Belly-Laughs Over Any Subject You Could Imagine

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Belly-Laughs Over Any Subject You Could Imagine
Brother Kowatch is seated first row, second from left

"There are so many favorite memories," said Brother Gary Kowatch '81. "Post-dinner basketball games in the parking lot, innumerable parties, intramural sports, ‘Wales Tales’, home football weekends with the alumni in town.  But, my favorite memories all revolve around the times when so many of us from a wide variety of backgrounds, experiences and interests simply spent time talking and belly-laughing over any subject you can possibly imagine.

I keep in touch primarily with Dave Brodie '82, but have also periodically connected with Ned Eldridge '78, Phil Capizzi '82, Steve Frank '81, Bob Sweeney '81, and others over the years.

After dabbling in Child, Adolescent, and Family Counseling (and getting tired of living in a van down by the river), I went to work for GE Aerospace in King of Prussia, PA. Yes, an IFS degree (essentially Behavioral Science), can be used in all sorts of settings- any environment where there are people with challenges looking for someone to facilitate a solution. GE Aerospace was sold to Martin-Marietta, which eventually merged with Lockheed to create today’s Lockheed Martin. Over the past 33+ years with what is now Lockheed Martin, I’ve been in Security, Program Management, and Human Resources (HR) Management positions around the country. 

My focus has primarily been on defense contracting, but I have also spent significant time working in the international and commercial arenas. From King of Prussia, we moved to Albuquerque in 1990, then Orlando in 1994, and then to the Baltimore area in 2001; all for career opportunities. 

"My favorite memories all revolve around the times when so many of us from a wide variety of backgrounds, experiences and interests simply spent time talking and belly-laughing over any subject you can possibly imagine."

I’m currently working in a Senior Security Leadership position in Hanover, Maryland supporting a portion of the business which is focused on Cyber Security. I can see retirement on the horizon, but still thoroughly enjoy what I do.

I met my wife, Kim, in West Chester on a blind date in 1986 and we just recently celebrated our 29th anniversary.  Kim is a Cosmetologist at a local salon in Frederick, MD and is my adult supervision. We have two sons, Zach; 27, and Dale; 25. Zach and Dale both raced on the national BMX circuit for a number of years, then both discovered lacrosse when we arrived in Maryland from Florida. Both played lacrosse all through middle school, high school and college, and are now coaching college lacrosse together at Frederick Community College in Frederick, MD. So essentially, Kim and I have spent the better part of 20 years in lawn chairs, either at a BMX track or at a lacrosse game. But I wouldn’t trade that time with family and good friends for anything. 

I still have my motorcycling addiction, which included some road racing (AMA/CCS and WERA) over about a five- year period in the 1980s. I ride every chance I get, including with Zach and Dale who both have their own bikes and are avid riders. A ’96 Harley Road King, ’95 Ducati 900SS-SP, and ’14 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 share the garage with a ’69 Z-50 MiniTrail and our sons’ bikes. I also still like to play my drums from time to time and cruise around Frederick in our 1970 Chevelle which is a never-ending project. Running, and sports which require running, ended for me about 10 years ago, so now it’s all about bicycling (road and mountain) when the weather cooperates.  From a family perspective, it’s important to note that my dad, George Kowatch ’48, is still alive and well living in Maitland, Florida. Our weekly conversations inevitably veer off into the PSU football or DU realms.

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