PHILIP MCARTHUR

Profile Updated: January 18, 2017
Residing In: Tucson, AZ USA
Occupation: Retired Elementary School Teacher / Tour Guide
Yes! Attending Reunion
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I've remained in Tucson. I graduated from the U of A in '68 and earned my MEd in '71. I taught in TUSD for more than 30 years, but have retired from full time teaching. I taught at Deitz, Van Horne, and Blenman Schools. I've had several part time jobs through the years from being a server at Goog's in Park Mall to being a concierge at the Marriot Univ. Park Hotel. I also worked several years at the Convention Center as Supervisor of Ushers and Ticket Takers. I enjoy being retired! I volunteer at the Tucson Museum of Art as a Docent. I enjoy that role so much as I still get to flex my teaching skills AND savor the various exhibits and collections. I was honored as Docent of the Year for 2008. I also volunteer as an Alumni VIP Docent for the U of A providing campus tours for individuals and groups. (Former PVHS Choir Director Lane Justus, and his wife, are among my peers in this endeavor.) I'm having fun with a "second career" as a tour guide. I work for the PCC Day Study Tour Program and also conduct private walking tours of historic downtown Tucson. I've had another career of sorts morph into my day to day existence as a House and Pet Tender! Through a chain of referrals, I'm presently at other people's homes almost as much as I'm at my own having a great time with my "proxy dogs" ... or as one of my friends has stated: "Phil just sleeps all over town with dogs!!" Being retired has allowed me the freedom to travel a bit. I bought into a timeshare organization several years ago (WorldMark by Wyndham) which encourages me to GO SOMEWHERE fairly often. I've had great times in Manhattan, San Francisco, Sonoma County Wine Country, San Diego, and Vegas. I'm looking forward to Scotland and Ireland before Medicare! I've maintained my single status.

School Story:

I just recall what many of us do -- no senior class the first year, double sessions the second, and JFK'S assassination. ... I remember how much fun it was to be the class to open a brand new school. (I had the pleasure to help open Van Horne Elementary in '74 as a staff member.) ... The dances AND proms in the cafeteria instead of at an off campus site as is now the norm. I remember with great fond regard Miss Ida Mae Nowels and how surprised I was to discover that I was in her Honors SS class and how she smoked like a chimney and always reeked of smoke. I like to recall our exploits in producing the extravaganza of the "Blossom Festival." I know my participation led me to produce and direct many school productions during my teaching career. I remember how the auditorium and stadium remained unfinished when the '62-'63 year began. Every time I drive on 22nd street, I remember it was hardly more than a paved trail and how cars were parked along the fence ... Since I didn't drive until I was 20 because I was so blind, I was always envious of those cars!!! When we helped launch good old PV, we were pioneers! I'm always proud to state that I was in the first graduating class from Palo Verde.

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