Cathy and her husband, Wayne, moved from California to Orcas in January, 2009, after Wayne retired from his law practice and their home here was completed. An alumna of UC Berkeley, Cathy served for many years as a volunteer with several Marin County charitable organizations, including as a director with the Marin Humane Society, as president for five years of the Branson School Alumni Association, and as president for three years with the Marin Charitable Association, a re-granting agency serving children and teens in the county.
as Director of Processor Systems Architecture. Bill and his wife Kathleen moved to Orcas Island in 1999 from Danville, California. He has three grown children.
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and her husband Tom began coming to Orcas in 2005 and built their home here in 2010. Carolyn is a member of the San Juan County Human Services Advisory Board since 2014. In 2016 she trained as an EMT and joined Orcas Island Fire and Rescue. She is currently board chair of the Orcas Community Resource Center a small social services agency that leverages government, community, and private resources on behalf of all Orcas islanders
David and his wife Kaaren first came to Orcas in 1970, when they rented a cabin in Deer Harbor for the summer. Slawson was teaching law at the University of Southern California, and he worked on law journal articles while vacationing on the island. He was awarded the Torrey H. Webb Professorship at USC in 1981. After graduating from Harvard University Law School in 1959, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review, David practiced law for five years with a firm in Denver, Colorado. He then worked for two years in the Office of Legal Counsel
of the U.S. Department of Justice before beginning his teaching career. Slawson took two leaves of absence from these jobs — one to be a Legal Advisor to the Warren Commission, the other to be the General Counsel of the Price Commission in the 1971-1972 Economic Stabilization Program. After their first visit to Orcas, the Slawsons returned to the island whenever they could until Slawson retired at the end of 2004.
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Carolyn has lived full time on Orcas since May 2014 after retiring from Kaiser Permanente in Portland, Oregon, where she was a Nurse Practitioner and Certified Nurse Midwife with a practice divided between women’s health, maternity care, and delivering babies in the Kaiser hospitals. Before retraining to become a midwife in 1998, Carolyn had a fifteen-year career as a preservation specialist at Southern Illinois University, the Library of Congress, and finally Harvard University Libraries where she administered a department with an annual budget of $6 million. Carolyn
Born and raised in Kansas, Bill earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Kansas State University, followed by an MBA in Finance from UC Berkeley. Bill was employed for 27 years with IBM in sales management and marketing in high-end mainframe systems, working in Chicago; New York; Washington, D.C.; Dallas, and for the most part in San Francisco. Bill spent nine years with Hitachi Data Systems in Santa Clara, California, starting as Director WW Processor Marketing, Director of Processor Product Management, and retiring
She also served on her church's vestry committee for many years, serving as treasurer as well as senior warden for several years. The Kirks have four children and six (wonderful) grandchildren. Besides her family, Cathy's passions include reading, needlepoint, and gardening. She has also been involved with the monthly lunches served at the Community Church and the once-monthly dinners served at Emmanuel Episcopal Church.