I taught at St. Olaf for 18 years, except for the six-plus years in which I served as Vice President and Dean of the College. My academic interests were in areas of applied linguistics/phonetics and foreign language pedagogy. I also still dabble in Pennsylvania German dialectology.Much of my time and effort in the early '90s was taken up (until the end of 1995) with my service as President of the American Association of Teachers of German. In June and July 1997 I organized and ran two "train the trainers" one-week technology workshops at St. Olaf for the AATG, and one advanced HTML workshop for the Computer Assisted Language Instruction Consortium (CALICO).
As far as personal matters are concerned, my wife, Beverly, and I have been married for 47 years and have three grown children, and five grandchildren. Our older son, Eric, and his wife, Georgia, live in Wilsonville, Oregon, and have two children, Krista, age 17, and Carl, age 14. Eric is a computer software engineer for Xerox. Here is an shot of Eric and family at Kristin and Chuck's wedding.
Our daughter, Kristin, has her own firm, "Say What? Consulting" focused on research and staff training in customer relations. On October 10, 2003, Kristin was married to Charles Bottemiller. Chuck is a acoustics engineer for the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. They live in Golden Valley, MN.
Kristin and Chuck are the proud parents of John Harrison Bottemiller.
Finally, our younger son, Stefan, and his wife, Jennifer, both taught at the Breck School in Minneapolis (math/physics/academic dean and orchestra), and are the parents of twin girls, Rebecca Rose and Jessica Elizabeth, born October 5, 1995, in Minneapolis. Here is a picture taken February 25, 2000, Jessica (left) and Rebecca (right) at seven months in May 1996, and the two as five-year-olds. In July 2001 Stefan took a new job as Director of Admissions for a new private boarding high school, which opened in September 2002. In February 2003 he was appointed to the position of Headmaster of the school. The Conserve School is located on the Wisconsin - Upper Michigan border near the town of Land O'Lakes.
Bev taught special education at a nearby high school (Randolph, MN) until June 1997, when she joined me in retirement status. Among my avocational interests is a life-long pursuit of flying model construction, and I belong to the Rice County Radio Control Club.
Prior to coming to St. Olaf in 1978 (retired 1996), I taught at Penn State (1974-78) and SIU-Carbondale (1972-74). I did graduate study at UC-Boulder from 1965-70, and served on the faculty there until 1972.
The last several years have seen heavy involvement with the Cannon Valley Elder Collegium as Associate Director and occasional course presenter. In 2002 I "retired" from that position. CVEC has had exceptional success and has attracted many imitators across the country. It continues to play a prominent role in the lives of local seniors. Scandinavian woodcarving is now one of my main pursuits, carving pieces for sale and giving classes at various locations.
We had a special "guest daughter" visitor a couple of years ago, Laura Rothfritz, daughter of Wolfgang and Bärbel Rothfritz of Paderborn, Germany. Laura attended the Conserve School for the 2003-2004 school year. Keith, Bev, and Laura at the wedding in October:
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Last update on October 27, 2005.