Cathryn Bearov:  

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Millersville, MD
Coe CollegeClass of 1981
Cedar rapids, IA
Arundel High SchoolClass of 1977
Gambrills, MD

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Graduated from Coe College (Cedar Rapids, IA) in 1981. Major: Music History graduated from University of Chicago 1987 with a Master of Library Science. Married August 1987 to Paul Baker. Two children: Hannah born 1990 and Rachel born 1992. Started divorce proceedings in 2001 and finally finished in August 2005. What a ride! Employed by Chicago Public Library from 1990 to the 30 June 2022. Head of the Social Sciences and History Department at the main library of the Chicago Public Library system from Sept. 2018 until leaving.. Held other positions in other libraries and worked in other occupations (house renovations, landscaping, roofing, restauranteur, professional baker, retail) on the way to library school. As planned, starting as Project Manager with online marketing firm owned by former client from my free lance editing business (July 2022.). It's kind of fun to live in one of the most corrupt states in the union with an economic picture that is worse than California's and Mississippi's. This is not exactly how I imagined life would go. I suspect many would say the same about their lives. For over 20 years, my main hobby has been Sacred Harp singing. I used to go all around the country to participate in singings, but COVID put a stop to that. Besides, my voice finally gave out and I can no longer sing., a major sorrow in my life . My traveling money mostly gets used in other ways instead. I had breast cancer in 2004, It came back in December 2007. We'll see if it strikes a 3rd time. I'm mostly happy with how life turned out. I worked in the career I always wanted for nearly all of my working life. We'll see what I think of the new gig.. My children are turning out alright, although the older one really put me through some serious trouble. After a period of relative stability, she is back to making me very worried. My younger daughter graduated on Mother's Day 2015 from my own alma mater: Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She moved to Iowa City in July 2017 and works in a local bank.. Life has been quite the roller coaster for me. I haven't mad...Expand for more
e much effort to keep up with any of my classmates or former colleagues, but I'm happy if you contact me. I have a good circle of friends, some of whom I met as a result of editing their academic papers. So, I have many Asian friends at this point in life. Of course, I have many musician friends, too. Sporadically I upgrade my membership on this site. So if you wrote to me earlier and failed to get an answer, well, on the next upgrade I will actually respond. Sorry if any of you felt I was being rude. I'll visited Taiwan for about a month in November/December 2016, then to New Zealand for about 3 weeks and then up to South Korea for January 2017. I made a similar trip to Taiwan and South Korea in 2019, staying 1 month in each country Just barely missed COVID there. I'm continuing to learn Korean, even though the original plan was just to learn it for the trip. I have some Korean friends, though, so I keep working at it. So far I have visited: England, France, Iceland, Luxembourg, Belgium, and Germany, in addition to the most recent 3. Next country to visit is probably India. Although events there make me think I'll have to be very careful about where I go and I might have to join a tour, even though I really don't like to travel that way. Hm. Might have to reconsider that. In September 2015 I bought a condo in Chicago. It needed a fair amount of work, which was completed in 2021 I still love gritty, corrupt Chicago and am basically happy that life put me here, working for the largest public library system in the world, and now working for an i ternational marketing firm. In many significant ways this has not been an easy life. However, I'm mostly satisfied with the way things are going now. I would love to hear from some of those who are members here. There are many people I am curious about. However, just to keep things short, if anyone knows where Marco Malloy is, I would be delighted to learn what happened to him. Also curious about my once close friends, Denise Burns, Karen Taylor, Patti Watts, Deborah Engler Busch (she and I share a birthday).
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