Mark Oldham & Libby McCluskey
Oldham - 1963
Bio & Picture
from 40th Reunion
Bio Update & Picture for 50th Reunion
Photo taken Christmas 2001...starting
from the left we have son Nick (now 22 yrs), son Neal (now 25) Libby, and
and Libby McCluskey Oldham - 2003-08-10
What a shared history!
As some of you may remember, Mark and I have been together since we were
in 7th grade. We married in 1967 after I graduated from Mizzou and
I spent the next four years teaching high school French and English while
Mark completed his education: an architecture degree from Kansas
University and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania.
We spent the next 22 years in
the St. Louis area where Mark worked for several architectural firms.
I spent about half of that time as a stay-at-home mom. It took me until
mid-life to figure out that I really wanted to be a school counselor rather
than a teacher when I grew up. Loved the kids; hated the discipline,
lesson planning, and paper grading. I therefore went back to school
in my 40’s to get a master’s degree from the University of Missouri-St.
In 1993, we moved to Rolla, Missouri,
hoping for a more peaceful life. In some ways we have found that;
in other ways we miss the city. I have been in vocational education
since we moved here as the regional director for central Missouri of a
special program called New Traditions, which helps adult students who have
various barriers to success. Mark was in charge of a branch of a
larger engineering and architectural firm and now has his own firm here
Although we married in our early
20’s, we didn’t feel grown up enough to have children until our early 30’s.
We have two sons. Neal is 25 and has recently completed a bachelor’s
degree in business with an emphasis in accounting. His goal is to
return to the city, so he is currently looking for a job in St. Louis.
Nick is 22 and still has two more years at the University of Memphis where
he is majoring in commercial music.
In terms of hobbies, we seem
to spend most of our time “fixing things up.” We are a good team.
Mark designs and builds things; I sew, paint, reupholster, and refinish.
We spent almost 20 of our years in St. Louis gutting and rebuilding our
house, doing 90% of the work ourselves. Mark is currently building
a big, beautiful screened porch addition to our house in Rolla.
Although life is never perfect,
in general the last 40 years have been good ones for us. We have
two fine sons, we are still perking along, and we are still together.
consider ourselves lucky and remember our years at Hickman HS with fondness.
Mark Oldham and Libby McCluskey
Oldham (August 16, 2013)
Some of you may remember that
Mark and I met in junior high school and have been together ever since. We got
married in 1967 after I graduated from Mizzou with a BS in Education and Mark
was still in architecture school at the University of Kansas. I taught high
school French and English in Lawrence for two years while Mark completed his
bachelor’s degree in architecture and again in suburban Philadelphia while he
completed an MBA at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
1972, we moved to St. Louis where Mark worked as an architect and I tried to
figure out what I wanted to be when I grew up. I found teaching to be too
exhausting and stressful, although I enjoyed the students. In 1973, we bought
the worst house on a pretty street in University City, one of the older St.
Louis suburbs. In 1978 our first son Neal was born and in 1981 our second son
Nicholas (Nick) was born. We remodeled our entire house while living in it and
raising our two boys, doing 95% of the work ourselves. By the mid-1980’s, it
finally dawned on me that I should have been a school counselor rather than a
teacher. I therefore enrolled at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and slowly
completed an MS in Education with a specialty in school counseling.
In 1992, Mark accepted a
position running the Rolla branch of an engineering and architecture firm based
in Quincy, Illinois and our family moved to Rolla in 1993. I became the director
and counselor for the central Missouri region of New Traditions, a program that
helped adult career/technical students who were single parents, displaced
homemakers, or in programs nontraditional for their gender. In 2005, I became
the counselor for 900-1000 high school and adult students at Rolla Technical
Institute and Rolla Technical Center. Mark is now retired, but I am still
working and enjoy my very busy job.
Our son Neal is 35 years old
and has been married to Kris for two years. He earned a BS in Business with an
emphasis in accounting from Columbia College and discovered after working for a
few years that he did not like accounting. He has found a good fit in radiology
and is licensed to be both an x-ray and an MRI technician. Neal is currently
working in the Springfield area as a radiologic technologist with a mobile unit
while Kris completes her master’s degree in English and teacher certification at
Missouri State University.
Our son Nick loved popular
music from an early age and always wanted to be in the business, so he earned a
music business degree from the University of Memphis. Unfortunately, his
schooling was interrupted when he was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2003.
After he recovered from surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy, he finished his
degree and moved to St. Louis. There he was able to live a fairly normal life
for several years. Nick loved working at The Pageant, a concert club, and
attending all of the concerts at other venues that he could. In late 2011, the
cancer began spreading with a vengeance. Nick fought courageously, but despite
more radiation and all possible chemotherapies, he died on November 9, 2012 at
the age of 31.
As you can imagine, the last couple of years have been
very tough for our family, although Nick always said that good things happened
during that time, too. At this point we are bruised and battered as we struggle
to learn to live without Nick, but Mark and I are still standing and still
together. We are looking forward to seeing all of you who will be attending the
reunion in October.
Best wishes to all,
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