Carol (Winckel) Redabaugh

Where did 50 years go?

After high school, I went to CSU and graduated in 1967 with a degree in Business Finance. I took a job as a management trainee at the First National Bank in Denver and I was set to begin my career in banking. However, before the year was up, I married Gary Redabaugh and by the following spring we were in Hartford, Connecticut and I was working for The Travelers Insurance Co. That was the first of my many jobs in the insurance field, however, I really don’t know much about insurance. I worked for several insurance agencies over the years, but always did accounting and contract administration.

We moved to Kansas City in 1969 and our sons were both born there. In 1980, we moved to Oklahoma City and then to Longmont, CO in 1982. In 1990, we moved back to Kansas City, then back to Longmont in 1993. In 1993, I started working at the University of Colorado in the President’s Office and I worked in Boulder until 2006 when CU moved the President’s Office to Denver. That prompted Gary and I to move to Broomfield, to cut down on the commute. In 2009, I retired from CU and I have loved the retired life, although I have returned twice to CU to cover some temporary positions. (I am currently working in the Athletic Department in Boulder.)

After years of living in Texas and Las Vegas, our son, Darin (40) now lives in Denver and is planning to get married (for the 1st time!) in November. Blake (36) and his wife, Heather live in Westminster with their 2 year old daughter, Callie (also, the light of my life!) My marriage to Gary also made me step-mom to his son, Rob. Rob, his wife, and 3 girls live in Dallas, so we frequently travel there.

In my spare time I like being a grandma, doing volunteer work, keeping up with friends, reading and traveling. We have been lucky enough to travel to many interesting places in the world – Russia, China, many European countries, Argentina, Canada and many places in the U.S. Sometimes we convince Dianne & George Showalter to travel with us.

It has been fun to be on the Reunion Committee and connect with so many of our classmates. It has made me more aware than ever that my roots are firmly planted in northern Colorado and there were many special people at Roosevelt High School.