ClassMate Bio

Rich Pearsall, '67 and Susan O'Brien, '71


Written: June, 2002

We moved from Great Kills to southern California in August of 1992 when Rich changed jobs. He's an Engineer in the TV/film industry working the night shift at a post-production facility. Rich's free time is spent at the marina working on the 32 ft Trimaran sailboat he built in our SI backyard. When the weather is nice he takes trips to the Channel Islands, Santa Barbara or Catalina.

My days are spent working at one of my two part-time jobs. Two days a week I am a Library Media Specialist at an elementary school and the other three days I do clerical work at a long distance company. My hours give me time home in the afternoons before Rich goes off to work.

Scarlet - Rich's 34' Trimaran.

Rich, Katie and Susan - Katie's HS graduation 6/01.

Our daughters activities and social lives keep us busy. Katie is 18 and attends the local community college taking general education, sign language and art classes. She hopes to continue sign language at California State University Northridge in their Deaf Studies program in another year. She was very pleased to be asked for her "September 11th" picture to be shared in this issue of The Trumpet. Lauren is 13 and in 8th grade. In October she was on stage for the first time at our local community theater. We both had a "true theater experience" working on costumes, props and scenery and seeing all that it takes to be ready for opening night!

I took the girls back to SI in June to visit my parents who still live in Great Kills. It was our first trip back since the move to California. Can't say I miss the traffic and lack of open spaces. It was nice to visit friends and family, but we sure were glad to get back home. It has been fun connecting with other graduates on the PLANET ALUMNI.COM web site over the past year or so. Don't see anyone from THS '71, and I didn't make it to the east coast in November for our 30th reunion.

The Pearsalls

Lauren - June '01

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