By Laura Cerier
Spotlight on New Members
Meet Peg and Bob Kellogg. Bob literally grew up in the UU church in Greenwood, NY. His house had been the Universalist Church of Greenwood! Bob’s grandfather bought the church building after the church moved to another building.
Bob and Peg met as sophomores in high school in New Hartford, NY, across the room in science class. This year they will have been married for 50 years!
Bob was born in New Hartford, NY, a suburb of Utica, (at the same hospital as Peg!) but grew up in Greenwood, a teeny tiny town that had a population of about 900. His mother was a first-generation American of Welsh immigrants. Bob had a rich family life with lots of boys to play with-his own three brothers and 6 male cousins-despite moving around a lot. His mom was a teacher and Bob was soon to follow in her footsteps.
Bob went to Amherst College, majoring in mathematics, then went to NYU and got a Master’s degree, also in mathematics. While riding the subway in New York City one day, Bob and Peg noticed an advertisement for teachers needed in Stoughton, MA. Off they went!
Peg, meanwhile, also grew up in New Hartford, NY. Peg went to school for two years at Mt. Holyoke College, then transferred to Columbia University to a nursing program. Her first job as an RN was as a public health nurse in West Chester County, NY, where there were pockets of poverty next to great wealth. She soon moved up to supervising nurse before she and Bob moved to Brockton for his Stoughton teaching job. Soon baby Timothy arrived. Peg got a job working nights at the Brockton Hospital. Son Tom came along two years later and the family moved to Middleboro. Peg continued her nursing career at St. Luke’s Hospital.
But yet another move was in store for the growing family (add son Will)–to West Bridgewater for a math department chair position for Bob at the junior/senior high school. They built a house and finally stayed put for 20 years. Bob was able to teach math to his own three boys while they lived in West Bridgewater, an experience he treasures to this day.
After their boys were grown and gone, Peg and Bob moved to Bridgewater and Bob changed career paths to one in technology, something in which he had grown increasingly interested. He worked for Sun Microsystems, based in Burlington, in their education department, teaching clients how to use their software. Bob traveled all over the country and Peg joined him when she could. A favorite destination was San Francisco.
St. Luke’s went under in 1990 but Peg became a nurse at a clinic in the former St. Luke’s building. Then she landed a job in a day surgery unit at Cardinal Cushing Hospital in Brockton. No more nights! No more weekends! She stayed there for 20 years. After Sun Microsystems was bought by Oracle, Bob continued to work regularly as a contractor for Oracle and other companies teaching Java-related classes. They moved to Milford and split the commuting distance!
Bob and Peg are retired now. They enjoy all aspects of food-planning, buying, cooking, and eating! Peg also enjoys sewing and quilting; Bob keeps up with the latest in computer programming, including latest versions of Java. They both enjoy spending time with their 3 grandchildren. And with their 3-year-old standard poodle, who is “greatly loved but not perfectly behaved!” Oh and learning Spanish! They are in their second semester at Assabet Regional High School continuing education program. Maybe they will take a trip to Cuba, where Peg’s mother lived for the first 13 years of her life!