Paul G. Banikiotes
Upon completing undergraduate work at Cornell University in 1965, I headed out to the Midwest for a few years. This included graduate training in psychology at Purdue University and an internship at the University of Wisconsin.
I met my wife (Florence) in 1968 on a road-trip from Madison, Wisconsin to NY. She was a graduate student and I was completing my internship. We got married in 1969.
Following the completion of our theses/dissertations, we settled in South Bend Indiana where I taught psychology, worked in the University Counseling Center, and directed the graduate programs in Counseling Psychology at the University of Notre Dame while she headed up the Department of Speech Pathology at a rehabilitation center.
After two kids (Alana in 1973 and Aaron in 1975) and the opportunity to observe and enjoy what was one of Notre Dame’s best sports decades – Ara Parseghian, Digger Phelps, Joe Theismann, Joe Montana, Austin Carr, Adrian Dantley, two national football titles, basketball wins just prior to the start of and then ending UCLA’s 88 game winning streak – we returned to the East Coast (Columbia, Maryland) in 1982.
I took part ownership in a young and growing performance and productivity improvement consulting firm as Vice President of Management and Organizational Development, and Florence moved into a position as Vice President of Rehabilitation Services in a healthcare organization.
We worked hard, contributed to the success of these companies and benefited from their sale in the late ‘90s/early 2000s. We maintained part of the consulting firm that has evolved into primarily a family owned corporate consulting business (www.ardconsultants.com).
Meanwhile, our kids grew up, and fortunately returned to the DC area after college to start and build their careers, find their spouses and begin their own families. We currently have four grandkids ranging in age from 8 years to 8 months. It’s so great to have them nearby.
We are doing our best to balance our lives among work, family and travel, still being based in Maryland but spending some winter time on Hilton Head Island, SC and some summer time up in Newport, RI.
I remember my time at Levittown Memorial High School in a very positive manner. The educational experience (especially the math department) was very helpful and prepared me for anything else I would encounter. I was saddened to see on the website that Dr. Noble and Mr. Lenihan are deceased as I would have liked to further thank them for their contributions.
I look forward to re-connecting during the 50th reunion.
My Wife and I