Strictly 300 Words

She was born on December 7, 1936 in Boston Mass. She grew up in Belmont Mass and graduated from Belmont High School in 1954. Her 3 siblings had graduated in 1942, 1943, and 1944. She majored in French and Geography to earn a BA Cum Laude from Middlebury College in 1958 and went on to Northwestern University to earn an MA in Urban Geography. After working in Seattle, Boston, and San Francisco, she returned to academe at the University of California Berkeley, in the turbulent years 1964-66. She went to Africa to gather data for her PhD thesis and to teach at the Institute for Development Studies, University of East Africa, Nairobi.

She met Ian, her husband-to-be, at the United Kenya Club. in August 1966, shortly after they had each arrived, Janet from California and Ian from Belfast Northern Ireland They married in February 1968 in St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, a stone’s throw from the United Kenya Club.

They finished their assignments in Nairobi in August 1966. Janet became a full-time housewife and mother and thesis writer,, while they both adjusted to living in a new country. the Republic of Ireland.

Three sons were born in quick succession. Janet finished her PhD thesis and was advanced to candidacy at the University of California Berkeley just as she was in the middle of giving birth to their second son Andrew in 1970. Hence she became Dr. McKee as a medical doctor helped his patient.


Oh Oh, I think I’ve exceeded my 300 words

All Aboard – Chicago Bound

This is a snippet of a memory – I wonder if it’s true. My sister Ruth once told me that when our brother Bob was 12 years old, our father put him on a train going to Chicago and asked the porter to look after him and be sure he returned. I’m not clear whether this was in Boston or New York. I wonder………. July 20 would have been Bob’s 96th birthday, sadly he died at age 67 in June 1992. He is buried in the grounds of the Episcopal Church in Rutland Vermont, where he and his wife Lillian were married in 1953. Lillian is buried there also along with her sister Dottie and her parents. Rest in Peace Bob, Lil, Dottie, John and Cecilia