Gail (Buchanan) Estes
311 Woodside Ave.
Narberth, PA 19072
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Can it truly be 40 years since we graduated?…I left Ohio in 1967…wow.
My mother now lives in Sylvania, but is still active in Maumee Presbyterian Church. My brother Doug and his wife are in Perrysburg...their older son will be a sophomore at Wooster in the Fall, and their younger son is at Perrysburg High -- when he is not taking Chinese lessons at TU. My sister Laurie, whose Ph.D. is in British literature, chairs the English Department at Clark State in Springfield where she lives with her husband and three children.
I graduated from Macalester College, St. Paul, Minnesota in 1971, and then headed to Fallon, Nevada, where I taught English and French for a year. Meanwhile, my Macalester classmate Lewis Luyster, enrolled in the Air Force, proposed, and we were married in the Maumee Presbyterian Church in June 1972. Our daughter Sarah was born on Shepherd AFB, Wichita Falls, TX the following April. My father was able to hold her and baptize her before his death in August, 1973, of a brain tumor.
Lewis returned to Minnesota in 1978 when I started my doctoral training in clinical psychology at Temple University. I had a five year fellowship that covered my tuition; Lewis made it possible for Sarah and me to live safely in the Philadelphia area until I could support us.
He remarried; I met his lovely wife and two children at Sarah’s wedding in Chestnut Hill (a historic section of Philadelphia) after Sarah graduated from Vassar College. Vassar was my brothers Neil and Kevin’s alma mater also.
After my doctoral graduation from Temple University in January 1984, I worked as an attending psychologist on a dual disorder unit (addiction plus psychiatric disorder) in a private psychiatric hospital for approximately 9 years. Managed care made it impossible to continue to give quality inpatient care, and in 1994, my medical group left the hospital. I subsequently went into private practice, and continue to have a general practice in the Philadelphia suburbs (Bala Cynwyd and Exton).
I met Richard, a professor in the School of Social Policy at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, in 1989. We live in a family-oriented village, with everything in walking distance, including the train to Philadelphia – a 15 minute ride. Richard has three daughters by a previous marriage. All four of our daughters are married, and our 8th grandchild was born in January 2007.
My daughter Sarah Luyster Lynch earned her doctorate at Widener University, Chester, PA, and is presently a school psychologist at Cheltenham Schools outside of Philadelphia. She has two sons, Kieran 5 and Lucas 2, so being able to pick them up at 4:00 p.m., and having summers “off” is essential.
One of the reasons I came East was my brother Kevin, who started his art career with Sotheby’s. He became an international art consultant at Citibank in Manhattan. He is laid to rest in Easthampton, Long Island, after sepsis took him in November 1991. He and my father are sorely missed.
My youngest brother Neil earned his Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard, and then his law degree from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He is presently wrapping up a year as visiting professor of tax law at New York University, and beginning a tenured position at George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C.
Richard is a University Professor whose area is international social development, and he travels extensively whenever possible. This summer he will be teaching and leading conferences in South Korea and Thailand, and I will be with him during the dates of the reunion. I am so sorry to miss seeing everyone. My best to you all.