Henry Landau class of 1960
above at graduation, a high school reunion and with Joyce
My wife Joyce (Van de Merlen, Hicksville High class of 59) has informed me that if I submit a completely true biography she will not attend this year’s reunion, at least not with me. So here is an embellished version of my life after
finished college after attending 8 institutions. I am very popular with
alumni associations in
I worked on a dam construction project in a remote area of
Not many jobs
were available after returning from
After 9 years at
the same job with little chance for advancement I started a
geotechnical and environmental engineering company. The company is now
under new management and is doing very well.
I haven't held a
full time job in over 13 years. The governor recently fired me from my
part time job as chair of a State Science Advisory Board.
She said it was part of her austerity campaign, but since I never received
any pay I'm not so sure.
In recent years
I have become a Northwest "tree hugger" and taken up long
distance kayaking and bicycle riding interspersed with hospital visits to
repair damages from bicycle riding. I now host a generous assortment of
artificial body parts and have a greater appreciation for the important
things in life, especially family and friends.
Some clients are
still willing to pay me for engineering consulting. When not working for pay,
traveling, or enjoying our grandchildren, I volunteer with several
community, environmental and human rights organizations. We split our time
has stayed with me for 45 years. Largely due to Joyce's efforts we
have three well-adjusted
children and 4 really great grandchildren, all of whom bring us much happiness.