Howard and Nancy Wagner

Received from Howard Wagner 08/15/2019

It's been quite a journey since WH graduation in 59. Went off to the University of Illinois in Champaign, IL to study architecture. After several semesters in the program I switched to Landscape Architecture which offered a broader spectrum of challenges to fit my interests. Thanks to the influence of Eliot Elfner's father Joe Elfner, who was a Professor of LA at UW.

Graduated in 1965 and went to work with the Bureau of Land Management that summer in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Designed numerous recreational sites throughout the State, and surveyed and marked stretches of the Historic Oregon Trail.

Then the Vietnam war called, and ended up with the US Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) in Boston doing planning, design and construction projects for bases in the New England area. Transfered to the NAVFAC office in San Bruno, California and did many projects in the San Diego, CA area.

After 5 years with NAFAC, in 1971 I was hired by the National Park Service Design center in San Francisco. Shortly after that move the office was closed and consolidated with a similar office on the East coast and relocated to Lakewood, Colorado. Worked on a wide variety of projects in National Park units in 18 States in the Midwest, Rocky Mountain and Southwest regions.

In 1978 I transferred to Alaska to serve as Associate Regional Director of the Alaska Region of the NPS. My team was responsible for writing the Final Environmental Impact Statements and draft legislation that led to the establishment of 10 new park units, and expansion of 3 existing units, within Alaska.

In 1981 I resigned from the NPS to accept an offer to go into private practice with a Design/Environmental firm in Billings, Montana. After 3 years of projects in the Rocky Mountain area and in Middle East, the 1984 recession hit the company hard. I was fortunate to rejoin the NPS design center in Lakewood and finished my career managing the roads and trails program for park units in 18 states.

Worked on 2 special project assignments at the White House during the H. W. Bush and Clinton Administrations.

After retiring from Federal Service in 1997 I went to work for the American Excelsior Company providing technical support and sales of erosion control materials. The company operates 2 manufacturing plants in Rice Lake and Sheboygan. Retired again in 2009.

Currently I work security and fan safety for the Denver Broncos football, Colorado Avalanche hockey and Colorado Mammoth indoor lacrosse games. Volunteer at the Hudson Gardens, Littleton, CO, and as an on mountain Ambassador at Copper Mountain ski area.

Wife Nancy and I have two children. Daughter Karla is a research and teaching Professor of Public Health at the University of Nevada. Reno campus, and son Joel is a Financial Manager for the City of Boulder, Colorado. Joel and wife Stacy are blessed with an adopted son whom they had Fostered for a year before the adoption.

Nancy and I will celebrate our 50th anniversary in May, 2020.

Still playing hockey as I did for WH and the U of I. Have played in many Old Timers tournaments in Canada and the US.

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