Helen Burkard Engel

January 2014

Wow, time does pass so quickly  -- Really?  Seriously?  50 years?  When did that happen?  I just browsed through the website directories, which was great fun, and have attached a current photo.  The photo, unfortunately not good quality, was taken this past weekend as I try to learn to make better use of all the capabilities of my iPhone, including the camera.   There is probably some app somewhere on the phone to allow me to erase a few wrinkles and other imperfections but, oh, well, it is what it is and we are what we are.


I can say that life is good.  In addition to savored times with close friends and family, I enjoy hiking, walking, Zumba fitness, gardening, traveling, and just having fun!  I have lived in several areas of the US over the years, but feel that where I live now (for 20 years), the Pacific Northwest, is home and truly one of the most beautiful places in the world.

After over 35 years in healthcare, I am winding down and thinking of retiring at the end of this year... we'll see.  Though our climate here is mild, it would be nice to have the freedom to spend a few months in the sun during winters. 


I regret that I will not be able to get away to attend the reunion, but know you all will have a wonderful time reminiscing and reconnecting.


 Warmest wishes to all,








Helen Burkard Engel


June, 2004

Life does take all of us in interesting directions, doesn’t it? Though I am unable to attend the reunion this year, I look forward to receiving the memory book with information on fellow classmates.

Since moving to Washington 10 years ago, I returned to executive support in hospital administration, then left to join a family business for five years, and am now back into health care in the Diabetes Education Center. My parents moved from the Oregon Coast to Vancouver to be closer to services and family support. I survived a divorce a couple of years ago - but, on the flip-side, am experiencing and absolutely loving the role of being a grandma for the first time.

I enjoy walking, hiking, gardening, the ocean, the mountains — the Pacific Northwest is a beautiful part of the world for all of these things, and I have lots of family in this area.

Favorite/funniest memories of high school?

Hmmm... too many to recall... we must all smile when we think of “ratted” hair and what we thought was “way cool” attire in those days! I do laugh when I think of a particular girls' slumber party that perfectly coincided with prom night, and being able to finally find a couple of hours’ sleep in Mogie’s bathtub.

Knowing what you know now, what wouId you have done differently?

Lots of things! Teen-age years and early adulthood are just tough that part of development involves making some important decisions with some very different priorities and thought processes.

In your wildest fantasy, where/what would you like to be doing 5-10 years from now?

Wow, a kind of scary thought: In 10 years, we’ll be nearing 70 years old!  At that point. I just want continued good health, travel and fun.... and, oh, of course,... world peace.