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Homecoming

Ronnie Tobin

Ronnie Tobin

In the early fall of my senior year I attended a “small college” open house, where I met and talked with then President of Lake Forest, William Cole.  I was very impressed. I applied, was accepted and went sight unseen - a decision I have never once regretted.

Much more than just a classroom education, I found many diverse experiences and people during my 4 years at Lake Forest.  I developed a sense of who I was, what was important to me, and the kind of person I wanted to be.  I made close friends whom I could confide in without fear of being judged, at least not too harshly; friendships that have lasted over 50 years and that I cherish.

I was ambivalent about graduating and leaving LFC, but graduate I did.  After a brief stint in VISTA in rural Arkansas, I worked for the Department of Public Welfare in Massachusetts.  Both of these experiences gave me a view of poverty in America up close and personal.

I applied to and was accepted to graduate school at Boston College under a Public Health Service Fellowship.  It was a small program and most of the other students were from big name and Ivy League schools.  I worried that I might not be adequately prepared, but found that my LFC education prepared me very well.

I had a long career in health care in a variety of settings including national organizations, hospitals, medical group practices, and assisted living. Work took me to Chicago, Pennsylvania, Detroit and finally DC.  All in their own way were professionally satisfying and personally fulfilling.  Overall I felt very lucky.

In 2002 I made my first trip to Europe.  I had been dreaming of going to Italy ever since my Art History survey course with Franz Schulze.  Though hard to believe, the trip exceeded my expectations in every way.

I retired in 2015 and moved to Florida with my best friend and now roommate.  I now have the time to do much more traveling and exploring of our world.  I also have time to do all the reading that keeping up with professional journals and such didn’t allow.  I keep busy with daily exercise, volunteering, OLLI classes and playing mah jongg.  I continue to enjoy theater and my love of the symphony which I discovered while at Lake Forest.

Through it all, I have tried to live my life with integrity and a commitment to social conscience, which I came to understand and appreciate the importance of while at Lake Forest.