periodically and to establish friendships and collaborations with other scientists in my field.  In  1978, I also spent a stimulating 7-month sabbatical at Harvard University.  I was appointed acting chairman of the Biochemistry Department in 1989, and my career shifted to an administrative path.  Shortly thereafter, I was asked to chair the building committee to design and construct a 155,000 sq ft research building.  This led ultimately to another assignment in 2002 to build a 2nd 141,000 sq ft research building, which we will complete in January.  In 1994, I was appointed Associate Dean for Research in the College of Medicine, a position I still hold.  I plan to retire in June, 2004; even though my career has been gratifying in many ways, Iím really looking forward to retirement.  Betty has been retired from bookkeeping for a property management firm for several years.  We will enjoy spending more time with our 3 grandchildren.  Our oldest (unmarried) son, David, works for Fidelity Corporation in Little Rock doing computing for banking firms around the world.  Our 2nd son, Douglas, is married, and a partner in a Little Rock Veterinary Clinic.  He and Angela have 2 children, Melissa, 11 and Benjamin, 8.  John is engaged to marry (another Angela) and has a daughter, Shannon, 7, by an earlier marriage.  He does computer networking for a credit card clearing bank in the Cincinnati, Ohio area.Ē

 

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ďOur major hobby is genealogy research. Betty is related to nearly everyone in York

County (she descends from Michael Danner, a prominent early settler in the Heidelberg Township, who had innumerable descendants).  Many of her cousins can be found in Manheim and West Manheim Townships even today!  My mother was a Crouse, an especially numerous family in the Littlestown area.  I have many Zepps, Krumreins, Witmyers, Witmans, Mays, etc. in her line.  My fatherís line is more challenging: he emigrated from Scotland in 1923, settling eventually in Hanover.  The joy of this is that we must go to Scotland periodically to research his antecedents.  My nearest living relatives in his line are in Canada, where my fatherís sister immigrated at about the same time. 

       Betty and I like to travel, especially to Europe.  Besides Scotland, our overseas travel has included England, France, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Norway.  We are planning another trip to Switzerland, Germany, Holland and Belgium next spring and part of the time spent there will be genealogically related.

       My other hobby is golf, but Iím not very good at it.  Betty has too many hobbies to enumerate, and sheís better at them than I am at golf.  Another major hobby is feeding the cat on demand.  We spend a lot of time at soccer and basketball games, cheering on grandchildren.  In fact, believe it or not, I spent 10 years as a Babe Ruth League baseball coach when my kids were growing up.

       With regard to volunteer work, most of those efforts focus on our church, Grace Presbyterian in Little Rock.  We have both served on the Session (church board) numerous times and have taught Sunday School and sung in the choir for many years.

       You asked about the education I received at EHS.  It was clearly very good, and prepared me for the academic aspects of life.  I donít deem it deficient, except for the lack of a calculus class before starting college: I had to compete with students from York High who had high school calculus.  I wouldnít say that it was better or worse than todayís public high schools: there are bright students today who are Merit Scholars and clearly getting a very good education in Little Rock.

               Finally, you asked us to wax philosophical, something you should never ask old goats to do!  But since you have:  We graduated from high school during a time of growing optimism in American life.  The economy was generally good and job opportunities were expanding.  We were not confused by the enormous number of career choices facing todayís graduates.  If one were willing to make the effort, the growing population practically guaranteed success in some field of endeavor.  Society was generally conservative (our parents survived the depression and were in some cases just leaving subsistence agriculture), and distractions like drugs and exotic lifestyles were not generally apparent.  We therefore were focused and not particularly rebellious.  It was an ideal time to move into young adulthood.  I think today itís more challenging.

       Materially, life is easier today in many ways.  But the modern lifestyle requires more income to sustain, and the gap between the haves and the have-nots is clearly growing.  America needs a large middle class to function effectively as a representative democracy.  I worry that our children and grandchildren will live in a much more economically and socially stratified society, much like that which our ancestors left behind in Europe.  Each generation must solve its own problems, and I doubt that you or I can do much about this one except that we still elect our leaders.  The one advantage we have is that our generation still gets out and votes!Ē