Friday, September 7, 2007
JOHN HEAPHY SHARES HIS BIOGRAPHY FROM NEARBY GLENDALE, CALIFORNIA
Revisit historic Brand Library in Glendale when you come to the big 50th Reunion
John Heaphy will give you directions to his hometown treasure houise.
In September of 1957, John Heaphy went back to Old College at the University of Notre Dame to study for the Congregation of Holy Cross priesthood. However, during that first semester, both his adviser and he came to the same conclusion that he would do much better in the secular world than in the religious one! So, John left Notre Dame and went to Chicago and enlisted for three years in the Marines. After basic and infantry training in San Diego, he was sent for 2 1/2 years to help guard our country from the shores of Oahu, Hawaii. It was much better duty than “the Shores of Tripoli.”
Finishing his active service, John returned to the San Fernando Valley and enrolled at California State University Northridge (CSUN). In 1965, he graduated with a degree in English. Over the next ten or so years, he attended night school at California State University Los Angeles and UCLA, pursuing courses in Accounting and Business until he graduated with an Master of Business Administration from Pepperdine University in 1976.
In March of 1968, John met his wife Eleanor and her two children, Kristen and Davin, and they were married in June. In 1971 his daughter, Paige was born, and, in 1975, his daughter Anne arrived. Kris, and her two children, Raymond & Amanda, live in Worland, Wyoming where she is a math teacher and homemaker. Davin, a UCLA & University of San Diego gradate, teaches History at Coronado High School in San Diego. He and his wife Jeanne are the parents of their grandchild, Jenna. Paige, a graduate of the University of California San Diego and University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, lives close to them in Glendale where she works on the Staff of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. She and her husband, Sean, are the parents of their other two grandchildren, Kate and Natalie. Anne, a UCLA grad also, is now a Principal in an investment firm in San Francisco and is completing her MBA with the University of California Berkeley. Last, but not least, Eleanor returned to school, earning her degree from California State University Los Angeles in 1983. She became a teacher in a middle school in East Los Angeles and still teaches there today.
Since 1966, John has worked for several major companies and the Los Angeles Olympic Committee in Accounting Administration. In 1985, he went to work for a commercial real estate development company in Burbank and stayed until 1998 when he changed to an affiliated construction company where he is presently employed. In 1997, after obtaining a California Adult Teaching Credential from UCLA, he taught English as a Second Language to night school students at Van Nuys Community Adult School. He finally found a use for his English degree after all.
Eleanor and John are still gainfully employed and they have always used the summers to travel the world. China, Europe, Central America, Mexico and the US have been their destinations over the years. Africa, Australia and Latin America are for the future.