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1970s

Hugh Maynard, '71

I was a math major at Carleton and I graduated in 1971. I attended Harvard Law School the following academic year. Then I spent a year as an operations research analyst at the US Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, DC. I returned to Harvard Law School and graduated in 1975. Since that time I have been an attorney at the law firm of Leonard, Street and Deinard in Minneapolis. My specialty is real estate law.

I am proud to have been a math major at Carleton.

Mike Giudici, '75

I'm a cardiac electrophysiologist at the Genesis Heart Institute in Davenport, Iowa.  My wife, Paula, is a dermatologist and we have 2 sons.  One is a financial consultant with Scottrade and the other is a college student.

Davis Bennett, '76

I am working as an accountant for a natural gas pipeline company in Denver, Colorado.  I have had many jobs since Carleton, most only marginally connected to my major.  I finally have found one I really enjoy and hope to continue until retirement.  Outside of work, I am enjoying my third year singing with the Denver Gay Men’s Chorus and still looking for Mr. Right.

Richard Enbody, '76

After teaching high school mathematics for six years after Carleton, I got a PhD from the University of Minnesota in Computer Science.  I then joined the Computer Science faculty in the Engineering College at Michigan State University (1987), and I'm still here.  I just finished my first textbook to be published in January (2010):  "The Practice of Computing Using Python" with Addison-Wesley Publishers.  It is for a first course in computer science (generically called a CS1 course).

On a personal side I'm still happily married to a Carl:  Wendy Larson also of the Class of 1976.

Robbin Carlson, '79

I work at a drug company in the biometrics department helping statisticians with their computer and process needs. I transferred in May.  Before that I led a group of software architects and before that a number of computer-related jobs (18 years worth at the same company) and before that I was on Wall Street for 10 years.  

We're going through a number of organizational changes, so my job may change.  Today I support experimental statisticians who sift through data looking for correlations between effects and patient tests like genetic and proteomic tests or other more normal lab tests.  They help identify biomarkers that can determine if a particular drug may be effective in a patient's treatment.  

If you have a disease, wouldn't it be great to know a drug will have a high probability of working on you?  Rather than trying drug A, then B and finally having C do the trick?  Some people don't get to C, which is why experimental statistics is particularly important.

I'm building guitars and will retire to do that some day.  I'm working on an Gibson L5 replica, a classical and have 3-4 in various stages of repair.  Lutherie is my passion.  

I'm married for just under 25 years and have a junior at Swarthmore College.

Mike Fortner, '79

I thought you might like some tidbits about how my math degree is being applied.  I serve as both a Physics Professor at Northern Illinois University and as a member of the Illinois House of Representatives, completing my 3rd term.  The application of math skills in the General Assembly has been particularly interesting.  Over the last two years my big task was on redistricting, and I enjoyed having Alex Fisher work for me on redistricting analysis during the summer of 2010 as a prelude to the partisan mapping battles of 2011.  Now that the political part of mapping is complete, I've been thinking most recently about the redistricting problem as an NP-complete graph theory problem with an eye towards rational algorithms for fair maps.

Doug Newkirk, '79

Deputy General Counsel at ExteNet Systems, Inc. in Lisle, Illinois.