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Homecoming

Nancy Judd Wilber

Where all have you lived? Where do you live now?

Since graduation Dave and I have lived in and around Boston. In the 80’s we bought a second home in Chatham on Cape Cod and retired here about 9 years ago. In the winter we have been trying out different warm weather spots in California, Florida, St Martin and the Bahamas.

About your family:

Dave Wilber and I married in August of 1968. We will celebrate our 50th anniversary just before our class reunion. We have no children. Both of our mothers are still alive and in decent health in their mid 90’s.

What kind of work did/do you do?

Most of my career has been spent helping small companies grow their sales, profits and talent. I spent the first part of my career with NEBS. As the company grew and later went public, I focused on starting several internal new businesses for the company. In the 1980’s I moved from VP and General Manager of the main business unit to VP International to launch the company’s European division in Chester, England. I committed to the UK for about five years and had an apartment in Chester. I left NEBS in the early 90’s to start a business for Cullman Ventures, a group of investors in New York. Following that I restructured an unprofitable, uncompetitive consulting office for a large international human resource consulting firm. I finished my career with Growth Strategy Partners, as a consultant to companies that needed to improve their businesses’ value, including sales, profits and staff development, in conjunction with an Investment Banking firm.

How do you spend your leisure time?

Dave & I perform as a Jazz duet and Cabaret singers at First Night Chatham, The Provincetown CabaretFest, and Jazz Jams on the Cape, Florida, and California. We have also performed at night clubs on the Cape, Boston, Chicago, New York, Naples, Ogunquit, Budapest, Cannes, Honolulu, and Monoco. I am currently the Rear Commodore for the Monomoy Yacht Club in Chatham, which sounds like a bigger deal than it is. But it takes a lot of time. I am responsible for Membership, Social Events and Marketing. We moor our 27’ Albin Trawler, Sandpiper, in Stage Harbor in Chatham. Lately I invest several hours a week working on the Lake Forest College 50th Reunion for the Class of ’68 as part of the steering committee and the Gift committee. I also have a passion for cooking and throwing dinner parties and an annual Garden Party.

What are your community involvements?

I have teamed with David doing public relations and promotion for First Night Chatham and The Provincetown CabaretFest. Earlier I was on the Finance Board for the town of Stow, Massachusetts and served as Volunteer Coordinator for The Family Pantry of Cape Cod, the largest Food Pantry on the Cape. I recruited volunteers and matched their needs with the needs of the Pantry. I have also volunteered for the Cultural Center of Cape Cod and the Eldredge Public Library in Chatham

Things you've learned to be true in the last 50 years...

The busier you are… the more you are in demand. I don’t know how I ever had time to work a full time job and travel as extensively as I did.

Things you've seen in the last 50 years that were spectacular...

“That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind”. Neil Armstrong’s landing on the moon, July 20th 1969.

Things that have surprised you in the last 50 years....

The New England Patriots comeback win in the Super Bowl in 2017!

Things that have disappointed you in the last 50 years...

I am disappointed that as a country we have not made more progress on equality for minorities and women are not treated equally with men whether it is pay or politics or simply being listened to.

Have you had a life changing event?

Well, yes! Marrying Dave Wilber! I am sure my life would have been very different if I hadn’t married Dave. We are a true partnership with each of us contributing our strengths and helping each other with our weaknesses.

What are you most proud of?

I started a company in Chester England from market research, market testing, and building a factory to launch. The company created about a hundred jobs and created a new type of business never seen in the UK. It was very satisfying to know that through my efforts and the efforts of my company that employees and customers benefited.

Other thoughts you'd like to share:

I feel fortunate to be a member of the Lake Forest College class of 1968. Lake Forest helped me make the transition from adolescence to adulthood. I made life long friends and met my life long partner. I am so grateful.

Who you're most looking forward to seeing at the reunion:

All the people who have already committed to attend our reunion, plus: Charlie & Joan Grady Hudson Kristi MacCallum Holt Joe & Kay Bonnie Mohr Charlene Sloan Roger & Gail Meltzer Hegeman Jim Jennings Frank Chmelir Ann Mangelsdorf Soderquist