Alumni News: Remember the 1960s?

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Two alumni from the 1960s wrote The Niche with news: Diana Amsbaugh and Linda Galloway, both of whom graduated in 1968.

Diana Amsbaugh B.S. Biology W&M 1968 

   I'm enjoying the new Niche , even though none of the professors I had are still teaching. I got to attend a few weeks of classes the end of my senior year at the "new biology building". Now it is considered old and antiquated. Hey, I don't feel old and antiquated! When I graduated you had a choice of one major, biology. Imagine being able to specialize. I never regretted my liberal arts education though. I worked for 32 1/2 years for the federal government, 20 for the National Institutes of Health , then 12 1/2 for the FDA . In that time I took classes at the NIH, and became trained in various specialties, doing immunology research with pneumococcal polysaccharides, at the end of my career working in the pertussis lab at FDA doing DNA sequencing. Who'd have thought of such a thing when I graduated?
   When I turned 55 I took my government pension and ran. Enjoying retirement as a volunteer with AARP Tax Aide , joined the American Legion Auxiliary , local chapter of AARP, the Vienna Host Lions Club . I have traveled to all the continents except Antarctica, better hurry before they close it to tourists. I'm not using my biology in retirement, except to enhance my enjoyment of my travels, to the Galapagos Islands, and most recently on safari in Kenya and Tanzania .

Linda Galloway (Vacca) B.S. Biology W&M 1968 
   After a great career teaching and doing research in Neuroscience (in the USA and Hong Kong), I managed to become ultra-sensitive to the formaldehyde fumes and had to switch career gears! Now I am a gemologist/jewelry designer/sometimes TV show guest on QVC Japan and UK, living in ChiangMai, Thailand , where I have my own dance studio and teach beginner ballroom/Latin dance, and study it on an advanced level. Life does have its twists and turns!