Steve Smith

Profile Updated: August 31, 2009
Residing In: Portland, OR
Children: Darian is 31,
Jessi is 28, and
Nate is 24.
Yes! Attending Reunion
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Graduating and leaving home was so liberating!

I went to OSU for a couple of years. That first year I had a girlfriend from Portland. She got sick and died suddenly of a strange liver ailment, towards the end of the summer of 1970. I was devastated. School stated 3 weeks later, I went back depressed and distracted, with my 2S student deferment in my wallet and a draft lottery number of 55 for that ugly war I wanted to avoid.

I couldn't hold my grades up in Engineering, and they weren't high enough for pre-Med, so I switched to Nursing. Men were just starting to get into the field at that time, there were 18 men in my class at OHSU, but only 2 the year before.

Nurses were grossly underpaid and had lousy pensions back then. So I got very involved in labor organizing, handling a lot of different functions including financial negotiations during the 58 day Kaiser Nurses strike in 1988. And working for our national union for 3 years.

In 1977, I met a cute nurse from North Dakota, we had 3 kids and were married for 22 years.
The kids are all grown now and living in the Portland area. My oldest daughter Darian just got married last September. She's working as an RN now for Kaiser.

My career is winding down. I'm charge nurse in a Cardiovascular Prep and Recovery unit, where we take care of a lot of people our age who are getting coronary angioplasties and stents.

I enjoy being outdoors, and doing just about any kind of physical activity - hiking, running, eating, biking, dancing, kayaking. Friends from southern California introduced me to surfing quite a few years ago, and I love it, in Oregon and especially in warmer water like Hawaii, Baja, Costa Rica and Florida.

In Portland, I rarely see anyone from South. Carla Fejfar hired me to work at Kaiser in 1983, she died in the late 1990's. I ran into my buddy Roy Houck out working on the road near Tillamook, a few years ago.

It was great to see so many people at the reunion. But I sure missed many who weren't there.

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Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 12:40 AM
Jessi, me, Darian and Nate