Tuesday, March 13, 2012
He had bad eyesight as a child and made at least one ocean voyage back to America for eye surgery. In the process, he developed a life-long love of ships, which would lead to a career as a naval architect, working as a civilian for the U.S. Navy. World War II obviously interfered with missions work in Japan, so the whole family was stateside for awhile and his father did chaplain work at a Japanese internment camp.
He married somewhat later in life, when some of his family had probably given up on him as destined to be a bachelor, to my mother-in-law, Theodora. Theodore and Theodora ... Ted and Teddy. They raised three children, first in Bremerton, WA and then in Rockville, MD. Last summer when we celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary (a little early), all 11 grandchildren showed up too.